“Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans accused her sister Ashleigh of being an alcoholic and debuted her second son, Kaiser, on the season five premiere of the MTV reality show. On the episode, which aired Sept. 17, Evans is shown giving birth at the hospital through what she called a difficult labor.
At 22, Evans is now the mother of two children. She gave birth to first son Jace is five years old when she was just 17. Kaiser, who was born in June, is Jenelle’s first child with her current boyfriend, Nathan Griffith, who also has a daughter from a previous relationship.
Jenelle is now healthy and well following her difficult childbirth, but said her sister, Ashleigh, is a raging alcoholic. Evans made the accusations via Twitter, when she responded to a fan’s comments about Ashleigh, writing, “Why do you think her son is with my mom on the weekend? So she can go get drunk herself and a lot more.”
There has been bad blood between the sisters since 2012, when Ashleigh sold a story to a tabloid where she slammed Jenelle as “evil.”
Study Claims ‘Teen Mom’ Helped Reduce Teen Pregnancy
Meanwhile, “Teen Mom 2” has come under fire for glamorizing teen pregnancy. While the show spotlights the daily difficulties and harsh realities of teen motherhood, critics say having a TV show about teen moms tacitly encourages other teens to get pregnant. However, the shows’ stars insist this is not true.
“I’m so tired of hearing that ‘Teen Mom’ glamorizes teen pregnancy,” Kailyn Lowry tweeted. “I’ve been on my own and a single parent since I was 17. Is that glamorous? I don’t have relationships with either of my parents and I struggle dealing with teenage emotions and adult responsibility. That’s glamorous?”
Interestingly, a recent study claimed that TV shows such as “Teen Mom” actually helped reduce teen pregnancy by six percent, CBS News reported.
This new research shows that rather than glamorizing teen pregnancy and parenting as some have suggested, ’16 and Pregnant’ and ‘Teen Mom’ are more sobering than salacious,” said Sarah Brown, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “The media can be, and often is, a force for good.”
Meanwhile, Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, has been making headlines over rumors she’s pregnant and engaged at 16, a year after her suicide attempt. There have been conflicting reports over whether the speculation is true. At this point, only time will tell.
Season five of “Teen Mom 2” airs Wednesdays on MTV.