Are Richard and Vika from 'Bling Empire: New York' still together?

After a humiliating moment, fans are curious about Richard and Vika's fate on 'Bling Empire: New York'

Richard and Vika, Richard Chang from episode 101 of Bling Empire: New York
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Another reality TV couple has entered the chat, but are Richard and Vika from Bling Empire: New York still together?

We've just been introduced to the Bling Empire: New York cast, and it's already a bumpy ride in the love department. We're wondering if series favorite Dorothy Wang has kept her relationship with Ari going strong after her cross-country move. Will Tina Leung be able to put her dating fears aside and pursue romance? There's a lot to uncover, but viewers are hyper-focused on Richard and Vika, and with good reason.

We hate to say it, but these are not promising glimpses at a new reality TV couple. Will they be able to make it through the hard times and come out strong?

What happened between Richard and Vika on 'Bling Empire: New York'?

In the Bling Empire spinoff, we meet Richard Chang, the former director of Calvin Klein’s merchandise planning who now works at the wellness company, Hudson Medical. He crosses paths with Vika, who's 11 years his junior, and believes that all the countless dates were worth it because it finally brought them together. With his family's blessing, Richard moves forward with his plan to propose to Vika after one year of dating.

However, those plans are thwarted pretty quickly in one of the show's cringiest scenes. Though Richard was ready to press fast-forward on their relationship, Vika pressed pause. Mid-proposal—when he shared his plans for their future together—she interrupted to say that she was not ready to tie the knot at 26 years old, saying it was "not a good time."

Ouch! Not only is it painful to have a rejected proposal, but watching it all play out on Netflix cannot be terribly comforting. Since Vika put a kibosh on the whole marriage idea, fans are curious if the two went their separate ways or will spend more time together before promising one another forever.   

What's more, there seems to be tension not only between Richard and Vika, but the Bling Empire: New York group as well. When Vika was invited to a tropical girls' trip with Dorothy and Tina, Richard said he was nervous about Vika socializing alone with them. However, voicing his concerns turned into a fight, one in which he called Vika "stupid" for agreeing to participate in the Bahamas trip. The two did not talk while she was away in the Caribbean. 

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Are Richard and Vika from 'Bling Empire: New York' still dating?

It appears that Richard and Vika from Bling Empire: New York are still dating, despite the hiccup in their romance that played out in the first season. Judging from Instagram, the two are currently enjoying one another's company while home in New York, and they're also taking time to travel together. 

They were just vacationing in Italy, per Vika's Instagram. And judging from Richard's own social media page, they were shopping at Gucci while there. Talk about a fancy getaway! (Not that we were expecting anything less.) 

Time will tell how it all plays out for the new couple, and perhaps we'll get a glimpse of their progress in Bling Empire: New York season 2...if it's in the cards.

Bling Empire: New York is streaming on Netflix as of Friday, January 20. 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)