The Wildest Reality TV Couples of All Time

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Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley

Amber Portwood and Matt Baier
Teen Mom stars Amber Portwood and Matt Baier. Getty Images

Teen Mom 2 star Amber Portwood has had her fair share of ups and downs since she first burst onto the reality TV scene on 16 and Pregnant. However, nothing has caused quite the amount of upheaval in her life as her relationship with former beau Gary Shirley, the father of her daughter, Leah. Gary and Amber's relationship was already the subject of plenty of scrutiny, thanks to their four-year age difference, and ended in dramatic fashion after a series of missteps including a $21 engagement ring, physical violence, and a jail sentence for Amber. Luckily, the pair have both moved on, with Amber engaged to Twitter follower-turned-beau Matt Baier, and Gary married to Kristina Anderson, mother to his youngest daughter, Emilee. 

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Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick pose together. Getty Images

Kim Kardashian may get the most flack for her makeups and breakups, but it's Kourtney Kardashian and on-again, off-again boyfriend Scott Disick who take the cake for most stops and starts in their relationship. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars were broken up prior to the birth of their first child, Mason Dash Disick, in 2009, and have split and reunited multiple times in the intervening years, with Kourtney giving birth to two more children, Penelope and Reign, along the way. With trips to rehab for Scott and Kourtney's rumored romance with Justin Bieber, it's no wonder these two have continued to pique the interest of their fans for so long. 

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Kate and Jon Gosselin

Kate Gosselin
Kate Gosselin promotes her autobiography. Getty Images/FilmMagic

Having eight kids is no easy feat, even for the most solid couples. While the couple's relationship was going strong during the early seasons of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus Eight, there were soon visible signs that living in the public eye was getting to them. The pressure of raising an enormous brood finally proved too much for the Pennsylvania couple, who endured an acrimonious divorce, a lawsuit brought against Jon by TLC, and Jon's increasingly messy personal life splashed across the pages of tabloids for years following the show's cancellation.

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Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida

Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida
Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida. Getty Images

Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida's union had all the trappings of a match made in heaven — Phaedra's career as an entertainment attorney, their joint venture as members of the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast, and two beautiful sons. What they didn't count on was Apollo's criminal past coming back to bite him at the height of their popularity, with their marriage crumbling in front of millions of fans when he was sentenced to eight years in federal prison and millions of dollars in restitution for multiple counts of identity theft and bank fraud

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Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag celebrate the US launch of MeMe London. Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, colloquially known as Speidi, fully embraced their roles as villains on The Hills. They weren't above playing dirty with the show's protagonist, Lauren Conrad, who accused them of spreading a rumor that she had a created a sex tape, but their reign of terror couldn't last. After Heidi's failed album, multiple plastic surgeries, and some wild spending, the couple revealed that they had blown through $10 million trying to keep up with their lavish lifestyle and had been forced to move in with family.

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Teresa and Joe Giudice

Teresa and Joe Giudice
Teresa and Joe Giudice celebrate at Mount Airy Casino. Getty Images

Teresa Giudice's marriage to "juicy" husband Joe has always been action-packed. In her early days as one of the original Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa made a name for herself when she nearly threw a table on Danielle Staub, and things only got less glamorous from there. After creating four daughters and one ridiculously opulent New Jersey mansion, it turned out that Joe and Teresa weren't actually rolling in dough — they were both sentenced to prison time (one year for Teresa and three for Joe) for mortgage, bank, and bankruptcy fraud.

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Jenelle Evans and Nathan Griffith

Jenelle Evans
Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans poses at her birthday party. Getty Images

Jenelle Evans relationship history has had some major ups and downs, but perhaps none so dramatic as her broken engagement with baby daddy Nathan Griffith. Jenelle and Nathan were clearly already dealing with some serious jealousy prior to the birth of their son, Kaiser, in 2014, and things only got worse from there. Jenelle called the cops on Nathan for domestic violence in March 2014, and only two months later, the mom of two was arrested for the same crime. A few more arrests later, these two have thankfully decided that it's probably for the best if they learn how to co-parent — just not as a couple. 

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