depression in a major way that I’d never experienced before. We traveled a lot, my father died, and career-wise, Mr. Rocque works a very demanding job. We definitely wouldn’t have wanted cameras and interference there for that, because it would’ve magnified our problems and added extra stress that didn’t need to be there.
By that point in our lives, we’d forgotten about the show, and the producers had obviously forgot about us. But their oversight was a blessing. We do share bits of information about who we are and our relationship, but it’s something that we control and we’re both thankful for that ownership. We’re also thankful for a true friend who was trying to look out for us, and for major lessons learned in hindsight. In the age of reality TV and social media, some things are better off private and free of outside judgment and manipulation.
Mr. and Mrs. Rocque are the couple formerly known as Anslem Samuel and Starrene Rhett, journalists who found love in between bylines. Follow the newlyweds’ musings of a marriage in progress here, on Twitter and via their joint blog.