Jenelle Evans recently opened up about how difficult the last year has been for her and her family, and how she's trying to turn things around and move forward. It really feels like we can't go an entire week without hearing from one of the stars of MTV's reality show franchise Teen Mom. The popular show recently wrapped its eighth season, but the drama and stories didn't end with the season finale. There were break-ups and make-ups, custody disputes and fights with exes, and of course, the no-longer-teen-moms trying to balance motherhood, fame, and life in front of millions of viewers. But while nearly all of the people who appear on the show end up in the news for some reason or another, few have dealt with as much public scrutiny and derision as Jenelle Evans.
Evans starred on Teen Mom 2, and has appeared in follow-up specials. But it's not Evans' behavior on the show that keeps her in the news and tabloids - it's her personal life and all the drama that seems to follow her around. Most recently, Evans lost custody of her kids after her husband David Eason shot and killed the family dog in front of Evans and their kids.
In spring 2018, police responded to the home Evans shares with Eason and their kids. Evans and Eason have one child together, 2-year-old Ensley. Evans has two other sons, 5-year-old Kaiser and 10-year-old Jace. Eason has two of his own kids from previous relationships, as well: 12-year-old Maryssa and 5-year-old Olivia.
According to Evans, their family dog Nugget snapped at Ensley, prompting Eason to take out his gun and shoot the dog to death in front of the young girl and Evans. The incident resulted in Evans and Eason temporarily losing custody of their kids.
They were required to take parenting classes and anger management classes in order to be granted custody again, and have since regained custody of Ensley, Kaiser, and Maryssa. Jace continues to live with his grandma, Barbara Evans, and Olivia lives with her mom.
Jenelle Evans says losing custody of her kids has caused her to suffer PTSD, and she continues to have nightmares of Child Protective Services coming to her door to remove them. But she says both she and Eason have benefited from the required parenting classes, and they're working at co-parenting with their exes in a more positive way.
On the professional front, Evans' personal life has also wreaked havoc. She was dropped from the upcoming season of Teen Mom following the dog killing incident, but says she wasn't technically fired, so she says she could be returning for season 10.