If ever there was a reason to question the motives of the Teen Mom boyfriends, it's the revelation that they get paid to be on the show. Gary Head, Jenelle Evans' on-again off-again flame, shared on Twitter that he's getting $1,500 for his appearances on the show. Sure, that amount of money isn't enough to hang up your hat for a year, but it's not nothing, either.
There have been varying reports on the salary the Teen Moms make -- we've heard everything from $60,000 a season to $75,000 a season, which, times four seasons, is about $240,000 to $300,000 total. These girls, ladies, women, whatever, aren't poor anymore (if they ever were) and certainly enjoy some varying degrees of fame. I know this much -- news about Teen Moms is massively searched for on the Internet.
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Point is, there are boys, guys, men, whatever, out there who are willing and able to take advantage of the likes of Jenelle, Leah, Farrah, Kailyn, etc., and the fact is (whether you really thought about it before or not), they're co-stars. Their boyfriends get a paycheck for participating on the show and that muddies their relationships a little bit.
I think Courtland Rogers put it best when he got a tattoo on his stomach, after meeting Jenelle, that reads: Almost Famous.
These guys are trying to come up off these Teen Moms, and the fact that they're getting paid for their time isn't helping anything. By the way, I don't begrudge MTV forking over the dough to these dudes, I get that they're making a TV show and that there are rules and legal obligations, but I think it's a shame that the women, especially at this young age, have to figure out who loves them, and who loves the money, and the fame, pretty much all on their own.
Gary says he hasn't even filed the paperwork to get his due, but still. These boys have their mind on their money and their money on their mind ... I mean, just take a look at Gary's Twitter picture. And seeing how well Courtland's turned out ... it doesn't bode well for the rest.
Are you wary of the Teen Mom boyfriends?
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