As a big fan, I would give anything to go on The Block. But not at the expense of my marriage.
Just in case you don’t already know, I am a Blockaholic. A term given to those who are more than just a fan of the renovating show The Block. So, I watched the inevitable breakdown of Steve and Chantelle’s relationship last night.
The thing is: I knew it was coming. When the show first started it was reported that Steve and Chantelle took a “break” after the show. In other words, they weren’t talking in real life . So I knew their relationship would crumble over the series. Over the last week, I saw the cracks and last night, the big bang as they battled to keep it together and admitted they’re sleeping in separate beds.
It isn't surprising though.
Because reality TV shows are no place for ever lasting love. Steve and Chantelle aren't the only victims.
One of the famous Twins (and my favourite duo), Lysandra Fraser recently split with her husband Ben Stevens. It came after her spending time away from him and the family to do The Block: Sky High and then recommitting to the current series. In addition, from The Block: Sky High former contestants Madi and Jarrod Coppock reportedly divorced following the show.
So why would anyone want to go on shows like The Block? I mean, they compete to go on. Actually, they apply and pray to get through the auditions.
Probably because they become like me. Crazy obsessed with the absolute coolness of the show. Thoughts of "I could do that better" or "My husband and I could so do that" go through your head. And then there is the prize money. Hell, why not suck it up for 9 weeks to get $100,000 richer (and that is conservative)!
But the real question is: Is your marriage worth more than the prize money?
Because in the case of Steve and Chantelle and the other contestants, that is the question they didn't consider when putting together their audition video.
So, if you are in the reality hype and started to think of applying to be on the next The Block with your loved one, these are the things you need to think about when it comes to your relationship:
In REAL life, you probably don't get to see your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend for more than a few hours in the evening during the week (and probably more on the weekends).