Bravo Stars' Juicy Confessions About Love & Having to "Kiss a Lot of Frogs"

Bravo Stars' Juicy Confessions About Love & Having to "Kiss a Lot of Frogs"

Need some insight into romance? Bravolebs offer up their too-real and slightly-sassy anecdotes on finding love.

By Jocelyn Vena

Love is in the air on Valentine's Day — and really, all year round — for these Bravo couples. These pairs allow fans into their lives on social media and on Bravo, giving viewers an intimate peek at their everyday life, which includes over-the-top declarations of love as well as the small, sweet gestures to profess how they feel about that special someone.

Since love is always worth celebrating and we can all use a little insight into how to make it work, The Daily Dish caught up with a handful of Bravolebs and their significant others to get their candid, sugary-sweet, and sometimes-sassy confessions about their own love lives. In the process, they also offered up words of wisdom on what it takes to make a relationship work in this wild and crazy world.

It's not always easy, but these couples remind us it's worth it. 

Jackie Goldschneider

"I think that’s probably the best love advice, to treat yourself with love also." -- Jackie Goldschneider

Jackie is a mom to two sets of twins(!!), but is quick to remind The Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers that the magic between her and her husband,  Evan Goldschneider, is hardly extinguished, even with such hectic lives.

So, perhaps we should all heed her advice that when it comes to keeping the romance alive, it starts with you.

"Love advice in general, I don’t know who told it to me — I don’t think it was my parents though. But it’s true that you really do have to love yourself if you’re going to be able to love another person fully. I think that’s probably the best love advice, to treat yourself with love also. Don’t forget yourself."

Cynthia Bailey

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta fans have been rooting for Cynthia in her love life since they met her. Viewers have watched her marry — and divorce — Peter Thomas. But these days, her heart belongs to sports broadcaster and fiancé Mike Hill.

The couple will marry this October, and now we know why she decided he was the one. And we think her reasoning is a great piece of wisdom that anyone should apply to their love lives. 

"I have to say compatibility is high up there."

"We really have a lot in common, which is a blessing," she said. "Because I think, you know, a lot of people say that communication is like one of the most important things in a relationship, but I have to say compatibility is high up there."

Kyle Cooke

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The road to happily ever after wasn't always smooth for Summer House's Kyle and his now-fiancé Amanda Batula. But at the end of the day, these two knew they wanted to spend forever together and plan to marry in the future.

"Good things take time."

So, if you're feeling like you need some encouragement to know if you've found the one, let Kyle be your guide.

"Don't rush anything — trust your gut instincts!" Kyle said for anyone also trying to make a relationship work. "Good things take time, and bad things can't be forced." 

Ariana Madix

"Sometimes you should just go to bed angry." -- Ariana Madix

This Vanderpump Rules bartender and her boyfriend, Tom Sandoval, have done it all together — including working multiple jobs side-by-side (as bartenders at SUR, co-writing a book together, etc). They also live together. So, maybe Ariana's advice on co-habitating is worth a listen, OK?

"I like, don’t want to say something cliché… Like when people say don’t go to bed angry, I’m like, sometimes you should just go to bed angry — because if you try to work it out, sometimes it makes it worse. Just go to bed and chill out, and then in the morning you’ll have a better conversation about it," she said. "I don’t know who told me that. I’ve lived that. Sometimes it’s OK to go to bed angry."

Mercedes "MJ" Javid

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MJ and husband Tommy Feight have experienced great joys together, including their wedding which they featured on Shahs of Sunset, but these two also know how to weather hardships. Tommy was by MJ's side after she lost her dad and also after the difficult birth of their adorable baby boy, Shams Francis Feight

"Listen, actually listen."

Here's MJ's take on how to navigate the many ups and downs of life with your partner: "Listen, actually listen. It's something I'm learning to do, and when I do, I understand the reason behind our disagreements and as a result, we have less of those."

Jax Taylor 

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Jax was a notorious casanova before Brittany Cartwright stepped into his life. Over the years on Vanderpump Rulesfans watched as he had a difficult time committing to, well, commitment. But, somehow, he knew he was ready to take the leap when he met Brittany and they married last year.

So, commitment-phobes, listen up, marriage is totally worth it.

"Being married is awesome."



"Being married means… You know, everyone else is going to say, 'Your first year is always your hardest,' and this and that. It’s actually not. Being married is awesome. It’s the same thing as dating to me," Jax said. "I think the only thing that’s changed in my life is I’m responsible for somebody now. You know, it’s my wife. That’s the only thing that’s changed."

Reza Farahan

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Love means taking your time. It's a lesson that Reza has taken from his marriage to Adam Neely. Their relationship's good and bad moments have been documented on Shahs of Sunset and if we can take away anything from their ups and downs, it just might be this bit of knowledge about investing in your future.

"Small investments in your marriage pay off huge dividends."

"The biggest thing I’ve learned about love, which has been a big life lesson for me because I’m all or nothing, is 'slow and steady wins the race.' Small investments in your marriage pay off huge dividends. It’s not about these grand gestures, it’s about small, little things over time. Doing the right thing constantly, being good constantly add up. It’s not like a one and done. I’m more instant gratification. I want to do a big thing, and I’ve learned that when it comes to love and marriage, it’s like putting pennies into this gigantic piggy bank," Reza said. "And after a long time, then you reap the benefit."

Scheana Shay

"I think you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince." -- Scheana Shay

The Vanderpump Rules SURver has never kept her romances private. From her marriage and divorce from Mike Shay, to her relationships since (hey there, Adam Spott and Rob Valletta!), Scheana lives and loves out loud — and lets everyone see the beautiful and ugly moments one faces when they are falling in and out of love.

Now, she's with the hunky rugby player, Brock Davies. And if we can learn anything from Scheana, it's to never regret those past relationships.

"My new relationship honestly feels like the first real one I’ve ever been in. I don’t think I actually was ever truly, fully happy until now," she said. "I think I told myself I was happy. I acted like the whole world was sunshine and rainbows, when in reality, it’s not. But I think you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince and I found a king."

Stassi Schroeder

"You are the one person I want to be there and make those decisions." -- Stassi Schroeder

The Vanderpump Rules podcast host finally met her match in casting agent Beau Clark after kissing some of the frogs that Scheana may have been alluding to. They became engaged last year after going Instagram official on Valentine's Day 2018, and are currently planning their nuptials, set to take place in Rome.

And Stassi knows she's planning for her best life, but it's clear she's aware that it's not always going to be la dolce vida all day and all the time — and so it was about picking the right guy to handle it all with.

"Honestly, the most romantic thing that I’m excited about getting married is if something ever happened to me, he would be allowed to come into the hospital room and make decisions. That’s really what I think of. It’s… dark, haha! But it’s important. It’s like saying, 'You are the one person I want to be there and make those decisions for me like that.'”

Dr. Jackie Walters

"I’ll let them know that marriage is work." -- Dr. Jackie Walters

Nobody said happily ever after would be all happy, all the time. Dr. Jackie has been married for nearly 20 years to former pro basketball player Curtis Berry — and, yes, they've had some highs and lows in their marriage, which has only made their relationship stronger.

So, the Married to Medicine doctor and author is quick to remind folks that you need to put in the work to make the relationship work.

"Well, I’ll let them know that marriage is work," the OBGYN said. "And so, right now you’re in the fun part where you can investigate and explore and decide if you want to be in a relationship or not — but do know that marriage is like a plant. It continues to grow, it needs watering, it needs good soil. Marriage takes work."

-With additional reporting by Laura Rosenfeld