Breaking Amish is a fun new TLC reality show (I say fun because it has an unexpected and captivating Real Housewives-type drama brewing between the girls,) but there are murmurs online that the truth of the show doesn’t exactly line up with the “reality” television they’re presenting. This is par for the course, but in this case it’s a little more intriguing because these young people are supposed to be leaving their insulated Amish (and in one case, Menonite) communities and discovering the outside world for the first time.
The first indication that this may not necessarily be the case is pretty straight forward on the show, Kate was busted for a DUI, so she obviously drives and drinks, unfortunately she did both at the same time. She apparently also entered an online modeling contest in 2010! But the curiosities go a little further with Jeremiah.
An ex-Amish blogger has outed Jeremiah Raber as having left the Amish communities many years ago, and claims that he is also divorced with three kids!
UPDATE - Jeremiah’s ex Naomi Stutzman spoke with a television station and revealed all sorts of juicy stuff, which can essentially be summed up by her blunt statement, “This show is fake.” Click the link for more from her interview! ***Now there is a Star magazine article with quotes and photos from Naomi with more juicy details of Jeremiah’s life pre-Breaking Amish including his driving skills, familiarity with cell phones, and admiration for… casinos and strip clubs?!?
UPDATE - It seems Naomi didn’t reveal everything about Jeremiah to Star! Check out Jeremiah Raber’s mug shot photo from a 2005 domestic violence arrest stemming from an altercation with her, as well as information on 17 other police reports involving Jeremiah — eight of which were for domestic violence!
Click here to see a screenshot of Jeremiah’s cached 2007 MySpace page where he isn’t dressed in Amish clothes. Here’s another link to the cache itself, notice a child in the profile photo, and here are his photos.
Jeremiah married his ex-wife February 27, 2005, they had three kids, and she filed for divorce from him February 10, 2011.
The ex-Amish blogger says he met Jeremiah about five years ago, but a lot of commenters are claiming he left as long as 14 years ago.
On the third episode of Breaking Amish, Jeremiah gets a tattoo of a cross with the names Kannon, Tanika, and Justin. Could these be the names of his kids?
Jeremiah on his tattoo:
“The reason I got the tattoo that I did is because we always believe in The Bible, so that’s where the cross comes in, we always believe in close friends and family and all that, so that’s where the heart comes in. The three names on my tattoo are three people that are very close to me that have really impacted by life, so I want to keep them close to my heart.”
There are also rumors that Abe and Rebecca, who are portraying an innocent flirtation on the show, have been together for a while, and have a kid together — oh, and Sabrina is supposedly married too.
Here’s a comment left on a Breaking Amish photo on Yahoo!
TLC… You failed at this one! Abe and Rebecca left the Amish community years ago and have a baby together. Jeremiah Raber is divorced with children and hasn’t been Amish for years. Not sure he ever was… As for him wanting to drive a car, lmao… He drives a truck!!! Sabrina Lavon High is married.
Wow, this is so strange. Reality shows usually don’t go to these lengths to fake out the audience.
None of this answers the question of what happened to Rebecca’s teeth? Please comment if you know what happened to Rebecca’s teeth!
UPDATE: There are previews that show we will get to learn A LOT more about Rebecca’s teeth.
Also, TLC and Breaking Amish‘s production company Hot Snake released a joint statement about claims that the show is fake:
“There is a lot of information floating around about the group featured on ‘Breaking Amish.’ Much of it is not true, but some of it is — and is addressed in upcoming episodes.”
Hot Snakes said more:
“Our Amish and Mennonite producers that we hired introduced us to Amish and Mennonite men and women who were already determined to leave,” the company told Variety. “They had already made the decision to go out and see the world, with or without us. They courageously allowed us to follow them on this journey.”
More from the “Faking Amish” files:
Bikini photo of Rebecca from 2010
Rebecca was apparently married to someone else when she ran off with Abe!
Photo of Rebecca, Abe, and their daughter?
Abe’s mug shot photo from a 2008 arrest for public intoxication
Details on and photos from Sabrina’s marriage to Delmar Burkholder