Catelynn Lowell is once asking her fans for money– and, this time, things did not go well.
Fans began calling the longtime MTV star “a grifter” and “tacky” for begging for money, despite the fact that she (and her husband Tyler Baltierra) each make a very hefty paycheck for appearing on the Teen Mom shows!
Earlier this week, Catelynn shared a GoFundMe she created to help raise money to help her dad, David Lowell, bring his girlfriend Christine to the United States from her native country, The Philippines. On the fundraiser’s page, Catelynn tells her fans that Christine is the person that her dad “wants to be with for the rest of his life” but that she and David haven’t seen each other in over a year because they live across the world from each other.
I started a go fund me for my dad. Please read and donate if you feel it in your heart and thank you 🙏🏻 ❤️ https://t.co/n1Nff0vVXT
— Catelynn Baltierra (@CatelynnLowell) January 26, 2024
“My father has started the process of getting her to legally come to the United States so they can finally get married, be happy and be the family they want to be!” Catelynn wrote, later adding, “The process is hard and takes lots of money. It has been over a year since they have seen each other and we are hoping to raise money so they can be in each others arms again! If you see it in you to donate even a dollar we would absolutely be so grateful!”
Catelynn is hoping to raise a whopping $7,000 with her fundraiser but, as of press time, has only raised $645 (with $500 of that amount being donated by Catelynn herself!)
Although Catelynn’s online followers weren’t willing to offer their money to the fundraiser, they were willing to offer their criticism of Catelynn for asking people for money, despite her own MTV salary.
“Tacky AF!” one person wrote in response to the tweet Catelynn posted promoting the fundraiser.
Another person noted that this is not the first time Catelynn has asked her fans to donate money, as she posted a fundraiser in 2022 to raise money for her daughter Novalee’s sports activities.
“This grift is just as bad as you asking for donations for you daughter, & accepting gifts on TikTok,” the person told Cate on Twitter. “You make so much money there’s no reason you can’t help him out on your own.”
One person suggested that Catelynn posted this fundraiser publicly simply to buy herself a storyline for upcoming Teen Mom: The Next Chapter seasons.
“What is the minimum amount of effort I can put into something and make it a storyline for next season? -Catelynn,” the person wrote.
As The Ashley has previously reported, Catelynn has maintained a good relationship with her dad, David, over the years, but is currently estranged from her mother, April. Cate and Tyler are also estranged from Ty’s father, Butch Baltierra, following years of them attempting to help him with his addictions and legal issues.
One disgruntled follower brought up the fact that Tyler was happy to fork over money to get Butch into his most-recent rehab several year ago, and suggested that Cate do the same to help her own dad, instead of begging strangers on the Internet for money.
“Umm what? You can spend THOUSANDS on Butch going in and out of rehab but you can’t use your own money to help out your dad? This is kinda weird but maybe I’m missing something?” the person wrote on Twitter.
Catelynn clapped back, informing the person that Tyler didn’t pay for Butch’s rehab trip.
“Ummm he got that for free lol,” she revealed, adding, “Yeah he got in because my got him a scholarship people think they know everything.”
(Of course, this directly contradicts a statement Tyler made on Teen Mom OG in 2018 that he paid $48,000 for Butch’s rehab stay.)
Catelynn’s other recent online antics have also caused controversy. She started an OnlyFans account last year for Tyler, showing the ‘Teen Mom’ dad in various NSFW sexy time poses, and she continues to promote the site on social media.
Despite the harsh criticism Catelynn has received for posting the 90 Day Fiance-esque fundraiser, it still remains up as of press time.
(Photos: MTV; GoFundMe)