Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans is defending her decision to keep her baby, in the new issue of In Touch — on newsstand now — and opens up about getting pregnant just four months after her abortion.
Fans were outraged after Jenelle, a recovering heroin addict, posted a photo showing a “baby on board” belly-ring hanging over her new bump from a pregnancy she wants to keep. Jenelle spoke exclusively to In Touch about how she has “no regrets” about terminating her estranged, jailed husband Courtland Rogers’ baby, just four months before getting knocked up again.
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“I panicked — I’d just gotten off heroin, I was very skinny and unhealthy, I wasn’t stable,” she tells In Touch. “But I hope people will see where I was then and where I am now and why I decided it’s OK to keep this baby.”
Jenelle, who is due in June, tells the mag that she looks forward to starting a family with her new beau, Marine turned personal trainer Nathan Griffith, 26. “We planned it,” the reality star, 22, tells In Touch of her current pregnancy. “We’re financially stable. He’s a good father.”
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She even hopes to regain custody of her son, Jace, 4. In 2010, Jenelle signed custody of Jace (whose dad, Andrew Lewis, is out of the picture) over to her mom, Barbara. ”My mom says that if I stay stable for one more year, she’ll give me custody of Jace,” Jenelle tells In Touch. “Everyone thinks I can’t do this, but I can’t wait to prove them wrong.”
Jenelle was last seen fighting her drug addiction on the show’s season-four finale, has been arrested multiple times in three years and was last busted in December. However, she is working on her recovery and tells In Touch, “I’m in a much better place. I can be a good mom.”
For more, pick up the latest issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.