With the exception of a very select few, reality television seems to serve as the final nail in the coffin of many celebrity relationships. Sure, prior issues and problems that plague these couples are always a factor, but the constant rolling of cameras and the invitation of the entire world to peak into a relationship that is supposed to be shared between two people does not help. In the latest issue of Juicy, one half of gospel duo Mary Mary, Tina Campbell dishes on reality television, how it can negatively impact a relationship and what’s she’s learned about herself and her marriage from appearing on Oxygen’s Mary Mary. Check out some of what she had to say.
On the reality television curse:
“Reality TV destroys some relationships because [the couple] may not have had a strong foundation to endure public opinion… Some elements of your relationship might need to stay away from the cameras. Sometimes you wanna say insulting things if you feel like they hurt you – but you can’t do that in front of everybody. You have to be conscious of that. We took that into consideration when we created Mary Mary, knowing that if it tampered with the health of our marriage, the show was over, immediately.”
On the strain reality TV cameras placed on her marriage:
“The cameras can also put a strain on your relationship… At first, people were just invested in me [and my sister, Erica] as artists, but now they’re in my marriage… I’m like ‘Back up and shut up.’ You don’t get to have an opinion… I kind get ready to put my hands on people and not to pray for them, but in a physical, Hip-Hop kinda way. That part is a little challenging and I’m learning to handle it.”
Tina also went on to discuss how she sometimes feels restricted when attempting to show her husband affection while the cameras are around. You can check out her full response and other interesting news bits in the March/April issue of Juicy.
What do you think of Tina’s annoyance with the public poking their noses into her marriage?