Although the Teen Mom franchise has shown us some of the most loving, respectful, and mutually caring relationships there are, it’s no secret that the majority of the couples in the cast have a hard time keeping their relationships together. We’ve seen countless members of the cast split up after nasty arguments, cheating, and worse, and even the couples who have stayed together long term have had some pretty intense ups and downs.
When Chelsea Houska found Cole DeBoer, many fans thought that they would be the first couple in the Teen Mom franchise to show fans that there was hope for fully healthy relationships in the world of Teen Mom. They were a healthy couple who had obvious love and dedication for each other and were both devoted to their growing family.
But now fans seem to think that things between Chelsea and Cole aren’t as healthy as they may seem.
When Cole DeBoer posted a personal ritual of his on his Instagram, he probably had no idea that it would erupt into a discussion of his marriage amongst fans.
“Every single year…… Every time I hunt,” he wrote on the update, “I write my wife and kids initials on my hand. It is my good luck charm 😁.”
In the image, Cole has the initials “C.L.A.W.” written on his hand, for Chelsea Houska, Lane, Aubree, and Watson.
Although it was obviously meant to be a sweet look into his life, some fans thought it was the sign of unhealthy habits in the DeBoer’s relationship.
“Coledependent,” one highly-upvoted fan wrote on reddit, signaling that many fans agree that Cole and Chelsea may rely on one another to an unhealthy degree. User radianttogepi chimed in, “The more I see of Cole the weirder he gets.”
User JavisShakenHead wrote, “I would feel so icky if my husbands entire personality revolved around me lol.” Pinkiexoxoxo agreed, “God forbid you have a hobby that doesn’t involve your wife and kids….
It’s clear these 2 have no identity.”
User Sarcasticallyshe slightly disagreed, writing, “I think it’s cute that he did it (if he kept it to himself or showed his family) but awkward and cringey af that he needed to show everyone on social media. He gets off on the perfect Coley daddy image.”
Some fans were less upset about the alleged codependency of the situation and more angry about Cole choosing to hunt, especially since he involved his family in the act.
“I too get the urge to kill when I see my family’s initials,” user anxietysoup wrote sarcastically. User cynthiajamesmckinney echoed, “I, too, like to write my children’s initials on my hands before I murder an innocent being in cold blood.” User HektikSB agreed, “Lmao really though wtf? Like that is basically what he is saying? I’m not against hunting for food and what not but this sh*t is just weird.”
Of course, not everyone thought that Cole’s behavior indicated an unhealthy dynamic in his relationship with Chelsea. Some chimed in in his defense.
“Thats so f*cking endearing and pure this boy is too sweet,” wrote user seecceo. User oskyyo wrote, “I think it’s cute. My husband does the same when he has gigs with his band.” User ogpfunky wrote, “Why is everyone talking sh*t, like they wouldn’t be drooling if their mans did something cute like this. It’s cute, maybe annoying to outsiders. But nothing more than that. Why is being happy villainized?”