It’s only the second day of 2020 and already former Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans is making headlines, due to the reveal of her new boyfriend, Herbert Wilkinson. While it’s almost certain that we’re in for plenty of “soulmate shenangians” now that Jenelle has (another) special man in her life, she continues to post memes on her social media account promising she’s turning over a new leaf, now that she’s left her husband David Eason.
“2020 is very personal…I owe myself a lot,” she wrote on Facebook on December 28. Today, she posted, “my past was toxic AF. I deserve to be happy.”
Let’s take a look back at Jenelle’s “toxic AF” past year by looking at her biggest scandal for each month of 2019.
January: ‘Teen Mom 2’ crew members refuse to work with Jenelle out of fear of what David may do on-set.
Jenelle kicked off the New Year with some David-driven drama—something that would become a recurring theme for the ‘Teen Mom 2’ star throughout 2019. This particular incident was reported exclusively by The Ashley after a source told her at least three different crew members demanded to be taken off of Jenelle’s shoots.
The crew’s hesitance to visit The Land was allegedly a direct result of videos posted by David the previous month in which he threatened to shoot anyone who stepped foot onto the couple’s (sinking) property. At the time, a second source told The Ashley there were people from the show who no longer felt safe because David made it clear he doesn’t like MTV and “he has a ton of weapons.”
February: Jenelle reveals she’s separated from David, only to reveal they’ve gotten back together the following week.
Jenelle gave ‘Teen Mom 2’ viewers a small glimmer of hope in February when she updated her relationship status on Facebook to “separated.” However, less than a week later, her “married” status was restored and nearly all other signs of the couple’s breakup had disappeared from their respective social media pages.
March: Jenelle blasts co-star Kail Lowry on social media after Kail brags on ‘Teen Mom 2’ about helping Jenelle in the past.
The social media slam came after an episode of ‘Teen Mom 2’ aired in which Kail reacted to Jenelle burning her Pothead Haircare products. During the episode, Kail referenced a time in 2011 or 2012 when she bailed Jenelle out of jail, as well as a second instance when she drove to New Jersey to give Jenelle a ride to the airport because Jenelle “was strung out on f**cking heroin.”
To the surprise of no one, Jenelle responded to Kail’s comments with a Twitter rant.
“Lmfao don’t act like you’re my hero now,” she wrote. “You gave me a ride in the past to pick up my mom… that’s helping someone’s entire life and doing ‘so much’ for them?”
Jenelle went on to (shockingly) give her mom Barbara the sole credit for helping her in times of darkness and telling Kail that she is and always has been fake.
April: Cops are called to Jenelle’s house after 911 caller accuses David of killing Jenelle’s dog, Nugget.
Towards the end of April, news broke that a male caller had contacted the Columbus County, North Carolina, police department to report that David had killed Jenelle’s French Bulldog, Nugget. The sheriff’s department confirmed to Radar Online that the call did in fact take place.
“A call was made today, and it was relayed that the woman’s husband had killed her dog. The Sheriff is out there right now investigating and there will be an incident report filed later.”
Days after the incident allegedly took place, Jenelle shared on social media that she was “devastated” and “sad”–likely referring to Nugget’s death. She also changed her relationship status on Facebook to “separated” and unfollowed David on Instagram. David continued to deny that he killed or hurt the pooch.
May: Jenelle is fired from ‘Teen Mom 2’; She and David lose custody of their children.
It would be impossible to choose which scandal from May was bigger: Jenelle getting the boot from ‘Teen Mom 2’ after nearly 10 years on the show, or her and David losing custody of their three children: Maryssa, Kaiser and Ensley. As The Ashley told you at the time, Jenelle’s firing came as a shock to Jenelle, who thought she was due to have a conference call with Viacom execs. That call never came, and Jenelle found out she was fired by seeing the announcement online.
June: Jenelle gets into an argument with Barbara outside of a North Carolina courthouse.
While leaving the courthouse after receiving a reunification plan from a judge to find out what steps they needed to take to regain custody of their kids, Jenelle found someone to take some of her frustration out on: her mom.
After breaking the rules by approaching Barbara to give Ensley a hug, Barbara reminded Jenelle her visits with the toddler (or any of the kids) could only take place in a court-approved visitation center, at which point Jenelle assured her mom, “I’m saying hey to her!”
“I’m right here outside the courthouse and I’m giving my daughter a hug,” she continued. “If you have a problem with that then go get an officer because obviously she’s not scared. I’m hugging her!”
But the mother-daughter parking-lot squabble didn’t end there…
After Barbara overheard Jenelle telling a TMZ cameraman that she was happy she “got this moment” with Ensley, Barbara cackled back, it’s “all for the cameras!” Jenelle then accused her older brother Collin of “posting naked pictures” of Ensley online.
July: The custody case against Jenelle and David is dismissed.
At the beginning of July, Jenelle and David’s fight to regain custody of their children ended abruptly (and quite unexpectedly) when the judge dismissed the case and ordered that the children previously removed from The Land be returned to the couple immediately.
At the time, a source told The Ashley that the judge in the case “did not see evidence of neglect” on Jenelle and David’s part, despite comments made by David’s daughter Maryssa on the stand regarding the alleged abuse and alleged substance abuse, as well some of the kids’ teachers taking the stand and 911 calls–those made public and those that were not made public.
Following the judge’s ruling, Jenelle said she and David had been enrolled in “Parenting Classes and Substance Assessments.”
“David completed an anger management course and I have completed a domestic violence class,” she added. “This was not asked of us by the judge but simply because we thought it could only make us be strong people/parents.”
Fans were outraged and shocked by the dismissal.
August: Salon cancels Jenelle’s cosmetic company launch after learning of the Nugget incident; Jenelle claims she cancelled the event herself.
Weeks before Jenelle’s JE Cosmetics line was set to launch, Flirt Beauty Boutique, the New York City salon slated to host the event, backed out after learning of the (then-alleged) dog-killing incident involving David.
“This event has been cancelled at our venue,” the salon wrote on Instagram. “Our salon was unaware of what [Jenelle] and her husband have done or have been connected to, and it no way, would we support such brutality. We apologize for not doing our research beforehand.”
While the salon was applauded for their move, Jenelle quickly came forward with her own version of what went down.
“NOT CANCELLED!!! I know there are a lot of rumors circulating about the @jecosmeticsinc launch,” she wrote on Instagram. “The launch to the PUBLIC will be 09.19.19, preorders will begin before that and soon will be announced. The launch party I’ve decided to do is a PRIVATE event. Do not believe the rumors others are posting onto their pages or into the media. No matter what I decide to do or no matter what happens… @jecosmeticsinc will launch to everyone on 09.19.19 and NOTHING will stop us! …on a side note how can someone ‘cancel’ my event when I’m the owner? #Rumors.”
Jenelle went on to claim that because the location of her launch was leaked, she decided to change the event venue; this story didn’t sit well with fans, many of whom pointed out that Jenelle’s own manager Johnny Donovan was the one posting about the event online.
September: Jenelle and David finally admit that David killed Nugget; Cops reportedly look into opening a new animal cruelty investigation.
While sitting down for an interview with PeopleTV’s People Now Jenelle and David attempted to justify David killing Nugget (despite Jenelle previously claiming in court that she “couldn’t remember” if David ever admitted to committing the crime). During the interview, Jenelle blamed everything from Nugget’s behavior and David’s “country lifestyle” to social media for Nugget’s death. David provided his own explanation as well, citing his daughter’s safety as his main reason for murdering the dog.
“It was a situation where my daughter [Ensley], her health, her safety was in danger,” he said. “This was something that nobody wants to ever have to do. The dog was aggressive. Yes, she might not be huge or whatever, but you know when a dog bites a child on the face more than one time, then it should never be around the child again. If you give the dog up for adoption, one day it’s going to be around children again.”
David went on to claim that if he would have contacted authorities, the law states the dog would have to be euthanized, which he said he preferred to do himself.
“I’m not going to pay anyone to euthanize my dog when I could do it myself,” he said.
After Jenelle and David’s interview aired, it allegedly caught the attention of investigators at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department, according to TMZ, leading authorities to look into opening a new case to investigate David for animal cruelty.
October: Jenelle announces that she plans to divorce David.
After laying low on social media for a couple weeks, Jenelle resurfaced with an announcement that she and the kids had moved away from The Land and that she plans to divorce David.
“I’ve mostly kept off social media the past few days because I’ve been focused on making some big life decisions,” Jenelle told fans online. “I’ve lived my life on camera since I was 17 years old. And a lot of it hasn’t been pretty. But it’s been my life. Like anyone else I want what’s best for my kids and I want to be happy. With time away from Teen Mom I’ve started to look at my life differently and I know I need to make changes. I’m starting that now.
“The kids and I have moved away from David,” she continued. “Nobody gets into a marriage expecting it to end but I know that’s what is best for me, and for my kids. Today I’ve filed papers to start that process.”
Jenelle went on to thank fans for supporting her and assured all that both she and the kids “are doing great” and that fans would be hearing from the family again soon.
November: Jenelle files a restraining order against David.
After leaving The Land (and the state) with Kaiser and Ensley, Jenelle filed for and was granted a restraining order in November, preventing David from contacting her or their daughter for the time being.
“The restraining order was granted because Jenelle was able to show proof [to the judge] that abuse had occurred,” a source told The Ashley.
Once David was served the temporary order, he took to Facebook claiming he didn’t know where Jenelle or Ensley were and that he planned to file a missing persons report for the pair.
“So since Jenelle has disappeared and I have no contact with her or Ensley, I have no option but to file a missing person’s report,” he wrote.
David went on to reveal that Jenelle had yet to file for separation–a detail The Ashley’s source confirmed.
“She has not yet filed because if she files in North Carolina, she has to wait a full year and be separated before she can file for divorce in that state,” the source said. “She is going to file in [another state] so that she can bypass that.”
While David did contact police around that time, he allegedly did so because he was under the impression that one of his dogs had been stolen from The Land.
December: Jenelle’s newest soulmate is revealed, less than two months after she split from David.
At the end of December, Jenelle high(HIGH!)-tailed it to the East Coast to pay her new boyfriend, Herbert Wilkinson, a visit. While Jenelle was there, Herbert posted an Instagram video of them out on the town, telling her “Smile babe!” while filming her.
This was less than a month after Jenelle told her social media followers that she was “not dating anyone.” (Click here to read more about Herbert!)
While Jenelle was off having a “la-dee-dah time” with Herbert, her daughter Ensley stayed with Barbara, while Kaiser spent time with his dad Nathan Griffith.
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