Katie Waissel once had her heart broken, when her boyfriend backed out of a quickie Las Vegas wedding at the last minute.
The X Factor finalist formerly appeared in an online reality TV show named ‘Green Eyed World’, in which she was followed trying to make it in America. During filming, Katie fell for TV producer Philipp Schwinger and the programme’s director, Tony Valenzuela shed some light on their relationship. He told The Daily Mail:
“Katie is a sweet and sensitive girl and I don’t know how many more knock-backs she can take. She fell head-over-heels in love with Philipp and he was in love with her too.”
“The affair began in February 2009 when we were filming in Vienna. She met Philipp’s parents in their huge house on a lake. Philipp was constantly in a state of admiration for this girl who could create songs out of nowhere.”
Tony revealed that Katie made an impromptu proposal to Philipp, after she noticed a sign for Las Vegas on a road trip.
‘We headed out for Joshua Tree in the desert where we were going to write songs,’ Tony said. ‘We were halfway there when Katie suddenly says, “Let’s go to Vegas instead!’’ ’
The pair went to the glitzy city and even visited the wedding chapel, however it all went wrong when they called to inform their parents of their decision.
‘I think reality stepped in after they both called their parents but it was definitely much more on Philipp’s side,’ said Mr Valenzuela.
‘It was after midnight and we were all so tired. The three of us went back to Katie’s hotel room and just sat and talked about relationships and love. It was very sad. Katie just goes for it and maybe that was scary for Philipp.’
‘You don’t often see true love but they were the real deal. For Katie, it was a natural progression to get married. She loves being in the moment. It was Philipp who was the voice of reason.
‘She lives in a world where anything is possible. Philipp lives in a different world and her free-spirit attitude definitely brushed up against his strict Austrian upbringing.
‘She was devastated. I watched her have her heart broken.’