Brian Dawe had apparently been dating "Teen Mom" star, Farrah Abraham, for five months when the two were flown down to Los Angeles to start filming as patients/cast members for VH1's "Couples Therapy," or so we thought. In a new interview with Starcasm, Brian says that is not the case.
"No," he said. "I was approached by Farrah Abraham to be in a 'pretend relationship' with her so that she could be on a television show." As we now know, that television show was "Couples Therapy." Brian admits that he initially went along with it because VH1 offered him "a substantial amount of money" to be on the show. "Farrah told me to lie to the network and tell them the relationship was real. I hesitated, but reluctantly went along with it initially."
As we now know, Brian never showed up for the taping. But he came close. On October 26, the night before he was scheduled to fly out to Los Angeles and begin filming the show, he performed (he works as a DJ) in Boston and right after that, he headed to Logan Airport to catch his flight to LA. Then, all of a sudden, something inside him snapped. "I checked my bags and got into the airport security line. When I was in that line it really hit me what I was doing," says Brian. "I realized that lying was wrong no matter what the circumstance were and decided my morals and integrity were worth more than any amount of money. I stepped out of the security line and made a life changing decision to stand up for what I believe in and turn down the check I would be receiving for my appearance on this show. At that time I sent a brief email to show producers informing them the relationship was not real and that I would not be appearing on the show."
To Brian's surprise, his admission that the relationship was fake did not deter producers, who he says offered him double the amount of money in order to appear on the show, which he turned down. "I was shocked that the network still wanted to produce a reality show based on this 'relationship,'" says Brian, "even though I had told them it was a complete lie."
He is not sure if the show's host, Dr. Jenn Berman, got the memo, though. "Like I said, the producers knew this relationship was fake," says Brian. "I notified them that it was not real before taping began. I really hope that the producers didn't tell Dr. Jenn Berman they had this knowledge, and if they did inform her then there are some serious ethical issues with that situation."
As for Farrah, Brian says they don't speak anymore. "We have not spoken since the show began filming," he said. "I feel badly that Farrah will probably be ridiculed more when it comes out that she tried to do this show based on a lie. I believe she did it for the money and for continued attention."
"Couples Therapy" premieres tonight at 9PM EST/8PM CST on VH1.