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.
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.”
Check out the gallery to see where other Big Brother couples are now — and find out if their love lasted after the show.