Note from The Ashley: Every once in a while, The Ashley is given some less-than-accurate information. Although that has only happened a few times in the five years that The Roundup has been running, The Ashley will always let her readers know if something she writes proves to be inaccurate. Such is the case with some of the info that was originally run in this article.
The Ashley still stands by some of what is written below, which is why she left it in print. To explain: The Ashley was offered info from a new source, which she then verified with an older, trusted source. It has since proven to be untrue. Since that information proved to be untrue, The Ashley does not feel confident standing by the other info given by that first source, so she is retracting it. The info from the second source remains, as this person is very trusted.
The Ashley has always been committed to only publishing info that she can verify is true. (That is why she will preface a story with “File this under rumor” or something when the info has not been verified.) Her track record with info posted is very, very good and The Ashley will always do her best to maintain it and be honest with her readers.
The Ashley is very familiar with how things work on this show. However, sometimes rules go out the window if production needs a shot badly enough. That may be the case here.
Below is the revised story. Again, The Ashley apologizes for her error.
Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans became engaged (for the third time) a few days ago while on vacation with her baby-daddy Nathan Griffith. Jenelle happily announced that Nathan had popped the question while the pair vacationed in St. Thomas. In an interview with MTV, Jenelle recounted the details of the proposal.
“[He] just tapped his glass, stood up in front of the whole restaurant, and made this big speech,how he loves me, he wants to be with me for the rest of his life,” Jenelle said. “And he’s really happy. And then he got down on one knee and proposed in front of everyone.”
MTV was there to document the whole thing, so it will surely appear during Season 6 of ‘Teen Mom 2.’
Soon after the proposal, Jenelle excitedly posted photos of the engagement ring she received from Nathan. It didn’t take long before the rumors started flying about the proposal, the ring and MTV’s role in all of it. Fans claimed that MTV paid Nathan to propose, paid for the trip and paid for Jenelle’s ring.
After denying it on Twitter, Nathan finally admitted that MTV paid for their hotel stay while in St. Thomas, claiming it was part of their “compensation.”
“I don’t know what’s going on but yea mtv paid for the room as compensation. I’m getting sick of all this drama. I’m in St. Thomas,” he tweeted on Sunday.
The proposal was not set up by MTV, however. Also, Nathan was not “paid to propose,” as some have suggested.
Why was MTV there if the proposal wasn’t set up by them? It’s very simple, actually. The cast (or anyone under contract, which Nathan is) is required to let the show’s producers know when there is a big event taking place in their lives (i.e. a pregnancy, engagement, etc.) In the instances that this doesn’t happen, MTV will recreate the scene (as they did with Leah and Jeremy‘s engagement).
In regard to the rumor that the network footed the bill for Jenelle’s engagement ring– that’s also false. (This isn’t The Bachelor, guys! We’re talking ‘Teen Mom’ here!)
“They won’t pay for anything like that,” another show source tells The Ashley. “If someone goes out to dinner and it’s on-camera, MTV will pay the bill, up to a certain amount. They’ll pay for activities on camera. So maybe the dinner bill was picked up. But anyone that thinks MTV would pay for an engagement ring is completely wrong.”
The show’s producers and crew didn’t even see the ring until the night of the proposal, the source added. The Ashley is not confirming Nathan paid for the ring; just that MTV did not.
A man named Patrick, who was one of the people that went on the trip with Jenelle and Nathan and will be seen on-camera, took to his Instagram to provide more insight on what’s going on.
The Ashley is not confirming or denying any of the other rumors floating around about Jenelle and Nathan, but she wanted to set the record straight on these.