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Jenelle Evans, formerly of MTV’s Teen Mom 2, has never been one to stay single for long. Since high school, when she got pregnant with her oldest son, Jace, with then-boyfriend Andrew, she’s moved from one man to the next in a series of tumultuous relationships. 

Jenelle has been married twice, to Courtland Rogers and her most recent husband David Eason. The 27-year-old 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom 2 star was also engaged to Gary Head and Nathan Griffith and accused both men of domestic violence before they split. 

That’s why, when Jenelle announced on Halloween 2019 that she was planning to divorce David, her husband of two years, Teen Mom fans were immediately concerned. Jenelle fled her home on “The Land” in North Carolina to live in Tennessee with her two-year-old daughter Ensley (with David) and five-year-old son Kaiser (with Nathan). Jace still lives with her mother, Barbara Evans. 

Recently, an Instagram video and some alleged sources who spoke to The Sun have sparked rumors that Jenelle has a new man in her life. Although Jenelle appeared to deny she’s dating a new guy, his past, including a questionable Twitter account, have many Teen Mom viewers worried about the MTV star. 

Jenelle Evans
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Rumors swirled about Jenelle Evans and a new man 

Jenelle took to Twitter in early Dec. 2019 to claim she wasn’t dating anybody. But a Dec. 30 Instagram video sparked rumors that her relationship status had changed.

Teen Mom Instagram pages @TeenMomShadeRoom and @TMMamaDrama were the first to notice the video, and The Ashley’s Reality Roundup was the first to report it. In the video, 23-year-old Herb Wilkinson, a water meter installer from Boston, told Jenelle: “Smile, babe.” (She obliged.) It looked like they were having dinner together at a restaurant.

Another clue that they were involved? Jenelle liked every single photo on Herb’s Instagram (all the way back to the beginning), which he has since deleted. 

‘Teen Mom’ fans worried about his questionable past 

In addition to Jenelle’s questionable track record, there were a few reasons Teen Mom fans were concerned about Herb. 

First of all, Herb reportedly has a history of addiction. Katie Joy of the YouTube channel Without a Crystal Ball revealed that past Facebook posts from his mother about his alcoholism (from which he is allegedly now in recovery) and a 2011 DUI arrest seem to indicate he has had substance abuse issues in the past. 

Secondly, the Massachusetts native appears to have sought out reality TV fame in the past. He appeared on MTV’s Is She Really Going Out With Him? a few years ago with his ex-girlfriend Noelle. Some Teen Mom fans worried that he might be trying to use Jenelle for attention. 

Fans wondered if he was behind a Twitter account that used to insult Jenelle

Another concerning set of social media posts recently made the internet rounds, worrying Teen Mom fans and Jenelle’s supporters. 

A Twitter account with the name “Herb Wilkinson” seems to have been tweeting at female celebrities in troubling ways for several years. 

In addition to hitting on Ariana Grande and other celebs, the Twitter user in question tweeted a hateful, curse-filled series of messages at Jenelle in 2017. In them, the user called Jenelle “what’s wrong with this country” and “strikingly ugly,” referred to her as “gross” and a “waste of skin,” and even suggested she should die. (And those are the tame parts!) 

The Twitter posts weren’t ever verified as truly being from Herb Wilkinson, so they may be part of a hoax. 

However, Jenelle took to Twitter and seemed to deny she had anything to do with Herb, at least not romantically. On Jan. 2, she wrote, “Don’t assume anything about my life unless I confirm it. Thanks.” Fans still weren’t convinced because of her complicated relationship history, but perhaps Jenelle really is turning over a new leaf.