While most of his competitors have cited the $250,000 job Donald Trump will award the season's winner as their reason for competing, The Apprentice's initial broadcasts have repeatedly shown Johnson, a 34-year-old unemployed telecommunications salesman from Portage, MI, citing a stronger motivation.
"I married my high-school sweetheart, we produced five beautiful children... I worked in telecom for 10 years... and when my customers stopped paying their bills a reduction in force happened and I was one of the victims," he told Trump during the show's premiere. "It cost me a marriage as well. The ultimate goal is to bring my family back together and it is why I'm here."
Carlig -- who graduated with a masters degree in sociology -- told Star she isn't concerned about Johnson's baggage or the couple's 10-year age gap.
"Dave is an energetic, passionate guy who can definitely keep up with me," she said.