‘Teen Mom 2’: Kailyn Lowry ‘Wasn’t Impressed’ With Jo Rivera When They First Met In A McDonald’s–’Jo Seemed Weird To Me’

It wasn’t love at first sight for Kailyn Lowry when she first laid eyes on Jo Rivera, the future father of Isaac.

Jo Rivera and Kailyn Lowry | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Jo Rivera and Kailyn Lowry | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

How Kailyn Lowry met Jo Rivera

The two met at a McDonald’s in high school. Lowry was not impressed.

“I wasn’t impressed by him. I wasn’t instantly attracted. No sparks even ignited, let alone flew. First impressions truly mean very little. Initially, Jo seemed weird to me. He was so different from the cocky boys I was used to,” she wrote in her book Pride Over Pity.

But there was something about Rivera that stuck out to Lowry. Though she was less-than-impressed and thought he was weird, she also found his “quietness” “mysterious and alluring.”

“Things between us began so low key, I never would have guessed we were destined to be a part of one another’s lives forever. How was I supposed to know meeting this weird kid was fate?” she wrote.

When Lowry and Rivera first met in that McDonald’s, the Teen Mom 2 star “had no intention of pursuing Jo.” But Rivera’s friend liked her so the three began hanging out together.

“I probably wouldn’t have ever seen him ever again if it weren’t for a mutual friend who had a crush on me. In the beginning, the three of us hung out together. This provided a neutral ground for Jo and me to start on, and our friendship progressed slowly over time. We didn’t rush into a relationship or anything sexual, but gradually I developed a crush on him and what had started out as group outings began to turn more intimate,” she wrote.

Why Kailyn Lowry started to fall for Jo Rivera

 The more Lowry got to know Rivera, the more of a enigma she thought him to be.

“The first time Jo invited me over to his house I was stunned by what a contradiction he was. He wore baggy clothes and brands that made him look like a hood kid, but it turned out he lived in a six-bedroom house complete with nice cars. He had a close-knit family, who worked incredibly hard for what they had. It seemed odd to me that he would try so hard to represent a different lifestyle than what he lived,” she recalls.

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All the same, Lowry began to develop feelings for Rivera.

“Despite all that I liked Jo. He seemed like a genuinely good guy compared to most that I had encountered,” she wrote.

And the rest is history.

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