'Teen Mom' Chelsea Houska Shares Her Biggest Regret About the Show

Chelsea HouskaIf there's one thing that sets Chelsea Houska apart from the other stars of MTV's Teen Mom, it's the lack of scandal in her life. The mom from South Dakota doesn't make the tabloids much, certainly not as often as co-star Jenelle Evans.

So when Chelsea told The Stir she's actually more confident about her decision to be on the reality show now than she was three years ago, I wasn't terribly surprised. What did throw me? Chelsea confessed the one (and only) thing that worries her about being on Teen Mom 2.

One day she'll have to explain to daughter Aubree why the little girl's dad wasn't a very nice guy.

"With Adam being a jerk, that's going to be a hard conversation," Chelsea told The Stir this week.

Honestly, she took the words right out of most viewers' mouths. The drama with Adam Lind has been a common thread running throughout Chelsea's segments of Teen Mom 2. Their on-again off-again relationship is hard for anyone to fathom, not least her always-present, uber-menschy, supportive father, Randy, who has told his daughter in no uncertain terms that she can do better.

"I feel bad for her that she isn't going to have that relationship that I have with my dad," Chelsea says. "That's why I try so hard, I have to love her for both parents."

Her voice gets sad when she talks about it, but there is good news. There's no more on-again/off-again. Adam is gone. Period.

"We are NOT together," Chelsea said very firmly. She admits there will be some "Adam drama" as she calls it in the next season of Teen Mom 2, the stuff that she worries about showing Aubree but says can't be avoided.

"He's always going to be there," she said with a slight sigh. "He's her dad."

As for custody? "Well, that comes up in the next season, so I don't know if I can talk about it. He sees her occasionally. Fortunately Adam's parents are really good."

But it's the fact that Adam isn't around that makes Chelsea relatable to her fans, and it's a point she wants to make to the people who bash teen moms. Although she's quick to say she wouldn't advocate becoming a teen mom, she thinks the bad rap is a little unfair. She's a young single mom, and she's making it work. Aubree is happy and healthy -- in fact, she just finished potty training, and she is becoming even more of a social butterfly now that she's in daycare.

"I feel like an older parent doing drugs, it's not such a big deal. Well, it is a big deal, but it isn't treated like it's as much of a big deal as if a young parent is doing drugs," she explains. "There can be bad young parents and bad old parents. There can be good young parents and good old parents."

Chelsea offers herself up as proof of being a good mom. "I love my daughter," she says. "I wouldn't do anything to hurt her. I want to be a good role model for her."

As for the other, scandal-plagued Teen Moms, Chelsea chooses her words carefully. "I don't always agree with what some of the other girls do, but I think it's good that they show the good and the bad. It's real. They show what's real," she says.

But it's the "bad" that seems to grab all the attention, and the headlines. Asked how she keeps the paparazzi at bay, Chelsea laughs. "I don't do anything interesting! I go to school, I pick Aubree up from daycare!"

Anything, by the way, includes dating. If you read that she's got a boyfriend, don't believe it, because Chelsea doesn't have time. Halfway through school for cosmetology, she spends Tuesday through Saturday in class, and the rest of the time she's with Aubree.

"I don't even know where I'd find time to date," Chelsea admitted. "I don't want her to think that I'm leaving her to go be with this guy. At the same point, I do want to find a guy some day."

Just don't expect it to cause an on-screen ruckus when she does. Chelsea doesn't have a single regret about her own behavior onscreen, and she feels confident that Aubree will watch and see that her mom loves her. And she's planning to keep it that way.

What do you think of Chelsea's worry? Any ideas for her on how to handle it?


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nonmember avatar Jenn

I always enjoy watching Chelsea & baby Aubree.. Such classy ladies! Best wishes to you both! & congrats on staying away from Adam!!!

nonmember avatar Christie

I LOVE CHELSEA!!! And I, too, am proud of her for staying away from him. I think she should show Aubree all of the shows except for the one where Adam called her a mistake. She should leave that one out. And the show will not show Aubree anything that she will not already know by the time she is an adolescent anyway.

nonmember avatar Emily

I love Randy! This show needed a man hero, and his unwavering support of both Chelsea and Aubree is heart melting. He's always got a clear head, but steps back when he needs to. Kodus Randy, super grandpa!

Karen Dowling-Barth

Well I must say that Chelsea does have a lot of help that other single mothers do not have.  She knows her dad will be there, not only himself but with money if she needs it plus she has money from the show!!  Put Chelsea in a different situation without the support and it could be a lot different story.  This is nothing against Chealsea she is doing a great job...I am just saying it is easier when you have so much support!

nonmember avatar Lisa

I completely agree with you Karen. Are we all forgetting Chelsea's dad pay's her rent? I have no tolerance for spoiled unappreciative kids. Not many single mother's get to go away for the weekend to see Lady Gaga on daddy's dime. Can you tell I'm not a fan?

Amy Lynn

Lisa - it showed last season that Chelsea WANTED to start taking responsibilty and started to help pay her own bills. Obviously she has a long way to go before she's paying everything 100%, but the fact that she WANTED to take responsiblity and wasn't being forced to - shows she IS maturing. 

I think Chelsea is probably my favorite of all of the Teen Mom's. She has family that helps her and are willing to watch Aubree, but I don't see her dropping her kid off whenever she can and going off to party. I see her at home, with her daughter. If she's not @ work or in school, she's with her daughter. Aubree will see that someday and will be grateful. Chelsea might have more support that most girls, but she doesn't take advantage of it.

nonmember avatar Lisa

WANTING and doing are two different things. You don't think she takes advantage of it? How long did it take her to get her GED? Wasn't she lying to her dad about Adam living with her? Sounds like taking advantage to me.

grace... gracelinn

Not appreciative? Um you wanna see unappreciative look at Farrah! Since when is a successful family & fathers taking care of their daughters a bad thing?? 

nonmember avatar kaerae

Chelsea is not supporting herself or her child. Her daddy is. That being said, I'm glad she finally realized with Adam that not having a dad is better than having a douche who treats you like crap for a dad.

nonmember avatar guest

@Emily - A good parent teaches his child how to be self-sufficient in the world, doesn't keep her forever a dependent child, there's no pride in that.

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