It's been an eventful year for Teen Mom 2's Leah Messer.
Beginning with the publication of her memoir in 2020, Leah gained a whole new fan base made up largely of folks who admire her strength in overcoming a difficult past, as well as her candor in telling the world about it.
Of course, all that adoration comes with increased scrutiny.
And these days, Leah finds herself the subject of more social media rumors than ever before.
Currently, fans of the 28-year-old are convinced that Leah is pregnant with her fourth child.
As far as we can tell, evidence of this claim is non-existent, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning.
Media outlets have even picked up the report and ran with it, leading many to conclude that Messer really is expecting.
So is she actually pregnant?
And if so, why is she hiding such joyous news from her fans? Well, let's examine both of those questions ...
After examining the clues (i.e., Leah's latest Instagram posts), we've arrived at the conclusion that, well ...
We don't know.
And for that matter, neither does anyone else, except for Leah. Obviously, that inconveniently boring fact won't shut down the speculation, or the theorizing that has dominated social media of late.
But if one person who might have otherwise ruined Leah's day by commenting that she's "glowing" is deterred by our tireless reportage, then our work here as a celebrity gossip website is done.
It's worth noting that Leah seems perfectly content with the three daughters she's currently raising.
Messer pays homage to the "A-team" (so named because all of her daughters' names, Adalynn Faith Calvert, Aliannah Hope Simms, and Aleeah Grace Simms start with the letter "A") just about every chance she gets.
(Also, that's such a cute name for them, OMG.)
“I don’t know where I’d be without them," Messer recently told another celebrity gossip publication, Us Weekly.
"Listen, if I were to ever get remarried, and let’s say they didn’t have kids and would want a child," she said.
Leah added: "it would have to come with terms and conditions this time because I put my work in!”
“I don’t know," the native of the great state of West Virginia admitted. "Whatever’s meant to be will happen.”
Needless to say, that doesn't sound like a woman who's in a desperate hurry to welcome another child.
That is not an unreasonable way to feel, as many parents - especially those who had kids young - can attest.
Sometimes, the kids you have are enough.
As for who the father might be if Leah were currently pregnant - and again, it doesn't appear that she is - well ...
Fans of Teen Mom 2 are in almost universal agreement that Adalynn's father Jeremy Calvert is the most likely candidate.
But fan agreement does not make it so.
Despite reports to the contrary, and the fact that they've hooked up since they divorced, Leah and Jeremy are not back together.
However, it seems that they've been enjoying an on-and-off "friends with benefits" situation for quite some time.
So it's not out of the question that they could've created another child together during one of their rendezvous.
Leah rarely talks about her relationship with Jeremy. However, she mentioned it during her recent Us interview.
“I definitely get this all of the time," she admitted, regarding the questions of whether she and Jer are a thing or will be a thing again one day.
"Jeremy and I are in different places in our lives," Messer said at the time.
That does not stop them from actively co-parenting, however. (Or slapping bodies on occasion, for that matter.)
"We do our absolute best to be the role models that Adalynn deserves," Messer noted.
She added: "And I don’t see that evolving into anything beyond Adalynn Calvert’s parents.”
That sounds like a very stable situation for everyone involved. Even if it makes for less enthralling gossip.
Again, it sounds like Leah is happy with just about every aspect of her life, including her situation with Jeremy.
She doesn't want to rock the boat, and neither do we.
So instead of spreading more rumors about her, maybe we should just let her enjoy the happiness she's worked so hard for, mmm-kay?
We know, that new and completely recallibrated approach will take some adjusting, for THG as well as for its readers.
But together, we can do it.