Teen Mom 3 only lasted one season, back in 2013. However, one of its stars, Mackenzie McKee, recalls how hard it was dealing with all of the attention that came from the show.
Mackenzie reveals, in a blog posted earlier this month, how former classmates and other friends would turn on her, say nasty things on social media, and she became ill with stress. Moreover, she reveals, she became suicidal over the whole ordeal.
Why? Because people were so negative about her fame: “It seems that people would watch my every move and even dig real deep on my past so they could have something to hold against me. They began to forget my name and I just became that “Teen Mom girl”. I felt like they saw me as a robot and not a human.”
What, specifically, happened to Mackenzie? She reveals, former friends and people she knew turned on her! “I would see things from someone I use to be close to, or even just the girl who sat behind me in English…They would write horrible things about me… my feelings would be deeply hurt.”
It was hard to deal with, she says, because a lot of the hate came from people in her own town: “I was always one to ignore what some weirdo from 12 hours away who never met me had to say, but seeing it from the friendly place I grew up at really hit me hard.”
How did she deal with it at the time? “I hid, I would stay off social media, I would stay home, I was scared to go out, and I clung to my boyfriend who is now my husband. And lets be honest, at the time he was not the best boyfriend but I felt he was all I had.”
She worked herself into a frenzy: “I would lay down, review EVERYTHING someone I knew had to say about me and cry. Yes I would cry and cry and cry. I would cry to the point where I was shaking and screwing up my blood sugars”, she says of the stress affecting her diabetes.
She even seems to admit being suicidal: “I didn’t have dreams anymore, I would pray to God to either help me out of the country or send me home to heaven. I really think I went crazy for a sec.”
But now, she’s learned to ignore the haters and focus on the positive! “Then it hit me… “GET OVER IT MACKENZIE, STOP BEING A BABY AND GROW UP”… I realized that I did have dreams…. the ONLY thing that was stopping me was the fear of what others would think of me.” She adds, wrote down her feelings as another way to cope.