The franchise could be called Teen Mom — but nearly all of the originalTeen Mom 2Cast members are now parents to teenagers.
When the show premiered in 2011 — following the lives of four girls from 16 and Pregnant season 2 — no one, least of all the cast, could predict that their children would be growing up on television for more than a decade.
MTV viewers were taken behind the scenes to see the original version of the show. It featured teenage parents. Though each cast member — Kailyn Lowry, Chelsea Houska, Leah MesserAnd Jenelle Evans — all lived in separate areas of the country and had different experiences with their children’s fathers, the foursome’s struggle was the same when it came to the difficulties of being a parent at such a young age.
The 2017 cast grew with the addition Briana DeJesus, who was on 16 and Pregnant season 3 — and, later, in the failed Teen MomSpinoff Teen Mom 3. The Florida native brought her own drama to the small screen and created scandal when she started dating. Javi Marroquin, Lowry’s ex-husband. (The couple called it quits in January 2018, some months after their official Instagram relationship.
Jade Cline was the final member of the cast, and she took her story from Teen Mom: Young, PregnantTo Teen Mom 2.
Throughout the show’s 11-season run, the four original girls — Lowry, Houska, Messer and Evans — went on to expand their families. Both the “Coffee Convos” podcast host and the South Dakota native have four children each, while the Hope, Grace & FaithEach author and North Carolina resident has three.
DeJesus is the mother of two daughters while Cline has one.
Only three of the seven cast members who appeared on the series have chosen to continue their journey to the Teen Mom Universe spinoff: Messer, DeJesus, and Cline. Teen Mom: The Next ChapterThe series premiered in September 2022. (Evans was fired in 2019 by his husband). David EasonTheir dog was killed and made a brief appearance in the premiere episode.
Houska left the series after season 11, and Lowry followed in 2022.
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