My Strange Addiction: Where Are the Cast Members Now?

TLC’s ‘My Strange Addiction’ is a reality show that premiered in 2010 and ran for five seasons until 2015. It focused on real-life instances where people fall into quirky habits that some might even call addictions. From strange food choices to weird fixations, each person on the show had their own woe to share. Through this, viewers learn about several mental health issues that might lead to showcased behavior. Many of the show’s fans are understandably eager to know what the show’s cast is up to these days, and we are here to answer the same!

Trisha Paytas is Creating Content on YouTube

We are starting with perhaps one of the most famous cast members from the TLC series, Trisha Paytas. The self-admitted tanning addict seems to not only have let go of her “addiction” but has built quite a life for herself. As a YouTuber, Trisha has found immense success and has over 5 million subscribers on the video platform. Additionally, she has an OnlyFans account.

Having been in the limelight for well over a decade, the star has appeared in several other shows, including her brief stint in ‘Celebrity Big Brother‘ season 20. Trisha has always been open about her mental health issues, including her Schizophrenia diagnoses which she received at ages 12 and 18. Moreover, she was apparently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder at 31.

On a more personal note, Trisha married Moses Hacmon in 2021, and the couple welcomed their daughter, Malibu Barbie, in September 2022. Over the years, she has often found herself surrounded by rumors and scandals, which often add to the public’s interest in her. The reality TV star herself is never shy about addressing any news surrounding her. This includes her 2019 announcement, where she declared herself to be transgender though she claimed that she preferred to use her birth name and the female pronouns, which led to widespread criticism of her actions.

Lori Broady is Enjoying Life Without a Blow Dryer

Since her time on the reality show, it seems like Lori Broady has indeed let go of her attachment to her blow dryer. “I’m completely done with it. Since I’ve quit, I’m kind of on the outside looking in. It took a long time to get here, but I’m doing really well without it,” she told Entertainment Weekly in February 2011. “That being said, I did not realize just how dangerous using the blow dryer really was. I guess that’s part of my denial process. I really, really, in my heart, felt like, what is the big deal? It’s just something I’ve always done. I knew it was strange. I knew it was weird. But I did not understand the severity of it.” We are certainly glad for the positive outlook that Lori has gained and are hopeful that she and her daughter are having the time of their life.

Lauren Powers is Running a Fitness Business

Lauren Powers, AKA Laurie Mac Donald, is another well-known personality featured in the first season of the TLC show. She continued her passion for bodybuilding, winning many competitions over the years until 2014. She is presently the Owner of the Powers Fitness event and a bodybuilding and fitness competition named after her in Brooklyn, New York. In 2019, the businesswoman launched her book Beneath the Muscle: Unleash Your Inner Champion.’ The branding expert is known for appearing in various music videos and television shows.

Samantha Becker is Leading Brand Development

Like many of her fellow castmates, Samantha Becker is an active YouTuber. However, that is far from her only accomplishment. She is also the Founder and Speechwriter of Epigraph and is affiliated with LIT Axis as its Head of Brand Development. The reality TV star is a proud momma to Linus Figment Becker, an adorable dog with her own Instagram page. Samantha’s fans can use her YouTube to learn about makeup and what she does daily.

April Brucker is Hosting ‘April in Vegas’

Ventriloquist April Brucker has continued on her chosen career path and seems to make impressive progress. 2021 saw her completing a nine-month residency with BurlesQ at Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. As of writing, April hosts a television show titled ‘April in Vegas.’ The reality TV cast member continues to hope for a man who will accept her passion for ventriloquism and accept her wholeheartedly.

Tom Seabourne is Setting Cycling Records

Cycling “addict” Tom Seabourne seems to have retained his love for the activity and even holds a Guinness World Record. Besides, he is a member of the United States Taekwondo team and an international champion of cycling. The athlete has a YouTube channel where she shares his fitness regime when it comes to exercises in the gym.

As of writing, Tom is based in Texas and is affiliated with the Northeast Texas Community College. In fact, he is the mind behind the college’s Live Like an Athlete program. Moreover, the reality TV star has written a book titled ‘Glitches into Gold: Live Like a Champion,’ published in April 2018.

Divya Anantharaman is Leading in Taxidermy

Like many other cast members of the TLC show, Divya Anantharaman has converted her “addiction” into a successful career path. The taxidermy enthusiast owns Gotham Taxidermy, which provides some of the best services in New York City, New York. Her combination of scientific and artistic methods is one of the main reasons behind her success. Needless to say, Divya’s impeccably lifelike results never fail to amaze those who follow the taxidermist on social media.

Sheyla Hershey is Recovering from Implant Issues

Sheyla Hershey’s obsession with breast implants may have landed her a spot on the show, but her time after the series seems far from easy. It has been reported that the reality TV star was involved in a car accident that led to ruptures in her implants. Due to the threat to her life from the sustained injuries, Sheyla’s implants and some of her breast tissues had to be apparently removed. She allegedly attempted suicide twice in 2011 following the whole process and fell into a coma, much to the grief of her husband and children.

Lacey Wildd is Working as a Psychic

We are moving on to another well-known cast member of the show, Paula Ann Simonds, AKA Lacey Wildd. She has appeared in several reality shows and movies after her time on the show. The mother of six eventually became a professional psychic in 2016 under the name of Ghostbusty. Interestingly, Lacey’s daughter, Tori, also appeared in an episode of ‘True Life,’ where she expressed her disagreement with the various enhancements surgeries undertaken by her mother.

Karmello Montanah is Thriving in Creative Fields

Since her time on the show, Karmello Montanah has seemingly let go of cosmetic injections. She is a proud businesswoman, given her role as the owner of GreenRoze. She also works as a songwriter, director, and designer, who has launched many songs over the years and is affiliated with UnitedMasters. Furthermore, Karmello maintains a strong bond with her son, who is now a teenager. The reality TV star is quite proud of her body and fitness and is never shy about showing them off.

Asha Mandela is Maintaining Her Record-Breaking Locs

Based in Clermont, Florida, Asha Mandela has continued maintaining her long and gorgeous locs, which measured 110 feet in August 2022. The reality TV star’s feat has allowed her to enter the Guinness World Records, an accomplishment she is pretty proud of, and she does not plan to cut her hair soon. Asha often carries her hair in a sling so as not to drag them onto the ground. The real-life Rapunzel is presently happily married to Emmanuel Chege, a loc stylist who adores his wife’s hair.

Amy and Becky Are Expanding Their Brand

Twins Amy and Becky are as close as ever and have expanded their brand considerably. The duo is known as the Glass Twins and has a shared Instagram account. They even started their YouTube channel in July 2020. In addition, the sisters are the minds behind GTE Agency, an experimental marketing company that provides unique and productive solutions to its various clients. When not working, Amy and Becky like to spend time in each other’s company and their loved ones and live life to the fullest.

Adam Guerra is Performing as a Drag Madonna Impersonator

Adam Guerra, AKA Venus D-Lite, is a drag performer who continues to impersonate Madonna during his performances. Interestingly, the TLC series is not the only television experience the entertainer has, given his participation in ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 3. In August 2021, Adam publically revealed his status as HIV-positive. This was followed by his June 2022 revelation about being sexually assaulted by another popular drag performer though he has refused to reveal the name as of writing. Over the years, Adam has been an art of various projects, including his brief appearance in ‘Botched’ season 1 and his partnership with Toby Sheldon and Kitty Jay for a song titled “The Plastics.”

How Did Toby Sheldon Die?

On August 21, 2015, Tobias Strebel, AKA Toby Sheldon, was found dead in a room in Motel 6 in San Fernando Valley, California. The Justin Bieber impersonator had been reported missing on August 18, 2015, and many drugs were found in the same room. It was later revealed that the reality TV star had passed away due to multiple drug intoxication, though the authorities stated that the overdose was likely accidental.

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