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'Teen Mom' Jenelle Evans Was Faking Poverty

by Jeanne Sager on April 27, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Jenelle Evans Teen Mom 2It was hard to feel sorry for Jenelle Evans on this season of Teen Mom 2. She spent so much time making trouble for herself that it completely overshadowed the fact that she is just a kid struggling to deal with adult issues. But if you had a hint of sympathy for her as she wandered from couch to couch, essentially homeless and broke, it's time to kick it to the curb.

It turns out Jenelle has a steady income after all -- enough to force a judge to tell the teen mom that she is ineligible for a court-appointed attorney because she makes too much money. In court for the vicious girl fight with a North Carolina teen named Britany Truett that was caught on video last month, the mother of little Jace was forced to reveal her finances. It turns out she makes at least $1,000 a month, ostensibly from her contract with MTV.

Calculating her expenses, Evans said she pays her mom, Barbara, $130 in child support, spends an estimated $50 on food, and has about $230 in installment type payments due monthly. Together that still only takes up half of her "salary," leaving enough money to pay a lawyer in the court's eyes.

Which begs the question: why the heck was she always "homeless" and hitting up food banks for free eats? And why did she have to "borrow" her mom's credit cards this past season? She's not making "big money," but she IS making enough to put away a little bit toward an apartment, especially in a state where the cost of housing is well below the national average.

Have you ever felt bad for Jenelle? Did this just wipe that sympathy out of you?


Image via MTV

Filed Under: celebrity teens, behavior, teen mom


  • Aimee91


    April 27, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    they dont get paid till the seson is over!

  • angev...


    April 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    she had a job too, and money from pell grants at her school. i didn't feel sorry for her at all.

  • sofia...


    April 27, 2011 at 4:55 PM
    I havent felt sorry for her at all shes just a dumb annoying teenager who makes trouble for herself and doesnt want to grow up! and obviously mtv wanted her to look homeless for the ratings!
  • meatb...


    April 27, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    $1000 a month isn't that much money.  It's about what you'd make working at McDonalds full time.  Rent on a very cheap apartment would cost half of that plus utilities.  Now she obviously made choices with her money so that she didn't have a place to live (nails and hair dye for example) but she's low income enough to go to the food bank.

    MTV also doesn't pay them until the show airs so the money they has mow isn't the same as what she had before.

  • D.Tetz


    April 27, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    PEOPLE ARE SO DUMB.... because she did not get paid till AFTER the season... hello??? And sorry but I get 1,200 a month for an income and I struggle and would not be able to pay court cost either... things vary from place to place. 

  • Junie...


    April 27, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    1000 is not enough money...i dont know about other places but I cannot even think about that...I live in new york and thats an imposssible salary

  • Jill...
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    Jill Elizabeth Kroc

    April 27, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    I never once felt sorry for her. I don't give a crap how old you are. When you have a GROW UP. And there was no excuse for her being homeless anyway, because her mother made it very clear that she was welcome at home, so long as she helped out around the house, and, oh yeah, took care of her child.

  • Krist...
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    Kristen Riley

    April 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    I felt bad for her at first, but she kept ruining things and I totally lost ALL empathy for her. She is an idiot who only cares about herself, and thinks of Jace as an accessory. I feel bad for the poor little guy.

  • jonellg


    April 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    She is a failure at life, I really wish they would kick her off the show she makes me ill.

  • sandr...


    April 28, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    They didn't get paid while they were filming.

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