It’s no secret that Amber Portwood has had a rough life.
We’ve been seeing snippets of it for years on Teen Mom OG.
She’s dealt with drug addiction, mental illness, abusive relationships (from both sides).
She’s even gone to prison.
Yep, she’s definitely been through some things, you know?
Including, after giving birth to her second child earlier this year, postpartum depression so severe that she nearly committed suicide.
1. What a Ride
2. What a Tragedy
5. Double Yikes
6. Thank God
Though some have said that Bristol Palin can’t handle being a Teen Mom OG star, she has certainly faced her share of drama.
But one element of her life seem to have stabilized in very recent weeks.
Lately, Bristol has been talking — no, gushing — to fans and followers about her ex, Dakota Meyer.
She says that the two of them have been doing a stellar job of co-parenting Sailor Grace, whom they share.
And Bristol isn’t the only one who’s happy with their arrangement or raving about the other online.
Dakota has had even more to say about Bristol.
Are these two getting back together?
1. Bristol and Dakota are in a good place
2. Bristol gushed about Dakota
3. Things are improving!
4. She sounds over the moon
5. This is a very glowing review of her ex
6. Bristol wasn’t the only one who had something to say
Oh, Teen Mom … what a delightful show, huh?
It’s got everything you could want in a reality show.
There’s drama of all sorts — between family members, in romantic relationships, with exes.
We’ve seen arrests, fights, custody battles, hospitalizations, weddings, pregnancies, and so much more.
But could Teen Mom actually be fake?
Like 100% scripted nonsense?
1. Hmm …
3. Right, Right
4. A Deadbeat?
6. Hungry Kids or No?
Bristol Palin is not here to take any responsibility.
She’s not here to shoulder any blame.
And she certainly isn’t here to apologize.
Throughout her brief stint on Teen Mom OG, Palin has been at the center of more episodes than any other cast member.
Makes sense, right? You don’t hire the daughter of an ex-Vice Presidential candidate and then NOT feature her prominently.
But Bristol has taken to Instagram in order to blast producers for her portrayal, arguing that they are making her look bad on purpose because they need her to be a controversial figure — just like the woman she replaced, Farrah Abraham.
Is this accurate?
Scroll down to read Palin’s argument and to judge for yourself…
1. So Frustrated
2. Really, Bristol?!?
3. What Prompted Palin’s Outburst?
4. The Internet Has Also Turned Against Her
5. What a Ditz!
6. And This is What Bristol Wrote Back:
On Teen Mom OG this week…
… Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer went at it once again, arguing over their relationship and its affect on their kids.
… Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra inched closer to their unusual and controversial trial separation.
… Amber Portwood snapped at Andrew Glennon, just like old times.
… Cheyenne Floyd and Cory Wharton stirred up even more drama as they grapple with their romantic future.
… Oh, and Maci Bookout and Taylor McKinney were totally fine and normal.
Ready for a recap of the dramatic events? Scroll down and let’s do this!
1. The Ballad of Bristol and Dakota
2. Can We Just Move On, Please?
3. Not Like This, We Can’t
4. dakota v. bristol
5. How Was I Ever Married to Her?!?
6. Poor Catelynn
There’s a strange phenomenon taking place lately in which the Teen Moms reveal a detail of their personal life and then get angry when people repeat it.
Jenelle Evans was the first to practice this strange habit, changing her relationship status to “single” on Facebook, then getting upset when fans speculated that she might be getting divorced.
Now, Catelynn Lowell is following in Jenelle’s footsteps.
She’s revealed that she’s separated from Tyler Baltierra, but she gets extremely upset when anyone else talks about the situation.
Take a look:
1. The Happy Former Couple
2. Hard Times
3. Catelynn’s Struggles
4. Seeking Help
5. The Backlash Begins
6. One Supportive Husband
Back in October, Teen Mom OG fans learned that Maci Bookout’s daughter is struggling with health issues.
Maci generally prefers to keep her family life private (well, as private as one can while starring on a reality show), so we’ve received few updates on Jayde Carter’s condition.
On this week’s episode, however, Jayde will undergo a medical procedure that will hopefully correct her respiratory issues.
And fans are nearly as nervous about the situation as Maci is.
Take a look:
1. Baby Jayde
2. Mystery Ailment
3. Maci’s Pain
4. Questions Remain
5. Playing Out on Camera
6. Dinner Table Drama
From on-camera brawls to social media feuds and legal threats, the cast of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 sure know how to go hard.
Engagements. Breakups. Marriages. Babies.
Moments that made you cringe because they were so painful, or smile ear-to-ear. Scenes that were fights, or made you fight back tears.
The franchise really does have it all, and as such, it’s become one of the most entertaining in the history of the reality TV genre.
Below, we look back at some of the MTV gang’s most explosive feuds, and however you might rank them, this much is undeniable:
There were no shortage of them.
33. Briana DeJesus vs. Leah Messer (and Others)
32. Maci Bookout vs. Taylor McKinney
31. Matt Baier vs. Amber Portwood … The Eruption
30. Jeremy Calvert vs. Brooke Wehr
29. Jenelle Evans vs. David Eason
28. Jenelle Evans vs. David Eason, Part Two
Mackenzie Standifer may be relatively new to the world of Teen Mom OG, but she’s already biting the hand that feeds her like a seasoned pro.
Standifer took to Instagram to gripe about the show’s producers this week, and the response from fans has been — mixed.
After all, this is the show that fired Mackenzie and Ryan at their lowest point.
Then again, where would Mackenzie be right now if the show hadn’t taken her back?
Here’s what we know about the situation thus far:
1. Mack and Jagger
2. Dad’s Home
3. Mystery Baby
4. Mixed Response
5. Not Messing Around
6. Mack Attack
Dakota Meyer apparently did not know what he was signing up for.
The veteran service member and father of two little girls has been featured prominently on the latest season of Teen Mom OG — but not in a very positive light.
He and ex-wife Bristol Palin have fought over his PTSD, their floundering romance and lots more, as vicious words have been uttered and ugly arguments have been depicted.
We’ve seen the relationship fall apart more and more each week.
What did Meyer Tweet about the long-running series and why?
Scroll down for a look at his chief complaint and see if you agree…
1. A Reluctant Reality Star
2. It’s Been Very Awkward at Times
3. The Guy is Dealing with Serious Sh-t
4. And Palin Lacked Compassion
5. This Comment Set Meyer Off
6. This Show Sucks!
It’s been about a week since Ryan Edwards got out of rehab, and the former Teen Mom OG star has been keeping a low profile during that time.
That’s a very good thing, as the last time he checked out of a treatment facility, Edwards immediately started bashing Maci Bookout on Instagram.
This time around, he’s keeping his nose clean, focusing on his sobriety, and spending time with his newborn son.
But that doesn’t mean we’re totally in the dark about how Ryan is doing these days.
Both Maci and Ryan’s wife, Mackenzie Standifer, have offered updates recently, and so far, fans like what they’re seeing.
Take a look:
1. Triumphant Ryan
2. Sticking It Out
3. Moves Like Jagger
4. The Return
Teen Mom OG focused less on the (former) Teen Moms this week and more on their crop of children.
Bristol Palin had a talk with her son about Dakota Meyer… Amber helped her daughter achieve a major female milestone… and Catelynn and Tyler revealed their impending child’s name.
It’s an unusual one, we can say that much.
Let’s begin our recap with this revelation and then go from there, shall we?
Scroll down now, Teen Mom OG fans!
1. Catelynn and Tyler are Expecting!
2. But Was It Welcome?
3. Where Were They at This Week?
4. There She Is!
5. Get to the Name, Please!
6. Guess What, Dad?!?
Well, folks, what should be some fairly straightforward good news has been complicated by a tangle of rumors, rebuttals, and mistruths, but we’re gonna go ahead and focus on the positive for a moment:
Ryan Edwards has checked out of rehab and is now back at home with his long-suffering wife and infant son.
As for when Ryan left treatment and whether or not he completed the entire 90-day program … well, none of that is entirely clear at the moment.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Back With Mack!
2. Timeline Trouble
3. Conflicting Reports
4. Jen Clears the Air
5. Stating Her Case
6. Jen Ain’t Playin’
Of all the Teen Mom success stories, perhaps no happy ending is more unlikely than that of Gary Shirley.
Gary’s relationship with Amber Portwood was notoriously tumultuous, but these days, he’s found domestic contentment with wife Kristina, with whom he shares 2-year-old daughter Emilee.
But Gary’s life is not without complications, and on this week’s episode of Teen Mom OG, Gary went under the knife for a procedure that he hoped would protect his wife’s health.
Gary’s heart may have been in the right place, but some fans have taken issue with his reasoning.
Take a look: