Rumors have been swirling over the years that TLC's reality show Breaking Amish may not be as real as fans think — so we over at In Touch decided to get to the bottom of this once and for all! According to the network, the series focuses on "temptations abound as a group of young Amish explore life beyond their Amish culture. Ultimately, they will make the biggest decision of their lives — to remain Amish/Mennonite or become English and face the consequences of being shunned by their family and friends."
Back in 2012, TLC and the show's production company, Hot Snakes Media, released a joint statement via [The Huffington Post](https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/is-breaking-amish-fake-tlcn1909476.html) which addressed these rumors. “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,” it read.
Hot Snakes further elaborated on this to Variety and explained, “Our Amish and Mennonite producers that we hired introduced us to Amish and Mennonite men and women who were already determined to leave. They had already made the decision to go out and see the world, with or without us. They courageously allowed us to follow them on this journey.”
Various controversies have led to viewers believing the show is scripted. For example, Jeremiah is said to have left the Amish community at age 18, meanwhile in 2012, at age 30, he was filmed doing modern-day tasks like using a cell phone "for the first time." Another controversy surrounding the cast was Rebecca and Abe, who were allegedly filmed meeting in New York "for the first time" — even though they had been together for awhile prior to the episode fans saw on television. Rebecca was also a divorcee, which is particularly frowned upon in the Amish community.
Other eagle-eyed fans have uncovered social media profiles, arrest records, and more — all of which adds evidence to support this theory. Regardless — we still think this makes for great cable!