Jenelle Evans is nothing if not a lightning rod for criticism. The Teen Mom 2 star may just be the most controversial out of a show that's controversial in and of itself. So how does Evans deal with it all? She uses it clean up her act.
That's right! With the third season of Teen Mom 2 set to premiere on Monday, November 12, Jenelle sat down with The Stir to tell us why she's glad she was arrested and put on probation (!), and why you might want to be careful about what you say about her on the Internet. Some of her confessions may surprise you:
Jenelle on what to expect on the third season:
This season's all about me being on probation, going through the ups and downs and the struggles of it. Honestly, I think it was a blessing in disguise.
As you can see, I was like a wild child running around everywhere with no responsibilities, no boundaries or anything. When I was put on probation, I was put to a halt. She said either you follow my rules or you're going to jail.
I had to stop being so stubborn and swallow my pride and deal with it. Like I said, it was a blessing in disguise. I completed probation successfully and stayed sober.
On why she watches Teen Mom 2 along with the rest of us:
When you watch yourself on TV, you see all the flaws that you make, and you just want to change yourself and better yourself. You see how much you grow up, and you're like, "Wow, I really came a long way."
It's like a video diary of the last couple years of your life, and it's good to have that always because that way whenever you have hardship in your life, you can go back and say, "Look, I had a problem like this not that long ago, and I overcame it."
On her son, Jace:
Everything's great with my family and Jace. He's 3 years old; he's really into Spider-Man. I have a new boyfriend, and my whole family approves of him. He's met Jace. Jace loves him, and he loves Jace. Everything's just positive in my life right now.
On sharing Teen Mom 2 with Jace:
I think when he hits puberty or when he turns about 12 because that's the age before you turn into a crazy rebellious teenager like I was. I hope Jace doesn't see Teen Mom like, "Oh my God, I want to do everything my mom did." I want him to see it and say, "Wow, she messed up. I need to make sure I don't go down that route."
I wouldn't swallow my pride. I didn't care what anyone else thought, and I thought everyone was trying to turn against me. And then I found out everyone is really there to help me and support me and help me try to get Jace back, and they're only trying to tell me to go down these certain paths because they're the right paths and I'm choosing the wrong ones. Or I was.
On her future with Jace:
Looking to get custody back early next year. Just as long as I keep this stable life and path that I'm on now. As you can see from TV, I go through up and downs every couple months. I need to just stay stable for like six straight months so when Jace comes back, I know it's not going to go crazy.
On cleaning up her act:
I go to school, and I work out like three times a week. I'm eating healthy food, staying healthy. I work three separate online jobs other than from MTV, so I'm always working at home online, so, you know, it all works out.
On who she really is:
A lot of people think that I'm this bad, mean person and that I'm selfish and keep to myself because I'm stuck up, but really that's not me. I have to keep to myself because if I get too close with somebody, they will end up selling stories about me.
There's only a certain amount of people I can trust, and when you go to parties, it's not that fun having pictures taken behind your back. I get social anxiety really quick, and I can't even go back to the clubs anymore. I'm completely done with clubs. I can't even step into a club without getting an anxiety attack.
On dealing with the Internet critics:
The hardest thing I would say is taking the criticism on the Internet. They think that we're just rock walls; they think that we don't read any of it. Oh, she doesn't read this, so I'm going to say this anyway.
Yes, we read a lot. We read A LOT. We may not read all of it, but we read enough of it that it does make us upset.
You could just not read it, but you want to know what their opinions are when you upload a new picture, like, do they like it, do they not? Like I took a picture of traffic when I came in and put it on Twitter. I had all the comments of, Oh, duh there's going to be traffic because there was a hurricane, don't you know there was a hurricane, what are you, stupid?
I was, like, they're yelling at me because I posted a picture of traffic! It gets a little bit ridiculous but those are the ones you obviously have to ignore.
Cyberbullying is not funny at all. It's scary because now you don't even know who is behind the screen of the computer.
Which one of Jenelle's confessions shocked you the most? Do you look at her any differently now?
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