Are Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons together?
Where does the television show end and the real couple begin?
Is there even a real couple between Shannon and Gene at this point?
Are they just business partners?
Is it simply a game?
Frankly, who knows?
Last night, the season finale ended—expectedly—with Gene proposing to Shannon, and, moments later, “To Be Continued” appearing across the screen. But, Shannon apparently did accept at the time—she was wearing that huge diamond in some of the show’s “candid” couch shots, anyway.
But, is she still wearing it?
“I had no idea where he was going with this,” Tweed tweeted, referring to the proposal that aired last night but, of course, actually occurred months ago. “Thank you for watching and supporting me. It means the world,” she followed moments later and, finally concluding, “We are taking it day by day. Stay tuned.”
Gene echoed Shannon’s “day by day” sentiment, tweeting, “Shannon and I work on our relationship every day. One day at a time. Thanks for watching. When we figure out our lives, you will know.”
It is hard to say if this couple is/isn’t together, really, because their entire life is on a stage—and, it appears that is the way they both prefer it. The two made a big deal of showing the world just how rocky their relationship was on various talk shows as the A&E Gene Simmons Family Jewels season began, arguing openly on NBCs Today Show and Shannon stalking off the Joy Behar Show--where Gene also admits that he has had "philandering" ways in the past. “I thought they were kidding,” Behar told Mediaite in an exclusive interview. “Then it got tense.” Subsequent Twitter commentary by both has been non-committal and leading. And, of course, there is the show itself, with Shannon there one minute, gone the next.
Fans of the show have been vocal, with a large group supporting Shannon. Most comments made by fans on Twitter and Facebook are some version of, “It’s about time, Gene!” but whether or not there is anything “real” about the proposal, as romantic and perfectly staged as it was, is yet to be seen. One thing that fans should consider about the “reality” of this proposal is that it was perfectly staged. The couple made a big deal about being alone in Belize, but come on—the camera was right there the entire time. They were never alone. They had the entire world watching—well, at least, the entire Gene Simmons Family Jewels audience. And, really, does anyone believe that Gene had so many perfectly hilarious attempts to propose to Shannon end in failure, before the perfect setting for the final shot of the season, just by accident?
Twirlit online pointed out a photo, taken on July 18 and posted by Shannon on Twitter, where the family looks, well, like a family that is happy to be together. However, the ring on Shannon’s left hand is obviously not the engagement ring Gene presented to her in the season finale last night—it is bright pink. It most likely was a ploy to throw fans off for the, at the time, upcoming season finale, hinting at the ultimate outcome, even though Shannon and Gene have given multiple statements to the media that led audiences to believe that they are no longer together. But, therein lies the problem of trying to figure out what is going on with this couple/family: Their entire life has become staged for television. It’s just not real—they are not real.
As far as the kids, Nick and Sophie, they seem well-adjusted and behaving appropriately for a situation where their parents are splitting up and placing them in the middle of it all. They do appear genuine in their revelations in front of the camera but, then again, let’s face it: They have grown up as the children of Gene Simmons, ultimate spotlight hog, and the idea that they are complicit in creating and carrying through with a “breakup” then "marriage" scenario really isn’t that far-fetched, considering their surroundings. So, who really knows—and who will ever really know—if they are acting along with their parents, or are being used as pawns in a fabricated relationship-meltdown plotline?
Impossible to say.
But, as Shannon tweeted: Stay tuned.
Read more about Gene and Shannon on Huliq.com:
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