Melissa Rycroft Reveals Why Reality TV Won’t Harm Her Marriage
Hulk and Linda Hogan. Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. What do these (and countless other reality) couples have in common? They didn’t make it.
Former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft tells People that’s not going to happen to her and hubby Tye Strickland, who currently star in their new CMT series Melissa and Tye: A New Reality. She says the key to making it work in the public eye is their decision to be selective about what they will and will not air on the show: "They're not issues, they're not problems. They're just things we don't want to throw out there and open up for public scrutiny and public debate."
As if things aren’t challenging enough with the cameras rolling, what’s it like adding a long-distance relationship — she’s in LA with their young daughter Ava while Tye works in Texas — into the equation? "You just get used to it," Melissa says, "We've gotten used to this adjustment, and it's obviously not hard once you get over that initial transition period.”
Melissa knows a thing or two about transitions. After Jason Mesnick publicly broke Melissa’s heart in Season 13 of The Bachelor, she got back together with old flame Tye. The former DWTS star and Bachelor Pad 1 host gives credit to him for helping her move on from that chapter in her life: "He's the one who has been the motivating factor. He was like, 'You need to give this a shot. It's your turn to be selfish.' And so he was really supportive throughout the whole thing."