Is he really struggling? Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry was extremely upset when she found out that her ex-boyfriend and baby daddy Jo Rivera was taking her to court over child support for their nine-year-old son, Isaac. But after the episode aired on Monday, February 25, insiders exclusively revealed to In Touch that Jo, 27, may have ulterior motives for asking for his ex’s money and it might not have to do with his financial situation at all. Scroll through the gallery to find out more about Jo and Kail’s child support battle!
During the episode of Teen Mom 2 that aired on Monday, February 25, Kail, 26, was furious when her lawyer texted her and revealed that Jo had filed paperwork to begin their child support battle.
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“‘I should let you know Mr. Rivera thinks you’re a payday for him now that you have shared placement and thinks he can get over a thousand dollars a month from you,'” Kail said, reading the message out loud to her friend. “He is requesting your financial information and is moving forward on this.”
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“Never once did he mention to me that he was in any type of situation where he needed financial support or that he was even considering filing for child support,” Kail explained. “I was getting child support since Isaac was maybe eight months old and he’s paying $475 which, okay, let’s drop it. Let’s just call it a wash. That’s when he was on diapers and wipes and formula. I even told him a while ago I would drop it, I just never got around to it.”
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But Jo maintains that he does need financial support from Kail in order to provide for their son.
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Jo explained his side of the story.
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Jo went on to explain that he lives a modest lifestyle compared to Kail, and there are certain expenses that Kail’s child support money would help him out with — like fixing the air conditioner in his home so that Issac didn’t have to sleep on the couch while staying with him over the summer.
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But an insider close to the situation exclusively revealed to In Touch that Jo may not be struggling as much as he claims.
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“The scene with Jo and Vee [Torres] trying to trash talk Kail and how much money she makes compared to them was completely ridiculous, especially for anyone who knows what’s really going on behind the scenes,” the insider exclusively told In Touch.
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The source went on to explain that since Jo has been a part of the show for as long as Kail has, he most likely gets paid the same amount that she does per episode, and his wife, Vee, also gets paid for filming.
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“For them to sit on a show that Kail is one of the focal points of doing a ‘woe is me’ song and dance is simply ridiculous,” the insider continued.
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“Furthermore, it was interesting they brought up money Kail is making on social media as they were not correctly quoted amounts and they could also parlay their social media into business opportunities if they wanted to,” the insider added. Jo and MTV did not immediately respond to In Touch‘s request for comment.
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But since the show is filmed months in advance, it looks like a judge ruled in Jo’s favor because Kail confirmed that she has been paying Jo his child support payments.
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“FYI I paid Jo back a year’s worth of child support,” she wrote on Twitter.
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It’s unclear how much Kail pays Jo in child support, but she said on the show that it could be anywhere from $1,000 to $2,300 a month.
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