Sunday, January 2, 2011

John Granatell Is Dating Hailey Glassman: Who Smells A Couple Seeking a Reality Show?

If you don't smell an attempt at a reality show in the works with these two, you must have a really stuffy nose.

RadarOnline reports that John Granatell, son of Real Housewives of New Jersey's Kim Granatell, is dating Hailey Glassman, the girl who dated Jon Gosselin (Jon and Kate Plus 8) after his divorce from mom of eight Kate.

I would like to note that I smell some major fame seeking in this relationship. Here's why:

* Kim Granatell did whatever it took to get screen time on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She built a friendship with Danielle Staub, then presumably turned on her when she realized that being friends with Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita would better help her score her slice of fame. It did, but still didn't make her popular enough to win a starring role in the next season.

* Kim probably encouraged her son John to date Hailey and see where the fame could take them. Even if John wasn't necessarily seeking fame on his own, his mom probably encouraged it.

* Hailey Glassman relished in the fame she found with Jon Gosselin. Probably even beyond that, she loved the money that Jon provided her. The relationship seemed to fall apart when the money dried up. Kim and John Granatell probably have loads of money, and Hailey's loving it.

* Hailey knows she needs a fame boost to get a reality television show, and John can provide that boost. Even if she can't get her own show, she can get in with some famous circles through John, and possibly even gain screen time on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

I'm not saying that John and Hailey aren't dating for real. I believe that they actually are dating. They have a lot in common: they've got semi-famous backgrounds and are definitely open to being on television. They probably realize that together, they are more powerful than they are apart, and that can help to build a very serious relationship. Plus, their shared experiences can build solidarity - they've been there, done that in the reality fame world. Do I predict a marriage in the near future? Probably not. But that's okay - this is by far not the most dysfunctional relationship for reality stars.

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