TLC's Breaking Amish debuted with an interesting premise. Featuring four Amish, Kate, Jeremiah, Abe, and Rebecca, and one Mennonite, Sabrina, TLC promised, "a never-before-seen look inside the lives of young men and women as they, for the first time, trade horse and buggy with taxi cabs to break out from their respective Amish/Mennonite communities in their pursuit to chase big dreams in the Big Apple." Not long after its premiere, however, it became very clear that Breaking Amish should have been titled Faking Amish. Almost immediately, several blogs and Facebook pages popped up, detailing how TLC misrepresented the cast… complete with photo and public record evidence.
TLC addressed the allegations with this statement: "There is a lot of information floating around about the group featured on Breaking Amish. Much of it is not true, but some of it is — and is addressed in upcoming episodes.” Thus far, TLC's in-episode explanations have been incredibly lame.
Yesterday, TLC announced a two-part Breaking Amish reunion special. According to the press release, the cast will "disclose where their relationships currently stand with their family and friends" and address the "questions about the authenticity of their Amish and Mennonite backgrounds.”
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The allegations include:
Reportedly, Jeremiah left the Amish 14 years ago. Jeremiah was married for nearly six years and has three kids. His ex-wife has been extremely vocal about his abusive ways. Sabrina was also married – now divorced. Her wedding pictures are readily available on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Photos circulating the Internet suggest Abe and Rebecca knew each other long before Breaking Amish. In one photo, they're not in plain clothes and they're holding a baby. While the latest episode of Breaking Amish revealed Abe and Rebecca knew each other before their "big
fake journey" to NYC, it failed to explain the baby.