Tonight on “Real World: Ex-Plosion,” the guillotine will finally drop when five of the housemates’ exes move in. Drama is sure to follow, as some of the tenants have found new love in San Francisco, and the “Ex-Plosion” cast will be forced to face their former flames and explain themselves. The fact that they’ll have to do it while all living together is certainly a new concept, but the truth is, Real Worlders have been struggling to balance at-home significant others with new romantic interests for years.
Ever since Flora had an affair despite being a taken woman on ”Real World: Miami,” the show has captured how hard it is to keep a relationship alive with distance and new prospects considered. Before the “Ex-Plosion” cast gets the rude awakening you’ve been waiting for, here’s a look at eight alumni who found themselves stuck in love triangles.
Irulan, “Real World: Las Vegas” Like Montana, Irulan was in an open relationship when she moved into the “Real World” house, but found that it was impossible to balance her affection for her boyfriend, Gabe, with the intrigue of her new crush, Alton. Irulan and Alton had all the ups and downs that are typical of a new couple, and when Irulan couldn’t help but gush about Alton to Gabe, he couldn’t deal with the affair and broke up with her.
Shavonda, “Real World: Philadelphia” Shavonda wanted to stay faithful to her boyfriend, Shaun, while in Philly, but broke things off with him early on to ensure she wouldn’t be a cheater. Soon after, she and Landon began to flirt, but Shaun’s relentless affection and flowergrams left her feeling confused and guilty. Finally, while on a trip to Fiji, Shavonda and Landon hooked up, but she left Philadelphia without a clear relationship with either guy.
Dunbar, “Real World: Sydney“ Parisa first had her sights set on Dunbar when the cast moved into the “Real World” house, but he insisted he was faithful to his girlfriend, Julie…that is, until Shauvon‘s replacement, Ashli, moved in. Ashli and Dunbar hooked up, and when Ashli revealed their affair to the cast, Dunbar became enraged and completely degraded her. They were able to reconcile before moving out, though, and during the reunion, Dunbar revealed that he and Julie were still together.
Jonna, “Real World: Cancun” As soon as Jonna first caught CJ‘s eye in Cancun, she considered breaking up with her boyfriend, Matt, out of fear that temptation would get the best of her in Mexico. Matt was sweet, but Jonna found herself flirting with guys at every corner, and eventually broke up with him, which left her free to participate in the infamous threesome with Canadian Pat and Ayiiia.
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