He's letting out the truth!
Even though speaking out about mental illness is important, many people find it to be a very private and personal struggle. Celebrities and activists have worked hard in recent years to reduce the stigma around mental illness, but at the end of the day, it’s an individual’s personal decision when or if the want to go public with any diagnoses they may have.
Many Teen Mom stars have made the decision to share with fans what diagnoses they are personally struggling with, and Catelynn Lowell is one of them. She’s been open about her anxiety, depression, and trauma, and has shown support for others who are struggling. But did she just overstep her bounds in a huge way?
It’s no secret that her husband Tyler Baltierra has experienced his share of hardship and mental illness in the past, but his recent diagnosis was not known by fans — until now. Did Catelynn mess up by revealing her husband’s struggles?
The Teen Mom OG reunion for this season was one of the most difficult that the stars have ever seen. With topics from drug addiction to miscarriages, the stars dug deep to share how they overcame intense struggles. During this time, Catelynn Lowell broke down when she shared the suicidal thoughts she’s been having.
Catelynn shared that she had vivid thoughts of killing herself. “I could physically see myself driving into an electrical pole off the road, praying it would kill me.” But the one thing keeping her from doing it was her beautiful daughter Nova: “I wouldn’t do it because I had my kid in the backseat,” she revealed.
But she also revealed something about her husband’s struggles. She hinted at Tyler Baltierra’s “recent diagnosis,” and Tyler seemed taken aback. When Dr. Drew asked Tyler to clarify, Tyler revealed that he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After the show, he took to Twitter to share that he hadn’t agreed to let Catelynn share the information.
Speaking For Him
“Honestly, I wasn’t even planning on releasing that info,” Tyler shared on Twitter. “But once Cate mentioned about my recent diagnosis, I figured ‘what the hell? Like why am I so against telling anyone?”
Luckily, things turned out for the best. “It’s actually been a little easier to digest since I have been talking about it more #KeeptalkingMH,” Tyler wrote. Still, some fans were upset with Catelynn’s actions.
“God I can’t stand cate anymore,” wrote reddit user Pinkiexoxoxo. “She kept saying she won’t speak for Tyler but yet there is was speaking for him.”
Now that the news is out, more information is coming out about Tyler’s experiences. “He mentioned in the past that he thought that maybe he suffered from bipolar disorder, but he wasn’t sure,” an insider told Radar Online. “He’s talked about his mood going from super funny and goofy, which he’s known for, to his depressive phases. That was a red flag for him.”