Are Ya’ll For Real For Real? Celebrity Couples Who Might Be Fronting For Publicity

December 17, 2012  |  
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Everyone has been on Kenya Moore’s back about fabricating her relationship to get on the Real Housewives of Atlanta,  but while it’s fun to hate on Kenya and that attitude of hers, let’s not act like she’s the only person that might be frontin’ a relationship for publicity’s sake. Half of the relationships in Hollywood are business deals and these are just a handful of the celebrity couples who don’t seem sincere at all.

Brandy: One of the OGs>/h2>

Let’s start this list with one of the phony relationship OGs. Brandy was one of the first black celebrities to do a reality show and she was one of the first to get caught in a lie. Brandy pretended that she and her baby daddy were married to maintain the good girl image that helps her record sales. In 2004, she came out with the truth to create a little buzz just in time for her 2004 album Afrodisiac to drop. Could she be doing the same with Ryan Press? There was a lot of talk about wanting him to put a ring on it before her latest LP hit and since then he’s been virtually MIA as has her diamond.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye: Two Phony Divas

Neither one of these divas is above a publicity stunt because they love the way their names look in headlines. This sounds like a match made in PR heaven. Kanye thinks he looks sexiest next to a light bright with a donkey booty and Kim will climb on anything with enough Twitter followers. Every picture ever seen of them looks staged and I bet they don’t go anywhere without calling TMZ first. We talk about Kanye’s relationship more than his music which makes this a smart PR move.

Rob Kardashian and Rita Ora: Too Convenient

Sometimes relationships don’t become suspect until the breakup. Rob Kardashian and Rita Ora had a relationship we barely heard about until Rob “ended it” publicly on his Twitter page. Then Rita Ora went from a singer relatively unknown in the US to a hot topic of conversation just in time for her album to drop. That’s too convenient to be believable. And I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that you can just rent a Kardashian to date if you have the coin.

Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparx: Ya’ll Don’t Even Live Together

I actually cut for these two when I first heard about them. But when they did their first couple interview on the Wendy Williams show, they sounded less than sincere. Jordin admitted that she just moved into a house in Pheonix and Jason said he bought a house in Miami. That sounds like the perfect arrangement for a couple that’s just in it for the headlines.

The Weezy Foundation for Chicks

I’m starting to think that Lil’ Wayne’s greatest gift to the black community is helping ratchet groupies come up. There are like 16 chicks right now attracting Twitter followers and starting “I’m bangin’ Weezy” rumors to get their names in the headlines. And he’s the one supplying the photo opportunities to chicks like “model” Dana Lee and Supahead. Even his “fiance” is making a comeup with booty implants and tabloid mentions. Bet they don’t get married.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom: Too Busy Flirting to Front

I don’t believe anything that comes out of a Kardahsian’s mouth and you shouldn’t either. The sheer number of accusations of Lamar Odom’s cheating leads me to believe that they have an agreement: you smile for the camera with me and then do whatever you want. Then we’ll go on Basketball Wives once people get tired of hearing about the Kardashians.

Benzino and Karlie Redd: Nice Try

This was hilarious to me because both of these old fools tried to use each other but neither one of them had anything worth using. Benzino was trying to be relevant and get in some more face time in the show by hollerin’ at Karlie Redd. Karlie Redd thought Benzino could advance her old dusty “career”. When faking a relationship didn’t help either of them, Benzino tried an attention grab with that busted take-back proposal. If you’re going to trick us into watching your fake relationship at least do a good job. It was hard to even pretend to believe that this was true.

Chris Brown and Rihanna: I Don’t Believe One of You

Rihanna is the best thing that ever happened to Chris Brown’s career. RiRi might just be thirsty for Chris but I don’t think Chris feels the same way. I think he’s playin’ with RiRi’s emotions to get her to hype the relationship and get him back into our good graces. And he’s pulling the strings just the right way. RiRi is all over Twitter and Instagram with photos of the two of them. And when Chris put in time with Karrueche Tran in Paris, she had a headline-making meltdown. I know love is blind but get it together RiRi.

Keyshia Cole and Daniel Gibson: Fakin’ the Front is Hard

I don’t think Keyshia and Daniel got together for publicity’s sake. But I think Keyshia used her relationship to sell the idea of their reality show. We all know her career doesn’t go so well when she’s not working the reality show circuit. When she couldn’t sell records, she tried to sell her relationship, even though it was crumbling. But her plan backfired. You can’t force what ain’t workin’ no matter how many paychecks you stand to lose. They fussed and fought so much that even Keyshia was glad when the show was over.

Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco: Pump Your Breaks

They deny it but I think Chad and Evelyn’s relationship was phony from jump. And when two people who don’t belong together in the first place put on a show, people get head butted. And now the two are making a publicity circus about their divorce too. Evelyn’s making headlines by shading Chad’s groupies on Twitter. And Chad Tweets every time she calls him:


They need to find a better way to hang on to their 15 minutes of fame before one of them ends up in the clink.

Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart: A PR Creation

You don’t need to have a reality show to be fake. I personally think that the new thing in public relationships is to use a relationship to help get the buzz out about a show. When Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart got into a real life relationship to mirror the one they had in Twilight, it smelled funny. But when Kristen Stewart “cheated” then the couple made up  just in time for the movie everyone had stopped talking about to come out, things were down right fishy. I think this is a studio relationship. Everything looks staged. The couple never Tweeted or kissed for the fans. They just let their agents do the work, making the whole situation look really insincere.

Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon: The Shock Value Siblings

I don’t know what to think about Bobbi Kristina and her brother. I think that deep down, I just hope this is some kind of publicity stunt. The Houstons built their reality brand on unbelievable antics and deep dysfunction and this may be another play to keep the story going. It’s also suspicious that as the makeup/breakup between the siblings was happening on Twitter, the show’s producer chimed in by Tweeting:  @nickgordon @realbkbrown watch to see how it all unfolds on #TheHoustons on @lifetimetv. What’s really going on?

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber: Too Young to be For Real

This is another relationship that’s too picture perfect to be real. With these studio stars, every aspect of their personal lives is carefully tailored by their PR agents. These two look good together and help to advance their brands as America’s Sweethearts. Their relationship got even more buzz than their music. Now that the story is old and Selena Gomez’s career is struggling, they’re in the on again off again breakup makeup cycle that’s grabbing all the headlines.

Taylor Swift’s Revolving Door

I can’t tell if Taylor Swift is doing this for the publicity or if she’s just real thirsty, but your girl has dated 13 dudes in the past 2 years. That is a lot of sausage to get through in a short amount of time. I don’t know what’s really going on with Taylor Swift. But I do know that making songs about the guys she’s slept with is doing wonders for her career. Every time a new single comes out, everyone can’t wait to hear how she bashed her most recent hookup.

Stevie J: The Gateway

I put Stevie J on the list not because he’s frontin’ but because he keeps things really real about his relationship. He will not hesitate to tell a chick what the deal is: You climb on the bus and I’ll do my best to get you your 15 minutes of fame. Chicks like Joseline may get confused every now and again. But for every confused chick, bet there’s thirty others who found themselves in the communal rapper dating pool, letting Stevie J dip in their buckets and kept quiet about the arrangement.

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