Warning: The following contains spoilers for Season 2 of Too Hot to Handle.
As the trolls rage and keyboard bang—wHy Is MeNS HeaLTH CoVERiNG ToO HOt ToO HANdlE??—we look upon your disgust and we do not care. Too Hot to Handle is goddang peak entertainment content, featuring everything we love, like men being vulnerable in front of women, bros supporting bros, and totally unnecessary, absolutely ridiculous, utterly meaningless competition. Who will win? And more importantly, who will lose by getting laid?
After season 2, it’s clear one couple definitely won, in that not only did they literally win money—Marvin Anthony taking home the entire pot of $55,000—they also got to break most of the rules and copulate without consequence, showing that meaningful connections very much can be made after seemingly meaningless physical intimacy, thank you very much, Lana, you sexual Puritan.
Marvin and Melinda Melorose (Marlinda? Melvin?) weren’t just the hottest couple to handle—both admitting to using the other sex for their own pleasure (not that there’s anything wrong with sex for one’s own pleasure, so long as intentions are communicated and acts are consensual, but you get the point). The couple also developed the most apparent bond, fully committing to each other at the end of the season. Marvin, who lives in Paris, wanted to be exclusive with New York’s Melinda. And Melinda wanted Marvin.
It was a big decision for both of them. Did it last? Months later, did Marvin and Melinda make it work?
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Are Marvin and Melinda still together?
No. And, oh boy, is there drama to explain why.
After the show, social media snoops unearthed details about Marvin, which would probably have been very relevant to the show’s contestants, was likely very juicy and pre-planned by the show’s producers, and would have been known by anyone living in France, speaking French, and watching reality television: Marvin is a reality TV show veteran.
Marvin has reportedly been on four different reality shows in France, his most recent, Les Princes et Les Princesses de l’Amour (“The Princes and Princesses of Love”), concluded with Marvin apparently falling in love with another contestant. When Marvin returned from Turks and Caicos where Too Hot to Handle is filmed, he reportedly continued his relationship with that reality TV boo. (This also means he went on to Too Hot to Handle while already in a relationship of sorts.)
Apparently neither woman knew of the other. Marvin was simply in love with both—or playing both, depending on your cynicism.
Melinda has since appeared on the Instagram of another contestant, Peter Vigilante. So we guess everyone ended up with someone?
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