The Biggest Scandals From MTV's 'Teen Mom'

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Teen Mom

Teen Mom Cast
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Being a teen mom is no easy feat, and when cameras are involved, the job becomes exponentially harder. The men and women of hit MTV franchise 'Teen Mom' have had to learn the hard way that celebrity and happiness don't always go hand in hand, with many members of the 'Teen Mom OG,' 'Teen Mom 2,' and 'Teen Mom 3' casts finding themselves in serious trouble on and off screen. From drug problems to domestic violence, drama seems to follow these reality stars wherever they go. 

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Amber Portwood

Teen Mom's Amber and daughter Leah
Teen Mom's Amber and daughter Leah. MTV

'Teen Mom OG' star Amber Portwood's reality TV journey has been a bumpy road from the start. The Indiana-based 20-something initially had fans clutching their pearls when she first hit the scene on '16 and Pregnant,' thanks to the four-year age gap between her and baby daddy Gary Shirley, who also happened to be a former friend of Amber's older brother. Things took a dramatic turn for the worse a few years after the birth of their daughter, Leah, when Amber assaulted Gary on camera. Next up on her downward spiral came a felony drug charge and subsequent 17-month prison stint. However, since her release, Amber seems to have turned things around — she's found love with fiancé Matt Baier and has started a new business flipping houses. 

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Adam Lind

Teen Mom star Adam Lind
Teen Mom star Adam Lind. Adam Joe Lind/Instagram

Chelsea Houska may be known as one of the more stable members of the 'Teen Mom' universe, but her baby daddy, Adam Lind, is anything but. After a few attempts at making things work for the sake of their daughter, Aubree, the pair split, and Adam went on to have another child, Paislee, with girlfriend Taylor Halbur, who eventually ended things, too. Since then, Adam has been arrested on multiple occasions for everything from stalking an ex-girlfriend to failure to appear. In 2015, Adam narrowly escaped death when his Corvette went up in flames after he drove it into another car, after which he was arrested yet again for driving with a suspended license

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Jenelle Evans

Jenelle Evans
Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans poses at her birthday party. Getty Images

'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans has had nearly as many bad relationships as she's had arrests during her time in the spotlight. Jenelle became pregnant by boyfriend and admitted drug abuser Andrew Lewis when she was still in high school, only to find herself raising Jace alone soon after. After their split, she dated a string of less-than-desirable dudes, including drug addicted boyfriend Kieffer Delp, repeat felon Courtland Rogers (who she married), and ex-fiancé Gary Head, with whom she landed in jail after a fight turned physical. During her time on the show, Jenelle has been arrested for crimes including assault, cyberstalking, breaking and entering, parole violations, drug possession, and domestic violence. It initially looked like might have found her happy ending with ex-fiancé and baby daddy number two, Nathan Griffith, but things went south between the pair while Jenelle was pregnant with their son, Kaiser, and the two have been arrested multiple for assaulting one another since. 

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Farrah Abraham

Farrah Abraham
Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham. Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Farrah Abraham's 'Teen Mom' story started on a tragic note when her former beau, Derek Underwood, was killed in a car crash prior to the birth of their daughter, Sophia. Since then, Farrah's life has been a whirlwind of drama, starting at home. Farrah's father, Michael Abraham, was reportedly arrested after threatening Derek with a knife after catching him in Farrah's room, while her mom, Debra Danielson, was arrested for assaulting Farrah back in 2010. Since then, Farrah's pled guilty to a DUI charge, starred in a "sex tape" with adult film star James Deen, and has encountered no dearth of anger from her MTV co-stars, some of whom threatened to quit the show if she was brought back for 'Teen Mom OG.'

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Nathan Griffith

Nathan Griffith
Teen Mom 2 star Nathan Griffith and son Kaiser. Nathan Griffith/Twitter

Nathan Griffith seemed like a knight in shining armor when he first swept Jenelle Evans off her feet. Muscular, polite, and actually employed, the former military man made a good impression on Jenelle, her son Jace, and mom Barbara, but their bliss was short-lived. Since the pair started dating in 2013, Nathan has been arrested for domestic violence, larceny, has had eviction proceedings started against him, is rumored to be involved in a child support lawsuit with Jenelle, and has spent time in jail after getting his third DUI. Despite his seemingly non-stop appointments with the legal and justice systems, Nathan has still found time to discover his true calling: bodybuilding. 

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Leah Messer

Leah Messer
Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer. Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

'Teen Mom 2' star Leah Messer's story has been rocky from the very beginning, when she became pregnant with twins after a brief romance with Corey Simms. After Leah gave birth to daughters Aleeah and Aliannah, she and Corey tied the knot, but their union was short-lived, thanks to her admission that she'd cheated on him just a week before the walked down the aisle. Leah subsequently married Jeremy Calvert, with whom she had daughter Adalynn. The couple divorced after prescription drug dependency, mental health issues, and a long-distance relationship pushed their marriage to the breaking point. 

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Joey Maes

Joey Maes
Teen Mom 3 star Joey Maes. Marissa Cintron/Instagram

'Teen Mom 3' may have only aired for one season, but that was more than enough time to showcase one of the series' most dramatic storylines to date. Wyoming couple Katie Yeager and Joey Maes may have initially seemed to have a loving partnership during their episode of '16 and Pregnant,' but the cracks in their relationship started to show soon after the 'Teen Mom' cameras showed up. After spending nights working in a coal mine, Joey came home exhausted, angry, and eager to take out his frustration on Katie, who he allegedly became physically abusive toward before eventually leaving her for another girl. Since his brief time in the limelight, Joey has fathered two more children with two other women. 

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