Not on good terms. Teen Mom 2 alum Jenelle Eason (née Evans) has a complicated relationship with her mom, Barbara Evans, as she accused her mother of being a “toxic” parent. Keep reading to find out where Barbara is today amid their feud and what caused their rift.
Where Is Jenelle Evans’ Mom, Barbara Evans, Today?
After living in Massachusetts, Barbara retired and is now living in Oak Island, North Carolina.
Why Are Jenelle Evans and Her Mom, Barbara Evans, Feuding?
“And I just keep my mouth shut,” Jenelle said in the caption of her video post. “I have been the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
Jenelle calling Barbara “toxic” stems from several messages Jenelle says she received that claimed Barbara was talking badly of her daughter behind her back.
Another possible source of conflict for the mother-daughter pair was when Barbara reunited with the cast of Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant and referenced Jenelle in advice to the other mothers.
“Do not get sucked into fame, because it will ruin your life. That’s what happened to Farrah. She’s a f–king mess,” she said. “Even Jenelle, she spent so much money buying cars, boats, everything for her boyfriends. What are you f–king nuts?”
Inside Jenelle Evans and Mom Barbara Evans’ Ups and Downs
The two were previously at odds over the custody over Jenelle’s son Jace, whom Jenelle shares with ex Andrew Lewis, after Barbara claimed to TMZ that she had “full custody” of Jace before the mom of three denied that on TikTok in January 2021.
“Now she’s trying to make me look like a dumbass,” Jenelle, who also shares son Kaiser with ex Nathan Griffith, said at the time. “Now, she’s taking it all back.”
And while Barbara also previously butted heads with Jenelle’s husband, David Eason, with whom Jenelle shares daughter Ensley, the 16 & Pregnant alum told In Touch in April 2020 that the two “currently have no issue with each other.”
In Touch previously reached out to Barbara for comment regarding Jenelle’s claims of a “toxic” relationship but did not immediately hear back before publication.
In March 2023, Jenelle was granted full custody of Jace after he spent a decade under Barbara’s care.
“My mom and I decided together to grant full custody back to me because we want to build our relationship back as mother and daughter,” Jenelle said in an interview at the time. “Also, my mother agrees it’s time for Jace to be back with his siblings and living with a mother and father. She also thinks it’s important for Jace to be around a father figure to learn ‘boy things’ and have ‘men talk.’”
Their relationship building didn’t last long, however. In summer 2023, Jenelle confirmed that she had cut off contact with her mother once again. After Jace was reported as a runaway on August 15 and found that same day, Jenelle worked hard to fend off rumors surrounding the incident — including ones she claimed were spread by Barbara. Jenelle’s mom spoke to TMZ after the incident, alleging that Jenelle stopped giving Jace his ADHD medication and halted his appointments with a behavioral specialist, which Barbara believed led to his running away. However, Jenelle shut down her mother’s claims.
“Barbara has not been in contact with Jace since Monday. I have cut off contact with her as of three weeks ago,” Jenelle claimed in a statement to TMZ. “Barbara doesn’t have any idea what is going on inside my home. Jace had a therapist appointment today on Zoom at 10:30 a.m. … she hasn’t even attempted to speak to Jace directly.”
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Later, Jenelle took to Facebook to vent about Barbara.
“Cut my own mother off again, and she has to keep going with the articles,” Jenelle wrote in a Facebook status. “Doesn’t call to check up, doesn’t ask me how he is, but talks to TMZ to give updates she knows nothing about. Please do not believe anything my mother is saying to the media at this time. The truth will prevail and I’ll soon tell you when the time is right.”
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