When Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra were announced as one of the couples on season three of Couples Therapy, it was certainly shocking. The Teen Mom stars have been nothing if not devoted to one another, and they're planning a wedding! But after tonight's episode of the VH1 series, we're starting to see why these two young lovebirds need the help of celebrity therapist Jenn Berman.
Berman spent much of tonight's episode focused on the very heavy problems of Flavor Flav and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Trujillo, and those of Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis and his girlfriend Abby Wilson. But when she got Catelynn to open up on why a couple headed for the alter later this year would turn to therapy, she unearthed her Achilles heel.
Catelynn, it turns out, is a people pleaser. Her dad left when she was 12. Her alcoholic mom kicked her out on the streets when she was 14.
Most of this could be gleaned from her unhappy home life on Teen Mom, but that was a show about teen pregnancy. It didn't focus much on what Catelynn's childhood has done to her relationships.
Because of her fears of abandonment, Catelynn is desperate to keep Tyler from running away that she'll do anything to make him happy -- even if it means hiding uncomfortable truths that would make him bolt.
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Not surprisingly, this is not good for a relationship. But if the fans who fell in love with this couple's pluck and determination on Teen Mom were worried, they shouldn't be.
Because while Catelynn has a lot of demons she needs to slay, she does have Tyler at her side.
As he told Berman, "From day one, she was born and raised to just lie."
Lesser guys than him would be angry about Catelynn lying but not really willing to address the root cause. Tyler seems to really understand why she makes poor choices, and he's willing to work with her to get past them.
She's lucky to have him!
But that doesn't mean she can keep lying. If she wants this marriage to work, the best thing she can do is be honest. Fortunately, she's found a guy who can handle it.
Are you surprised that Tyler sticks by Catelynn's side?
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