Last month, The Ashley broke the news that Andrew Lewis had resurfaced in his son Jace’s life, even surprising his ex Jenelle Evans by being beamed into the last CPS court hearing held in December in regard to the custody plan for Jace.
At the time, Jace was eager to explore having a relationship with his dad, who had not been in his life since he was an infant, except via a child support check sent to Jenelle’s mom Barbara (who had custody of Jace up until March 2023.)
Now, The Ashley can exclusively reveal that a lot has changed in regard to Andrew’s position in the custody case, as well as where his relationship with Jace stands.
As The Ashley previously told you last month, the 14-year-old was “thrilled” at the possibility of having his dad in his life. The Ashley can reveal that Jace and Andrew had started speaking on the phone while Jace was in CPS custody, and Andrew was brought into the CPS case involving Jace. The former “model in China” was even on video chat during the December hearing, much to Jenelle’s surprise.
(At that hearing, Andrew was placed under the same gag order as Barb, Jenelle and Jenelle’s husband David Eason, and ordered not to speak about the case publicly.)
While everything seemed to be getting on track for a possible father/son reunion, sadly, things have gone somewhat south in regards to Jace and Andrew’s budding relationship.
“Andrew has kind of peaced out again,” a source told The Ashley. “He wrote Jace a few letters and they spoke on the phone for a bit. But after that, Andrew seemed to lose interest, and so did Jace. I think the novelty of talking to his dad wore off for Jace and he doesn’t really care whether or not his dad is in his life now.”
The source also tells The Ashley that Andrew “was acting really weird” during the December CPS hearing he was beamed into and, at one point, was threatened by the judge to pipe down or get thrown out.
“Andrew kept interrupting the judge during the hearing, and also butted in while others involved in the case were speaking,” the source said. “It was getting to the point where no one could answer questions without an interruption from Andrew, so the judge told him if he did it again, he wouldn’t be part of the process. The whole thing was odd, considering Andrew had no part in raising Jace up until this point, and didn’t even know what he was talking about.
“He was lucky to even get to be there,” the source added.
As for Jace, the source said he is “doing well” and isn’t really interested in meeting his dad in person any time soon.
“He’s kind of over it,” the source said.
It is unknown if Andrew will be included in the CPS hearing that is being held later this month. Jenelle, Barbara and David are all expected to attend, though.
Andrew not following through with his relationship with Jace is somewhat surprising, given that he did a (strange) interview with The Sun last April in which he begged Jenelle (who, at the time, had just taken over custody of Jace from Barbara) to let him see or talk to his son.
“Jenelle, Barbara, just let me see him. Let me see Jace,” Andrew pleaded. “Let me talk to him. Give me something. This is no more MTV bulls**t, this is reality. Stop living on cloud nine and fall the f**k down to reality, because that’s where you’ve been living. I’m not trying to be rude to you.”
He also claimed that other members of his family were interested in having a relationship with Jace.
“Please let me see Jace. That’s all I ever wanted,” he continued. “Not just me– my family, my cousin, my nephew, my niece, my sister. Just let me see Jace.”
It’s unknown if Jace has spoken to any of his family members on Andrew’s side in recent months.
The Ashley will have more updates soon. Stay tuned…
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