It sounds like Buddy Bell is really struggling with addiction. My Big Fat Fabulous Life fans have been worried about Whitney Thore's roommate and best friend after he had been missing from the show throughout the entire season so far, but in a clip from tonight's episode, Whitney will learn from a mutual friend that Buddy has a drug issue and he may need to seek treatment at a rehab facility.
“I’m glad that Buddy was able to be open with Zach about his problem, and it sounds like he knew that it was a problem and he wanted help,” Whitney said in her confessional, holding back tears. “And if something awful has happened to him before he could get that help, I am never going to forgive myself.”
But that's not the only dramatic turn this season of MBFFL. A recent teaser clip showed Whit criticizing Buddy’s treatment of his girlfriend, Heather. “Buddy continues to throw out small breadcrumbs to her,” she said. “It is positively cruel.” Fans will also get to see the moment Whitney opened up to Buddy's parents about his drug problem. "Just tell him that I love him and that I'm sorry," she pleaded.
Fans found out that Buddy has a lot of secrets in 2017, when we learned that he had been arrested before. Here’s the scoop from the Raleigh Police Department in North Carolina, per Radar Online: Buddy was arrested for assaulting a police officer at Memorial Auditorium on Jan. 30, 2014, the same night Queens of the Stone Age was playing at the venue.
According to the Wave County Criminal Court, Buddy (whose actual name is Luby Bell) was charged with assaulting a government official, resisting a public officer, second-degree trespassing, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct. He was convicted of the disorderly conduct charge and slapped with a $380 fine and 45 days probation.
He’s not the only Big Fat Fab Life star with a record, however. Whitney’s ex-boyfriend Lennie Alehat (whose legal name is Nathaniel David Lee) was arrested for DWI in 2008 with blood alcohol content three times the legal limit. North Caroline court documents obtained by RadarOnline also revealed Lennie was “fight back while being placed in handcuffs” and “refused to stop spitting on police equipment.”)
Anyway, it seems like Buddy has stayed out of trouble since moving in with Whitney in 2015 — legally, at least. He was a real headache for Big Fat Fab Life producers last season when he lashed out at Shaun Robinson in the reunion special and stormed off the set when the issue of his finances came up. “I’m just tired of looking like a loser on the f--king show,” he seethed. You can watch the first episode of Season 5 now on tlc.com.