This weekend is the conclusion of Breaking Amish: The Shunning Truth Part Two of which there’s a preview video below. This weekend also concludes TLC’s most successful show of 2012 with highs of 3.9 million viewers.
At the very beginning of season one, Byler and Schmucker were reported to have known each other “from church.” However, they’ve known each other for longer than is suggested on the show and anecdotal evidence suggests they’ve been dating since 2010 (or earlier).
Byler got married in 2009 to an ex-Amish man named Rufus Hostetler. Byler cheated weeks into the marriage to be with Schmucker. Byler was still cheating with Schmucker around the time she conceived her baby girl.
During the season finale and during The Shunning Truth Part One, Byler and Schmucker admitted the existence of the child but were aggressively defensive when asked about paternity. Possibly because Byler was cheating and may not know who the father is (although she suggested it’s her ex-husband’s kid and tried to paint him as the bad guy). Schmucker said it’s no one’s business and Byler refused to admit paternity.
And judging from this preview, there’s no more light shed on the subject. That is, if you’re planning to watch to learn who is the baby’s father you’re probably going to be disappointed. All you’ll see is Byler being rude to the host, being defensive, and deflecting to avoid lying further (she already lied through the whole of production).
Rather impertinently, Byler tells the host: “[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. 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.”
She continues: “I do know the allegations out there, and that’s what upsets me is that people have to discuss our lives so much that, you know, we can’t even really have a life of our own anymore. They’re making us out to somebody that… I don’t even know. I feel like the person they’re talking about online is not… I don’t even know that person.”
Schmucker adds: “What I’m upset about… like Rebecca said, that’s her daughter. People are talking about [the baby and] people that had nothing to do with the show. Involving family that does not need to be involved.. that are going to have their lives ruined for what we’re doing. That’s what aggravates me.” (note: He says “her” daughter which makes it sound like it’s not his kid, right?)
The rest of the cast defend the couple, deflect some more, and never admit the couple dated in 2010.