She blames her unhealthy relationships on her childhood
If Teen Mom has taught us one thing over the years, it’s that appearances aren’t everything. Sometimes, even though the girls may seem happy on the outside, they reveal that they’re fighting their own demons.
Looking at Kailyn Lowry these days, it seems like she’s finally got it all put together. Her baby daddy drama seems to be largely in the past, she’s dating someone new, and she’s even launching a podcast as a side-career. Then again, those who have followed her from her time on 16 and Pregnant know that she had a troubled childhood.
No matter how much you try to push them away, difficult times have a way of staying with you. The trauma of your past can often rear its head at the worst possible moments. Despite her hard exterior, Kailyn couldn’t help but break down when she was forced to relive her unstable childhood and the way it has affected her current relationships.
Kailyn Lowry has come a long way from her time on 16 and Pregnant, but we all know that skeletons in the closet have a way of coming out. Those who only began watching Teen Mom 2 recently may find it surprising just how much the star struggled in her past considering how strong she is these days.
The truth is, when Kail first started on 16 and Pregnant, she was nearly homeless. Her mother couldn’t afford to house her, so the struggling teen turned to the parents of baby daddy, Jo Rivera. His family gave Kailyn and newborn baby Isaac a place to live when they were at rock bottom. The star struggled with her mother putting her boyfriends and alcoholism before her, and it’s hard to imagine that experience not leaving a serious scar.
Now Kailyn’s baggage is all coming out. In this clip from Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, the Pennsylvania native is forced to face the one thing that made her question her worth nearly her entire life: her mother.
In this difficult drill, host Dr. V asks Kailyn about the one person she needs to forgive. “This morning you identified one person who you need to forgive. Who is that person?” she asks.
Despite being cheated on and lied to by numerous people in her life, the star immediately responds that her mother is the only person in her life that she has been unable to face.
That’s when Dr. V makes Kail relive her childhood in the most difficult way — by roleplaying as her mother.
“I don’t love you. I will always choose drinking over you,” Dr. V says. Kailyn responds, “That’s fine. It’s whatever now.”
It’s all too clear that it isn’t.
The floodgates open when Dr. V asks the young mom what she would like to say to her mother. The mother-of-three begins to tear up as she says:
“That maybe if i had a stable childhood I… that I would have healthy relationships maybe.”
Watch the full clip below.
Soon after, Kailyn shuts down. She tells Dr. V, “I just don’t feel anything. I want to sit down.” But Dr. V pushes her forward. “Are you afraid to say you’re angry?” she inquires.
In the exercise, the members of the boot camp must “earn” the right to take off the handcuffs that are chaining them to their past. Kailyn begins taking them off early, clearly frustrated with the situation. “Kail, you haven’t earned the right to take those off yet,” says Dr. Major.
“I don’t really give a s–t,” the Teen Mom digs.
“There’s that anger. Still can’t control it,” Dr. Major accuses, and the Teen Mom star proves his point: “Well, f–k you.”
Kailyn certainly has struggled with unhealthy relationships in her past, with Jo, Javi, Chris, and everyone in between. Who knows, though! Maybe something clicked during Marriage Boot Camp, because she seems to be head over heels and happy with her new girlfriend, Dom.
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