‘Teen Mom 2’: Kailyn Lowry Urges Fans to Not Follow in Her Footsteps

Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry receives a lot of hateful comments from the show’s fans. She’s often criticized for her lifestyle and the choices she makes. Lowry wants the Teen Mom 2 audience to know she never intended to be a role model. She wanted to act as a cautionary tale to encourage young women to not make the same mistakes she’s made.

Kailyn Lowry | Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for WE tv
Kailyn Lowry | Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for WE tv

Kailyn Lowry says she’s ‘a bad example’

“If anything, I’m an example. I’m a bad example. Kids, don’t be like me! The reason I’ve owned up to my mistakes so earnestly in public is to teach others a lesson. Don’t follow in my footsteps. I’m not saying I’m some incredible role model,” wrote Lowry in her 2014 book, Pride Over Pity.

She continued: “I’m telling you to learn from the hardships others are so willing to give you. There’s nothing easy about being a young mother. We are not financially set at all. MTV didn’t set us up with never ending bank accounts or blank checks. They gave us airtime and, yes, with my paycheck I was able to pay bills and get a leg up, but I’m not a millionaire or even close to it.”

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In addition to being an example of what not to do, Lowry wants other young mothers to know they’re not alone in their struggles.

“I hope my journey through the trials and tribulations of motherhood have been an inspiration to others who may be facing similar problems. Showing the harsh realities on television to viewers was even more difficult in the long run. I hope somewhere along the way I have inspired someone to make better decisions. That’s all I can really ask for,” she wrote.

What Kailyn Lowry wants ‘Teen Mom 2’ fans to walk away with when they watch the show

At the end of the day, there’s one point Lowry really wants Teen Mom 2 to drive home: “Always practice safe sex. Use condoms. Use multiple forms of birth control. Wait to have sex. Why rush into something you’re probably not ready for?”

“Sex is for adults. As much as sex is glorified in our culture through music and all forms of media, it’s not everything. I had to learn this the wrong way. I wish I hadn’t looked for love in the wrong places. I wish everything could be different. But wishing doesn’t get you anywhere,” she continued.

Lowry knows “there are no second chances,” but if she could go back she’d certainly do some things differently.

“The consequences of my mistakes were shown on television and my reactions, good and bad, were broadcast for the entire world to see and judge. Would I change anything? If there were second chances, of course I would alter certain aspects of the television experience and possibly the way I handled things. But I regret nothing. Life is all about learning,” she wrote.

Of course, this book was released in 2014. A lot has happened since then for Lowry, much of which goes against the lessons she preaches in Pride Over Pity. But like she’s always said, she’s not trying to be a role model. She’s just trying to learn and get better.

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