Breaking Amish star Rebecca Byler, 20, shocked viewers of the hit TLC series when she admitted that she’s the mother of an infant daughter – and was married before tying the knot on the show – but her new husband Abe Schmucker, 22, is standing by his new wife.
“[Fans] can believe whatever they want, but if they want to know, they can watch the show. If they don’t want to believe, they don’t have to believe it,” she says in a clip in the second half of Breaking Amish: The Shunning Truth reunion special airing Sunday (November 18). “That’s my opinion. I don’t give a s–t what anybody thinks. People have to discuss our lives so much that we can’t even have our own life anymore. They’re making us out to be somebody I don’t even know.”
Costar Sabrina High reasoned that it was inevitable for rumors to swirl about the couple – who lived and attended church in the same area.
“God knows, if me and Jeremiah were in the same community, [fans] would be hooking us up, too,” Sabrina comments, referring to her friend Jeremiah Raber.
As the group collectively defend Rebecca without directly addressing her past history with Abe (the pair have been accused of dating before moving from Lancaster, Penn., to New York City and getting married), Abe takes offense to the fact that fans continue to demand the truth about Rebecca’s daughter.
“That’s what upsets me — like Rebecca said, that’s her daughter. People are talking about [the baby and] people that had nothing to do with the show,” he fumes. “Involving family that does not need to be involved — that are going to have their lives ruined for what we’re doing.”
Breaking Amish is a series that follows five young Anabaptist adults – four Amish and one Mennonite – who move to New York City in order to experience a different life and to make a difficult decision regarding whether to return to their communities or to remain in New York City and face potential ostracism by their family and friends.
Breaking Amish: The Shunning Truth – Part Two airs Sunday (November 18) at 10 p.m. (EST) on TLC.