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Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry has spoken before about her rocky relationship with Jo Rivera, Isaac’s father. From the beginning of their time together, the teenagers had problems.

Jo Rivera and Kailyn Lowry | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Jo Rivera and Kailyn Lowry | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

“Our so-called honeymoon period lasted shorter than the time it takes to say those words. I guess we never really got off to a healthy start. We broke up every other week for various reasons. His parents didn’t want him to date me because his grades were dropping. Our personalities clashed and, on top of all of our fighting, there was the most obvious truth: it’s hard to be in a young relationship,” Lowry wrote in her book Pride Over Pity.

Isaac’s conception

Despite their ups and downs, Lowry found herself accompanying Rivera to his senior prom. In POP, she writes that they felt like a “normal” couple that night, like they could maybe be happy together.

Prom ended early for Rivera, Lowry, and their classmates because “the speakers blew out.”

“Hundreds of Easton High School students were left bummed and stranded,” she wrote.

So what’d Rivera and Lowry do? They “drove to a deserted location.”

At that deserted location is where Isaac was conceived.

In POP Lowry shared the thoughts that were racing through her mind that night.

“I was close with Jo’s family. Janet, Jo’s mom, had always impressed upon me that I could count on her if need be. Would I be betraying that bond by having sex with her son? Although the atmosphere wasn’t really dead-on perfect, I felt in my heart Jo was the right person to be having sex with. My gut told me so. There was no comparing this feeling to sidewalk sex or sex I had been forced into. I loved Jo. And Jo loved me. We loved each other–fights and all,” she wrote.

Lowry continued: “Jo thought he was just losing his virginity that night. I thought I was finally having sex with someone who truly cared about me. Nope. Turned out we were making a baby.”

When Kailyn Lowry learned she was pregnant with Isaac

Even before she had proof, Lowry had a feeling she was pregnant. She bought herself a test that confirmed her intuition.

“What if I don’t want to be with Jo forever?” she asked herself.

“The question echoed in my head. I was too young to determine the course of the rest of my life, yet this baby growing inside of me couldn’t wait for me to grow up. Maybe I wouldn’t have to be with Jo forever, but if I was allowed to keep this baby (which I already knew in my heart was what I wanted) it surely meant he would always be a part of my life as my baby’s father,” she wrote.

Fortunately for Lowry and Rivera, Rivera’s family was very supportive. They agreed to let Lowry move into their basement to raise the baby with their son. Rivera’s mother had been a teen mom herself–she had Jo’s older brother when she was 16. She knew what Lowry was going through.

Today, Isaac is almost 10 years old. Though they have their hiccups from time to time, Lowry and Rivera mostly have the whole co-parenting thing figured out. Lowry was right: she didn’t want to be with Rivera forever, but he is very much still a part of her life as her baby’s father.

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