"Evel Dick" Donato says a romp with a Vegas stripper is why he's HIV positive ... so he thinks.
Dick tells TMZ ... he had unprotected sex with the stripper -- who he says got her period during intercourse. Dick says, "When I woke up, she was gone and I looked like I had murdered someone."
Donato was diagnosed in 2011 ... from blood tests administered on "Big Brother." Donato says he left the show and broke the news to his mother and his girlfriend ... calling it the "hardest conversation I have ever had to have."
Dick says his GF -- who tested negative -- was amazing ... assuring him they would get through it. She stuck by him for the next two years, until they split in 2013. They're appearing on "Couples Therapy" to see if they can re-ignite their relationship.
As for the whole unprotected sex thing ... Dick says he already had a vasectomy so as far as he was concerned he had eliminated the only known risk. Clearly he didn't know ... unprotected sex is risky.
'Big Brother' Star
I Wish Evel Dick Stayed In Game
... After HIV Diagnosis
10/1/2014 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of "Evel Dick" Donato's former "Big Brother" housemates tells TMZ ... she wishes Dick would have STAYED in the BB house after learning he was HIV positive -- but Dick says he didn't have a choice.
Donato -- who won BB in 2007 and then rejoined the cast in 2011 -- left the show very early into Season 13 when he was informed by producers that blood tests showed he had HIV.
We spoke with Rachel Reilly -- who was competing in the house at the time -- who tells us she wishes Donato would have stayed in the game.
"If he had a meeting with everyone it would have been a way to give the disease a voice," Reilly said ... "It's reality TV."
She adds, "I think it's cool he is talking about it 3 years later and I hope this changes people's lives. I think it's brave of him."
We also spoke with Evel Dick on "TMZ Live" moments ago ... who told us he didn't get a choice to stay in the game -- producers told him he had to leave.
But he also says he wasn't ready to go public with the information anyway ... "This was the most shocking news I've ever been told. I needed time to digest."
Donato says it's already destroyed him in one way -- financially.
For their part, a rep for CBS tells TMZ Dick was not forced to leave the show, but rather made the decision on his own.
'Couples Therapy' Host
Janay Should DIVORCE Ray Rice
9/11/2014 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Janay Rice is making a HUGE mistake by staying with her husband after the elevator attack -- so says the host of VH1's "Couples Therapy."
We spoke with Dr. Jenn Berman -- who says she has an extensive background in domestic violence cases -- and she tells us she was particularly horrified by the Ray Rice footage.
Berman also says while it's good that Ray and Janay seek help -- it's important that they each have SEPARATE counseling sessions .. so that Janay can be open and honest without fear.
As for whether Janay should forgive Ray for the attack -- Berman is clear, "I think you can forgive someone and not have to be in a relationship with them."
4/3/2013 6:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cast of the VH1 reality show "Couples Therapy" was evacuated from their house this afternoon after a fire broke out inside one of the rooms ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us, a 911 call was placed around 4:45pm reporting the blaze.
We're told the fire department rushed to the scene, but by the time they arrived ... the crew had already extinguished the flames. Once firefighters determined the situation was all clear, they took off. No one was injured.
Sources connected with the show tell us the fire was caused by a production light which had burned a couch.
Production is scheduled to resume tomorrow.
It's the second emergency at the house this week -- Flavor Flav's fiancee was rushed to a hospital Monday following a suspected overdose.
Flavor Flav's Fiancee
Overdoses On VH1's 'Couples Therapy'
4/1/2013 2:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:45 PM PT -- A rep for Flavor tells TMZ, Liz was NOT treated for an OD. The rep says Liz was briefly treated for exhaustion at the hospital after being kept awake all night doing "Couples Therapy" stuff ... and producers are hyping it up for ratings.
The rep adds, "The claim of an overdose, or any involvement of drugs, could not be further from the truth."
Flavor Flav's fiancee -- who is starring with the rapper on this season's "Couples Therapy" -- was hospitalized today after ODing on painkillers ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the show tell TMZ ... the fiancee, Liz Trujillo, is the mother of one of Flav's children. The two agreed to appear on the show together to work on their relationship.
A honcho on the show tells us ... the OD was accidental and not a suicide attempt. We're told she was "acting strange" and it became apparent "she took too many pills."
The 39-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she remains although we're told she'll be released soon.
'Teen Mom' Star Catelynn Lowell
We Need Couples Therapy!
3/27/2013 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Teen Mom" stars Catelynn Lowell and fiancé Tyler Baltierra might not be getting married as soon as you think ... TMZ has learned the duo has joined the new season of "Couples Therapy."
Catelynn and Tyler -- who infamously put their "Teen Mom" kid up for adoption back in 2008 -- have been on and off for over seven years -- but were reportedly set to tie the knot in Michigan in a few months.
Now, sources tell us, Catelynn and Tyler will hash out their problems on the Vh1 show ... about couples whose relationships are floundering.
We're told rapper Chingy, Flavor Flav and Joe Francis have also joined the cast ... with their current significant others.
Sounds like a recipe for ... reality TV.
Courtney Stodden's Husband
'Couples Therapy' Co-Star
Calls Him a 'Child Molester'
8/19/2012 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
17-year-old Courtney Stodden's 52-year-old husband is a "child molester" -- at least that's what one his "Couples Therapy" co-stars called him on set last week ... and it's creating massive tensions among the cast.
The show began filming last week -- and sources tell TMZ, when Courtney's husband Doug Hutchison introduced himself to TheDirty.com's Nik Richie ... Richie refused to shake his hand.
According to sources, Richie then called the guy a "child molester" and refused to say another word to him.
We're told Doug was deeply offended by the remark and has been extremely upset since. The standoff has created a rift among the cast.
FYI -- Doug married Courtney in Vegas last year ... when she was just 16. Courtney's mother had to sign a consent form permitting the marriage because Courtney was under 18 at the time.
'Real Housewives' Stars
Our Marriage Is Crumbling
... And We Need HELP
8/6/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Real Housewives of New York" stars Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen claim they're on the verge of a nasty split -- so they've decided to hash out their issues on a VH1 reality show for troubled couples.
Sources close to the production of "Couples Therapy" tell TMZ, Alex and Simon will be starring on the upcoming season of the show -- alongside 17-year-old Courtney Stodden and her 52-year-old husband Doug Hutchison.
In addition to those two couples -- we're told R&B singer JoJo (From K-Ci & JoJo) will be appearing with his wife, as well as TheDirty.com blogger Nik Richie and his "Bachelor" star wife Shayne Lamas.
Rapper Too $hort will also be on the show with his 15-year on-again-off-again girlfriend Monica Payne.
As we reported, each couple will be getting "intense counseling" while on the show -- which began taping a few days ago.
Sounds like a hit.
Teen Bride Checks Into VH1's 'Couples Therapy'
8/3/2012 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a shocker ... 17-year-old Courtney Stodden believes there are MAJOR PROBLEMS with her marriage to 52-year-old "Lost" actor Doug Hutchison ... and now she hopes they can be solved on a VH1 reality show.
TMZ has learned ... Stodden -- who married Hutchison when she was 16 -- has signed on to the upcoming season of VH1's "Couples Therapy."
Sources connected to production tell us ... the couple has acknowledged there are "obvious problems in their relationship because of their age difference and the notoriety they've gotten because of their relationship."
Courtney and Doug -- along with 4 other couples -- will receive "intense counseling" throughout the course of the show ... which began taping a few days ago.