Tanner Tolbert is bringing some troubled childhood experiences to the surface – and his wife Jade (Roper) Tolbert isn’t quite sure how to respond.
In an exclusive sneak peek at Friday’s episode of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Jade, 29, reveals she’s concerned the therapy sessions aren’t working for them.
“I don’t know if Bootcamp is working for Tanner,” she admits, turning to face her husband of almost a year and confessing, “I’m scared to death about you and I having no emotional connection.”
In the following scene, the Bachelor in Paradise couple is spending time with their fellow cast members during a group exercise when Tanner, 29, admits he tends to “keep s- buried in” as a result of his father’s infidelity and the unorthodox way his mother handled it.
“I had to be the one to be strong for both of them, and mediate it – take the emotion out of it,” he shares.
“My mom hired a real private investigator – they caught film of [my dad and the other woman] leaving the airport together,” he goes on. “And then we had movie nights a lot on Friday nights, so my dad’s sitting there with popcorn, thinking everything is cool. My mom put on the VCR … and out comes this private investigator footage.”
“Wait – you and your sister saw this?!” demands Jade.
The rest of the group is equally shocked, demanding to know how old Tanner was – he was 14 at the time – and how he reacted.
“I love your mom, but that’s not okay,” says Jade. “A parent shouldn’t drag a child through their s-.”
“Well, your mom was not the best either,” Tanner shoots back.
“Thank you, Tanner,” says Jade sarcastically.
As Tanner goes on to tell the group he never viewed his mom’s actions “as a problem,” therapists Dr. Ish Major and Dr. Venus Nicolino are watching the scene unfold some a separate room.
“Tanner’s not making the connection yet,” says Major. “Dad cheated on Mom, and he’s not sure what it means.”
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars airs Fridays (9 p.m. ET) on WEtv.