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The new reality show by TLC follows the lives of five young people who leave their families and faith. But it may be as made up as a lot of other "reality" shows.

Breaking Amish

We are well into the era of reality television, and it seems like everything has already been done. But at first glance, TLC's new show Breaking Amish looked to be something new. The show follows around a group of young Amish people as they leave their families and make their way to New York City.

But for this reality TV show, the Daily Mail is questioning how much "reality" they actually put into it. "While each cast member claims to have grown up in the strict communities, evidence has surfaced suggesting they have decidedly dark pasts — involving divorce, children and time away from the faith," said the newspaper.

The characters on the show are all different but show varying levels of naivete because of their culturally isolated upbringing. "TLC has previously admitted that Kate, who is billed as an Amish bishop's daughter and aspiring model, has been arrested for a DUI, but now new information paints an even more rebellious picture," said the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail continues by saying that Kate had been submitting her photos to modeling agencies before she says she left her Amish family. Her DUI mug shot shows a much more modern woman —one who is even wearing makeup.

"Two other cast members, Rebecca and Abe, are portrayed as meeting for the first time on the show — with a possible love match on the cards," said the Daily Mail. "But a photograph apparently shows that the pair in fact already have a child together." Abe was also arrested for public intoxication four years ago.

Another cast member, Jeremiah, reportedly left his faith "up to 14 years ago," is divorced and has three children. Sabrina reportedly left her faith years ago and was married in 2009.

The Daily Mail is using testimony from witnesses as their proof, but they do have mugshots, a baby photo and photos of various indiscretions committed by the cast members. There is also a new Facebook page called "Breaking the Amish Truth," which is attempting to debunk the show and has uncovered the pasts of the five cast members.

Photo courtesy Carrie Devorah / WENN

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Comments on "Breaking Amish may be completely made up"

petra June 09, 2013 | 9:37 PM

I am tired of Kate being constantly bombarded by the rest of the group. Especially Rebacca. I see Kate being the only one whom has enough common sense to follow her dream, not be cocky about it and actually succeeding in it, always polite and always trying to get along. Everyone should be able to share their opinion in a mannered grown up way and when she does it's the end of the world to rest of the group and they start acting out on either their jealousy feelings or immaturity and look profoundly ignorant. Every time Rebacca opens her mouth to talk about Kate it makes absolutely no sense and then she just fuels the fire for Sabrina to act out on her stupidity as well later on. For god sakes I've seen Kate stick up for those guys more then anyone else in that group for each other. Why can't these guys just realize that what they are preaching to her they are NOT following them self's. Have a little respect for each other more and only with this discipline you will learn a big life long lesson on how to make your life much more easier. kate you are doing a wonderful job at growing into a beautiful inside and out lady. And the more these guys pick on you the more we see how you on the other side of the end are graceful and far more full of intelligence. Keep strong honey, life is awesome, when you have your heart in the right place. P

sherry December 07, 2012 | 5:57 PM

it seems now that TLC dose'nt put anything on thier station but freaking junk its nothing but plain old crap so i have stopped watching and now thier putting on amish mafia for gods sake can't they find nothing better than to pick on ppl religon come give me a break

Deborah November 12, 2012 | 12:56 PM

I don't know what is happening with TLC. It used to be good educational TV. I don't believe for once second that Breaking Amish is real. I lived in Indiana for too many years around a very Amish area. The people there just don't act that way. Plus with Honey BOO BOO, and the other junk they put on. I just don't watch it anymore.

Jelly Bean November 05, 2012 | 9:37 PM

Kate looks like Elizabeth Moss (Maybe?) She is in a headache commercial. Sabrina looks familiar to me too:/

Renee October 21, 2012 | 8:08 PM

Kate looks like the actress that plays Robin on How I Met Your Mother. I know it bugged me for a while too.

Charlie September 26, 2012 | 5:07 AM

Kate from Breaking Amish looks very familiar, I'm trying to figure out where I've seen her before. Her mannerisms are very familiar as well, has she been on any other reality shows?

Andie September 22, 2012 | 6:06 PM

Is anyone surprised at this? TLC has been slowly moving from actual truth, to sort-of engineered reality, to totally scripted crap, and now to outright lies. Just turn that crap off and then they won't be able to make any more of it.

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