How It Started vs How It’s Going: Where are These Reality TV Couples Now?


There’s a certain pleasure that comes with remembering a certain celeb couple years after they last entered your mind. You know, the feeling of finally knowing the name on your tongue and jumping up from the chair to punch the air in triumph. Or finding a top you never knew you had. It’s endlessly satisfying. 

In the name of that curious little joy, we’re finding out where the reality tv lovers are now. Are they able to escape the reality TV curse? Or did the romance go extinct after the show ended? This is investigative journalism at its best, people. 

From the Love Island relationships that have stood the test of time outside the villa to the showmances that fizzled out shortly after the cameras stopped rolling and the Big Brother meet-cutes that blossomed into something beautiful, keep reading for a round-up of how it started vs how it’s going – the reality tv couples edition. 

1. Mario Marconi & Lisa Appleton (Big Brother)

Status: Split.

Think back to 2008, and the ninth series on fly on the walls reality show Big Brother(RIP) And you may be familiar with Mario and Lisa, the power couple. They were the first couple to get into the BB house, and they even got married while on the show. The couple split in 2013 after eight years of marriage. This was reportedly due to the stress and heartache caused by being conned by a conman promising them a reality tv series but taking a run with their money. 

2. Heidi & Spencer Pratt (The Hills)

Status: Married. 

Heidi and Spencer met while appearing on MTV’s show. The Hills together in 2006 and started dating the following year, much to bestie Lauren Conrad’s dismay. LC and Heidi’s friendship never recovered but Speidi are still going strong all these years later. They got married in 2008, and they welcomed Gunner Stone, their first child, in 2017. The rest, as they say is still the same, was a joyous occasion. unwritten.

3. Lauren Speed & Cameron Hamilton (Love Is Blind)

Status: Married.

The Love is Blind stars met on the set of the dating show where singles try to find a match (and get engaged) without seeing one another face-to-face and from that moment they’ve been All inclusive

They were married on the 40th day of the show, which was filmed in 2018. In November 2018, they celebrated their third year anniversary by sharing sweet tributes on Instagram. They’ve even written a book together called Leap of Faith: Finding Love the Modern Way 

“The goal when we were writing it was in part to tell our story of how we came to be, but we really want to give the reader the sense of how they can take their own leaps of faith in life and how they can have that confidence to trust their own intuition when people are saying ‘This is a crazy idea’ to start your own business or to go on a reality show. Whatever it is.”

It’s been a crazy whirlwind ride for the couple but look at them thrive. Love Is Blind besties – we love to see it.  

4. Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen (Strictly Come Dancing). 

Status: Still loved up. 

StrengthAfter starring in the 2013 series together, Ben Cohen became a celebrity when he began dating Kristina Rihanoff, a pro dancer. After Ben’s breakup with Abbey Blayney, the couple began dating and they are still together today. They welcomed their first child together – a girl called Milena – in 2016. 

5. Francesca Farago & Harry Jowsey (Too Hot To Handle) 

Status: Split. 

Francesca and Harry met their first time during the first season on the steamy Netflix dating series. Too Hot to Handle and famously broke Lana’s abstinence rule. They ended their relationship in 2020, after they failed to make the long distance thing work during Covid. The two had many makeups and breakups but now, according to their social media, they have separated. 

6. Grace Adams-Short and Mikey Dalton (Big Brother). 

Status: Married.

They met 14 years later Big BrotherGrace, Mikey, and Mikey are still together. They found fame – and more importantly love – back in the summer of 2006 on Big Brother Series 7Four months after they first met, they got engaged. Lorraine speaks to Good Morning Britain, Grace said, “It felt right for us. We’d spent so much time together. We waited a few years before the wedding and then the sprogs arrived!”Following the birth of their fourth child in January of this year, the couple say their family is now ‘complete’. Our faith is restored in reality tv romance.

7. Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton (Strictly come Dancing) 

Status: Still loved up.

After receiving the glitterball trophy, the couple immediately began to date. Strictly Come Dancing back in 2017 and haven’t looked back since. Stacey has clarified the truth about recent engagement rumours. The One Show. Speaking to Lauren Laverne and Jermaine Jenas, she said: “You would absolutely be the first to know, but no, I’m so dull. I’m not getting married.” We’re still holding out for a Strength wedding in 2022… just imagine their first dance. Swoon.

8. Daniel Wakeford & Lily Taylor, The Undateables

Status: Split.

The duo stole the nation’s heart when they hit it off on Channel 4’s dating documentary The Undateables in 2015, returning for the show’s festive edition that saw Daniel pop the question. The sweet proposal was made at the Brighton bandstand. Daniel performed a rendition of All I Want for Christmas (Lily’s favourite song) before getting down on bended knee to ask for her hand in marriage in what made for some of the most heart-warming scenes on the tele box. 

Alas, according to TikTok, that’s where their fairytale ends. Daniel addressed his 367,000 followers and shared the sad news that they had ended their three-year romance, but remained close friends. Here’s hoping Daniel and Lily meet their soul mates in 2022. 

9. Paige Turley & Finn Tapp (Love Island Series 6)

Status: Still together 

Love Island stars Paige Turley and Finn Tapp won the first ever winter edition of the ITV2 dating show in 2020, choosing to split the £50,000 prize money between them. But whilst we were rooting for them inside the villa, it’s how the couple get on in the real world that really counts. Are Paige and Finn still in love? We’re happy to report that they’ve gone from strength to strength since winning the show and have recently moved into their first home together in Manchester. That’s amore! 

10. Eva Zapico and Nas Majeed (Love Island Series 6). 

Status: Still together 

Like Paige and Finn, Nas and Eva met on the Winter Love Island series in 2020 – clearly, there was something in the water that year because two years on, they’re still an item. They coupled up during Casa Amor and despite rumours circulating that the two had called it quits, they regularly assure fans they’re more loved up than ever. We love when dating shows deliver.

11. Barnett and Amber (Love is Blind Season 1)

Status: Loving up.

Another Love is blind Couple still going strong. Amber Pike and Matt Barnett are both still going strong despite having cold feet on their wedding day. The couple, who celebrated their 3 year anniversary at the end of 2021, are still as head over heels as they were at the end of the LIB season one, with a recent Instagram caption of Amber’s reading: “It was instinctive, the way I fell for you. Like an effortless intake of breath.” Despite fellow contestant Jessica Batten also feeling a spark with Barnett in the earlier episodes of the show, it’s clear that Amber and Barnett were truly meant to be!

The pair are self-declared ‘dog parents’ to a pup named Koda, with Amber later changing her surname to match that of her dream man. We love stories of unusual success!

12. Martha and Michael (Married At First Sight Australia, Season 6).

Status: Married and again engaged.  

It seems to be a hit show, despite a low success rate.Married at First Sight Australia There are happy endings to the tailor-made pairings. Season 6’s Martha and Michael were one such success story, getting hitched on the show in 2018 and now officially engaged again in December 2021, giving the pair the chance to plan the wedding of their dreams after over 3 years together. At least this time they will know who they’ll find at the altar!

Season 6 of MAFS AU certainly wasn’t without its dramas, with red wine being thrown across the table at dinner parties and a serious case of husband swapping, but despite the chaos that ensued over the course of the experiment, M&M are still loved up, and certainly not afraid to show it. 

13. Dom and Jess, Love Island, Season 3

Status: Parents are on the block

Love Island OGs Jess Shears & Dom Lever met on Season 3 in 2017. They were married 3 months after the show ended and entered 2020 with a beautiful baby boy. Their Greek wedding was an intimate affair, with only 22 guests receiving an invite to their sun-soaked Mykonos nuptials as the couple simply couldn’t wait to tie the knot- “When you meet the right person, there’s no need to hang around.” commented Dom.

Their Instagram pages show the story of their relationship. The couple moved to Devon to live the country dream. Family goals. 

14. Big Ed and Liz (90-Day Fiance)

Status: Get a ring on your finger!

Notorious for his failed attempts at love, Big Ed rose to fame after appearing on the US reality show 90 Day Fiance, in which viewers follow couples who have applied for or received a K-1 visa, available to foreign fiancés of U.S. citizens, and the 90 days they have to decide if they wish to go ahead with the wedding. Rosemarie, a 23-year-old Filipina woman, was initially paired up with Big Ed. However, Ed declared that he didn’t want any more children. This was a major dealbreaker for Rose. Ed and Rosemarie, a 23-year-old Filipino woman, fell in love after Ed returned to the US. Liz Woods, a single mom and restaurant manager, was also a part of the relationship. The couple got married in August 2021, and seem to be stronger than ever.

The pair took to Instagram to announce the news, with Ed posting a collage of photos from their engagement weekend with the caption “I​​t’s true, she’s going to make me the luckiest man in the 🌎!!”. Although there was a lot of negativity, we believe this is the right thing for the lovebirds. 

15. Dave and Adele (Take Me Out, Series 2)

Status: Married.

Did anyone else used to feel like Saturday nights weren’t complete without an episode of Take me out A Dominos pizza and some sloppy supper. Our ultimate guilty pleasure has led to some happy endings. One of these was Dave and Adele, who were the first couple ever to get married on the show’s series 2. Both contestants went on dates with others, but they got in touch after the show ended and tied the knot in 2014. They have now had two children and show that ITV truly does have a knack for matching! 

16. Cam and Emily (Too Hot to Handle, Season 2)

Status: To infatuated to handle.

Cameron Holmes and Emily Miller met on season two of the US show back in 2020, and didn’t exactly have the most traditional route into romance. Cam and Emily were unable to hold hands with each other during the show’s physical intimacy challenge. This was much to the dismay of their fellow contestants. 

Since the show aired the couple have gone from strength to strength, moving in together soon after landing back in London, donning matching ‘heaven and hell’ outfits for Halloween last year, and spending Christmas with one another’s families. Aw!

17. Chrishell Stause & Jason Oppenheim (Selling Sunset)

Status: Back on market

Chrishell and Jason, the Netflix stars, have been officially going public for five months. This sent the Internet into a frenzy. Sunsets for Sale After Chrishell disclosed that their priorities and timelines for starting a family were different, Chrishell and her husband have parted ways. In a statement to Instagram in December 2021 she went on to say “Men have the luxury of time that women don’t and that’s just the way it goes.”

“I very much hope to one day have a family and decisions I make at this point are with that goal in mind,” she added. Although we loved seeing their relationship come to life in front of the glamorous Hollywood backdrop, we hope both Chrishell and Jason can find what they’re looking for in 2022. 

18. Daniel and Matt (MAFS UK Season 6).

Status: Happier than ever 

As the first gay couple on the show, it’s safe to say MAFS stars Daniel and Matt had all eyes on them from the very start of their relationship. Despite another turbulent season of the show, the couple rose above the drama and were one of the first to exchange “I love you” and cement themselves as being in it for all the right reasons, and their marriage is still standing the test of time to this day! One of the biggest barriers for the couple was their Leeds and Northern Ireland home destinations, with both feeling unsure about making the leap to move so far from their friends and family, but as of 2021 Matt has taken the leap of love and relocated to NI to live with his forever person, and we couldn’t be happier for them. We are so happy for a happy forever!

19. Olivia Kaiser and Korey Gany (Love Island, Season 3).

Status: Split.

Kody, despite taking the title of Season 3 winner of the US version in August 2021, took to Instagram in November to announce that the couple had separated. His lengthy Instagram caption shared with fans that the decision had been mutual, going on to say that “When we were on Love Island everything was perfect and I can say that was honestly the happiest moment of my life.” Brb sobbing. He went on to explain that in the real world their relationship had encountered problems and challenges they had never had to face in the villa, some of which they simply couldn’t overcome. Here’s hoping for a happy 2022 for both Liv and Korey, whatever that may hold. 

20. Maeva D’Ascanio and James Taylor (Made in Chelsea)

Status: Live, laugh and love up

James and Maeva are no strangers to stirring up drama and often find themselves at the center of the drama on the London-based reality series. From Maeva’s first, dramatic entrance into the MIC world in which it was rumoured she had joined the cast with hopes of rekindling her romance with first love Miles Nazaire, she has cemented herself as not afraid to hold back and always be the first to say what’s on her mind. Despite speculation about her relationship with Miles, Maeva in fact ended up on a date with his best pal James, and despite some rocky patches, the pair seem suitably loved up and in it for the long haul, with a recent Instagram caption of hers reading “My life 💘 @jamestaylorldn”. CUTE!