You’ve Changed: 9 Reality Stars Who Allegedly Let Fame Go to their Heads

June 5, 2013  |  
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When you go from a person who is probably locally known in whatever town you live in, to someone who is known through out the nation, I’m betting it can be a little jarring.  You begin to get perks, people are putting you in the likes of a celebrity, and you get offers to get paid for just being you.  If you’re a person who has earned this fame by pursuing and excelling at a talent, it might be annoying, but people are more prone to understand why you think people should know you.  However, when reality stars have done it, their fame then turns into infamy.

There has been a lot of allegations that certain reality stars have let their fame go to their heads, so let’s take a look at a few, and if I missed anyone, let’s sound off in the comment section:

Heidi Pratt

I was a fan of “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills,”  I liked Heidi when she appeared on both shows (she made her debut on “Laguna Beach” as Lauren Conrad’s supportive friend after Jason kissed his ex-girlfriend while dating LC).  Heidi was more in the forefront when she became Costello to Conrad’s Abbott and the duo attempted to figure out life in the big city of Hollywood.

Their friendship began to deteriorate when there was a mixture of Heidi getting involved with Spencer Pratt, and when Heidi began to allegedly start feeling herself a little too much.  Allegations that Heidi would do whatever she could to capitalize on her fame, calling the paparazzi on herself was fictionalized in Lauren Conrad’s “L.A. Candy” book series, along with “The Fame Game.”

Pilar Sanders

Now, Pilar isn’t a stranger to fame.  After having a successful run as a runway and print model, she began to try her hand at acting.  After appearing on shows like “The Jamie Foxx Show,” and “Walker Texas Ranger,” she met her future ex-husband on the set of the show “In the House.”  The two got married in 1999, and appeared on their own reality show “Deion and Pilar:  Prime Time Love.”   After her appearance on “Football Wives,” Deion allegedly began to feel that the reality fame got to his wife’s head and set out to divorce her, claiming that he didn’t want to be with a reality star, allegedly.


Clive Muir

Seen as the ultimate bad girl from the Bad Girls Club, it was only necessary that Oxygen gave Tanisha Thomas her own show that documented her journey to the altar with fiance’ Clive Muir.  The viewers got to see Tanisha and Clive as they prepared for their wedding and ironed out the wrinkles in their relationship before jumping the broom.  However, a wrinkle that they didn’t see was how the instant reality fame got to Clive.  According to an interview she did with The Examiner, Tanisha says:

“He changed,” she explains. “Obviously he got more popular so he decided to leave his job.” Clive decided to leave Tanisha as well. “We got married in December (2011) and he was out of the house by the third week in January. He was gone.”


Tailor Made

Now you all know how much I loved “I Love New York,” and when George Weisgerber, nicknamed “Tailor Made” won the heart of the ultimate HBIC, Tiffany “New York” Pollard.  The union seemed like it might work, until Tiffany began to accuse Tailor Made of allowing the reality fame get to his head. (At the 2:40 mark)

Linda Hogan

When Terry “Hulk” Hogan first appeared in the ring in the 80s, his wife, Linda became a support system for him, and their two children.  The two seemed to have great chemistry on the first season of their reality show “Hogan Knows Best,” until Linda filed for divorce, seemingly out of nowhere.  This was the main storyline of the second season, the two of them trying to reconcile.  However, when Linda proceeded with the divorce, she came under fire for allowing her head to get big due to her reality fame, and also for dating a 19 year old.  However, people tend to overlook that Hulk had allegedly an affair on her, which was the reason why she initially filed for divorce.


Kamal “Chance” Givens

One half of the “Real and Chance” duo, Kamal “Chance” Givens first appeared on reality television on “I Love New York.”  As he attempted to win New York’s heart, he succeeded in coming in second and being a fan favorite.  As the brothers continued to pursue money on “I Love Money,” their personalities gave them the opportunity to pursue love on their own show, “Real Chance of Love.”  However, on the first season, Chance was put under fire of letting his reality fame get to him by many of the contestants who were vying for him.

Since we’re on the subject, let’s remember to keep Ahmad “Real” Givens in your thoughts/prayers while he continues to battle his bought with colon cancer.


Judi “Jai” Jackson

Now, I like Judi from her season of Bad Girls Club, and watching this video made me very uncomfortable.  Judi gets into a yelling match with a woman who is not seen on camera and uttered the claims of how much money she makes Oxygen and how she’s “the next Natalie Nunn.”  Judi’s claims that she was the star of season 7 has also been documented through her twitter feed.


Jill Zarin

For all of you “Real Housewives of New York” fans, Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel were once business associations who turned into friends.  The friendship unraveled, and Bethenny has addressed that her friendship with Jill began to suffer when Jill began to let the reality fame get to her head.  Since leaving the show, Zarin has been accused of still trying to capitalize on her fame by still doling out information on Bethenny.

Nene Leakes

Now for a little sunshine in the midst.  Nene Leakes became a fan favorite from jump when she appeared on the first season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”   Nene can be seen as polarizing for fans of RHOA, but Nene began to see herself on TV, she began to take the opportunity of doing some emotional housecleaning, tried to find ways to control her emotions when people pushed her buttons.  So, she did change due to reality television, but it was a change toward a better Nene.

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