Leaping on the alternative. In March, MTV’s Melinda Collins opened up about struggling a being pregnant loss through social media. On the similar time, she began getting calls about returning to actuality TV.

“Earlier than All Stars [season] 1 began, Mark [Long] had form of put some feelers out. He had messaged me asking if it was one thing that I’d be excited about, and at the moment in my life, I mentioned I used to be . Then when it got here right down to them truly casting, I used to be pregnant. So I needed to flip it down,” the Problem alum, 38, defined completely to Us Weekly. “It’s so loopy as a result of I misplaced my daughter after I was 5 months pregnant. I’d say three weeks after that, one of many expertise coordinators had contacted me and mentioned, ‘I do know that you just’re actually going via one thing, however is that this one thing you’d be excited about doing?’”

With that, the Actual World alum puzzled if possibly this was an indication that she ought to return into the Problem world after almost 10 years away. Melinda final appeared on Battle of the Seasons in 2012.

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“I’ve had fairly the yr. So it was, like, that is the universe tapping me on the shoulder. ‘That is one thing it is best to do,’” she continued. “And they also contacted me, however I’ve at all times form of stayed involved with Mark too. I did some excursions with him again within the good previous bar tour days!”

Followers will even see the Recent Meat alum open up concerning the loss through the upcoming season of All Stars.

“I do imagine that it’ll get on the market and that’s the good factor. Like, clearly I went via one thing that was simply devastating and onerous, however there’s lots of people who undergo it and do it alone,” she advised Us. “So I hope that via my journey that I’m in a position to assist some those who manner too.”

Earlier than saying sure to returning, the Wisconsin native famous that she felt a plethora of feelings.

“I had at all times mentioned, ‘By no means say by no means.’ I simply thought, like, being a mother, that it wasn’t one thing that I used to be going to ever do once more,” Melinda, who shares 23-month-old son Camden with husband Matt Collins, mentioned. “So I’m a mama and it’s, like, the good factor I’ve ever finished. I simply completely adore my son, Camden.”

Since she first entered the fact TV world at age 21, Melinda has come a great distance — and now feels extra assured in herself.

“Again within the day after I would do the Challenges, I really feel like I form of doubted myself and what my capabilities had been and I went dwelling to some very, very robust rivals. So, I really feel like I went into All Stars eager to show to myself that I’m a great competitor. I’m an athlete,” she advised Us. “So it was numerous that, like, nerves, as a result of it’s like, ‘Oh, will you be capable to maintain up in opposition to these individuals who’ve finished these and individuals who’ve received?’ I used to be nervous about that. [I was] anxious and enthusiastic about seeing folks I haven’t seen in a very long time and simply form of being part of this once more. So [I felt] the entire emotions. … Leaving my son was the toughest factor. It was so onerous, however I knew he was in good palms.”

For extra from Melinda, watch the video above and take heed to the “Watch With Us” podcast.

Season 2 of The Problem: All Stars premieres on Paramount+ Thursday, November 11.

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