The Worst 'Teen Mom' Breakups in the History of the Show

Nicole Pomarico | Sep 12, 2019 TV
The Worst 'Teen Mom' Breakups in the History of the Show
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As much as we appreciate seeing Teen Mom relationships go right, sadly, successful love connections are rare among the cast. Over the years, we've seen these reality stars go through some nasty splits -- even divorces -- with their significant others. Breakups are bad enough in the real world, but when they play out on TV? Talk about drama! And then, add in the fact that social media makes it all worse, and we've seen many of these couples go down in flames, both on the show and off. It can definitely get intense, to say the least.

Let's take a look at some of the messiest, most heartbreaking breakups we've seen in the history of the Teen Mom series. There have been so many tears, and we've felt so horrible for a lot of the cast members after seeing just how hurtful some of their exes can be. (Um, hello, Adam Lind, we're talking to you.) Whether it's Teen Mom OG or Teen Mom 2, the relationship drama has never been in short supply, and of course, a lot of that has to do with the fact that many of these mamas are so young. Unfortunately, it all ends up being recorded on film forever, and considering how badly some of these relationships ended, we have a feeling some of the people involved might wish that wasn't the case.

Fortunately, most of these ladies came out of the relationships happier than ever. And we know the ones who aren't living happily ever after just yet will definitely find their perfect match in the future. Or at least we hope that's the case. Whether their lives are full of drama or not, everyone deserves a happy ending -- and at least a chance at the fairy tale.

Read on for some of the worst breakups in Teen Mom history.

  • Jenelle Evans & Nathan Griffith

    Jenelle Evans & Nathan Griffith

    One of the worst breakups we've ever seen? Jenelle and Nathan. Back when their relationship was showcased on the series, it seemed to be toxic from the start, and it only got worse until they finally decided to call it quits. Cussing; loud, scary arguments; cops being called ... that breakup had it all. And after they broke up, they still weren't done fighting.

    Even now, when they have to interact, it's still pretty shaky ... and until their recent custody agreement for Kaiser, they argued about their son on the regular. Chances are, these two will never find peace, even though they haven't been together for a long time.

  • Chelsea (Houska) DeBoer & Adam Lind

    Chelsea DeBoer & Adam Lind

    Raise your hand if you're glad Chelsea and Adam will never be together again? Oh, wait, that's everyone. Even though it gave them Aubree, that relationship was doomed from the beginning, especially since Adam used to treat Chelsea like total crap -- and she kept coming back for more. But after she found out Adam had gotten Taylor Halbur pregnant, she started keeping her distance more, which was for the best. Plus, Chelsea's dad, Randy, was happy, since he has always thought Adam was trash.

    Fortunately, once she broke that cycle, she finally found Cole DeBoer and lived happily ever after. And after seeing everything she went through with Adam, we can't think of anyone who deserves that happiness more. 

  • Kailyn Lowry & Jo Rivera

    Kailyn Lowry & Jo Rivera

    They might be good friends and co-parents now, but it wasn't always that way! When Kailyn wanted to end her relationship with Jo, it was super awkward considering she and baby Isaac were living in Jo's parents' house with them ... and they all threw a fit when she started dating Jordan. Eventually, Kail moved out on her own and that's when things were over between them for good.

    Things were rocky between them for years, but now, they're doing better than ever. Jo was even supportive of Kail when she told him she was pregnant again. Their co-parenting relationship sets such a good example for Isaac.

  • Leah Messer & Corey Simms


    Leah and Corey were really young when they got married, and it was kinda doomed from the start ... especially since Leah admitted to cheating on Corey (and then later with Corey after he was already with Miranda!). Leah lost her mind when he bought a truck for himself instead of saving for a house for her and the girls, and the rest is history.

    Their breakup was so hard to watch, but it was obviously the best choice for both of them -- and their girls! Now, Ali and Gracie get to see both of their parents all the time, and no one is fighting. Sounds like a win to us. 

  • Jeremy Calvert & Leah Messer


    Leah's second marriage didn't go much better than her first, and it didn't last very long, either. Even though Jeremy and Leah seemed to love each other at first and wasted no time having their daughter, Addie, the two ultimately weren't on the same page. Later on, Leah admitted to fooling around with Corey behind Jeremy's back, and as soon as things got tough in their relationship, they split. They've been flirty over the last year or so, but we have a feeling they'll never get back together.

  • Maci Bookout & Ryan Edwards

    Maci Bookout & Ryan Edwards

    This relationship is long dead and buried, since they're both married to other people now -- Maci to Taylor McKinney, and Ryan to Mackenzie Standifer. But when they were together, Ryan was never around for Bentley as much as Maci wanted him to be, and it led to some pretty rough fights and a doomed romance. They were even engaged at one point, but then, she realized they were never going to make it. In Maci's words: "He wasn't going to be my life partner." She wasn't wrong about that one! 

  • Nathan Griffith & Jessica Henry


    From the beginning, Nathan and Jessica's relationship was drama, drama, drama ... especially when it led to massive fights involving Jenelle Evans. The peak crazy: All of them landed in court last year. Jessica accused Jenelle of trying to hit her with a mason jar one day while she and Nathan were picking up Kaiser, and the case ended without any charges being brought against Jenelle. And that's just a sampling of what went on in their relationship, because most of it happened away from the MTV cameras.

    When Nathan and Jessica finally did break up, Nathan made it as clear as he possibly could on social media that he was single again. Sigh.

  • Jenelle Evans & Kieffer Delp

    Jenelle Evans & Kieffer Delp

    Fans who have been watching Teen Mom since the beginning remember Kieffer, the guy Jenelle dated on and off forever, ran away from home with, and who generally made her mom irate on a constant basis. Their relationship might have been hilarious to watch, but it was a mess -- and it landed Jenelle in a lot of trouble with drugs. At one point, they were even arrested together for breaking and entering and marijuana possession. How was that relationship ever a good idea?

    Eventually, Jenelle saw the light and decided she finally had to end the cycle with Kieffer. 

  • Kailyn Lowry & Javi Marroquin

    Kailyn Lowry & Javi Marroquin

    What a train wreck this one was! By the time Kail and Javi decided to get divorced, they were fighting like cats and dogs. And even since they split, the drama has only gotten worse. Fights on social media, taking jabs at each other left and right ... Kail has even lost some of her friends because of the split. What a nightmare! By the time Javi blamed Kail for her miscarriage, their relationship went seriously downhill, and by the time Javi got back from his deployment, their marriage was over.

  • Simon Saran & Farrah Abraham

    Simon Saran & Farrah Abraham

    These two were on-and-off for a long time, and every time they broke up, it got worse and worse. First, Farrah realized that Simon couldn't commit to marrying her, so she decided it was best that they see other people, and it only unraveled from there. Even after they broke up, they continued to interact on Twitter, and mostly in a negative way. 

    Thankfully, it seems like these two are finally over for good, but we honestly wouldn't be surprised if he popped up again. 

  • Amber Portwood & Gary Shirley


    Gary and Amber were never the ideal couple, but the end of their relationship was the worst, because things between them got violent. Amber was even caught hitting Gary on the Teen Mom cameras, so it's probably for the best they're broken up. Their history together was way too volatile! These days, Gary is married happily to Kristina, and he and Amber seem to be getting along really well for the sake of their daughter, Leah.

  • Jenelle Evans & Andrew Lewis

    Jenelle Evans & Andrew Lewis

    Jenelle and Andrew thought they could conquer the world when Jenelle was pregnant with Jace, but she quickly learned that wasn't the case. Remember that infamous phone call where he alerted a pregnant Jenelle that his feelings had "dropped" for her?! He wasted no time taking off, and he's never been a part of Jenelle or Jace's life since, which really sucks. Jenelle was really upset at the time, but it seems like she's much happier with David Eason these days, for better or worse.

  • Jeremy Calvert & Brooke Wehr

    Jeremy Calvert & Brooke Wehr

    Jeremy and Brooke's breakup was so bad, all photos of them have been removed from each other's social media -- and Jeremy's Instagram is gone for good. It's not exactly surprising, though ... since when they decided to end their engagement, Jeremy wasted no time telling everyone who followed him about how Brooke cheated, and it was a total mess. 

  • Amber Portwood & Matt Baier

    Amber Portwood & Matt Baier

    Their split was showcased on Teen Mom OG, with Amber screaming at Matt in the street after he failed a lie detector test she made him take. It was a total nightmare, but we are glad these two are done forever.

  • Bristol Palin & Dakota Meyer 


    Bristol was only on Teen Mom OG for one season, but that season focused a lot on her divorce from Dakota. The arguing, the pettiness -- it was all on display for the world to see. Fortunately, it seems like they've managed to develop a pretty healthy co-parenting relationship since then, which is the most important thing. 

  • Kailyn Lowry & Chris Lopez


    Are they together or not? That's a hard question to answer most days, but every time they've broken up, it hasn't been pretty. Fighting back and forth on Twitter, Kail not knowing where she stands with Chris -- it's been rough to watch. Hopefully, they've ended things for good so they can focus on their son, Lux. 

  • Kailyn Lowry & Dominique Potter 


    When Kail briefly dated former friend Dominique "Dom" Potter, the ending of their relationship was pretty disastrous. Dom went on to do interviews about Kail and their relationship, which really rubbed Kail the wrong way. Not that we blame her -- nobody wants details about their personal life spilled out to the press. 

  • Mackenzie & Josh McKee


    Mackenzie and Josh have been married for years, but when her first episodes of Teen Mom OG started airing this summer, things blew up fast. Not only did fans get to see the fights they had on camera, but apparently, things were bad enough off camera that Mackenzie decided it was over. Will they actually get divorced, or end up back together again (like they have in the past)? Only time will tell. 

  • Javi Marroquin & Briana DeJesus 

    Javi Marroquin, Briana DeJesus

    Javi and Briana's relationship was such a whirlwind, but it definitely made headlines while it lasted. They dated for a couple of months and Javi even wanted to propose, but they ended up going their separate ways instead. Apparently, the distance between them was too big, and Briana didn't want to move to Delaware to be with Javi and leave the rest of her family behind in Florida.

  • Javi Marroquin & Lauren Comeau


    Theirs might be one of the worst breakups of all time -- on the show and off. After Lauren moved to Delaware, she and Javi welcomed their son, Eli, into the world, and earlier this summer, he proposed. But reportedly, he hooked up with their friend during a party at their house, and Lauren discovered them in the act. Javi apologized publicly on Instagram, but it's not clear whether or not she's decided to forgive him or not. In a word? Yikes. 

  • Amber Portwood & Andrew Glennon


    After barely two years together and welcoming their son, James, Amber and Andrew broke up in the most explosive way possible. This summer, Amber was arrested for allegedly chasing him with a machete and hitting him with a shoe while he was holding James. Now, they're split, and Andrew has custody of their son.  

  • Leah Messer & Jason Jordan

    Leah Messer, Jason Jordan

    Fans raised their eyebrows when it became public that Leah was dating an older man, but they seemed perfect for each other. Then, they broke up -- and it quickly became clear why. Jason came to Leah's house to talk to her girls and even tried talking to her sister about their breakup when Leah refused to speak to him. In the end, it looks like she dodged a bullet.

  • Jenelle Evans & Courtland Rogers 


    We always forget that Jenelle was married to Courtland, but with a relationship like the one they had, it's a good thing they quickly got divorced. They were so volatile together, and even ended up getting arrested for heroin together. Fans don't exactly love David Eason, either, but her breakup with Courtland was bad in its own way. 

  • Briana DeJesus & John Rodriguez


    After seeing them together on the show, it seemed like Briana and John were meant to be. But shortly after their one year anniversary, they decided to break up. At the time, Briana said it was because she didn't feel like she was super happy with him, and because she didn't have time for a relationship. Valid reasons to end things! 

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