Sources Claim MTV's 'My Super Sweet 16' Was Fake — What's the Truth?

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Jan. 11 2024, Published 8:09 a.m. ET

'My Super Sweet 16' star Baby J celebrates her birthday in Las Vegas
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In the 2000s, MTV’s repertoire of reality TV content had us all in a chokehold.

Shows like Pimp My Ride, Cribs, and of course, The Real World were all the rage. However, what set MTV apart was their decision to do what no network has ever done before — delve into the secret life of teenagers.

My Super Sweet 16, which debuted on the small screen in January 2005, saw teenagers plan for their 16th birthday parties. Needless to say, drama ensued.

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But these weren’t just any teenagers and they weren’t planning just any party. On My Super Sweet 16, the name of the game was money — and the participants on the show had plenty of it. Along with Teyana Taylor, My Super Sweet 16 featured stars like Chris Brown and Reginae Carter.

Years after the show made its television debut, many of us are still asking: was any of that real? You’d be surprised.

Lil Wayne and Reginae Carter celebrate her 16th birthday on MTV's 'My Super Sweet 16'
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Was MTV’s ‘My Super Sweet 16’ real? Yes and no.

You can’t believe everything you see on TV and My Super Sweet 16 was no exception. Many sources have suggested that the details of the show were very much exaggerated — and even flat-out lies. Former participant Nicki Cain even told Babe that it was “all fake.”

"Everything is scripted,” she said. “You have to sit in a room and read off a script for like eight hours. Just completely boring, saying things that I wouldn't even say, things that most people wouldn't say, like, 'I think that people are so jealous of me because...'”

“It's just too much. I would never say that. I would ask if they could reword it and they would say 'No, you have to say it exactly as it's scripted,” Nikki added.

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Dymond from 'My Super Sweet 16' looks surprised and celebrates her birthday.
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And she wasn’t the only one who has spilled the tea about what’s really going on behind the scenes of the MTV series.

A caterer who worked a My Super Sweet 16 party spilled all the tea and proved exactly why NDAs were created in the first place. She claimed that the BMW X5 that one participant got on the show was quite literally all for the show.

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“She really got a Honda or a Toyota,” the source told Special Events in an interview. She also said that the girl was actually “really sweet,” contrary to what viewers may have seen.

Where are the former stars of ‘My Super Sweet 16’ now?

Although many of the participants of the show have moved on, some have regrets about their bratty behavior.

“At the time I was doing Sweet 16, I didn't really mind being portrayed as a spoiled princess, but now looking back and growing up a lot, I realize that I looked extremely childish,” Amanda, a former My Super Sweet 16 star confessed.

“I've grown up so much since the Sweet 16 show.”

OK, so we know that not everything on My Super Sweet 16 was real, but that doesn’t mean that it was all fake, either!

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