It’s been a tough year for 19-year-old Jenelle Evans, but eight months after handing her son Jace over to his grandmother, the Teen Mom 2 star knows it was the right thing to do.
“When he is older, I will tell him I was really young and I couldn’t put a roof over my own head, let alone his,” she tells Us Weekly.
Jenelle and her mother, Barbara Evans – whose tense relationship was made all too evident on the show – are now working together to raise 1-year-old Jace. Barbara cares for her grandson after working full-time at a department store, while Jenelle is taking film-studies classes at a local community college.
Though the young mother craves custody of her son, she realizes that at this point in her life she just isn’t ready:
Once I get a job, save money and have my own place for three months, then I’ll bring my mom to court.
Her mother says she is happy with the custody arrangement for now: “Jace wasn’t asked to be born,” says Barbara, 57. “Somebody has to take care of him, and it’s going to be me. I don’t resent it. I love him to death.”