The kids of Teen Mom have been on-camera since their births, but now that many of them are pre-teens themselves, they’re finding that their reality TV fame is interfering with their lives.
In a new interview with Too Fab, Teen Mom 2 star Briana DeJesus admitted that she is struggling with how to deal with her daughter Nova not wanting to film for their reality shows. (Briana— and Nova— will appear on Teen Mom: The Next Chapter, which premieres next month.)
“Nova’s getting older. She’s basically a pre-teen now. She has her moments where she doesn’t want to film,” Briana said. “And I have to respect that. I brought her into this; she didn’t really have an option.”
“So now that she’s older, I’m letting her pick and choose when she wants to film,” Bri added.
Briana said that Nova has dealt with kids being mean to her at school because of her reality TV fame.
“I’m trying to give her as much privacy as possible because kids are mean at school and I don’t want her to go through that,” she said.
Briana said it’s been hard to find a balance of being on the show and making her daughter comfortable.
“I’m struggling with that, and I’m trying to figure out what’s the best situation for Nova,” she said.
As The Ashley previously reported, Bri’s former ‘Teen Mom 2’ co-star, Chelsea Houska, left the show in 2020 mostly because she wanted her oldest daughter Aubree (who turns 13 next month) to have privacy going into her teen years.
“Chelsea was becoming more and more concerned about Aubree being on-camera, now that she’s older,” one source told The Ashley last year. “Chelsea didn’t like that her segments were becoming more and more about Aubree’s personal life and her relationship with Adam’s family. She always knew she would leave the show once Aubree reached a certain age. She didn’t want her to go through puberty on-camera and be subjected to hurtful and sometimes creepy comments from viewers.”
Chelsea confirmed to E! in May 2021 that she didn’t want Aubree to feel uncomfortable.
“There were conversations that Aubree and I were having from time to time, and there came a point where I was just worried because I don’t want her to [feel] like she can’t tell me things because it’s going to be aired to millions of people or whatever,” Chelsea said.
While Briana’s co-star, Leah Messer, stated that her three pre-teen daughters “love filming,” another ‘Next Chapter’ co-star, Cheyenne Floyd, said that her five-year-old daughter Ryder has had some issues at school because of her reality TV fame.
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“Ryder’s at that age right where she realizes that she’s on TV. I think for a second she thought that everybody grew up with cameras. So at school, we had to have a couple meetings to explain that not everybody has cameras following them,” Cheyenne told TooFab during the interview.
“And it was kind of hard for Ryder to understand why not. She was like, ‘I don’t get why you’re not on TV but I’m on TV.'”
Watch the full interview below!
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