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Over the years, Bravo has peeked into the private lives of every day people better than any network on television. From Real Housewives of various city to real estate moguls on Million Dollar Listing, the cable channel has given a glimpse of how non-celebrities react in their given situations. Now they’ve recruited a few couples who are willing to share the early stages of their married lives in a new show called Newlyweds The First Year. In a recent exclusive interview one of the duos, Tarz Ludwigsen and Tina Sugandh, talked about the experience of becoming reality TV stars.
Tina Sugandh in an international pop star who has worked with a wide range of artists from Timbaland to Ringo Starr. Her new husband, Tarz Ludwigsen, is a former model who left the spotlight behind to found the tech start-up Pandoodle. They talked about why they decided to sign on for the show. Tina recounted, “Tarz and I are always up for an adventure, and we were already given a couples name, ‘Tarzina,’ so why not? Seriously though, we initially figured this would be a show filled with nothing but blissful newlywed moments, but we ended up unfortunately having a year filled with some tragedy, which you will most likely see on the show.”
Even though some of their darker moments are being represented, too, they still don’t regret the decision to do the series. Tina noted, “We are still so happy we did the show, as these real life tragedies we experienced are most likely relatable by all types of couples out there. Hey, at the very least, couples can learn what not to do from me in these situations as I can definitely be a bit ‘looney tunes’ at times.”
And they certainly did have some bumps in the road in their first 12 months of marriage. Their conflicting schedules as they both pursue their careers made finding time together difficult. Tina’s mother passed away and her traditional father wasn’t shy about his issues with his new son-in-law.
As Tina admitted, “It’s been horrible, honestly. We actually lost my mom to cancer, and she was just the most incredibly beautiful woman that I will ever know. So my dad, after 37 years of daily blissful marriage, is understandably just completely broken. Unfortunately, this new dude in his life, Tarz, takes the brunt of dad’s verbal beatings. I always feel stuck in the middle. I feel so very sad for my dad, but how much do I allow him to mistreat Tarz?”
Tarz agreed, adding, “I think Tina’s dad just wanted that good traditional Indian son-in-law that would be at his beck and call and move in with him and cater to his every want, wish and need. I’m just not that person. I’ve never been ok with being ordered around.”
Of course during production they created a new, unexpected family. As Tina noted, “The hardest part was on our last shoot, when we knew we wouldn’t be seeing as much of our amazing producer, Lauren Lazin, as well as the incredible crew. Honestly, we felt so comfortable around the crew that it allowed us to forget the cameras were even there and just totally be ourselves, which actually may not be the best thing for viewers since there will most likely be a lot of ‘TMI.’”
Tune in to NewlywedsThe First Year every Monday night at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. central on Bravo.