Leah Messer’s had a transformative year. The 23-year-old Teen Mom 2 star opened up about her experiences with going to rehab for anxiety and depression treatment and her custody battle with ex Corey Simms, the father of her twin girls – Ali and Aleeah – on the Steve Harvey Show.
During Monday’s episode, Leah joined co-star Kailyn Lowry and Dr. Drew Pinsky, where she got candid about the ups and downs of her past year.
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“It took me quite some time to decide whether I was going to go or not,” Leah said of her stint in rehab last summer. “I’m from West Virginia. Everyone that I was around didn’t quite support me going away. They didn’t think it was good. I knew I was suffering from something. I didn’t know what it was. I just knew that I was suffering and I needed help. It’s just me and my husband’s working out of town. I’m trying to do everything I can to take care of the girls.”
Leah was almost in tears as she explained the tumultuous experience.
“Not even six months ago, I probably would have never seen what I see now,” she said of her condition. “Doing it the right way and being able to have that platform to teach girls how to do it the right way, that’s what matters to me.”
Since her rehab stint, she has divorced her second husband, Jeremy Calvert, and been back and forth with her other ex-husband, Corey Simms over custody of their girls. And though she, Corey, and Corey’s wife, Miranda, have had very public battles on Teen Mom 2, Leah insists they are currently on good terms.
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“Corey and I, we have been co-parenting really well,” she said. “I came back from treatment, they actually looked to me for their therapy activities. They didn’t believe in therapy until I came back. We’re in a much better place.”
On The Steve Harvey Show, Leah’s co-star Kailyn, 24, also talked about living life in the public eye.
“Sometimes we just want to be like everybody else and think of ourselves as people who are not on TV, but at the end of the day, if we post one picture on Instagram, we might cause World War III,” she said. “It’s hard because I think people forget when they’re watching the show that we’re actually human beings with feelings.”