VH1 brought back its Couples Therapy reality show with a whole new slate of troubled celebrities tonight. Dr. Jenn Berman and her team of therapists have the likes of Flavor Flav and Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis to turn into model partners. One of the most curious couples to make the slate is Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra, former stars of MTV's Teen Mom.
And although they've jumped to another Viacom network, it's clear Catelynn and Tyler can't escape the teen pregnancy cloud that's hanging over them.
In some ways, that's a good thing. Tyler admitted tonight that he didn't know what true love was until Catelynn got pregnant:
Something like a teenage pregnancy is going to do one of two things. Either it's going to bring people really close or it's going to rip 'em apart. You think you know what love is when you're 16, but when I really felt it was watching give birth to our daughter. I was like holy crap, I'm going to marry this woman, she is like ... I'm so in love with her.
Kind of makes you wonder why these two are even on a show about troubled couples, doesn't it?
Apparently that's coming. Episode one of Couples Therapy only touched briefly on what these two lovebirds are struggling with -- mostly in a preview of next week's show, when Catelynn throws Tyler out of her room.
But we did get a look at how Catelynn's pregnancy and their decision to choose adoption for daughter Carly is something that never really leaves them in a run-in with Flavor Flav, who admitted he's never watched Teen Mom, but is more than happy to pass judgment on the young couple.
Even after Catelynn explains that her mom was an alcoholic, after Tyler points out that they were young and had no money, that his father is a crack addict, Flav drops the hammer down on them:
You took a gift away from your child. The best gift you can give a child is for that child to have both of his parents ... y'all took something away more precious than you gave.
Granted, this little lecture came from a guy who wears a giant clock around his neck and who was recently arrested for assault with a deadly weapon against the mother of his child, Elizabeth Trujillo (who is also on this season of Couples Therapy). It's more than a little hard to take the guy seriously.
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Tyler, at least, seems to have taken Flav's criticism with a grain of salt. Sadly, it seems he and Catelynn have had to get used to people reacting like that to the news that they chose adoption for their daughter. They go right into defense mode, and they let a lot of it slide off their backs.
I can't help wondering if Flav would have been singing a different tune if he'd actually watched Teen Mom and seen Cate and Ty struggle with their decision ... and watched them struggle at home. It was made clear on the MTV show that adoption wasn't something they chose on a whim. They did a service for themselves on Teen Mom and for who knows how many other bio moms and dads, and it's good to see that they're keeping themselves out there to keep talking about this.
Because attitudes like Flav's are completely unfair to the biological parents out there who are just trying to do the best they can for their kids.
Did you catch Tyler and Catelynn's premiere on Couples Therapy tonight? Did you think Flav should have kept his mouth shut or do you agree with him?
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