‘Teen Mom 2’: Kailyn Lowry Responds To a Fan Who Calls Her a ‘Welfare Mom’ After Flight With All Four Kids

Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry receives a lot of negative comments online. After posting a photo to Instagram of her and her four sons at the airport, ready to hop on a flight for a Thanksgiving trip, one fan commented that the reality star is a “welfare mom.” Here’s what Lowry had to say in response.

Kailyn Lowry at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards
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Kailyn Lowry’s Instagram post about flying to Texas

On Nov. 25, Lowry posted a photo of herself and her four boys at the Philadelphia airport.

“yesterday was my first time flying with all 4 babes & it was Mello’s first flight,” she wrote. “#kailandthechaos takes texas How were last nights episodes of @teenmom? i didn’t get to watch because we were settling in. thoughts? #teenmom2”

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Lowry explained in a recent episode of Coffee Convos that she and her children would be flying to Texas for Thanksgiving.

“I’m going to Texas to see my best friend and her kids, and my kids are super pumped, so we’re gonna be there for the week,” she said on the podcast. “That I’m very excited about but not even because of the holiday. I’m just excited to see my friend.”

The fan response

The Instagram photo was filled with comments from Teen Mom 2 fans criticizing Lowry for flying in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly when cases are soaring.

“Texas is at an all time high with covid 19! Why would you come here now with your kids? Be safe,” wrote one Instagram user.

But one fan wrote: “Welfare Mom,” along with four cry-laughing emojis.

Lowry clapped back, as originally reported by InTouch Weekly.

“yeah. that’s where it started but I’m blessed to be where i am now,” the reality star responded.

Kailyn Lowry is open about how she struggled financially when she was young

In her 2014 book, Pride Over Pity, Lowry wrote about being on her own as a young single mother after she and Jo Rivera broke up. She couldn’t afford an apartment on her own, so she sought the help of Valley Youth House.

“Valley Youth House, an organization that provides intervention services and counseling for young people, has a housing program for single mothers but they required a two-day stay in a homeless shelter in order to qualify. I was very wary about staying in a shelter even temporarily, but Isaac was my main concern,” Lowry wrote in her 2014 book.

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The Teen Mom 2 star decided to stay the minimum two nights to qualify for housing assistance.

“The housing program would help me pay rent as long as I maintained a full-time job,” she wrote. “Since I was already working, I was set. I found a reasonable apartment to live in and signed a one-year lease.”

Lowry has come a long way since then. Today, she owns multiple businesses, and she’s currently selling her 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom house for $890,000.