The “Selling Sunset” star and leading force behind the popular Oppenheim Group, 44, has recently found himself at the center of headlines after he and series co-star Chrishell Stause, 40, revealed their romance to the world when ensuing images of the pair packing on the PDA while vacationing in Rome made the rounds through the internet.
Oppenheim told Fox News that while there had been an adjustment period of sort, he understands that being staked out by photographers comes with the price of fame.
“It’s funny that you mentioned that because we were just – we’ve actually had paparazzi following and snapping pictures of us the last two days now, including at dinner last night, which I just saw today,” Oppenheim explained when asked about his newfound notoriety.
“I mean, I think that if you make the conscious decision – there are some people that become well-known through a voluntary act – like deciding to go on a reality show versus, maybe someone who had something happen to them in their personal lives and never asked for it – so I think when it comes to people who made a conscious decision, I think it’s part of the responsibility that a public figure has that, again, has made a voluntary decision to be in the public eye. And in that sense, I feel like I made a voluntary decision.”
Oppenheim added that as a celebrity, he believes “there’s a responsibility to take photos and to be respectful and reasonable about being paparazzied” and said the idea of having his picture taken and seeing comments online “doesn’t really bother [him] at all.”
“I just don’t read anything anyway, so, sorry for everyone wasting their time – good or bad,” he quipped.
“But I do have some frustrations or animosity towards photographers who take those liberties with people who didn’t make a voluntary decision – if I can kind of draw that line in the sand,” he added. “I can imagine that for a woman, it might be a little bit more difficult – they have to get their hair done, makeup and get dressed up – there’s more of an image to a woman, I think. And I think that kind of paparazzi might be more stressful.”