In a new interview with her college's online magazine, Connell opened up about her and Edwards' messy breakup and the negative impact of "Teen Mom."
"Ryan was cheating on me for the last eight months we were dating and I didn't know," Connell explained to Unlimited, via a July 8 report by Wetpaint Entertainment. "I found out the same week that my mom passed away and that's why we broke up for good. The whole experience was a good life lesson. I don't deal with lying anymore. I am more aware of my relationships now."
Connell and Edwards ultimately broke up in Dec. 2012, and Edwards moved on with Shelby Woods. Connell has also moved on and is currently dating a man named Seth Lucio, who plays baseball for Tennessee Tech, where Connell also goes to school.
On "Teen Mom," Connell was often criticized for allegedly causing even more friction between Edwards and his baby mama, Maci Bookout, who he wasn't on good terms with in the first place. However, according to Connell, she wasn't nearly the villain that MTV portrayed her to be.
"When Teen Mom was on the negative comments were awful because the show portrayed me in such a negative light," Connell explained. "I would get hundreds of comments on Twitter saying 'you should kill yourself' and horrible things like that. And I would say to myself that I know I'm not a terrible person. So I just had to learn to shake it off."
Following their split, Edwards denied all allegations of infidelities.
"I didn’t cheat on her I just broke up with her," he explained at the time.