Reality TV star Chelsea Houska has returned to television this fall on MTV’s critically acclaimed docu-series Teen Mom 2. Pregnant with her daughter Aubree, Chelsea first became known to audiences when she was cast for the second installment of the controversial docu-series 16 & Pregnant. The show became an instant hit, spawning the compelling spin-off Teen Mom.
Chelsea opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her now 3-year-old daughter who “loves Barbies and dressing up,” critics who say the show glamorizes teen pregnancy, her best advice for sexually active teens, and juggling school and motherhood.
CBS: What do you have to say to people who criticize Teen Mom 2 for glamorizing teen pregnancy?
CH: “I feel like a lot of the time people who criticize Teen Mom/Teen Mom 2 haven’t ever even watched the show. I don’t understand how someone who has seen the show and watched us all have struggles and has seen us all cry would think that it looks glamorous. I personally don’t find poopy diapers, bad relationships, and school struggles glamorous at all!
I think the show does a great job of showing the reality of getting pregnant young. Teen pregnancy has always been an issue and I think some people are just uncomfortable with the fact that it’s being brought up in such a big way.”
CBS: How is Aubree doing? How old is she now? What is she into?
CH: “Aubree is doing great! She is 3 now and loves Barbies and dressing up – anything girly! She also loves to brush my hair and always tells me she wants her hair to grow long like Rapunzel’s [laughs].”
CBS: What are the greatest life lessons you’ve learned since becoming a young mom? What do you say to teens about sex: abstinence or safe sex?
CH: “I’ve really learned a lot about what’s important in life. I don’t stress about the small stuff and I’ve learned to appreciate the good things a lot more than I used to.
I think abstinence is great, but realistically, teens are going to have sex so it’s best for them to be educated on safe sex. I do think girls should be educated more on the different forms of birth control and that there are many different options besides the pill that might be a better choice for them.
Guys need to be educated too. The guy shouldn’t just rely on the girl to be on birth control and the girl shouldn’t just rely on the guy to use a condom. Both should be using contraceptives.”
CBS: Do you want more kids in the future?
CH: “I definitely want more children, but not until I’m married and have my career set.”
CBS: With your recent breakup with Aubree’s dad Adam, do you co-parent well together?
CH: “There always seems to be some kind of issue going on with Adam and people will have to watch Teen Mom 2 to see how that has been playing out.”
CBS: Are you continuing your studies at Black Hills Beauty College to be a makeup artist and hairdresser?
CH: “Yep, I’m currently in school. It has been hard juggling school and being a mom but hair is something I’ve always enjoyed doing so school has been pretty fun.”
CBS: Tell us about volunteering for animal shelters and for the March of Dimes. Why are these causes important to you?
CH: “I’ve always loved animals! I wish I could take them all home, but since I can’t I feel like it’s good to go there with Aubree to show the animals some love and play with them.
March of Dimes is important to me because Aubree was born 5 weeks early and while she was healthy, some babies aren’t so lucky. March of Dimes helps families who have premature babies that need extra time in the hospital or extra care. It feels great to help raise awareness to such a good cause.”