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Breaking Amish reunion angry, Abe and Rebecca mum on baby issue

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Many viewers tuned to see some questions answered on the TLC Breaking Amish reunion episodes, but not everyone in the cast was forthcoming with the truth.

Breaking Amish: The Shunning Truth answered some questions about the cast of TLCs Breaking Amish, but some questions were flatly—and angrily--sidestepped.

It’s hard to believe that Abe, Rebecca, Jeremiah and Kate were ever Amish (Sabrina, of course, was Mennonite, so why she was brought into this, who knows). It was hard to believe that when they were on the show, as well. Just the way they carried themselves, the language they used, and the ease with which they seemed to take to life outside their Amish worlds, all seemed to point to a cast who had spent significant time in the "English" world.

Newly on the outside or not, the cast had various reasons as to why they decided to be on the show. According to Abe, his reason for being on the show was to educate the audience about the Amish. “I think people should know the truth about the Amish, that they’re not these perfect Christian people like everybody’s saying,” he said.

Did he accomplish that, or did he just convince people that there was no way he was living Amish when he began the show? Jeremiah was definitely accused of not living Amish before the show began, and told the interviewer, Michelle Beadle, “I grew up Amish, and I had actually joined the Amish church at 16. I did leave multiple times and went back. Growing up Amish, I’m always going to be Amish, it doesn’t matter how I dress.”

But, is that really the premise of the show, or what viewers were led to believe, that these people were Amish because they had grown up that way, but perhaps not so much practicing Amish? According to the TLC description of the show:

Breaking Amish, premiering Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10|9c, provides a never-before-seen look inside the lives of young men and women as they, for the first time, trade horse and buggy with taxi cabs to break out from their respective Amish/Mennonite communities in their pursuit to chase big dreams in the Big Apple. The groundbreaking series features nine hour-long episodes.

For the first time?

Some Questions Answered

Another question people have wondered throughout the show: Who was paying for their extravagance in New York City? According to the group, they made the money that they were seen spending on the show—another thing that is hard to believe. What did they get paid by TLC? Who knows. But, it is hard to believe that all of the cash they had flowing during taping was out of their own pockets, regardless.

A lot of admissions were made on Part II of the reunion episode. Sabrina is in the process of getting a divorce; Jeremiah has three children (3, 5, 7), although he denies ever being abusive to his wife, and also said that he is now paying child support, and did admit he had not paid it in the past; Abe admitted that he had been arrested when he was 18 for underage drinking; and Rebecca clarified that her teeth were pulled in her teens because they were bad and hurt, not because she was being punished, as some rumors speculated. These questions were answered without incident. However, when the discussion turned to Abe and Rebecca’s relationship, Beadle found herself going in circles with the increasingly angry couple.

Who IS the Father?

The world knows now that Rebecca does have a daughter; they just do not know for certain who the father of that daughter is. And, although they insisted that they had not lived together before the show was filmed, they would not address a photo of Rebecca and Abe—looking much younger—holding Rebecca’s daughter. As they were pressed on their pre-show relationship status, the couple just referred viewers to the show, getting more and more angry as they discussed the topic, particularly when Beadle brought the baby into the mix. “Stop talking about the baby before I get angry,” Abe said when asked directly if he was the baby’s father. “Do you understand English?” he demanded with a mixture of anger and condescension.

Interestingly, time after time, Abe referred to the baby as, “her baby” or “Rebecca’s daughter,” never, “our baby” or “our daughter.”

Just an observation.

Abe actually did confirm—but never explained—that he did not know Rebecca was married, as depicted on the show, but said that he did know about the baby. Does that seem realistic? Rebecca finally indicated that there are legal issues involved regarding the baby that have kept her from talking about her. Based on that revelation alone, the likelihood that the baby is Abe’s seems, well, non-existent.

The cast seemed to be surprised that viewers were asking such intimate questions about them, and appeared especially taken aback at the negativity that has been streaming their way. It seems a bit naïve to think that they could get on national television and believe that their secrets would not be uncovered, or that there would be no negativity directed at them. But, that naiveté is not unusual, it seems, for reality stars in general, many of whom are thrown into a fishbowl they did not expect—apparently that is the case with these five.

Will there be a Season Two of Breaking Amish on TLC? If there is, will it be a continuation with Jeremiah, Sabrina, Kate, Abe and Rebecca, or will a new cast check out the big city lights? And, if it is the latter, will TLC actually get cast members who, yes, come straight from Amish life into the “English” world for the first time, as the show was originally described?

Stay tuned.

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Submitted by Donnell (not verified) on
I have watched the show from day one and clear into the specials. I feel for this group of people. They open their lives to share their stories with the world. Why is it that their are those people out there that want to do nothing but dig up dirt on them and try to hurt them. Are they unhappy in their life to where they have to hurt someone else. I was married to someone once that was just like that, he wasn't happy unless everyone around him was just as miserable as he was. I give this group kudos for what they did. It takes courage to leave your family and to go out on your own to live the life you choose to. Atleast they are not out selling drugs or killing people I think they are people their kids can admire for their choices.

Submitted by linda Mooo (not verified) on
I have watched this show from DAY 1. I enjoyed watching this show very much I looked forward to this comming on and I do not usually do this but..... like I said I did this one. Well yes all through the show I did have my questions about how they were acting and to some of the things they were doing and how easy it just seemed to them to be able to make the switch to the "English" life so easy. But I just kept telling myself that they are able to do so b/c they were so excited to just make the change that they just threw themselves into whole hearted. Well...... to my suprise as I am sure as others we find out after the last interview that MOST of the things they were suppose to be was a complete LIE. I mean come on you are really going to come on a show like this and to decieve people they way YOU ALL did is complete crap, And then ALL of you have the nerve to be "shocked" that people would ask such private questions GIVE US A BREAK ALL OF YOU ARE LIARS and a dead beat dad and well you are all drunks and yes the list goes on and on. So yes I think everyone of yu are getting what you deserve. But on the other hand I think that TLC should have done a little more research on all of these people before you tell your viewers that we are going to be watching a show on something that turned out to be completly wrong. You should have named it " Drunk TP Trash"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I can't believe how unlikable these 5 people are, nor how the producers portrayed them. Abe, Jeremiah and Rebecca were not forthcoming in their "private" lives, when in fact that was supposedly what the show was about. I, too, wondered where they got the money to pay for living expenses alone when no one worked -- oh, except for Jeremiah who surprisingly took driving lessons and passed in a matter of a few weeks??? They were also very disrespectful to Michelle Beadle, who held her temper wonderfully well when Abe told Rebecca to tell Michelle to "f.... off". I certainly won't watch if the show is renewed -- at least not with this cast.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree, I thought it was going to be totally different, I watched from day one too because it sounded so interesting, I wanted to know how they live, what they think about the "English" way of life but it turns out that it was nothing but lies, as the show went on I had a lot of questions myself, one was the money, I thought that everything was being sponsored by TLC, also how they integrated to the new life style with no reserves, I am like ...what????? Tattoos? Earings???? Drinking???? Very strange!

Submitted by Mary (not verified) on
I enjoy watching the Breaking Amish Show! I was raised in a Conservative Mennonite Home with Parents that were raised Amish, changing over to the Mennonites after my two older brothers were born. It was a wonderful family life growing up! I now do not participate in any of the organized religions but I am a believer and live on the open road in the transportation industry. I do appreciate the fact that Rebecca and Abe stand up for their Morals! (I love Abe’s Mom as she reminds me of many of my Aunt’s and Friends that are still Amish). I do feel that the Show does not reflect the majority of Amish people as they are way more compassionate and wholesome then they are portrayed in the show. May I encourage Rebecca & Abe, and the rest of the cast to live a wholesome Christ like life no matter what the media wants to sell. Just be true to yourselves and others as you reach many more people then you may think. Kate is beautiful and can be a beacon in the modeling industry as well! You can do anything you’d like and still be a conscience Christ like individual. Wishing you all many Blessing!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
"will TLC actually get cast members who, yes, come straight from Amish life into the “English” world for the first time, as the show was originally described?" Good question, good point. But at the same time, do we really want a television show to recruit young members of the Amish community and encourage them to excommunicate themselves? Seems like a lose/lose either way.

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