Leah Messer lost primary custody of her twin girls in court last week. According to a report by In Touch Weekly, the Teen Mom 2 star’s ex-husband, Corey Simms, was awarded custody of the 5-year-olds, Ali and Aleeah, due to Leah Messer’s inability to get her children to school in a timely manner.
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Leah Messer’s ex filed for full custody of the girls in 2014, and while they had gone to court during filming on Teen Mom 2 Season 6, Leah Messer was able to pass a drug test due to her prescription pain medication being approved by the judge, and their custody rights didn’t change. However, in the months since, according to the magazine, things got worse with Leah Messer, and ultimately, a judge found it was in the girls best interest to be in the primary care of their father and his wife, Miranda.
During a recent interview, Dr. Drew Pinsky weighed in on Leah Messer’s current situation.
“I know it’s gonna be devastating for [Leah Messer],” Dr. Drew told Rachael Ray while backstage at her morning talk show, The Rachael Ray Show, according to a report by Radar Online on October 22.
“[Leah Messer] loves her children. She is a dedicated mother. People are also wondering how she’s doing and if you saw the last reunion show which is the last time I had contact with her, I believed she was making some progress.”
During Season 6, Leah Messer entered treatment for issues of anxiety and depression, but rumors continued to swirl regarding her alleged addiction to her painkillers. In one scene from Teen Mom 2, both of Leah Messer’s ex-husbands, Simms and Jeremy Calvert, sat down with one another to discuss Leah Messer’s struggles, which Calvert claimed stemmed from a “prescription pill problem.” Meanwhile, Simms met with Leah Messer and his wife, Miranda, and accused Messer of hiding a “drug problem.”
“One of the signs I noticed that the people around [Leah Messer] — like her ex-husband and his new wife — people around her were starting to really come down on her,” Dr. Drew recalled.
“When that starts to happen, that’s a sign to me that the identified patient is getting better. That’s a sign that things are getting better, because when somebody’s aware enough, that the people who have been worried of them and frustrated, [the person] can actually hear them? That’s when they come down on them.”
According to Dr. Drew, he told Leah Messer it was a good thing that those around her were giving her a hard time about her issues and how they’ve impacted her children, and he recommended she “focus on her treatment which she was willing to do.”
Leah Messer spent 30 days in treatment, beginning a program at an Arizona facility in May of this year. She returned home to West Virginia in June.
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Dr. Drew continued, “I don’t know if this recent issue with the child custody is going to set [Leah Messer] back but I certainly wish her the best. She is working very hard and this has been a terribly stressful and painful time for her, so let’s all wish her the best.”
Leah Messer has yet to speak out about her recent court appearance, and her ex-husband, Corey Simms, has remained silent as well. There is also no official word yet on whether or not Jeremy Calvert will pursue full custody of their 2-year-old, Adalynn.
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