Kailyn Lowry’s pregnancy at 16 years old with son Isaac saved her from following in her troubled mother’s footsteps. In the Teen Mom 2 star’s book A Letter of Love, Lowry opened up about her mother, who she claimed has struggled with alcohol abuse, and her absentee father.
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“I know that people say things like that all the time, but Isaac saved me,” Lowry, 26, wrote of her oldest son. “If I didn’t have him, I wouldn’t have realized the hard times that were in front of me. This could have taken me down a completely different path, more like my mother’s.”
Lowry has been open about her estranged mother Suzi’s struggle with alcohol abuse. She claimed on a reunion show how her mother would drive drunk with her in the back seat when she was a child. She also alleged that Suzi got drunk while babysitting her son Lincoln, 4, with ex-husband Javi Marroquin.
As for her father, she tried to reconnect with him on 16 & Pregnant when she visited him, but they failed to form a relationship.
Lowry believes her estranged relationship with her parents contributed to her being unable to have a successful, loving relationship. “I didn’t ever have an example of a mother or father when I was growing up,” she explained in her book. “Since I didn’t have a point of reference on how to love, I desperately want my boys to understand that I have tried to love them in the best way that I can.”
But Lowry didn’t only blame her parents, as she also took responsibility for her failed relationships with baby daddies Jo Rivera, the father of Isaac, Marroquin and Chris Lopez, the father of her youngest son Lux. “As I reflected on all that has happened over the years, I began to consider the fact that I couldn’t make it work with any of my boys’ dads, not just Lux,” she penned. “Although painful to admit, I came to a place where I recognized and acknowledged that I am the common denominator. Do you know how hard it is to admit to yourself that you’ve been the problem all along? It hurts like hell to know that all you’ve ever tried to do was to love, and it was to no avail… At times, I’ve been so close to happiness that I felt like I could reach out and touch it, but none of it has been real or enough to withstand the test of time.”