Little people, big drama! Matt and Amy Roloff announced their divorce back in 2015, and although they’ve each moved on, there’s been some tension on the farm. The two are still living on the property together — though in different homes — and their farm manager, Caryn, is Matt’s girlfriend. #Awk! Unfortunately, while the two have tried to remain cordial, there have been several occasions when Amy, in particular, just can’t hold back. Check out the video above to see Matt and Caryn’s cutest photos together.
It all started during a previous season of Little People, Big World when Amy found out that Matt was bringing Caryn with him to their daughter-in-law Tori Roloff‘s gender reveal party — especially because Amy made it a point not to invite her boyfriend, Chris Marek, out of respect for their family. “Seeing Caryn here threw me for a loop more than I would have liked,” she admitted in her confessional. “I think coming here to this particular event is an intimate family thing… It just throws a whole different dynamic to my life here on the farm.”
Fans definitely picked up on the vibe, and some of them thought Amy was jealous of Caryn because she felt that maybe Caryn might take her place in her children’s lives as a stepmom. “It’s obvious Amy is super jealous of Matt’s new girlfriend. Looks like her kids feel comfortable and like her very much too,” a fan tweeted. “Amy needs to get over it, she has her boyfriend now.”
But it seems like there’s more to it than just jealousy. In April, Amy admitted that it’s not easy inviting her employee to family affairs. “Caryn is an employee and in a personal relationship with my ex-husband, so it is still hard to invite Caryn to some of the family events. I’d rather minimize the personal interaction. It’s not healthy for me.”
And that’s not the only time Amy used the words “not healthy” when referencing Caryn. The following month, Amy revealed, “Caryn has been a part of pumpkin season and has been managing it for a long time and does a great job, but knowing the relationship between Matt and Caryn, and to know that they are dating… to work beside Caryn is not healthy for me.” She added, “When I’m in the same room as Caryn, I have a constant reminder of a marriage that didn’t work out and a loss.”
Caryn added that it’s not exactly a walk in the park for her, either. “I respect Amy tremendously, but there’s always going to be some crossover and some awkwardness,” she told TLC cameras. “I work very, very hard not to have that happen.”
And quite honestly, it seems like Amy is the one who’s not willing to get along so maybe she does hold some jealousy or resentment. On a recent episode, the 53-year-old said she doesn’t like seeing Caryn with her kids and grandkids. “As co-owner of the farm, I do what I need to do for pumpkin season, but I still struggle with, ‘How do I interact with her. What do I say?’ I will admit, I still struggle with that. Working with Caryn and Matt has been difficult. Seeing her with Jackson… it’s difficult. These are my kids and my grandbabies. It’s definitely been the hardest thing to watch.”
Not to mention, just a few weeks ago, Amy talked about “letting go” of items in her pantry — but clearly, it was a metaphor for her relationship. “Are you talking about Matt or your stuff??,” one person commented on the May 22 snap. Another added, “Wow!! You sure hate Matt,” and a third chimed in, “I love the show, but the jealousy that you show over Matt moving on with Caryn is ridiculous. You have a new relationship yourself, so why put Matt down for moving on?”
Sadly, it’s her down-in-the-dumps attitude that’s labeled Amy a “b—h” on social media… and also because she’s been accused of using her son to sell bread. But that’s a story for another time.
Little People, Big World airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on TLC.