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Are “Wife Guys” Truly “Wife Guys”?

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at VCU chapter.

This week on the internet has been very hectic. If you’re familiar with Buzzfeed, you probably know who the Try Guys are. They are a group of men who broke ties with Buzzfeed a few years ago and created their own channel. One group member, Ned Fulmer, has long branded himself as a man who loves his wife, Ariel. In every video he is in, he mentions how much he loves his wife (maybe an exaggeration, but you get my point). Ariel is even featured in a number of videos on the channel. However, it was recently confirmed that this “wife guy” cheated on his wife with one of his employees. It gets even crazier when you realize this employee was also engaged.

My real question is, are we even surprised?

The past couple of years has shown us that men that showboat their wives and their relationships are often the ones to cheat. Another example of this is Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5, who was in a cheating scandal not too long ago. There is a famous video of Levine supporting his wife, Behati Prinsloo, at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. However, a TikToker exposed Levine by sharing screenshots of him flirting with her in her direct messages. In my opinion, the worst part is that Levine asked if he could name his new child with his wife after this girl.

Another example of this is John Mulaney, a comedian. Mulaney quite literally built his career off of loving his wife, Anna Marie Tendler, just as Ned Fulmer did. And of course, just like Fulmer, he also cheated on his wife. Mulaney told interviewers that he filed for divorce prior to meeting the mother of his child, Olivia Munn, but his wife states that he asked for divorce much later. You can kind of connect the dots there.

Circling back to Ned Fulmer, a lot of his former coworkers at BuzzFeed were not at all surprised and shadily implied he flirted with a lot of them. Additionally, some employees at Try Guys were also not shocked. It also seems that the other Try Guys knew for a while as Fulmer was cropped out of a lot of recent videos and was not in the recent merch drop video. It makes sense being that Fulmer has left Try Guys since this scandal has come out. Fulmer has also apologized publicly for his actions. The employee, who was engaged, does not seem to be engaged anymore. I assume this because her fiancé has deleted all pictures of her on his social media.

Personally, I feel for every single woman in these stories and believe that they deserve better. Infidelity in marriage, especially a public one, seems like it is the worst combination of embarrassing and heartbreaking. However, I would just like to summarize these men are probably the weakest link. I especially would not trust a man that blasts his relationship or significant other all over social media. It feels like these men like to do this out of guilt because of their own actions or thoughts.

Kaitlyn Austin is an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a bachelor's in political science with a concentration in civil rights. She is passionate about social justice, advocacy, and astrology.