He used charm, others’ personal tragedies and fake celebrity endorsements. How Christopher LaVoie cast his reality show and reeled in successful entrepreneurs with a personal story.
“You made me feel like I was more than just another girl in the room,” says LaVoie.
LaVoie met her first boyfriend, Kevin (now her fiance), over the internet. He was interested in her online personality and, although he never bothered to ask her out, he would come over to her apartment on weekends and they would spend all day chatting online. Kevin was an easy-going guy. She didn’t think much about him, but he was persistent, and when she told him she didn’t want to date him, he would continue to ask her out.
LaVoie says her parents encouraged her to be dating a man—she was a tomboy—but they thought “it was a good idea.” One night while at a party with Christopher, her parents saw him and asked her, “what is he doing? We saw him at a party and thought he was dating a girl.”
Christopher LaVoie met his next girlfriend, Sarah, when he was 21 and she was 18. He was a junior at Rutgers University at the time. He had gone out with a lot of students, and Sarah was the girl who had the biggest laugh and had the most attention. She wore her hair in a little bob but would dye it whatever color she wanted. Whenever she dyed it green, they made a joke about it and tried to make it seem more cool, like it was an homage to a girl in a song.
The two started dating and it was pretty serious. They went on long weekend trips to Las Vegas, and at one point she even got a tattoo of a dragon. They were together for one year. Then things changed. That’s when she realized she didn’t want to be with him. He never really apologized for hurting her. In the end, she found someone else. He ended things eventually, but it was a year and a half after he broke up with her.
Soon after he broke up with her, he started dating someone else.