In her new e-book, A Little Me, Amy, fifty-four, alleges that Matt, 57, was concerned along with his cutting-edge female friend Caryn Chandler even as the Little People, Big World stars had been nonetheless married. Before dating Matt, Chandler changed into a long-time worker at Roloff Farms in Hillsboro, Oregon, where the TLC circle of relatives’ show is based totally.
“Matt became spending increasingly time on the tavern he often frequented inside the evenings after filming and operating on the farm, and our farm manager appeared to be around an increasing number of frequently as well. What, if something, became happening?” Amy writes in her e-book.
“Then it dawned on me. Matt and our farm manager, who have been operating for us several years through then, regarded to have more than only a running dating or friendship. I saw messages, pictures, and other matters that should now not had been shared between folks who worked together and we’re still married to different humans,” she writes. “I turned into devastated.”
Amy later writes, “In hindsight, I know I must have stated something right away, but I didn’t. I changed into scared and ashamed something remotely like this can be taking place. Was Matt truely interested in someone else right in front of me? Why would he even go there when we were still married?”
After 27 years of marriage and four children together — they proportion twins Jeremy and Zach, each 29, daughter Molly, 25, and youngest son Jacob, 22 — the TLC stars finalized their divorce in April 2016.
Earlier this year, the mom of four was given candid approximately the end of her dating with Matt in more than one Facebook Live video filmed with her pal Lisa Dixon. Simultaneously, she spread out approximately the “troubles” in their marriage and alleged that Matt and Chandler have been “involved” earlier than she cut up from her ex.
“When you understand you’ve got issues and you already know you have issues, whether or not it’s in your aspect or some other aspect, I think when you begin searching before you’re separated of marriage, this is tough. I suggest whilst you grow to be worried or a great deal extra than only a buddy, however, you emerge as perhaps extra in a courting that’s extra than just a, ‘Hey, hi pal, allow’s the exit for espresso’ form of component, I assume that may be difficult on the opposite individual as nicely,” Amy stated in a video filmed on March 31.
“And I think that’s what took place in my case. You realize we have someone that labored for us for a completely, very long term on our farm, and I trust — that is all from my perspective — you understand that there has been extra than simply pals occurring. And I suppose that evolved to some extent wherein that were given inside the way of our marriage as properly,” she persevered.
Amy went on to guarantee viewers that while she’s no longer disillusioned that Matt has located happiness with Chandler, she was troubled to learn how she believes their relationship started.
“It’s no longer that I’m unhappy that Matt has observed someone, I suppose it is extra about the way it evolved, how it took place, how it commenced. I assume that’s what hurt. And sadly may additionally have, thru an edited show, prompted me to be a touch bitter; may have had my encounter as being a little greater indignant. It wasn’t easy; I’ll be frank. It turned into difficult. It was a method for me, and it is going to be a technique for a touch bit longer to get via,” she persevered.
In a 2d Facebook Live video filmed on April 28, Amy said that she is “slowly embracing” Matt and Chandler’s dating, even though it’s nonetheless hard for her to witness.
“Thank you guys for watching the show. Keep watching; I desire you to keep looking. There are awesome tales from Zach, Tori, and Jackson and I suppose the adventure of Chris and me, and glaringly you’ll additionally see the journey of Matt and Caryn. I’m slowly embracing that for plenty of special reasons,” she stated.
While she admitted, “I’m no longer jealous or sour,” Amy did “admit, I will, in reality, be frank with you guys, I assume it becomes tough and every now, and then it’s still hard for me to peer them simply because they both have been — and glaringly Caryn became so much a part of my global in a special context. And then now to peer that … nicely, a long time previous to separation, before the divorce and in whatever ability.”
“But you recognize, existence goes on, and I will permit myself that time to embody it, but I am glad that if Matt is satisfied, he’s glad. And if I’m glad, I’m satisfied that I’ll be happy,” stated Amy.
She introduced approximately her and Matt’s marriage: “It’s just something that didn’t work, and you understand, I’m nevertheless sad approximately it because I will always be unhappy about divorce. I’m mostly on the page that there are seasons that you go through dating, just like there are seasons that you go through being a mom. … But that doesn’t imply as a mother it’s like, ‘Okay, you’re not operating out for me, I’m finding out.’ There can’t be a checkout time. So relationships, you already know lamentably a lot extra than I suppose ought to have checkout instances and that they get divorced and stuff. … Some marriages and a few relationships, they need to be divorced, but I suppose there’s additionally just as many who — relationships take paintings.”
When a fan went on to immediately ask whether Amy believes Matt became dishonest on her, Amy responded, “You understand what, I can’t say that. You recognize, there’s without a doubt matters, you understand, more than only a guy and a female friendship. But, you already know, it happened.”
Although the divorce becomes hurtful to Amy, she’s choosing to be respectful approximately the break up for the sake of her well-known family.
“I assume in the long run, for the sake of my youngsters, for the sake of my grandkids, I suppose we continue to be respectful, and I think, I need my kids to be glad for us and additionally be inclined to beat each house. So that would be my dream because obviously, it would be very, very sad to me if all at once they didn’t want to return to my residence because of who I’m with,” she stated.