You can always trust Audrey Roloff to keep it real.
The now-former Little People, Big World has talked at length in the past about her early breastfeeding challenge, her bouts of postpartum depression and how she relies on her faith in all aspects of her life.
But what about the filming of the show itself?
What has it been like to have a cameraman essentially follow you around at all times?
In the wake of Audrey and Jeremy Roloff announcing they will not be returning to Little People, Big World, Audrey recently spoke to Jenna Kutcher on the Goal Digger podcast and perhaps shed some light on why the couple decided to walk away.
Scroll down and then click around for the revealing details...
Audrey and Jeremy Confirmed in July 2018 That They Are Leaving LPBW
This is what Audrey wrote on Instagram after her husband first broke the news: "This past season was our last season of filming for Little People Big World. I know it’s been a shorter run for me(for Jeremy it's been 14 years!), but I've shared some pretty big life moments on #LPBW - getting engaged, our wedding day, the launch of @beating50, 3 moves, a remodel, finding out we were having a baby girl, and becoming a new mom! I and so thankful for the encouragement, kindness, and support that each of you have shown to our family. We are forever grateful for the run we've had, but excited to focus on what we feel the Lord is calling us too! You guys are the most loyal fans. Thank you for respecting our decision. And thanks to TLC for putting up with us."
"Mostly, I am so proud of my husband who has grown up in the public eye and yet remained grounded, wise, and steadfast in his faith. This decision is one that I respect him for immensely. 'Here's hail to the rest of the road!' I love you Farmer. Psalm 20:7."
Jeremy had said the decision to depart was made about a year ago, but neither he nor Audrey delved into the reasons WHY the couple had arrived at this major decision.
It's Been a Big Change So Far
"Segueing away from the cameras [has] been a big shift for us," Audrey admitted on the podcast. "But we are really excited about just being able to really press into writing and speaking and creating and just devoting all of our efforts in the things that we feel the Lord has called us to, and also raising a family away from the cameras."
Audrey Met Jeremy on a Blind Date
She confesses here that she didn't really understand what she was getting into when she first met her husband. And the whole reality show thing didn't really affect her at first.
Why Was This the Case?
Because, Roloff explains, "during our long distance relationships, I sort of was around the cameras but not too much." It wasn't until her wedding day that Audrey got "thrust into it" all.
Jeremy and Audrey Got Married on September 20, 2014
Cameras were on hand for the ceremony and for the reception, but Audrey says that she nearly banned them from following her and Jeremy around that day.
It Was All Just Too Much for Her
"They wanted to film the dress shopping, the cake tasting, everything leading up to our wedding, including our wedding day!" Audrey says on the podcast. "That was a crazy process, [and] for me, it was something that I never anticipated or imagined."
She Was "So Close" to Backing Out
This is the first time Audrey has discussed her wedding in such detail, saying on the podcast that she really did nearly flip out in regard to the cameras' presence, but: "I just had to remind myself all along like this is a part of the life of the man that I’m marrying."
Did She Ever Get Used to Cameras Following Her Around?
Gosh, no, Audrey says. This really is not something you get used to; unless, perhaps, you grow up around it, such as has been the case for people such as Kylie and Kendall Jenner.
Says Audrey on this Topic:
"You never get used to it. It's just a weird thing," adding that Jeremy has always said "we aren’t made for the spotlight." (This is a sentiment he echoed in his announcement about the couple leaving.)
Can She Take Us Behind the Scenes at All?
"People are coming into your house, turning all your books backwards and covering your body with tape because there can't be any logos; and lights everywhere and camera crew men," Audrey says. "It's just very invasive."
Does This Explain the Decision to Quit the Show?
Maybe, right? After all these years, it would make sense for Audrey and Jeremy to yearn for a more private lifestyle.
Plus, They Still Have A LOT Going On
The couple is coming out with a memoir about their relationship, and about love in general, in 2019. And they are still running the blog/company Beating50.
This is What Else Jeremy Said:
"After 14 years, over 300 episodes, and 17 seasons, the time has come. A year ago I made the decision that this season would be our last. It has been an amazing run, and I can't say thank you enough to all of you who have watched and supported us along the ride. We have the most loyal fans on TV and we appreciate every one of you. You are what made doing this so fun. We will still be supporting the family as they carry the #LPBW torch onward. This is a decision concerning Audrey and me specifically - the show must go on!"
We'll Still Be Around, However
Jeremy reiterated that he and Audrey are only leaving their television show. They'll still be doing plenty else in public and for their fans: "We're not disappearing. We have a lot of exciting stuff in the works and are eager to continue the work that the Lord has called us to!"
They Are Just So Grateful
Like Audrey, Jeremy took a moment to acknowledge all the fans out there: "Whether it be in the airport, on the street, at pumpkin season or at one of our upcoming Beating50percent events! THANK YOU for all the love and support. Your messages, comments, gifts, and mail are noticed and appreciated. You guys are the best. Thank you for respecting our decision."
Another Major Admission
In a follow-up interview, Jeremy said that filming "got almost boring"
and that he and Audrey started talking two years ago about leaving.
More Real Talk from Jeremy:
Jeremy has also said that he didn't feel especially proud of the series, only in terms of it not being anything he really helped create: "At some point you [need to] build something that you're proud of. I didn't build the show, and I'm not saying you need to build something to be proud, I'm just saying it ran its course. I feel like now is a great time to leave."
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