It's a sad day for fans of Teen Mom stars Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra. The two are usually considered the most responsible, most likely to succeed break-outs of MTV's reality drama. But a new photo showing Lowell taking hits from a bong may ruin that "clean" image forever.
Of all the people on the show, Lowell is perhaps the one who least needs to be dabbling in drugs. Sure, it's normal for teens and people in their early 20s who don't have children living in their homes to experiment with different ways of having fun. But Lowell is the daughter of an addict and the stepdaughter of a man who famously texted his son that he loved cocaine more than him. In other words, she should be steering clear. Sure, it could be salvia and NOT marijuana, but who REALLY believes that?
I am not one to judge drug use. But this is disappointing.
Part of Catelynn's appeal is her ability to rise above her circumstances, which, admittedly, were pretty awful. Her mother and stepfather are alleged to have an abusive relationship. Both are also admitted addicts. She was pregnant as a teen and has lived apart from her biological father for most of her childhood. Her mother wasn't always the most supportive woman. It's a recipe for one screwed up adult. But Catelynn has always seemed to rise above. But now this?
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Marijuana isn't the scourge many would have us believe. In the right time and place, it can be perfectly fine. I would be a complete hypocrite if I came down on someone in their early 20s who smoked a little. Lord knows I went to college and lived in the dorms. I have no room to judge.
But it's sad because it's Catelynn. It's sad because she IS such a role model in so many ways, whether she likes it or not. She has also set herself up as a role model. She WANTS to be that for many people; otherwise, why say she wants to go into adoption counseling?
Even more, I wonder if she would be jeopardizing her future with Tyler through this experimentation. He is pretty anti-drug use on the show. If he also is off-camera, I imagine he is none too pleased. There was a time when he seemed very concerned she might not finish school. My guess is he wants to be with someone just as ambitious and goal-oriented as he is.
So what now? Is this Catelynn's turn to go all Amber and Jenelle? Or will she turn this around? Only time will tell.
Do you find this disappointing?
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