Hogan Hysteria: Brooke suffering breakdown; Hulk and Linda’s "fake" reunion?

Hogan Hysteria: Brooke suffering breakdown; Hulk and Linda's "fake" reunion?

Hogan Hysteria: Brooke suffering breakdown; Hulk and Linda’s “fake” reunion?

By Hollie McKay FOX NEWS

LOS ANGELES —

Ten days ago, 17-year-old Nick Hogan (born Bollea) was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading no contest to charges of reckless driving that left his close friend and passenger in the vehicle critically injured. But friends of the “Hogan Knows Best” family have concerns about his 20-year-old sister, Brooke Hogan, according to our source.

“She’s suffering the worst of all; she just can’t keep it together and has been hit the hardest,” said the source, adding that Brooke is “extremely sensitive” and her emotions are spiraling out of control.

Brooke’s relationship with her father (former wrestling pro Terry “Hulk” Hogan) was severely strained after his reported infidelity with her former friend made news in February. While our source said that Nick’s arrest has “brought them a little closer to reconciliation,” it’s not the case for Hulk and his wife, Linda.

The estranged couple appeared together at Nick’s hearing on May 9, where Linda even flashed her wedding ring, apparently for the first time since news of the affair broke.

“Basically they were trying to put their best foot forward and fake a public image of unity and support for their son,” our insider said. “He [Hulk] is a very astute businessman and very good at playing the media — he even admitted in court that their reality show was scripted and not so real after all.”

But it seems it was his family’s fascination with fame that led to the show getting off the ground in the first place, with Hulk even admitting to Pop Tarts just days before his son’s final hearing that he “warned” them all against appearing on national television.

“I was offered lots of [reality] shows when I was making my career comeback against The Rock, but I kept saying no. But years later, it was my daughter’s career and son’s racing career that we were thinking about.

“We saw the Ashlee Simpson show and Jessica Simpson’s and Lindsay Lohan on the big screen and we just didn’t haven’t a vehicle to compete,” he said. “But I considered it, because this time it was about the Hogan family rather than Hulk Hogan; they all wanted to do it and I tried to warn them about what they were in for. Now look what happened.”

So it seems that their “reality” show could have played a large role in the family’s demise and consequently Nick’s misbehavior.

“Producers will employ whatever is necessary to entertain by creating and exposing drama, conflict and escalated emotions,” said human behavior expert Patrick Wanis Ph.D., who coached the star-studded family during their VH1 series.

“The constant attention, adulation and power can easily become addictive and overpowering and can lead to narcissism,” Wanis said. “The rush of the fame and power can prevent someone from stopping and thinking about the possible consequences of one’s actions.”

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