Former Cosby Kid Tempestt Bledsoe, 36, has been involved in a log-term relationship with 46 year old Darryl Bell (aka Ron Johnson from “A Different World”). The two are now involved in a new reality series from Fox Reality entitled “Househusbands of Hollywood.” Don’t let the title fool you though, Tempestt and Darryl are not married at all, although they have been involved for over 16 years. The couple has no kids and apparently have no plans to marry. Yet another “reality” show that’s lacking “reality!” *sigh*
After rumors were spreading that the two had possibly tied the knot, Darryl hit up Atlanta radio station V-103 a few days ago to verify that he and Tempestt are definitely NOT married. Darryl says he’s still not ready to make that commitment and “if it ain’t broke…” He also made a shocking comment that he wanted to be a “Steadman” to her Oprah. Oh…Ummmmkay. That being said…Tempestt is the breadwinner in the household and makes all of the pertinent decisions while Darryl takes care of the home.
Their arrangement is probably a smart move for Tempestt who still has control of her finances. Darryl, however lost over $14 million dollars he inherited from his late father’s estate due to bad investments well before he and Tempestt became a couple and seemingly never recovered financially. He was sued by family members who accused him of mismanaging funds from the estate but a judge ruled that it was “foolishness, not abuse” which led to the loss.
I dunno about these two. 16 years is an awful long time to take care of someone who’s not your child. I guess it’ll be fun to watch the show to actually figure out the dynamics of their relationship. The little bit I watched I immediately noticed who wears the pants in the household and it isn’t Ron Johnson Darryl Bell.
Check out the full 1st epispode of “Househusbands of Hollywood” below (Tempestt/Darryl’s segment begins at 5:32) and let me know if you see what I see: