Way back in 1998, the real world was rocked by The Real World‘s secret romance between housemate David and Kira, his casting director who was 10 years older than him. After their relationship came to light in truly dramatic fashion after he spent weeks fooling the production team, delivering one of reality TV’s most iconic moments (Who can ever forget David’s sobs in the car, yelling “I love you, it kills me!”?), Kira was fired and the couple ultimately split.
“Bear in mind, I was coming from an all-male military school—I really didn’t have much contact with women. So to have a woman 10 years my senior show affection to me, I absolutely flipped my lid. I just fell madly in love with her,” he later told MTV News. “And with good reason—she’s a beautiful, intelligent woman. I’m still friends with Kira; unfortunately, she just happened to be employed by the company that was f–king filming me.”