If you doubt that relationships from reality TV shows can last, here’s the couple that will prove you wrong.
Flashback to 1994 when The Real World was originally in San Francisco. This season introduced Judd Winick and Pam Ling to each other; two individuals with very different backgrounds. Judd was an aspiring cartoonist, while Pam was a medical student. Though Pam was in a relationship during the time of the show, but this didn’t stop a friendship from forming.
It wasn’t until after the filming of the show that Pam and Judd became more than just friends. They announced their relationship on the first ever Real World reunion show in 1995. They dated for five years until Judd proposed in 2000… while wearing a gorilla costume.
In 2001 the couple married, and have remained together for the past 12+ years.
Since their wedding, they have had two kids. In addition to their family life, both have continued to educate the public on HIV/AIDS. Their passion for this work stems from their friendship with Pedro, who passed away in late 1994 due to complications from HIV. Judd has used to skills to speak to the public about the topic and has written about book about his relationship with Pedro, while Pam has used her medical degree to conduct research.
This relationship has lasted longer than any other relationship in reality TV history, and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them. I wish them the best in the years to come, and hope they can continue to keep up their positive and impactful work.