Considering what a big part of Kailyn Lowry‘s life Chris Lopez is, fans have always wondered why he’s not on Teen Mom 2. After all, he’s the father of her youngest son, Lux, and someone she’d consider marrying one day. It’s no wonder fans want to see more of him, not to mention his relationship with Kail. But as it turns out, there’s actually a pretty good reason that he’s not part of the MTV franchise.

In a new interview on Us Weekly‘s Watch With Us podcast, she revealed what was really going on. “Chris is a huge part of my life and is not interested in being on the show,” the A Letter of Love author admitted. “I think he kind of feels like it’s my thing. He’s kind of watched Jo [Rivera], Javi [Marroquin], and other people take advantage of me being on the show and the platform that it brings them. And I think that he doesn’t want to be that person.”

She revealed that it’s not just about protecting her, though. It’s also personal and about his life, too. “He kind of wants to be self-made,” Kail admitted. “I don’t think any real man wants to hear, ‘You have what you have because of Teen Mom,’ especially because he wasn’t a teen parent… He’s about to be 25. It just doesn’t really, I guess, he doesn’t want to be part of it for those reasons.”

All of that makes total sense — and it also explains a lot more than when Chris was asked about it himself. On Aug. 15, a fan questioned why he wasn’t filming, but he ducked the issue as best he could. “What’s your main reason for not wanting to be on the show?” one person wrote when he held a Q&A, to which he clapped back, “What’s your main reason for wanting me on there?” Another chimed in, “Why won’t you stop being selfish and go on the show? Us nosey a–es need you to be on.” In response, he wrote, “How am I being selfish?” with laughing and thinking emojis.

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We’re not ready to accept that he’ll never make an appearance just yet, though. Recently, rumors have been swirling that Chris and Kail are back together. And on the Us podcast, she explained, “I mean, Chris and I are always together even when we’re not together. If that makes any sense. Don’t be surprised if you see a wedding in the tabloids the next month!”

She’s admitted to having strong feelings for Lux’s daddy in the past, too. “I believe Lux’s dad was my first true love… I know, weird, when I had two kids with two other people,” Kailyn revealed on her blog in June. “But this is my life. This was my first REAL heartbreak, where I loved someone and was IN love with someone. And I felt so abandoned during such a vulnerable time.”

Well, he’s certainly been in the spotlight a bit more these days. Did anyone else see that sweet family pic from Lux’s first birthday party?! A real reunion doesn’t seem totally out of the question.

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