It's hard to keep track. But according to people who know rap star DMX, he has fathered ten children with seven different women, with one more on the way. He has also been arrested for animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and identity falsification.
So it's no surprise that the 41-year-old multi-platinum artist was reluctant to go on the new show Couples Therapy, premiering Wednesday night on VH1, with his ex-wife Tashera Simmons.
"He started off really resistant to therapy," Dr. Jenn Berman, the Hollywood psychologist who will counsel five celebrity couples, told IBTimes. "He thought, 'I don't have to do any work.'"
DMX and Simmons did do the work, though, and so did the other couples, including the much-hated Angelina Pivarnick from the Jersey Shore and Vienna Girardi from The Bachelor. They feel they made a number of breakthroughs and now understand why they act the way they do.
"I was really concerned about going on the show," Pivarnick told IBTimes. "Nothing was good in my life. I had a broken engagement and miscarriage. I really needed a rainbow. Something good."
So Pivarnick sat on Berman's couch with her new boyfriend, Chris Nirschel, a Food Network Star finalist, and they tried to get to the root of their problems. "My father didn't treat me, my mother and sisters well. So I didn't trust men," she explained. "That affected my relationship with Chris."
Pivarnick's former fiance, David Kovacs, also disappointed her. After she reportedly became pregnant with his child, he severed ties from her claiming he "got a text from a firefighter who actually apologized for sleeping with Angelina." That was last April.
Some things have changed in Pivarnick's life since then -- she has a new boyfriend, she's signing up for acting classes and she's working on herself. But one thing remains the same: Men are still making life difficult for her.
"Chris is very social. He wants to go out every night, and I don't," she explained. "Going on this show with him was really challenging."
Vienna Girardi, who is arguably the most-hated winner of The Bachelor, has had trouble with men, too. "It's hard to let someone in now because I don't know if they are with me for the right reasons," she told IBTimes.
She and her boyfriend Kasey Kahl, a contender on season 6 of The Bachelorette, were separated when they went on Couples Therapy. "I really had to figure out if I wanted to work things out with him or if my heart wanted my ex-boyfriend Lee," she said.
To work on the celebrities' hesitations and insecurities, Dr. Berman had them go through individual, couples and group therapy. "For those who had negative experiences on reality TV, it was a difficult experience," she explained. "You have to be able to trust that your boyfriend or spouse won't go to the press with a story. After a breakup, people will often sell a story that's false or hurtful."
"I hate the way I was edited on Jersey Shore, but there's nothing I can do about that," Pivarnick said. "I'm thinking about enrolling myself in an acting school. All my friends tell me I'm a really funny girl."
Couples Therapy premieres on VH1 on March 21 at 9:00 PM EST.