Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Ethan and Olivia Plath. The pair — who appear on TLC‘s Welcome to Plathville — have faced challenges throughout their marriage, especially related to their tense relationship with his ultra-strict parents, Kim and Barry Plath.
In a recent Instagram Story Q&A, Olivia, 22, opened up about how things are going between her and Ethan, 22. She revealed that she and her husband have some issues they are working through at the moment.
Olivia Plath opens up about her marriage to Ethan Plath
During the Q&A (via People), Olivia answered questions from fans. One person wondered why Olivia was posting fewer photos of herself and Ethan together. (She last shared a photo of herself and her husband on Valentine’s Day.) “Everything OK with you and Ethan?” they asked.
“We are working through a lot right now, but hopefully it will all make us wiser and stronger in the end,” Olivia replied.
However, the TLC star and wedding photographer went on to assure her followers that she was “the most content I’ve ever been as I learn to accept and make the best of hard situations.”
In Welcome to Plathville Season 2, Ethan and Olivia admitted that the drama with his parents — who do not approve of their son’s wife — had them considering divorce.
But instead of splitting up, the two decided to work on their relationship, though that meant cutting off contact with some members of the Plath family, including his mom and dad.
The ‘Welcome to Plathville’ star has said she’s considered suicide
This isn’t the first time Olivia — who, like her husband, was raised by strict, Christian fundamentalist parents — has talked openly about her struggles.
In an Instagram post shared on New Year’s Eve, she spoke candidly about her mental health.
“I spent last New Year’s Eve feeling scared, alone, sobbing and contemplating suicide,” she wrote. “I woke up on New Years Day and knew I needed to get help and surround myself with good people if I was going to make it.”
While 2020 presented unexpected challenges in the form of the pandemic, Olivia shared that she “did start to feel seen, heard and understood this year” and “gained some close confidants who cheered me on and brought me countless smiles, laughs and thoughtful conversations.”
“I did some deep inner reflection, recognized unhealthy patterns, and started to lean into the discomfort,” she added. “2020 ended up being a year of learning instead of fun. And I underestimated how much I actually needed that.”
Olivia Plath says she’s not ready for kids
Both Ethan and Olivia come from large families. He is one of nine kids, while she is one of 10. However, the pair are in no rush to have kids, as she revealed in a 2020 interview with People. While they hope to one day have a family, both recognize that they are not in a good place to do that right now.
“I also know that in many ways, we’re not ready for kids,” Olivia said, “and the fact that we need to heal and process our own childhoods before we bring another child into the world.”
How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.
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