We have decided to do a session of frequently asked questions and today we will tackle the hot topic concerning the Roloffs of the past few months, the issue fans inquire the most about the Roloff family. According to our site data, it used to be connected to the National Enquirer article labelling Jeremy Roloff as a racist and a gay bashing bigot because of comments he made on his Myspace page, however that has been surpassed by inquiries by people wondering about if the Roloffs are divorcing, Matt and Amy marriage problems, questions if the Roloffs are now divorced, etc.
We will just lay out the information and let you the reader form your own opinion. So...
Are the Roloffs divorcing? Matt and Amy's marital problems? Roloff family getting divorced?
This is what you should know:
As of January 2010, no, the Roloffs are not divorced. Matt and Amy are still married.
You should also know that, Matt through his online outlets, multiple times, has said things which essentially suggest that in "real reality" everything is fine in their marriage and nothing unusual is going on in their marriage. Matt basically suggests that the show Little People, Big World is misleading the viewers into thinking the problems are more catastrophic than they are for the purpose of ratings and a plot.
These quotes are from Matt Roloff:
"I think the show is playing it up to make it look like it's more than it is. Amy and I are both definitely going through some changes. But I think they are making those changes look more like marital problems. Amy's doing more on her own. She went from being a school teacher and now she's out and about more and doing her own thing.
But no, I wouldn't say we are going through marital problems as much as I would say changes as individuals like anyone goes through. The only difference with us is that people have a chance to watch and dissect us. Which is what we signed up to do. A lot of marriages go through changes and you never get to see it. Even close friends may not see it. But in our case, we have cameras here to see it. You're getting the luxury of seeing it good, bad or indifferent. Amy and I are deeply committed to each other and I don't think that it's as catastrophic as people may think." --Matt Roloff - Nov 2009
"Amy and I are enjoying and making the most of this unique quiet time. We realize more and more how essential spending uninterrupted time together is. It is wonderful to just catch up with each other and plan private evenings going out to dinner or a movie." -- Matt Roloff - Dec 2009
If that is true though, I wouldn't be so quick to say Matt and Amy Roloff are innocents here and blame big bad TLC editing for deceiving the audience while the Roloffs, authors of the book "Little People, Big Values", have no part in tricking viewers into thinking the Roloffs might be divorcing or are, at the very least, having serious problems in their marriage.
The Roloff family have been involved with Discovery Communications/TLC since 2003 and continue to sign contracts with TLC. Matt and Amy Roloff have been and are currently listed as producers of Little People, Big World. Viewers are not dreaming up the marriage problems out of thin air. The show that Matt and Amy are helping produce, has included segments depicting Amy becoming emotional and shedding tears on camera when discussing their marriage. Amy stating they have lost the friendship in their marriage. Zach stating the divide between Matt and Amy have become greater than ever recently. Both Matt and Amy repeatedly on camera have said they're drifting apart and they don't know what will happen in the future...that is sort of the catch line of the entire 5th season viewers are currently watching them discuss their marriage 'I don't know what will happen in the future' (insert dramatic and sad music)...
If Matt is accurate when he implies that their marriage is just fine, then basically the Roloffs are deceiving the viewers, playing the "Keep watching to see if we divorce" game because the Roloffs will do anything to keep the show on the air because the money, fame and perks that come with it are not something they want to see end.
The second school of thought is that Matt's suggestions that it's all editing and things are fine in the marriage are not accurate and it's just Matt's pride and ego speaking, because who wants the world to think that they have a failing marriage?
There is a popular theory that Matt and Amy are "emotionally" divorced and the problems the viewers are seeing on the show are indeed real however the Roloffs won't divorce either:
1. To keep the show going because they are so attached to the money and opportunity (other business ventures: the public speaking, the huge crowds at Pumpkin Season, the freebies, the free vacations, and the overall perks fame) they receive from the show. Everyone saw what happened to Jon and Kate Gosselin when they filed for divorce. Their show is over and they went through intense public scrutiny.
2. Because of their religious beliefs or like many, staying together for the kids sake.
3. The house is so big and Amy is so involved with her Charity Foundation, speaking engagements, interviews, radio shows, her solo trips with friends and crew, the kids...why bother divorcing and risk having all of the money and opportunity come to an end when they could live separate lives, while still "together"? Let's face it, the Roloffs are living the celebrity life, not a normal life. Jeremy and Zach will turn 20 years old in 5 months and neither have really had a 'real' job - yet they're bank accounts are full and they have every car, toy, free ticket they desire - they have fun time, all the time (throw in a few classes at the local community college -- PCC). Would Matt and Amy risk having their celebrity life end by actually divorcing?
So that is essentially the best way we can answer questions about Matt and Amy's marriage and if they are divorcing. They are still married. Off the show, Matt implies that the marriage is fine and "the show" (which Matt and Amy help produce) is playing up the drama. Other people believe what is portrayed on the show is real and they're just staying together for the above reasons.You can form your own conclusion and decide what you believe :-)