Teen Mom’s Leah Messer wants off, “thinks she made a deal with the devil”

This story is about Leah Messer on “Teen Mom 2,” a 19 year-old from Elkview, West Virginia who had twin girls in December, 2009. Leah had a rough relationship with her girls’ father, breaking up with him, reuniting, marrying him and then divorcing him, all at an accelerated pace and all captured by MTV’s cameras. There’s a new article in In Touch about how Leah is upset that she’s being portrayed negatively by MTV. She’s also said to be particularly miffed at how producers treat her daughters, who are allegedly woken up at all hours and being made to act the same scenes over and over again until MTV gets enough footage for their liking. It sounds kind of abusive they way they phrase it. It’s probable that Leah is just annoyed at the way MTV is characterizing her and is retaliating by spreading negative stories about them. How hard is it to believe that “Teen Mom” producers have no regard for infants and just use them as tiny actors, though?


More than two years after the cameras first followed the teen, the now-famous reality starlet’s life has become a nightmare. With a production crew… watching her ever move, Leah, 19, thinks she practically made a deal with the devil. “The show controls her,” a friend tells In Touch. “It’s making her life hell!”

After several months off the air, Teen Mom 2 will return to MTV for its second season in December. But unlike the series’ fans, exhausted single mother-of-two Leah never got a break. “The crew often shows up unexpectedly and stays for weeks at a time,” the friend explains. And while Leah tells friends she feels like she’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown, she is even more terrified about the dangerous effects the production could have on her precious 22-month-old twin daughters, Aliannah and Aleeah.

According to the friend, the producers force Leah to wake the girls for filming at all hours, and then have the tots act out the scene over and over again. “One of the producers is so rude to the girls, which makes Leah’s blood boil!”

The show has left Leah with no free time, no protection for her children and no privacy – not even her most traumatic moments are off-limits to the crew. “They’ve captured almost everything, including the day she filed for divorce,” says the friend, referring to Leah’s heartbreaking split from her wayward baby daddy, Corey Simms, 20, in April. “She has finally had enough.”

Leah desperately wants to walk away from the show that made her a star. Unfortunately, she has no choice in the matter – the teen is under contract with the powerful network until she turns 21. With two-plus years left on the small screen, Leah can only sit and helplessly watch the new season, which she’s been told will portray her as a boy-crazy partier. Sums up her friend, “Leah thinks MTV is determined to make her look like a bad mom.”

[From In Touch, print edition, October 24, 2011]

It sounds like Leah is more upset at MTV for making her look bad on screen than for their supposed mistreatment of her girls. This is the trade off these teens make for this show. They get a quarter million a year and they have to pimp out their kids, put all the intimate details of their life on screen and get turned into caricature of themselves in order to sell a story line. There are plenty of hard working single teen moms who would change places with them in a heart beat, and those girls would probably have the exact same complaints. They’d be getting boob jobs and doing bikini photo ops too, it’s just part of the job.




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  1. ShanKat says:

    I don’t think anyone involved with this show is making anywhere near a quarter of a million dollars.

    It must be hard to give a baby an eye exam.

  2. cmc says:

    Sounds disgusting, but they wouldn’t be able to portray her as a “boy-crazy partier” if she weren’t doing things to suggest that.

  3. Lauren says:

    It would be very stressful to have twins, perhaps one with a disability, marry, then divorce. Too much for a teenager to deal with. Leave Leah alone.

  4. Nudgie says:

    $250K a year is nothing for TV. If you had a union actor in a series, you’d be paying them about $50K a WEEK and there are tons of perks and rules.

    MTV (and other reality shows) take advantage of all the contract people on their shows because “regular” people think they are being paid a fortune.

    Sometimes it works for them (‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Simple Life’) and sometimes it doesn’t (‘Teen Mom,’ ‘Real World)

  5. Cletus says:


  6. i.want.shoes says:

    That pudgy baby in the second picture is so cute!

    Both MTV and TLC should be ashamed of themselves for promoting mothers who willingly pimp out their kids as an easy way of making money.

  7. aloe juice says:

    I’m sad they divorced, but losers can’t be whiners. She made her choices, now she’s living with them and she can’t blame someone else for how her life turned out. I’m sympathetic towards her, but at the same time, I’m not. If anything, I just feel for her as a mother and for her daughters, but yeah she got knocked up, cheated on her baby daddy, married him and divorce all at 19?? How were these girls raised?? O.o

  8. VintageBum says:

    and she is relevant how? 0_o lol I don’t really care to be honest (not meaning to sound snotty) But the more attention we give them, the more we encourage them to do this stuff. That is all

  9. The Original Ashley says:

    Agree with the other psoter, they wouldn’t be able to portray her that way if she wasn’t doing it.

    I’m sort of on the fence with Leah. When she was fist on the show I thought she was a b-tch who treated Cory like crap, then they got married and she had those problems with her kid and she seemed to grow up and act mature. If she’s back to her old ways it wouldn’t surprise me and it’s really her own fault if MTV has the footage to portray her as a bad mother. That would be like Amber and Farrah saying “oh MTV made me look like that”. No, they didn’t.

  10. ViloDeMenus says:

    The money they get is really good but the stories your friends and family read about you in the weekly rags would have to be awful for anyone never mind girls this young. Her life is going to be very hard, hopefully she’ll use some of that money to get a college education and be able to take care of her kids instead of living in squalor like many teen moms using assistance to get by. At least this girl has some options, most teen moms have terrible futures in store for themselves, but all of these girls will lose this money eventually and I truly hope they use the money to secure their futures as it was a real gift for all of them.

  11. Twez says:

    Reality show participants get paid less than actual actors, but they are still making thousands a week. I’ve seen estimates that the average is about $1500. Maybe she should use some of that money to hire a lawyer and get out of her contract.

  12. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    She’s a teen mom, so I think it’s already been established that her judgement isn’t the best. It isn’t a ‘those were the days’ kind of statement, but I listened to a radio documentary last night on CBC Radio-One about a girl who fell pregnant and gave birth at age nineteen–50 years ago. Really compelling just agonizing story as told by the woman who related her own experiences. If you’re interested, look up a show called ‘In The Field’ and look up ‘Past Episodes’ on the CBC Radio-One website. It was orginally broadcast on October 16th.

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