Brandi Passante is a reality TV star famous for appearing in the A&E's reality show ‘Storage Wars.’ The show, which also starred her long-time boyfriend and now-husband, Jarrod Schulz, catapulted both of them to mainstream fame. In the show, the contents of storage lockers on which rent has not been paid for three months are put up for auction. Brandi and Jarrod, who own and operate the ‘Now and Then’ thrift store in Orange, California, participated in the show in the hopes of buying some storage units for low prices. Little did they know that the show would actually make reality stars out of them! Over the course of the show, the couple proved to be very tactful bidders and emerged as among the stars of the show. Their success in the reality TV show boosted their business and they were able to open another shop in addition to the one they already ran. Their appearance in ‘Storage Wars’ also led to a spin-off show ‘Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job’ exclusively focusing on them.
The Meteoric Rise to Fame
Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz are an ambitious couple determined to make it big through their hard-work and determination. Prior to venturing into reality TV, they owned and operated a thrift store. When they learned of the upcoming TV show ‘Storage Wars,’ they decided to participate in the hopes of buying some useful stuff for their shop at economical rates. They joined the show in its first season in 2010 and have been starring in it ever since.
Their determined and tactful bidding and the other strategies they adopted as storage unit buyers made them quite popular. The hitherto unknown couple now became celebrities of sorts as people who watched the show began to recognize them on the streets. Their participation in the show also boosted their business and they were able to expand considerably, even opening another thrift store in a different location. Their popularity also led to the offer to star in a reality TV show focusing exclusively on them, ‘Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job.’ This series officially premiered on August 12, 2014. However, the show, which focused on the couple’s family life, did not do as well as expected and had to be cancelled after just eight episodes.
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Controversies & Scandals
Brandi Passante became the subject of a controversy when adult movies' distributor Hunter Moore posted an objectionable video on his website, IsAnyoneUp.com, claiming the woman featured there was Brandi. Shocked by the allegation, Passante filed a lawsuit against Moore, demanding $2.5 million in damages. Even though she won, she was awarded only $750. While the judge found Moore liable, they did not think that Passante had provided enough evidence to justify $2.5 million in claimed damages.
Brandi Passante was born on May 16, 1980, in Texas. Not much is known about her early life. She was in a long-term relationship with Jarrod Schulz for several years before marrying him. The couple has two children, a son, Camren, and a daughter, Payton.