LEAH Messer opened up about her "major relationship issues" on Teen Mom: Family Reunion, confessing that she was struggling to "trust" boyfriend Jaylan Mobley.
The MTV star has three children with two exes, both of whom she was married to.
Early in Tuesday's episode of Teen Mom: Family Reunion, Leah was called out by her co-stars for being "quiet."
The cast noted that she seemed "guarded," urging her to "open up."
Leah confessed that she was struggling with "trust," noting that the issue was with more than just the people she was filming the show with.
The reality star said in a confessional: "Hearing all the other moms open up, I know I need to go deeper."
She confessed to her co-stars: "I just need to trust people because I think I’ve been burned so many times.
"I always feel like everyone has an ulterior motive and that’s f**ked up."
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In another confessional, she admitted: "Trust issues has caused me relationships in the past."
Leah was then asked about boyfriend Jaylan, who arrived at the retreat later in the episode.
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She told her co-stars that she was holding back, almost refusing to reveal that she missed him: "Even that whole situation, I’m like I don’t miss you. I’m fine on my own."
After chatting with the cast, Leah decided it would be wise to meet with Coach Bryant before Jaylan arrived.
She admitted during that chat that it was about more than trust, it was about "not allowing love in."
Asked what the root of her issues were, Leah said: "I think it’s because of relationships in the past.
"I think there’s a lot of situations. My dad wasn’t around. In and out of jail and on drugs."
Looking back on her challenging past with her dad, the Teen Mom 2 star recalled: "Me and my dad were really really close up until…"
She was then cut off by Coach Bryant, who noted: "Emotions came up, you deflected."
'WILL I EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH?'
Leah started again, this time getting emotional: "One memory that stands out is when I had to pick up pop cans because that’s how he would collect money to come and see me but he really didn’t ever show up.
"‘Will I ever be good enough?’ but then I’m like, I’ll be good enough for me.
"I know I can take care of me and my kids and they’ll never have to worry about anything like that.
"But I want to be loved, too, the same way that I’ve loved other people. I just have a hard time accepting that when it happens."
After the session, the cast threw a pool party as a send off for Cory Wharton, who was leaving that day.
During the party, Jaylan arrived – much to Leah's surprise.
She jumped up from her seat to greet him.
In a confessional, she revealed: "My heart is so happy that he’s here, but I’m also feeling anxious."
Similarly, Jaylan said he was feeling "nervous."
Immediately, Leah's co-stars began questioning him.
Cheyenne Floyd inquired about his family, questioning how they felt about Leah being a mom.
Jaylan said: "I don’t care what they think about it honestly. I'm just like, at least give her a chance."
Leah chimed in: "He’s really hit it off with the kids."
Then Ashley Jones met with Jaylan, joking in a confessional: "I’m that friend that pops tires, so don’t play with her motherf**ker."
She told Jaylan: "She’s guarded. … But it’s your job to show her that she doesn’t need to be like that."
Ashley added with a laugh: "Cause I’m the friend that’ll catch a flight and f**k you up."
Jaylan said at one point during the friendly interrogation: "I’ve considered her kids. I’ve considered everything about her."
In a confessional, Leah said of her new beau: "He’s a great person. He’s checking all the damn boxes, but that’s scary."
HEART TO HEART
Leah and Jaylan took a moment to themselves by the pool.
The pair's conversation quickly with from flirtatious to serious, as he asked if she had "doubts."
Leah initially insisted: "I don’t think that I have doubts. … ok, f**k it. I do have doubts."
Jaylan noted: "I’m giving everything I’ve got and I’m like how long can I keep that up before I feel like I look like I’m trying too hard?"
He added: "I don't want to get into your life and mess that up."
In a confessional, he said: "The most scariest thing about dating someone with kids is messing that up.
"They get emotionally attached."
Leah told Jaylan she would work on her issues, revealing: "I want to be close to you. I want you to see the good and bad and accept that. … It would be easier if you lived closer."
MAKING IT OFFICIAL
Leah and Jaylan made their romance Instagram official in September 2021.
The confirmation came amid a lengthy bout of speculation from fans.
The couple shared a loved up photo together, with Jaylan grabbing Leah's face and kissing her.
They appeared to be sitting together on a bench.
"Leah and Jaylan Mobley have been dating for a few months now," a source shared with E! News at the time.
"He recently met Leah's girls and they get along great. Leah is very happy and the relationship has been a great surprise."
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