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Teddi Mellencamp Didn’t Talk to Dad John for ‘A Couple of Years’

Teddi Mellencamp spent three seasons on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and although she didn’t bring her father, John Mellencamp, around the cameras much, we know they have a solid relationship. However, it hasn’t always been that way. The former diamond-holder, whose dad released the Billboard No. 1 hit, Jack & Diane, used to bump heads back in the day, and she’s spent plenty of time reflecting on their journey.

During a recent episode of the Sibling Revelry podcast, Teddi had many positive things to say about her father. “I think he was always tried his best,” she said. “Do I think that we’re in a way better place now than when I was a kid? Yes, but also because, I mean, I didn’t really understand the importance of a good relationship with my parents when I was a kid.”

Teddi recounts her parent’s rocky divorce

The former reality star described her parent’s divorce, essentially saying it had a deep impact on her. Instead of flying to spend time with her dad in Indiana, Teddi said she’d stay home to hang out with her friends. “I probably really hurt his feelings doing that,” she said.

Later, she described an explosive argument they had, which resulted in the pair not speaking for many years. “I mean, there was one point — we joke about this conversation because it’s probably so traumatizing — but I got mad at him for something. And he said, ‘You know what? F you, Teddi. I have other kids,’ and we didn’t talk for a couple of years,” she explained.

Elsewhere in their conversation, Teddi said her parents used to do something that really bothered her growing up. “My mom would be like, ‘Okay, John,’ or my dad would be like, ‘All right, little Vicky.’ And I was like, f*ck you,” she added. “You chose this person. I didn’t choose them. And now you’re throwing it in my face as a negative, but they’re still my parents, and I love you both, so why are you putting me in this situation?”

Thankfully, Teddi was involved with sports during her childhood years. According to her, it helped keep her mind occupied. “Essentially, if I didn’t have a sport … I think I probably would have been slightly more f*cked up,” she said.

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