Right in the middle of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, we saw some fairly surprising news when it comes the “Big Brother” community as Paulie Calafiore and Zakiyah Everette, who first got together on season 18 this past summer, officially broke up. The two confirmed this separately in posts on social media; they’d made a number of appearances together since the show ended, and they also leveraged social media in a big way in making a series of YouTube videos together.
One of the interesting things about this past season of the hit CBS show is that it produced a number of relationships that lasted outside of the house. In addition to Paulie and Zakiyah (known mostly by “Zaulie” to fans of the show), you’ve also got James Huling and Natalie Negrotti to go along with Nicole Franzel and Corey Brooks. Who knows why we got so many showmances this year? They broke a trend with a number of relationships, and then broke it again by having them last longer than six months. That’s almost an achievement in its own right when you think about the shelf life of most other reality TV relationships.
There have been some other “Big Brother” relationships (over the many seasons of the show) that have turned into marriages and even families. All you have to do is look at Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, or Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas. While Daniele Donato and Dominic Briones were not together during their time on the show, they became an item and married down the road.
Hopefully, these two get a little bit of time now to process everything before moving on to the next phase in their lives.
We imagine that as we get further and further into the year, we’re going to have some more news when it comes to “Big Brother,” including the latest season of “Big Brother Canada.” You can get a little more news all about that by heading over to the link here (we will be covering it once again with reviews and live feed updates). One of the things that we are curious about at the moment is whether or not so many recent reality TV romances is going to lead to either more or less of them happening down the road. (Photo: CBS.)
Update: We had posted the breakup message from Paulie and Zakiyah below, but they’ve since deleted it. We’ll wait and see if that means anything.
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