Moment of Truth
updated 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
So is all forgiven, then? "I don't think I ever didn't for give her, because I know she's a good person," says her mom, Cathie, 46, a kindergarten aide. "In the beginning," says Randi, 24, "it was about the money. But in the end we learned a lot about our family and how close we really are. No matter what we're doing, even though we're making the biggest mistake, we stand by each other's side."
Even if it took some serious tugging and prodding on the part of Bruce and Cathie to keep Randi's brothers Patrick, 26, and Bobby, 17, and sister Melanie, 20, from walking out after seeing her dreadful choice of husband. Not that Bruce didn't have his suspicions all along that something was fishy about these nuptials. "Of all these reality shows, there's been only one couple that's gotten married, Trista and Ryan," he says. "So we thought Steve and Randi were probably doing it for money. We thought they'd get an unbelievable honeymoon and ride it out for six months and then they'd announce a breakup."
Though the "split" occurred at the altar, it has turned out to be an amicable one. "Steve and I have a good friendship," says the still-single Randi, who left her job as an elementary school teacher after the series premiered. "I've met his wife [Anneliese]. I've snuck over to their house and had dinner with them. My dad asked for his number this morning so he can call him." Meanwhile, perfect strangers have been reaching out to the Coys. "I had a lady come up to me yesterday," Randi says, "and say, 'You helped me through my divorce. Your show made me realize what kind of family I want for myself.' That really meant a lot to me."
Michael Lipton. Ulrica Wihlborg in Los Angeles