In front of a national TV audience on Monday night, Bristol Palin asked for a divorce from her heroic ex-Marine of a husband who suffers from PTSD because everyone in his platoon was killed years ago in Afghanistan.
This really happened:
So it's not difficult to understand why Palin is facing significant backlash a day after this Teen Mom OG episode aired.
During an emotional back-and-forth with Dakota Meyer, the war veteran acknowledged that things hve "been tough," adding:
"Ninety-nine percent of our problems in this family, in our marriage, is my anxiety and my PTSD."
It was a noble and brave admission, one that prompted Bristol to shoulder some of her own blame for the marriage falling apart.
"I fully take responsibility of becoming cold. And I am sorry," she said, explaining:
"I’m sorry that I am that way, I don’t think you deserve to have a wife that’s that way and I want you to have a sense of peace. I do feel like we are better people when we’re not together."
This installment was filmed many months ago and Meyer has since said that everything is fine between himself and Palin.
But Bristol is still hearing it today from the haters.
She she's clapping back.
“Dakota is an incredible father, there is NO denying his love for our baby girls, I am extremely grateful for that,” Palin wrote in a series of messages posted on her Instagram Story.
(The couple shares two daughters, while Bristol also has a son from a previous relationship.)
“You see .002 of our lives - especially since we JUST JOINED TMOG. Like Dakota has said multiple times on IG and in interviews.. Our marriage was over WAY BEFORE TMOG.”
Meyer filed for divorce from Palin in February after nearly two years of marriage, citing “discord or conflict of personalities.”
She confirmed in August that the divorce had been finalized when she wrote on Instagram, “Freshly divorced & single forever lezzbereal."
In her Instagram response on Tuesday, Palin pointed to the above-cited fact, something that most folks out there appear to be glossing over.
Do they not realized which party actually filed the divorce documents?!?
"Dakota moved out of our home more times than I would ever like to admit. He got an attorney. He filed for divorce. Wait, did you read that? He filed for divorce," she wrote.
"And he kept coming and going based on what he thought was best.
"I did not ask for a divorce, but I did look at my children, and knew the marriage was NOT what was best for them."
It actually does sound like this split was mutual.
Tragically, Meyer is dealing with certain mental issuesto which only a select few people can relate.
Everyone he went into battle with as a Marine was killed in battle.
Continued Bristol today:
“Just because the picture you see painted is ME finally putting my foot down, to end the back and forth, does NOT mean I didn’t give my marriage and Dakota, everything I had in me.”
She added that she completely respects Meyer's "service to our country," but what does this mean to her personally?
What does she do is that effects of his time overseas is making for an untenable situation at home?
“I never ‘gave up’ on Dakota, or on our family,” she concluded.
“I know in my heart I did everything I could.
"My children come before ANYTHING, and I am so thankful for the challenges that have gone on, because I know they will grow up in a much happier environment because of our decision to separate.”
Expect to see plenty more from Bristol and Dakota as the rest of this Teen Mom OG season plays out.
Do you see where she's coming from in this defense?