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Back when they were 16 and Pregnant, Chelsea Houska, Jenelle Evans, Kailyn Lowry and Leah Messer had to deal with bulging bellies, bad boyfriends, disappointed parents and college dreams going up in smoke. And now? They've got adorable babies, yes -- but also lots more problems.
The first season of MTV's Teen Mom, a riveting, real-life cautionary tale about the trials that accompany that title, became a ratings bonanza (averaging 3.4 million viewers per week). Teen Mom 2 (Tuesday, 10 p.m. ET) will no doubt draw millions, too. And so, like the Teen Mom girls before them, Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah now shoulder the blessing/curse of real-life, magazine-cover, paparazzi-trailing fame. As if having a child while you still are one isn't tumultuous enough!
On the other hand, is the media scrutiny that accompanies the job really worth it? Season 1's Amber Portwood, whose domestic violence troubles have occasionally dominated the gossip rags, might not think so. Currently, it's Season 1's Farrah Abraham who's hogging the tabloid headlines -- with commentators taking jabs at her decision (albeit ill-advised) to get breast implants.
Based on the trailer for Season 2, it looks like there will be plenty more controversy for the media to chronicle.
Bubbly blond cheerleader Leah and her ex-boyfriend, Corey Simms, had twins. When one of the babies has a medical issue, a despairing Leah reaches out to Corey. The two reconcile, and eventually they let MTV's cameras film their emotional wedding ceremony.
The serious-minded Kailyn had to move in with her boyfriend Jo Rivera's family when she got pregnant. Ever since, she's been raising their son, going to community college and juggling two part-time jobs. Then she and Jo break up, and she has to move to the basement of the house. Somehow in the midst of all this she meets someone new.