It hasn’t been the best week for Jenelle Evans.
In fact, we’d wager that she hasn’t looked this bad in quite some time.
First off, she lost her custody battle for her oldest son, Jace — or, well, she didn’t so much lose it as she did agree to stop pursuing it.
On Wednesday, and and her mother, Barbara Evans, had mediation in which they both agreed to a new visitation agreement.
Barbara would maintain full custody of Jace, as she has for nearly eight years now, and Jenelle would get him every other weekend, for a couple of weeks during the summer, and for certain holidays.
There were also several rules put in place to protect Jace: no one could use drugs or drink excessively around him, they’re required to be respectful of each other around him.
It’s a pretty nice setup, but the niceness didn’t last for long.
On Friday, Jenelle went on an epic Twitter rant, bashing poor Barbara and threatening to write a tell-all to reveal her deepest, darkest secrets.
She also claimed that she had a plan and a reason for not pursuing custody of Jace.
Then, a little later, a video mysteriously surfaced that showed Jenelle and her boyfriend, David Eason, accusing Barbara of drinking and driving with Jace, along with some other kids, in the car.
Was that part of her plan? It sure seemed like it.
Barbara didn’t seem drunk at all, and Jenelle and David were mercilessly taunting her. If anything, the video made them look bad, not her.
But hey, drinking and driving might sway a judge’s opinion on who should have custody, right?
It’s a mess, that’s for sure. And in this new interview Barbara did with Us Weekly, it seems like she’s fully aware.
To start, Babs felt the need to defend herself by saying “I just want people to know that I’m not trying to keep Jace away from my daughter.”
“I have to protect him from certain situations. I don’t hate my daughter,” she insisted.
“All of this was because I love Jace. Jace has a great life at my house: he’s going to school — he finishes in a couple weeks — he has friends now, he’s in Boy Scouts and he’s going to summer camp!”
It sounds like the kid really does have a great life — and it’s not a stretch to think that Jenelle might not be as good about keeping up his extracurricular activities.
“I think that in the end, our whole family will be very happy,” Barbara continued. “My main concern was that my daughter and I would have a very drawn out court battle, and luckily that was not the case.”
“I love her and don’t want to fight with her in a courtroom! It actually went much more smoothly than I could have hoped.”
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about her relationship with her daughter, which she said is “very, very strained right now, as it usually is.”
“She hates me. I think as time goes on, it will get better between us. I have to believe that because she’s my daughter.”
Barbara represented us all when she added “I’m not sure why Jenelle doesn’t see that I have the best home to raise Jace in.”
“I do not think Jenelle is putting Jace’s well-being before her happiness. Of course she wants Jace to live with her, but she isn’t thinking that my house may be a better place, especially while she’s with David.”
Remember, Barb has said that David is Jenelle’s worst boyfriend ever — which is really saying something.
Jenelle’s dated guys that have introduced her to heroin, guys who have physically abused her, guys that are named Nathan Griffith.
If David is the worst … does Barbara have room at her house for Kaiser and Ensley, too?
In closing, we remain, now and forever, #TeamBabs.