Tyler Baltierra has been an open book for a very long time.
The veteran Teen Mom OG star has never shied away from difficult conversations about his marriage, his struggles with mental health problems -- or, on the latest episode of this MTV series, even his thoughts about other women.
In a new podcast chat with Us Weekly, Tyler addresses the semi-controversy that arose after he and wife Catelynn announced they were separating.
Is the marriage really over? With a baby due in March?!?
No, Baltierra explains below.
Scroll down to see how he expounds on the unusual set-up to which he and Catelynn have agreed...
We Love Each Other, And Yet...
Catelynn and Tyler were middle school sweethearts. They have been through A LOT as a couple, from giving up a child for adoption to suffering through a miscarriage to Catelynn spending time in rehab for having suicidal thoughts.
Tyler Has Been Open About It All
He hasn't pretended as if the relationship is perfect... at all. “When does it ever turn around?" he asked some friends earlier this year. "When is it ever 50/50?! I’m saying this is what I need, awesome. If you can’t, let me know now. I don’t want to waste any time, let me get out of here. Marriage is a bitch.”
I Need a Break
Catelynn and Tyler announced they were expecting an unplanned baby in March, which is amazing news. But it didn't mean that their marita woes were immediately solved. Tyler told his wife right afterward that he wanted to separate.
"Getting pregnant was unexpected since we still have a lot of work to do on our relationship,” Catelynn said in a voice over on a Teen Mom OG episode, before opening up about living separately: "I was devastated at first, but now that I’ve started my own therapy, I’m more comfortable with the idea.”
Is This Really for the Best?
Tyler thinks so, but Catelynn told producers she was NOT "jumping for joy" over the idea of separating. "I don’t think any of us are. You took it kind of hard,” Tyler said in response. "The intention is not to bring up your anxiety or to make you feel any of your core wounds.”
Catelynn Gets Real in Response
"But in that moment it did trigger me. It did bring up wounds,” Catelynn said. "It was scary, it was sad, it was hurtful. Things that I’ve been through, like when people say they want to separate, they want to leave, it seriously does feel like somebody died.”