15 Awful Things Jenelle Evans & Mom Barbara Have Done & Said to Each Other

Nicole Pomarico | Jul 13, 2018 TV
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Ever since her 16 & Pregnant days and then continuing with Teen Mom 2, it's never been a secret that Jenelle Evans and her mom, Barbara, have an incredibly strained relationship. Even when Jenelle and Babara lived under the same roof, they fought constantly, and eventually, Jenelle ended up turning custody of her firstborn over to her mom because she simply wasn't ready for the responsibility of raising a child as a teenager. But since then, things between them have gotten so much worse. It's not just drama over who has custody of Jace and what may have happened in Jenelle's childhood anymore -- everything has gone steadily downhill since Jenelle married David Eason, which has put more stress on her relationship with her mom than ever.

It's rare that we see Jenelle and Barbara in the same scene on the show where they aren't arguing like cats and dogs, so we don't even want to think about what must be going on when the MTV cameras aren't around. The fact that they're sharing custody of Jace doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon, so it doesn't seem possible that they'd ever be able to cut each other out entirely -- but are they really going to fight like this for the rest of their lives?

Although the list of things they've said and done to each other that most mothers and daughters never would is a very long one, these are some of the highlights. Maybe one day, these two will be able to find a way to get along, but that day is probably not coming along anytime soon. 

  • Jenelle blamed her mom for Jace's foul language

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    On a recent episode of Teen Mom 2, Jace called his mom and stepfather, David, "pieces of sh*t," which definitely threw fans for a loop. Jenelle immediately took to Twitter to let everyone know that the profanity must be Barbara's fault, and that this has really damaged the progress they've been making in their relationship. But honestly, how much progress could they have been making knowing that when these episodes were filmed they were barely speaking?

  • Jenelle stole Barbara's credit card to joyride with Kieffer 

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    Anyone remember Kieffer Delp and all the trouble he and Jenelle got into when they were dating? They found themselves in jail on more than one occasion, and one time, Jenelle even stole Barbara's credit card so that she could pay for gas and snacks when they decided to flee the state. Needless to say, Barbara was royally pissed when Jenelle got home and she realized what her daughter had done, and somehow, Jenelle still didn't realize why it was such a big deal. 

  • Jenelle banned Barbara from her house

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    As Babs told RadarOnline at the time, Jenelle banned Barbara from her house in 2017 when Barbara didn't want to send Jace over there because Ensley had tested positive for marijuana at birth. According to what Barbara told the site, Jenelle said she'd have her arrested if she tried to come on her property and kept her from seeing her grandchildren, Kaiser and Ensley. That had to be heartbreaking for Barbara -- even if Jenelle was upset that her mom exposed her in court. 

  • Jenelle didn't invite Barbara to her wedding

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    It makes sense that Jenelle wouldn't invite Barbara to her wedding -- she'd never been supportive of Jenelle's relationship with David, right? But as we saw on the show, it was obviously really hard for Barbara not to be there on her daughter's big day, and Jenelle was bummed she didn't have any family present to see her get married. At the time, Jenelle told Us Weekly that a big part of it was because she wouldn't give Jace back, which shows these issues truly do run deep. 


  • Jenelle accused Barbara of caring for children -- drunk 

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    Last year, Jenelle called the police on Barbara after she spotted her mom drinking wine at a restaurant and then leaving with Jace in tow. David even took photos of her through the window as proof that she was drinking alcohol, but nothing really ever came of it -- even though cops did eventually head over to Babs's house. We get it if Jenelle was actually concerned about Jace's safety, but in this case, it just seemed like one more way to get at her mom. 

  • Barbara called out Jenelle for lying

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    After Jenelle's book, Read Between The Lines, came out, Barbara was pretty mad to find out that Jenelle had written a lot of negative things about her childhood. In the book, Jenelle wrote that her mom once baited her by sending her out to have fun with friends and then calling CPS, saying she abandoned Jace. But according to Babs, that story just wasn't true.

    Barbara told RadarOnline that the story was false and that Jenelle just wanted to make her look like a "bad person." At this point, who knows what the truth is?

  • Jenelle accused her mom of lying to Jace about her and David 

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    Barbara has made it clear that she's not David's biggest fan, but would she try to convince Jace to feel the same? In a recent tweet, Jenelle claimed that Barbara "talks so much sh*t" about her and David that Jace barely even knows who she really is anymore. That's a rough accusation for sure, and if it's true, it's even worse that Barbara would try to turn Jace against his mom. Is it good for Jace to hear that kind of stuff about his parents? 

  • Jenelle claimed Jace is telling her dirt about Barbara

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    According to Jenelle's tweet from earlier this month, Jace tells her things about Barbara that she's not sharing with the general public -- insinuating that this is negative stuff. Do we believe her, or do we think she's trying to cover for the fact that Jace used profanity to describe her and told Babs that he doesn't like Jenelle or David? Hmm ... 

  • Barbara kept Jace from Jenelle on Mother's Day

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    On an episode of Teen Mom 2 that aired last year, we got to see a major smackdown when Barbara refused to let Jace go see his mom for Mother's Day unless David wouldn't be there. Of course, Jenelle wasn't OK with that, so that meant that she didn't get to celebrate with her son. It really sucks that Barbara didn't feel comfortable giving Jace and Jenelle time together -- but then again, maybe she was truly worried for Jace's safety.

  • Jenelle called out Barbara for wanting fame 

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    After Barbara was seen hanging out with Farrah Abraham's mom, Debra Danielsen, Jenelle took to Twitter to call out Barbara for hanging out with someone who just wanted to start drama, just like her. We never got to find out how Barbara felt about that tweet (or if she ever saw it), but we have a feeling she wouldn't like it one bit.

  • Jenelle sent Barbara a cease & desist letter 

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    Remember how, at the end of 2017, Jenelle went a little crazy with the cease and desist letters? She even sent one to Barbara, her own mom. She posted an photo on Instagram of herself, writing in the caption, "Well Girls I'm joining the group!!!!!! I also got my Cease and Desist Papers today." According to Us Weekly, Barbara was asked to stop using "bad language" to describe her daughter in the letter.

  • Jenelle called 911 on her mother 

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    Earlier this season on Teen Mom 2, Jenelle called 911, claiming that Jace told her that Barbara was hitting him. "My son called me crying his eyes out and saying that my mother is actually hitting him. He is huffing and puffing and can’t breathe,” she told the police, according to OK Magazine

    In the end, Jace apparently told the police that his grandmother didn't hit him, so it's hard to say exactly what went down here. Regardless? More drama between Jenelle and Barbara to add to the list.

  • Jenelle & Barbara had a screaming match in front of baby Jace  

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    Early on in Teen Mom 2, Jenelle and Barbara got into a massive fight right in front of a very young Jace after Jenelle got out of jail. They both ended up yelling at each other at the top of their lungs, and that led to Jenelle leaving the house to strike out on her own. If you guessed that eventually she'd come back to live with her mom, well, you'd be right. 

  • Jenelle let Barbara find out she was pregnant from a police report

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    When Jenelle was pregnant with Ensley, she kept it a secret for as long as she could -- and then the cat was out of the bag when she was in a car accident and the police report leaked onto the Internet, including the little detail that Jenelle was pregnant. Unfortunately, Barbara found out at the same time the rest of the world did, and as we found out when that moment aired on the show, she was pretty heartbroken about it. 

  • Jenelle put her mom down for her career 

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    On the Teen Mom 2 season 6 reunion, Jenelle called out her mom for working in the deli -- back when she had big aspirations for having a career in the healthcare industry. "You work in Walmart Deli, and I'm going to be a medical assistant, saving peoples lives while you're serving food," she said before storming offstage.


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