This is when Ashlee decided she needed her independence and moved to California all on her own. You got to give her credit for having the strength to do that. You will be thrilled to know that she is doing well and has learned a lot of life lessons the way she needed to learn them, which was through her own experiences. There are always lessons to be learned in life, but she has come a very long way and I am very proud of her for how far she has come. My strong-willed child is growing up, and we have never been better in our relationship as we are now. Life is a challenge, but it is good! I just visited with her in California and she will be coming to visit me at the end of the month again for a couple of weeks. I'm so excited!
I relate to Lauren's struggle to lose weight as I am sure plenty of other women do. I know exactly how she is feeling. It is not always about your willpower, although I think my problem is. Sometimes it's a combination of your genes, your body type, and your body chemistry along with your body's ability to process and breakdown food. It can be a life-long struggle. Luckily Lauren has now lost a lot of weight and looks absolutely amazing! She feels much more confident about herself now and that makes me so happy. Check her out in the new US Weekly telling her story, since it is hers to tell.
As far as Teresa's bankruptcy goes, Teresa was right when she said that declaring bankruptcy does not mean that your life ends and you should go crawl up in a hole and die. You are allowed to start your life again. Did it appear to anyone as if Teresa was really afraid of being poor? There seemed to be no shortage of money to me. I knew Teresa worked hard, but I also knew the bankruptcy had not been approved and there were some crazy stories in the press going around about her that worried me. I was trying my best not to judge some of their life style choices during that time, although I do admit, at times it was very hard not to. It is especially hard to avoid staying out of each other’s business during filming, because we’re together so much. I was very confused at the time, because I was reading one thing in the tabloids about her life and then I was seeing something completely different in the way she was living in her real life. As a friend, I was really worried about what was going to happen to her and her family. I was also upset from reading about her life in the tabloids along with the rest of America instead of my "best friend" opening up to me about what was really going on so that I could be there for her. Even if she didn't need me, at least she could help to ease my mind.