As you’ve likely heard by now, Jenelle Evans filed for divorce from David Eason last month.
Not only that, Evans has been granted a restraining order against Eason after accusing him of issuing threats and abusing her children.
We probably don’t need to tell you that Jenelle has never been terribly popular among Teen Mom 2 viewers, and that was especially true in the months before she was fired from the show.
She spent several years defending David and enabling his abuse of children and animals.
And, of course, Jenelle has faced countless accusations of neglect and abuse and bigotry — not the kind of behavior that tends to earn the affection of reality TV audiences.
But now, we know that Evans was a victim herself, a fact that no doubt influenced her actions, at least during her time with David.
So perhaps it’s not surprising that there’s a debate raging on social media over whether or not Jenelle is deserving of sympathy.
We’ll present both arguments, and you can decide for yourself if she’s an victim, a perpetrator, or some untidy combination of both:
1. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Jenelle?
Jenelle Evans is one of the most widely-despised reality stars in the history of the genre. But will the fact that she recently escaped an abusive relationship earn her any sympathy from her harshest critics?
2. Escape From the Land
In October, Evans made a daring escape from the home she once shared with David Eason — the property the former couple famously dubbed “The Land.”
3. October Surprise
On Halloween, Jenelle revealed on Instagram that she had left David and begun the process of divorcing him.
4. End of a (Very Brief) Era
“With the time I took away from Teen Mom, I’ve started looking at my life differently and I know I need to make changes. I’m starting now,” Jenelle wrote.
5. Better Late Than Never
“The kids and I have moved away from David. Nobody gets into a marriage expecting it to end but I know that’s what is best for me, and for my kids. Today, I have filed papers to start that process,” she continued.
6. For the Kids
Again bringing the focus back to her children, Jenelle wrote, “Like anyone else, I want what’s best for my kids and I want to be happy.”