TLC reality show Breaking Amish and spin-off Return to Amish were no strangers to controversies… but the controversies around cast member Chapel Peace Schmucker were stranger than most! This is a woman who was arrested on drug charges — multiple times, according to reports — and who is accused of fooling her co-stars into thinking she was undergoing chemo when her cancer was actually in remission. Read on for the gossip…
As TMZ reported in March 2016, Chapel was one of 27 people busted in Pennsylvania after authorities seized $8,400 of heroin, more than $90,000 of meth, and more than $27,000 in cash. The reality star was charged with possession with intent to distribute and for possession of paraphernalia. And Starcasm reports that wasn't her first bust: She was also arrested earlier that year for faking a urine sample and arrested in 2015 for heroin and Valium possession.
Breaking Amish star Chapel Peace is charged with furnishing drug free urine pic.twitter.com/H2rktwz7YP— Bridget McClure (@BridgetWJAC) January 5, 2016
Now, what about those questionable cancer claims? In a series of since-deleted tweets posted in July 2016, co-star Kate Stoltz accused Chapel and the Return to Amish producers of faking the medical ordeal. "They had me fooled," she wrote, per Starcasm. "I'm upset that I was tricked into thinking that her cancer was back and she was doing chemo… Chapel was not doing chemo when the show was filmed. She was in remission and had us all fooled into thinking she was very sick … I'm not downplaying the horrible reality of cancer, treatment, or after-effects. She used it to cover up a heroin addiction." (Meanwhile, the site speculates Chapel really did have cancer at an earlier point and merely reenacted her visits to doctors' offices.)
Anyway, Chapel was apparently released from prison in December, and she told Facebook fans that she is "doing very good" but that she and husband Andrew Schmucker would not be returning to Breaking Amish. And when a fan advised her to "just pack up, move, and start over" for "a new life with a new beginning," Chapel said she was "already doing all those things." Here's hoping her reality away from reality TV is a bit more peaceful!