Within the past few years, fans of Teen Mom 2 followed Leah Calvert’s story as she welcomed twins, got married to Corey Simms, got divorced, suffered a miscarriage with Jeremy Calvert’s baby, got married to Jeremy and had a healthy baby girl.
Through it all, many of us have been pulling for Leah and those in her life — and were disheartened to hear Leah comment in the fifth season trailer that her second marriage was apparently coming to an end.
With the fifth season premiere of Teen Mom 2 on the horizon, Leah’s now opening up about the challenges in her second marriage, the lessons learned from her first and what she thinks about Jeremy’s divorce threats.
As far as the oft-disputed question about why she and Corey divorced, Leah said there was simply “too much hurt.” Although they divorced, Leah told The Stir that she and Corey maintain a strong, loving relationship as co-parents.
“I believe with all my heart that Corey and I loved each other, maybe we just were not meant for each other,” Leah said this week. “Still to this day I’m sure we love each other; we have kids together. I love him as my kids’ father, and I’m sure he loves me and respects me as Ali and Alleeah’s mother.”
After the divorce, Leah quickly went on to find happiness with Jeremy — and she insists it truly is happiness. Speaking to WetPaint, Leah said she and Jeremy occasionally bicker “like any married couple.” Unfortunately, the littlest issues quickly get blown out of proportion when Jeremy brings up divorce.
“He throws out the word all the time, but we never end up getting a divorce,” Leah said of her arguments with Jeremy, which generally stem the demands of Jeremy’s pipeline engineering job. “It does bother me… There’s only so many times you can cry wolf until one day it’s really gonna happen. I think he’s learning that you can’t just throw out divorce every time. And that’s the good thing about me and Jeremy’s relationship… We work through it.”
Leah was adamant “right now there’s nothing wrong,” but she does think she and Jeremy would benefit from marriage therapy.
“He thinks of people that go to counseling as filing for divorce tomorrow and I try to explain to him that’s not the case. We’re just doing it to build our relationship stronger… He finally agreed to go and I think it would be great for us.”
Leah added she cuts Jeremy some slack because he has a steeper learning curve.
“I’ve kind of been in a marriage before, I’ve kind of had to grow up fast. Jeremy’s still learning so I’m not gonna rush anything or jump to conclusions.”
UPDATE: Leah spoke to In Touch about how Ali’s diagnosis with MS tested her marriage with Jeremy, but ultimately the experience has brought them even closer together. “We love each other unconditionally,” Leah gushes. “There’s no one else I could call my best friend, and that’s really the key to the family.”
The Teen Mom 2 fifth season premieres Tuesday, January 21 at 10/9c on MTV.