Back in July, longtime Teen Mom OG mainstay Amber Portwood was arrested on domestic violence charges after allegedly assaulting boyfriend Andrew Glennon.
At the time, several of Portwood's fellow cast members stood by her side, including Catelynn Lowell, her co-star since back in the show's infancy.
Catelynn tweeted that fans should wait until they have all the facts and refrain from rushing to judgment against her longtime friend and co-star.
Of course, Lowell's comments were made prior to the release of shocking new audio recordings in which Portwood can be heard threatening to stab Glennon. Yes, that happened.
Now, Catelynn is speaking out on the subject again, but instead of defending Portwood, she's defending victims of violence across the land.
Take a look and see where you stand:
The Best of Friends
Few people can relate to the unique struggles Amber and Catelynn have faced over the course of the past decade, from the challenges of parenthood to the ups and downs of fame, so it should come as no surprise that the MTV reality stars developed a close friendship.
When Loyalty Creates Problems
In that way, it makes sense that - along with the rest of the Teen Mom OG world - Catelynn's first instinct was to defend and support her friend, or at the very least, urge caution before rushing to condemn her following what was clearly a complicated personal matter.
However, that doesn't make it right, and as the facts began to surface, it became increasingly clear that Amber Portwood's conduct was pretty shocking, and reprehensible. It's a sad reality, and one that Lowell now seems to realize along with the rest of Teen Mom Nation.
Yes, it's important to be loyal to your friends, but it's more important to be loyal to your own code of ethics, in basic human terms. And it seems that the newly-leaked audio recordings of Amber and Andrew's arguments - truly disturbing stuff all around, especially considering that there is a young child involved and present for all of it - served as a wake-up call for Catelynn.
In a pair of recordings first obtained by Katie Joy of Without a Crystal Ball, and posted to YouTube (below), Amber physically attacks Andrew, threatens him with further bodily harm, and fantasizes about him getting gang-raped. We never saw that coming and could not make it up.
Stunning and Horrifying
We all want to believe the best in people, especially ones to whom we are close. But wow. It's not hard to see why Catelynn Lowell and many others who may have been inclined to side with Amber underwent an abrupt change of heart after listening to the audio.