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Teen Mom's Leah Messer makes big relationship decision to benefit her kids

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Leah Messer is taking steps to becoming a better, more stable mom for her daughters

Teen Mom's Leah Messer has gone to great lengths to impress the judge in her custody case: she dumped her boyfriend.

Messer, who dated T.R. Dues for nine months and quickly moved him into her house, got tongues wagging last week when she tweeted about being a single mom.

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While to most the phrase "single mom" simply means unmarried, people started talking that Messer had dumped Dues — and in fact, she told friends last month that the couple was done.

"Leah said they broke up a little while ago," a source told Radar Online. "She said it just didn't work out. He wasn't a good boyfriend."

Others said the couple was still living together and that Messer was just trying to put on a show for the judge in her contentious custody case.

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"Leah knows it doesn't look good for her to have a new man in the house already," another source revealed. "She wants to look like a stable single mom to the judge in order for her to get her girls back."

But now Dues is confirming the breakup.

"If she says she's single, then she's single," Dues told Radar Online, adding that they live in different homes. "I just see her every now and then."

If the breakup was a calculated move, it worked. Messer and her ex, Corey Simms, resolved their custody battle last week, agreeing to share custody of their daughters.

"Both sides are very happy with the new plan," a source said.

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