Behind The Scenes Of Teen Mom: Beyond All The Controversies
MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ and ‘Teen Mom 2’ have certainly been scandalous, but there are several reasons why they are still so loved by viewers. Being a teenage mother is something many people can relate to, and audiences have followed the lives of these ladies as they entered their 20s. The girls found fame and money in an unexpected way. However, there many things that happened behind-the-scenes of this popular reality show.
25. FIGHTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
‘Teen Mom’ became popular around the boom of social media, and one producer said,
"I also think that when Teen Mom began, it was during the infancy of Twitter and the infancy of the widespread use of social media."
Therefore, the girls became influencers even when the term didn’t have a name. Furthermore, the girls have been known to make digs at each other on their accounts.
Farrah Abraham once posted, "It’s hilarity how I single handily made more views & ratings than all three stooges on @Teenmom @MTV & make more rating then 1offs." Although she deleted later, the girls ended up hating it her for it.
24. THEY ARE SOUTHERN
Unfortunately, Southern states in America have higher rates of teen pregnancies, and one of the reason is that their schools teach only abstinence. Most of the girls from ‘Sixteen & Pregnant’ were Southern, especially from Texas and Florida, and that cannot be a coincidence.
23. CREW MEMBERS ARE BASICALLY PAPARAZZI
The staff could support you or work against you depending on how they felt about you in real life. The camera crew could take the most awful angles, and they can make someone look like a villain. One staff member took to Reddit and wrote,
"Admirable qualities are rare with these girls. Kale is the most level headed and the only one who has potential in being a good mom. The best person on the show is Cory, Leah's ex. Really sweet guy. He never should of agreed to be on the show. I would have to say that Leah is worst. Lot's of horror stories about her."
22. THE CREW CANNOT INTERVENE
Even in the midst of an intense fight, the staff cannot stop what is happening. They want to film those girls in their normal elements, and so, anything is allowed. Sadly, some situations have gotten out of hand, and it seems cruel that nothing can be done. Anyone in real life would step in to help or call the police if things got bad.
21. IT ISN’T ALL REAL
These are only half-hour shows, and there many hours in a day. Naturally, they have to emphasize the important things, especially the drama. They need to attract viewers by telling a story that climaxes and then, resolves. However, while many things are real, everyday life is simply not that interesting. Therefore, they have to focus on the juicy stuff.
20. THE MOMS MAKE A LOT OF MONEY
The girls don’t make the same amount of money as they all have different contracts, but they make a lot more than regular people with day jobs. Their salaries range from $200,000 to $350,000 per season. So, it’s not insane to believe that some girls were getting pregnant on purpose to earn a spot on the show, although it seems a bit extreme.
19. THE SHOW LED THE GIRLS TO MORE PREGNANCIES
As the kids got older, it seems that the girls were losing popularity, and many of them resorted to getting pregnant again to continue their runs on the show. Maci Bookout has two more kids after Bentley. So, she was a mother of three by 26.
In her novel ‘I Wasn’t Born Bulletproof’, she said,
"We never planned on my getting pregnant again so soon after [Jayde] was born. Maverick was totally unexpected. When I found out I was pregnant, Jayde was still a baby.”
Meanwhile, Leah Messer was the mother of three by 25. She had twins and another one later with another father. Apparently, having one baby makes you want more.
18. FARRAH WAS LIKE KIM KARDASHIAN
Farrah Abraham wanted more attention than the other girls on social media, and that meant going to extremes. Just like Kim K., she released a sex tape online to become more relevant. It seems that millennials don’t like the idea of a normal mother, and it is all about money. Farrah is more popular than the rest of the girls because of what she did.
17. FARRAH WAS ON DR. PHIL
During the episode, Farrah and her family talked about the tape, and Dr. Phil is perfect for such a controversial person as her. He questioned her actions, but the reality star couldn’t really answer him. In the end, Farrah would always remark,
“For my current career goals, being a reality star has helped get me to step up as a businesswoman.”
16. SHE ACCUSED AN UBER DRIVER OF HARASSMENT
There are many horror Uber stories, especially with female clients, but Farrah went out of line. She accused the driver of raping her in 2015, but the reality star had to quickly take back her claims when the truth was discovered. Falsely accusing someone like that is horrible, and it also demeans real victims.
15. AMBER PORTWOOD WAS ARRESTED
People are not perfect, and reality stars are no exception. In 2013, Amber violated her parole for drugs, and she was ordered to take regular tests to prove that she was keeping herself clean. The law has been just as tough on her as it would on anyone else. Portwood said that her arrests gave her perspective. So, maybe, they were good for her.
14. SHE HAS HAD MANY PROBLEMS
Some viewers feel bad for Amber as she has the “bad mom” reputation on the show, but she has earned it. Her rap sheet is long. She attacked her boyfriend, Gary Shirley, in 2010, and things went downhill. She has been charged with two counts of domestic battery. In 2011, she was arrested for doing drugs, and in 2012, she was taken in for not adhering to the court-ordered substance abuse program.
13. GARY SHIRLEY IS NO SAINT EITHER
While Shirley seems the most normal in their relationship, he has also been arrested. He drove without a license and resisted being taken in. The police officers had to place two handcuffs on him to keep steady. Amber and Gary always fought on the show, but one of those fights led to his arrest in the first place when the cops intervened.
12. AMBER HAD AN ODD RELATIONSHIP WITH AN OLDER MAN
In ‘Teen Mom OG’, fans discovered that Amber and Gary separated, but also that she was involved with Andrew Glennon. In 2018, Amber announced her pregnancy with Glennon. Gary remarried, but it seems that his relationship with Amber is a bit weird, although they try for their children. Glennon was also arrested for possession drugs when Portwood was pregnant with his baby.
11. KAILYN LOWRY ALMOST LEFT THE SHOW
Lowry was accused of cheating on Javi Marroquin, and she hated that. She was the most normal mom on the show, who seemed to care about her kid. Therefore, ‘Teen Mom’ probably had to make something up for the ratings. It was later revealed that she was never cheating but reconnecting with a friend.
10. KAILYN IS A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
Kailyn Lowry used her fame for something good and published a children’s book that made it in the New York Times Best-Sellers list. It’s called ‘Love Is Bubblegum’, and it is about what many children think love is.
9. SHE WENT THROUGH A MISCARRIAGE
Losing a baby is hard on any woman, and on ‘Teen Mom 2’, Kaily lost her child with husband Javi Marroquin. Also, he was in the army at the time. Lowry has talked about her loss, revealing,
“MTV and the producers were very sensitive to the situation and just understood that I wasn’t necessarily ready to talk about it as soon as it happened. They kind of just gave me my time to grieve, and when I was ready and felt like I was comfortable talking about it, I did.”
8. JENNELLE EVANS ALSO HAS A RAP SHEET
Teen moms have had several problems with the law, and Evan’s made matters worse. In 2012, she was arrested four times, and it seems that only something drastic will make her change. Jennelle had to do some jail time but was bailed out eventually.
7. EVANS ALMOST GOT DIVORCED
The normal thing to do when you get pregnant at such a young age is to get married. But, not everyone lives happily ever after. The reality star went on a rant on social media, and her future husband Daniel Eason changed his status to “It’s Complicated”. He later deleted his account. However, they walked down the aisle in 2017.
6. LEAH MESSER WAS IN REHAB
Messer had anxiety and depression during ‘Teen Mom 2’, and she used substances to avoid her problems. On ‘The Steve Harvey Show’, she talked about almost losing custody of her kids and cleaning up her act. She decided to go to rehab herself. “I needed help,” she revealed to Steve Harvey.
“I was on the depression and anxiety track. [I’m focused on] doing it the right way and being able to have that platform to teach girls to do it the right way, and that’s what matters to me.”
5. HER EX GOT THE KIDS
Some baby daddies are responsible, but most courts tend to side with the mother. Unfortunately, Leah was not taking care of her children correctly. So, Corey Simms got involved. Apparently, the reality star was doing drugs in front of her kids, and Simms could not take it anymore. Things were so bad that he didn’t think his kids benefit from being with their mother.
4. MACI BOOKOUT AND KYLE KING SEPARATED
Before she married Taylor McKinney, Maci dated Kyle King, but during a reunion with Dr. Drew, it was revealed that King was searching for girls through social media at the time. He wanted other options. Maci found some messages, and told Dr. Drew,
“I did not give him the chance to admit anything. From what I knew and discovered, there was no reason to discuss.”
3. MACI LEFT THE SHOW FOR A WHILE
In 2015, Maci was tired of the ‘Teen Mom’ reboot, and wanted her son, Bentley, away from all that drama and craziness. However, she returned after MTV gave her more money. Maci has three kids to feed, after all. But, she had a problem with Farrah’s sex tape situation, and she didn’t want her son around that.
"There's a fine line in what's appropriate for children to be around."
2. CATELYNN LOWELL IS PRO-LIFE
Catelynn had a baby as a teen; so, clearly, abortion was not for her. She and Tyler gave their daughter up for adoption. However, she has been open about her pro-life beliefs, saying that it is “wrong” to terminate a pregnancy. This is an incredibly difficult subject and a political situation that won’t have a resolution anytime soon.
1. CATELYNN AND TYLER HAVE TOGETHER FOR A LONG TIME
Their parents might not be the most normal people, but Catelynn and Tyler are the best couple on the show, and they have been together since the 7th grade. They are definitely the most wholesome people in comparison to the rest.
All reality shows have to be a bit crazy. Let us know what you think of these behind-the-scenes details. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who binged this series like crazy. See you next time!