Teen Mom 2’s Leah Messer opens up about being sexually abused by her babysitter and speaks out on suicidal thoughts – The Sun
TEEN Mom 2's Leah Messer has opened up about being sexually abused by her babysitter at five years old.
The 28-year-old star also spoke out on suicidal thoughts and how she almost drove off the edge of a cliff when she was at her lowest.
Leah shot to fame on the MTV series back in 2010, with her struggle to raise 10-year-old twins Aliannah and Aleeah, and seven-year-old Adalynn documented on camera.
And now Leah is releasing a tell-all book where she shares painful parts of her life.
In the memoir, Hope, Grace & Faith, Leah alleges that she suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her teenage babysitter when she was "five or six", which went on for six months.
Speaking to People, the mother-of-three explains: "My mom didn’t understand why I screamed every time I went to the babysitter’s house.
"It was because I was being sexually abused there, and my mom, she didn’t have much support.
"Reliving those times was really hard, but it was also therapeutic for me.
"I could go back and really truly allow myself to heal from the child abuse that I went through."
Leah also spoke out on becoming addicted to pills when she was prescribed painkillers to help with backache following Adalynn's birth in 2013.
Following the breakdown of her marriage to the little girl's father, Jeremy Calvert, in 2015, she admitted to taking the medication before driving down a hill in West Virginia with her foot on the gas.
In the book, Leah reveals that her speed reached 110mph, adding: "It would be so easy to drive my car over the edge.
"Then it would all be over. No more worries. No more failure. No more pain. Everyone would be better off."
Thankfully, Leah pulled over after she thought of her children through her "lifetime of tears", with the star telling People: "It was definitely a turning point for me when I realized that I was legit trying to take my own life.
"The car was going so fast and I was watching it and I was so angry. That was it for me. That’s when I realized like: 'All right, Leah, you’ve got to do something.'"
Teen Mom 2's producer, Larry Musnik, had left a concerned message for the star when she arrived home that day after seeing footage of the car.
Leah says in her book that Larry had already been trying to convince her to go to rehab, and this time she listened and checked into a facility in Arizona where she was able to get sober.
She explained: "There are different tracks that you can go to in a facility. For me, it was like laying that foundation for me to be the person that I am today."
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