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MTV "Teen Mom" star Catelynn Lowell posted a vulnerable post about "toxic" family members leading up to Thanksgiving.

“Teen Mom” star Catelynn Lowell posted a vulnerable post about “toxic” family members leading up to Thanksgiving. Fans on Reddit appreciated the post, with people saying they could relate.

Lowell reposted a TikTok that was created by a social media user named “Life With Jess,” also known as Jess Cox. The clip shows Cox eating a plate of food by herself.

“Everybody talks about cutting toxic family off, but no one actually talks about the grief that comes with having to stand firm on that decision knowing it’s not what you want, but what is needed for your wellbeing and everyone around you,” says the text in the video. 

“The grief is a different kind,” she wrote as the caption.

The post resonated with Lowell, who reshared the video on Instagram. “It’s hard AF.. the s*** is NOT easy and the grief is so damn real ????????????,” Lowell wrote.

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A number of people on Instagram agreed with Lowell’s post and said they also had to deal with the guilt of removing harmful family members from their lives.

“I feel this. It’s so much harder than people realize. Props to the people who are able to do it,” one person wrote.

“I feel this in my soul this year….” another said.

It’s not the first time Lowell talked about toxic family members. Days before her Thanksgiving post, she shared another TikTok, but this one was created by a social media user named Sarah Nan.

The text in the video reads, “But she’s your sister. Can’t you just put everything aside for the holidays?”

“Toxic is toxic,” Nan said in the caption. “This is the new normal. We aren’t going to push people’s boundaries because of the holidays or you won’t see me for the next.”

Lowell added her own explanation for sharing the video. “Family or not… toxic is toxic and not welcome here ????‍♀️,” she wrote.

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Some people wondered which family member Lowell was talking about. Her mother, April Brockmiller, her father-in-law, Butch Baltierra, and her sister-in-law, Amber Baltierra, have struggled with substance abuse.

The last time Lowell’s husband, Tyler Baltierra, talked about his father, he said Butch Baltierra didn’t want to be mentioned in the media. According to The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, Butch Baltierra spent some time before bars in June after he was found guilty in March of OUI (Operating Under the Influence). The incident took place in 2020, per The Ashley.

In May, Baltierra had said his father was in a “toxic” relationship with a new woman.

“He’s with this chick who has got lots of money, so he’s kind of got this endless enabler, really. They’re in a toxic—they ain’t in a good situation,” the “Teen Mom” star said on Instagram live,  The Ashley reported. “I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve just accepted him. He’s an addict. Relapse is part of it.”

Lowell Confronted Her Mom About Her Drinking Habits View this post on Instagram

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Lowell had a sitdown with her mother, as depicted on an October 4 episode of “Teen Mom: The Next Chapter,” after she heard that Brockmiller was “buzzed” while giving her 3-year-old daughter a bath. Lowell relies on her mother to babysit sometimes, but she doesn’t want her children around her mother when she’s intoxicated.

“I’m in this moment in my life where I know it’s kind of hard to trust her not to drink with my kids around, really,” Lowell confessed. “I want to protect them from things that I experienced with my mom when I was growing up.”

In a confessional with MTV cameras, Lowell said she would have to cut her mother off if she continued to drink with her children around.

“The only worry that I have is sticking to my boundaries,” she said. “I know eventually, it’s going to happen where I show up there and she’s buzzed or she starts to drink and I’m just gonna have to put my foot down and leave but she hasn’t done that yet.”

Lowell had an off-camera conversation where Brockmiller admitted to drinking more but promised to cut back.

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Man who plunged to his death at Disneyland identified as Huntington Beach principal

A man who was found dead after reportedly jumping from a parking garage at Disneyland on Saturday has been identified as the principal at a Huntington Beach elementary school.

The man, Christopher Christensen, 51, of Westminster, was the principal at Newland Elementary School and a local musician who performed across Southern California. Christensen was facing misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and battery at the time of his death, Orange County Superior Court records show.

A man identified as Chris Christensen of Westminster published a long post on Facebook on Saturday evening telling readers about a recent domestic dispute and how a “flawed” legal system had upended his life. Edmund Velasco, president of the Orange County Musicians Union who knew Christensen through Christensen’s father, confirmed in a text message to The Times that the Facebook account belonged to Christensen.

Attempts to reach the Christensen family were unsuccessful.

Christensen was due to appear in court Monday.

Police believe the death is a suicide, said Sgt. Shane Carringer of the Anaheim Police Department, adding the coroner’s office will determine the cause of death.

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An autopsy report is expected this week.

On the evening of his death, Christensen published a Facebook post at 8:38 p.m. that he said he hoped would provide “some insight and perspective.” In the post, he described an “amazing” marriage to his wife of 3½ years, whom he identified as Marlena, that took a turn one recent evening during a “heated argument” at their home in which “tempers were flared and strong words were exchanged between us.” The argument happened in front of their daughters, he said.

“Unfortunately, Marlena’s anger got the best of her that night and she called the police, which landed me in jail that night,” Christensen said. “Yes, me! A man who has never hit or harmed ANYONE in his life!”


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Orange County Superior Court records confirmed Christensen was arrested on Nov. 15 and released from jail on $10,000 bail two days later. He was charged with child abuse and endangerment and battery. He pleaded not guilty.

Ruben Frias, identified in court documents as Christensen‘s lawyer, declined to comment Monday.

In the Facebook post, Christensen wrote that “never in this exchange did I hit, slap, or hurt Marlena in any manner. Nor did I ever touch the girls.”

He wrote that the recent November evening “completely unraveled” his and his wife’s lives. He said he had been placed on administrative leave and was on the brink of losing his job at Newland Elementary as his case made its way through the legal system, which he described as “extremely flawed (especially against men/fathers).” He said his wife had “no intention” of the night escalating the way it did, and “regrets making that call” to the police. She was also “trying to clear my name with little success,” Christensen wrote.

“So, here I am…writing my final FB post to all of you,” Christensen wrote. “I need you all to know that a gentle, kind, loving and sincerely good man has been destroyed by one unfortunate night. It really is unfortunate! This is NOT me! This is NOT something that I ever thought would happen to me.”

Christensen wrote about his love of working in education and of playing music, which he described as a creative outlet. He said he performed in his last show Friday night, and he spent the final day of his life reaching out to loved ones. “This is not an ideal way to go out, but at least I get a chance to say some final words to those who I love and adore,” Christensen wrote.


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Christensen ended his post by asking that everyone treat one another with “kindness and grace.”

“There is too much anger in the world and people need to start treating each other better,” he wrote. “What I’ve shared with you above is a prime example of how ‘anger’ can really have long-lasting and extremely damaging effects on a person’s life.”

Dispatchers received a call just before 9 p.m. Saturday of a man who jumped from Disneyland’s Mickey & Friends parking garage, Carringer said. Anaheim Fire and Rescue found Christensen dead, Carringer said. It was unclear which level of the garage Christensen jumped from, Carringer said.

At least three others have taken their lives by leaping from the seven-story structure: a 61-year-old man in 2010, a 23-year-old man in 2012 and a 40-year-old man in 2016.

Christensen had been an administrator with the Fountain Valley School District for more than 20 years, he said in a letter published on Newland’s website before the current school year. Christensen previously worked as a principal at Courreges Elementary School, Fulton Middle School and Moiola Elementary School. He began his career with the FVSD as an assistant principal at Masuda Middle School in 2001. He also worked as a middle school music teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District.

KABC-TV Channel 7 reported that grief counselors were available at all FVSD schools to help students, staff and their families.

“I too am struggling to find adequate words to convey the shock and heartbreak we are all feeling right now,” FVSD Supt. Katherine Stopp said in the district’s statement, according to KABC. “I know that we will find a way to come together as a community and care for one another. Let us all show patience to each other as we work through this time in the next days and weeks.”

Newland Elementary declined to comment Monday. The FVSD did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Times staff writer Gabriel San Román contributed to this report.

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