2017 has been a banner year for the cursed reality TV marriage. It seemed like every time we blinked another reality star filed for divorce!
Some were predictable (ahem Luann de Lesseps and Shannon Beador), while others came as a complete surprise (like Little Women: LA‘s Briana Renee FINALLY kicking sleazy Matt Ericson to the curb or Dr. Jackie Walter‘s husband being caught cheating). And in the middle there were a whole host of other unlucky in love really stars. Including a who a few who actually tied the knot ON TV – only to split in front of the cameras as well.
Below is our rundown of 2017’s reality star divorces. Here’s hoping for many less in 2018!
When Vanderpump Rules first started it was essentially the “Stassi Schroeder & Jax Taylor Show.” That first season was nothing short of iconic. Now, the show is more of an ensemble, so it’s easy to forget that Stassi and Jax used to date when there are 993,343 other cast members and they almost never have any scenes together. At the same time, their old relationship put the show on the map, so it will always be ingrained in my mind. It just feels like it happened a whole lifetime ago.
Now Stassi is good friends with Jax’s current girlfriend Brittany Cartwright, which sounds so weird, but everyone loves Brittany, so that isn’t at all surprising. So it will be very interesting to get Stassi’s take on Jax’s decision to cheat on Brittany with Vanderpump Rulers hanger-on Faith Stowers. She is Jax’s ex, Brittany’s friend, and now after all this time, she’s actually Jax’s friend as well. Yes, you read that correctly: Jax and Stassi are getting along.
Once again, Scheana Marie is on the outs with Kristen Doute, Stassi Schroeder, and Katie Maloney on Vanderpump Rules. The cycle really never ends: Scheana wants to be friends with the trio and when she’s friends with them, she can’t take it, and then they start feuding- but will they become friends again? Only time will tell, but based on past history, it is likely. No matter how ugly things get within this cast, they all manage to find forgiveness somehow.
Aside from power tripping and uninviting Katie and Stassi from events, Scheana’s other focus this season is her relationship with Robert Valletta. So of course she made some decor changes to her apartment that she shared with her ex husband Mike Shay. Yes, that includes those notoriously large wedding photos that were plastered on the walls.
Jax Taylor is the least surprising person on Vanderpump Rules? Possibly in the whole species universe. His life cycle is drink, cheat, lie, repeat. Dude, even freaking amoebas evolve. You know what else doesn’t evolve: Lala Kent‘s makeup. Yep, she reappears this episode with the same crazy over-lined lips but also a promise not to ‘Jax’ Lisa Vanderpump over ever again. Maybe change does happen on Vanderpump Rules?
So Jax cheated on Brittany Cartwright with her friend Faith Stowers, possibly impregnating her, and after posturing like she might actually leave
reality TV him, they’re having more sex than EVER! Brittany just wants to feel something with Jax; she wants to know he loves her more than all the other girls. That logic is, well, that’s the reason she’s in a relationship with Jax! But doesn’t Brittany’s relationship with Jesus remind her that she should have some moral standing, or standards? I don’t understand reality TV religion.
The fun perk about working at SUR or even “working” at SUR on Vanderpump Rules are the famous customers that come into the restaurant. It gets even cooler when bona fide celebrities are actually super fans of the reality stars that are on the show.
As an OG Vanderpump Rules cast member, Jax Taylor has met plenty of A-list celebrities, but Lady Gaga is the one who had a pretty odd request for him.
For the first time ever Scheana Marie is single- at least for now. She went from her marriage to Mike Shay to dating her long-time friend Rob Valletta, then they were friends with benefits, and now they are back to being just friends.
These are all updates from social media and interviews outside of Vanderpump Rules, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out during this season’s episodes. Scheana explained their complicated (non-romantic) relationship and even though she is actually single these days, she does seem hopeful that they will get back together.
Well, surprise, surprise Vanderpump Rules fans: Jax Taylor did NOT cheat on Brittany Cartwright! Oh, I’m just kidding – of course he did! I mean Jax probably even did it more than once actually, because Brittany found some false eyelashes in her bathroom once and they didn’t belong to her, or Jax, or Tom Schwartz (who sometimes, when he cries, likes to feel the soft flutter of gently moistened pony lashes on his tender cheeks. It’s comforting. Like a little blanket for his Cabbage Patch Kids face).
Jax apparently cheated with – and potentially knocked up – Brittany’s friend Faith Stowers, who confessed all of this to James Kennedy. Of course – why not confess to Jax’s mortal enemy? James is levitating with glee at this trashy news. Jax vehemently denies it.