‘Teen Mom’ star Catelynn Lowell posted a vulnerable message about ‘toxic’ relatives in the run-up to Thanksgiving. Fans on Reddit appreciated the post, with people saying they could identify with it.
Lowell reposted a TikTok created by a social media user named “Life With Jess”, also known as Jess Cox. The clip shows Cox eating a plate of food on her own.
“Everyone talks about cutting off toxic family, but nobody really talks about the grief that comes with sticking to that decision, knowing it’s not what you want, but what’s necessary for your well-being and everyone around you,” says the text. in the video.
“The grief is of a different kind,” she captioned it.
The message resonated with Lowell, who re-shared the video on Instagram. “It’s hard AF.. the s*** is NOT easy and the grief is so damn real 😩😩😩,” Lowell wrote.
A number of people on Instagram agreed with Lowell’s post, saying they also deal with the guilt of cutting harmful family members out of their lives.
“I feel this. It is so much harder than people realize. Props to the people who can,” one person wrote.
“I feel this in my soul this year…” said another.
It’s not the first time Lowell has talked about toxic relatives. Days before her Thanksgiving post, she shared another TikTok, but this one was created by a social media user named Sarah Nan.
The caption in the video reads, “But she’s your sister. Can’t you put everything aside for the holidays?”
“Toxic is toxic,” Nan said in the caption. “This is the new normal. We’re not going to push people’s boundaries because of the holidays or you won’t see me next time.
Lowell added her own explanation for sharing the video. “Family or non-toxic… toxic is toxic and not welcome here 🤷♀️,” she wrote.
Some people wondered which family member Lowell was talking about. Her mother, April Brockmiller, her father-in-law, Butch Baltierra, and her sister-in-law, Amber Baltierra, have struggled with substance abuse.
The last time Lowell’s husband, Tyler Baltierra, spoke about his father, he said Butch Baltierra did not want to be mentioned in the media. According to The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, Butch Baltierra spent some time in front of bars in June after being found guilty of OUI (Operating Under the Influence) in March. The incident took place in 2020, according to The Ashley.
In May, Baltierra had said his father was in a “toxic” relationship with a new woman.
“He’s with this girl who has a lot of money, so he’s sort of like an endless enabler. They’re in a toxic situation — they’re not in a good situation,” the “Teen Mom” star said live on Instagram, The Ashley reported. “I got to a point where I just accepted him. He’s addicted. Relapse is part of it.”
Lowell had a conversation with her mother, as depicted on an Oct. 4 episode of “Teen Mom: The Next Chapter,” after hearing Brockmiller “buzz” while bathing her 3-year-old daughter. Lowell sometimes relies on her mother to babysit, but she does not want her children to be with her mother when she is drunk.
“I’m at this point in my life where I know it’s kind of hard to trust her not to drink with my kids around, actually,” Lowell confessed. “I want to protect them from things that I went through with my mother growing up.”
In a confessional with MTV cameras, Lowell said she would have to shut up her mother if she continued drinking in front of her children.
“The only concern I have is sticking to my limits,” she said. “I know eventually it will happen where I show up there and she buzzes or she starts drinking and I just have to put my foot down and leave, but she hasn’t done that yet.”