There have been tons of hookups and relationships formed during Big Brother's 18 seasons, so much so that fans even coined a word for it — the showmance. While most couples don't survive after the show, others are, surprisingly, still together!
The word "showmance" was first coined by former Big Brother 2 winner Will Kirby to describe a romance between two housemates that takes place on the show. Showmances are particular to Big Brother since participants use relationships as a strategic play to stay in the house. Cast members entangled in romance drama tend to be more likable and entertaining, thus, prompting viewers to vote for them to stay in the house.
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Another advantage to coupling in the Big Brother house is that couples can protect each other by voting together and holding power over the other contestants. Of course, sometimes these situations don't aways pan out too well. Season 5 participant Drew Daniel used his relationship with Diane Henry (now Diane McFarland) to his advantage — only to betray her by voting her out of the house and, ultimately, winning his season.
"Well of course I will always think he sucks as a person to do that to me," she said back in 2006. "He did what he had to do to win the game, and I was stupid about not thinking. But we are very good friends and talk all the time."
Other couples have had better luck. Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly met during Season 12 of the show and are still together! They married in 2012 and gave birth to a daughter in 2016.
Check out the gallery to see where other Big Brother couples are now — and find out if their love lasted after the show.
The two met during the show's 13th season and originally started off as friends before their relationship blossomed into something more. “Truth be told, I really didn’t like him at first,” Daniele said in 2013. “I thought he was a little troublemaker. But we became friends, and although I didn’t like him like that, it just grew.”
The couple tied the knot in 2013 and are still married — and while there's no baby on the way yet, Daniele has said that she and Dominic are definitely planning on one.