Dakota Meyer is not happy with the way he’s being portrayed on Teen Mom OG, so he’s making sure to let viewers know what life with his ex, Bristol Palin, was really like.
In an Instagram Live video posted on Tuesday, Dakota likened marriage to Bristol to “the cancer in his life,” and mentioned how much better his mental health has been since removing the “Palin” from his home. Dakota also cleared up a few of the tabloid stories currently circulating about him, including one started by Bristol, who talked on-camera about how Dakota has shut his ex-stepson, Bristol’s son Tripp, out of his life.
The Ashley took the liberty of pulling the most interesting (and juiciest) tidbits from Dakota’s long Instagram video.
On Bristol’s claims that he totally ignores Tripp and that the nine-year-old is “crushed” over it:
Dakota was quick to tell his side of this story, making fans aware that it is Bristol herself who is keeping him from having a relationship with Tripp.
“I never got the opportunity to [maintain my relationship with Tripp after my divorce,]” Dakota said. “I don’t have custody of Tripp. It’s hard enough for his own dad to get to see him!”
(Score one point for Dakota with that Grade-A shade!)
Dakota then revealed that he’s not allowed to contact Tripp without Bristol’s permission.
“When you have a stepchild you don’t get the rights to that stepchild when you get divorced,” he said. “If they’re under 18 you have to go through their mother to get them.
“Everything is everyone else’s fault with her,” Dakota added, before saying that he didn’t want to make things even harder for Tripp.
“Am I supposed to call Tripp up and mess with his mind and then when Bristol’s pissed with me, she’s not going to let me see him? I’m not going to mess with him. He’s had enough of that.”
On why his mental health has improved since Bristol moved out:
“When you get rid of the cancer in your life, you can go live,” Dakota said.
He later added that, since his divorce from Bristol, he has not had to rely on medications to treat his PTSD and other mental health issues.
“We talk about anxiety, do you know how many shots I’ve had to get in my neck [for anxiety] lately? None,” Dakota said. “Since Bristol moved out of my house I haven’t had to get any shots in my neck. I haven’t had to take any Ketamine. I haven’t had to take any medication…
“Ask me how many anxiety attacks I have had since she’s moved out? Zero! Do I need to say anything else?” he added.
On whether or not he regrets marrying Bristol:
Dakota admitted that he and Bristol had no business getting hitched in the first place.
“Do I think marrying Bristol was a mistake? I can give you the good answer, yeah, [but] I got my two kids out of it,” Dakota said. “Of course I love my daughters, but there’s no reason me and Bristol should have gotten married. But I’m glad we did…in every mistake comes something good.”
He later went on to say that being with Bristol showed him what he doesn’t want in a future significant other.
“Before Bristol I couldn’t have appreciated a good woman in my life…But now, [after] being treated like s**t by somebody, I understand what it’s like to be treated terrible and not have someone give a s**t about you and be stuck with them, and have to put up with that,” Dakota said. “I think it was a plan by God of working on me. I don’t think it was a mistake. I think it was God using her to put me in a situation that sucked real bad and to be worked on.”
Tell us how you really feel, Dakota!