With Teen Mom officially over, the four girls from MTV's first ever series profiling teenage mothers get to fade back into oblivion, or at least back away from the criticism. But with Teen Mom 2 about to start its third season, that's put even more pressure on stars like Chelsea Houska, Kailyn Lowry, Leah Calvert, and Jenelle Evans to defend why they're on TV.
It's only natural that Chelsea, the South Dakota mom who seems best at avoiding the attention of the media, would step into the defender role. Aubree's mom shared with The Stir what it's like when her co-stars are wrapped up in scandal and why she's even more determined to keep the cameras rolling on her life.
On the way the media portrays Teen Mom:
I feel like the media is really harsh always. I think people in general think when you're a teen mom, you can't be a good mom. That is completely untrue. They're just judgemental and they put you down before they know you.
On her co-stars' mistakes:
It's frustrating because people already have this stereotype, so I mean, I guess ... it's just frustrating is the only way I can describe it.
It's good that MTV shows that because it happens to a lot of girls. They just show every possibility or scenario.
On her relationship with her co-stars:
We all have different lives and stuff, but we all do have one thing in common. We all did have kids when we were young. We're all really close, all of us, even though we have such different lives. We are so close and support each other completely.
If someone's not making the right choices, we're still there for them to guide them or just be there for them if they need some advice.
On why she stays on the show despite the criticism:
Because people say you can't be a good mom when you're young, I want to prove people wrong, like, look, yes, yes you can!
Aubree's a wonderful child, and she's fun and she's so cute, and that's from me. How can you say that you can't be a good parent just because you're young?
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