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Here come the waterworks. Fans of Teen Mom already know that Tyler Baltierra is an exceptionally decent guy. Watching Tyler (and fiancee Catelynn Lowell) struggle to overcome the rocky terrain of their early home lives has been the most compelling part of the show.
This week, Tyler let us all in a little bit more. Unprompted, he wrote a thoughtful and exceptionally private note to all of his followers on social media. What he admitted was equal parts tragic and shocking.
Tyler confessed that he was molested as a child. He does not go into specifics, but his reveal of the massive secret alone was gut-wrenching to read. In addition to making this disclosure, Tyler also talked about his struggles growing up. Getting kicked out of school and picking up drugs and alcohol early on were all parts of his past kept secret until now.
Tyler shared these details to remind people not to make snap judgments. He points out that on TV we don't get a complete picture of who anyone -- even he -- is really. He decided to share his story with the support of those he loves, like Catelynn.
His responsible and bold use of his celebrity is just one more reason to marvel at the intelligent, thoughtful adult Tyler is becoming. Given the traumas of his past, it would be easy for Tyler to take the route of someone like his father, Butch Baltierra. But Tyler and Catelynn both chose a different, better path. It's telling, in a way, that the couple on the show most capable of raising a child was the only one who decided (for that child's benefit) to give her up for adoption.
Do you believe Tyler's tough upbringing gave him strength to be a better person?
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