The WORLD met a teenage Kailyn Lowry when she appeared on season two of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant in 2010.
Lowry, who was 17 at the time, got pregnant with boyfriend Jonathan “Jo” Rivera while attending Nazareth Area High School in Pennsylvania.
Since then, she has welcomed three more children, has been married and divorced, and has continued to share with fans the most intimate details of her life, such as her body image struggles.
Here is the transformation of Kailyn “Kail” Lowry, from pregnant teenager to wife to businesswoman and single mom of four.
BABY FACED WITH A BABY
Kail became a mom at age 17 when she gave birth to her son, Isaac, with Jo Rivera.
While her relationship with Jo seemed rocky from the start, they decided to put that behind them and unite as a family for the sake of their son.
“Jo explained to me that Isaac’s birth had changed him in ways he hadn’t expected,” she recalled in her 2014 book, Pride Over Pity.
“He wanted to move on from all the negativity with me by his side as his wife.
“I was being asked to be part of his family officially.”
However, their relationship didn’t last.
Becoming a mother at such a young age and breaking up with the father can be tolling on someone, and Kail knew her mental health wasn’t ideal.
So, she sought the help of a doctor who diagnosed her with Bipolar 2 disorder.
On top of this, Kail was struggling with severe body image issues.
In Pride Over Pity, she recalled that her high school friend, who suffered from anorexia and bulimia, encouraged her to go to extreme measures to stay thin.
While she broke the habit when she was pregnant with Isaac, she returned to her ways after giving birth.
“I stopped eating or opted for minimal items.
“I’d chew a piece of gum that’s only five calories.
“You are literally starving your body of the nutrition it needs and the consequences can be deadly,” she wrote.
KAIL FINDS LOVE
Shortly after her bipolar diagnosis, Kail found the man of her dreams.
She met Javi Marroquin while working at a store in her local mall.
While she initially turned him down, he frequented her store and convinced her to give him a chance.
They got engaged in 2012 after less than a year of dating and Kailyn took to Twitter to thank her fans for their congratulatory wishes.
“Thank you all for being so supportive!
“No concrete wedding plans yet, but hopefully in the near future,” she wrote.
In September, the lovebirds tied the knot in a courthouse ceremony.
KAIL WALKS DOWN THE AISLE
Kail officially walked down the aisle about a year after her courthouse wedding to Javi in an under-the-sea extravaganza at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey.
She was seven months pregnant with the couple’s first and only child together.
She gave birth to a boy named Lincoln in November of that year.
"I am exhausted, but we are so excited and surprised by our new baby boy," she told Us Weekly at the time.
KAIL’S NEW DIAGNOSIS
2015 was an eye-opening year for Kail.
In an episode of The Doctors, she revealed that she had stopped going to therapy and taking her medication for her bipolar disorder because they weren’t helping.
"I think my life just really settled down and started to fall into place," she recalled.
"So that's when I started questioning the diagnosis."
After meeting with a new psychiatrist, Kail was told she has been misdiagnosed and instead of having Bipolar 2, she really had Bipolar Unspecified.
"I do feel like this is truly what my diagnosis is," she said.
"So, I'm feeling a lot better."
KAIL’S NEW LOOK
2016 proved to be another life-changing year for Kail.
Her miscarriage was televised to millions on Teen Mom 2 in April while Javi was on deployment abroad with the Air Force.
On top of that, her marriage was crumbling and the loss of her and Javi’s second baby seemed to be the breaking point.
“I was in the hospital when I first started miscarrying and immediately when I was released, he was like, 'Do you want to go with me to get a haircut?’” she painfully recalled on Teen Mom 2.
“And I just looked at him like, 'We're not grieving together.’ And so that's when things with him spiraled out of control.
“He was just a different person. He was mean to me, we weren't communicating,” she continued.
"He shut down; it was like a light switch. Everything changed.”
Javi later admitted to blaming Kail for the miscarriage because he was not sure how to handle his emotions.
Kail also went through some major physical changes in 2016.
After rumors that she received lip injections years prior circulated, she not only admitted to getting those – she said she received a full mommy makeover.
Kail revealed on her Snapchat that she had celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Miami give her a Brazilian butt lift, a tummy tuck, and liposuction on her neck to achieve a slimmer face.
She showed off her new hourglass figure on a beach vacation in Puerto Rico that year.
At that point, it was estimated she dropped $50,000 on a butt lift, liposuction, a tummy tuck, lip fillers, and veneers to enhance her smile.
KAIL’S NEW LIFE
2017 was yet another huge year for Kail.
She and Javi officially got divorced and their season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars aired.
Kail was hoping to work on their co-parenting skills, but Javi was hoping to reconcile.
The boot camp seemed to have a positive effect on their relationship, as shown by one heartbreaking challenge they were forced to experience together.
In the challenge, Kail was told to write a negative letter to Javi, in which she said she didn’t want her boys to grow up like him.
However, Javi was made to look like he was on life support when she was asked to read her letter, and Kail had a change of heart.
“Even though I have said the things that I wrote in the letter a million times, it wasn’t appropriate in the time and place,” she said in the episode, per In Touch.
“I care about you so much, and I never knocked you as a father, and I’ll make sure that our son is taken care of.”
The two have a civil relationship to this day, and some fans hope to see them back together.
There were some cheating rumors at the end of Kail and Javi’s relationship, and those rumors only grew once she announced her third pregnancy.
This time, she was expecting with friend-turned-boyfriend Chris Lopez.
She gave birth to her third son and her first with Chris, Lux, in August.
Apparently, Dr. Miami wasn’t too excited about her pregnancy occurring so shortly after her major plastic surgery procedure.
He is thought to have shaded her in a TikTok video in which he wrote, “When you give her a full-body makeover but then she gets pregnant.”
“That’s some bulls**t,” the lyrics in the video said.
Prior to giving birth, Kail announced that she graduated from Delaware State University.
KAIL GETS CHATTY
Kail started a new business venture in 2018: a podcast with former Chrisley Knows Best star, Lindsie Chrisley.
The show, called Coffee Convos, made sense: They were both reality stars raising boys who had recently been divorced, so they had a lot to talk about.
Although the podcast took off, Kail was once again struggling with her body image.
In a series of tweets, she admitted that while she’s “numb” to the constant criticism she gets as a person in the public eye, sometimes the nasty comments get to her.
“I can read & write books, study for a test and pass, teach my kids manners,” she tweeted.
“But i can’t tell myself to pick a f**king salad over a burger and then wonder why i struggle in the gym.
“Hate myself for it. Then come online & hear it from everyone else too.”
Her string of unhappy tweets came after paparazzi sold unflattering photos of her lounging on the beach.
KAIL BECOMES A MOM AGAIN
Despite Kail’s on-again-off-again relationship with Chris, the two welcomed their second child together, a son named Creed, in August 2020.
"No name yet but we are all healthy and so in love," Kail shared with E! News at the time.
"I can check giving birth during a pandemic off my bucket list now."
Unfortunately, their child did not bring them closer together, and Kail was arrested for allegedly punching Chris in September of that year.
According to court papers obtained by The Sun, the incident occurred when they met to do a custody exchange for their oldest boy, Lux.
Kail allegedly became enraged when she noticed Chris gave their son a haircut, and “returned to the residence and started attacking him [and] punching him several times on the head and upper torso because she did not want the child’s hair cut.”
The charges were dropped at the beginning of the following year.
As the news of her arrest circulated, Kail was also making headlines for showing off her post-baby body in a sexy boudoir photo shoot.
She allowed fans to have an inside look at the experience through her Instagram Stories.
A sign set up by the studio read, "Hello Kail, let's get sexy."
The photoshoot occurred shortly after Kail revealed she was planning to “drop 50 pounds” on an episode of her Coffee Convos podcast.
She also mentioned she sees herself joining the Air Force.
KAIL REVEALS ALL
2021 was a bit of a tumultuous year for Kail.
She sued Teen Mom co-star Briana DeJesus in June for defamation after she allegedly claimed that “Kailyn physically beat Christopher Lopez, the father of two of Lowry's sons, and broke into and entered the home of Mr. Lopez's mother.”
Briana allegedly said this is the reason Kail was left out of a June Teen Mom episode.
As she prepares to face Briana in court in January 2022, she admitted on Instagram she feels like she is “losing her mind.”
Kail doesn’t seem to be on good terms with MTV, either.
She slammed the network in August when they hired Chris to be a regular on the show.
"I don't give one single f**k what Chris does,” she wrote on Instagram when answering fan questions about the situation.
"I care about how it was handled/how I found out and the lack of respect people have for me after 12 years of doing this show."
She remained open with fans as she also documented her struggles with her weight and dressing appropriately.
Taking to Instagram, she said:
"I just need someone who is familiar with curvy bodies.
"I just don't know how to dress at this point.
"I'm like in the weird stages of losing weight but still curvy," she continued.
"I just want cute outfits that are flattering to me."
She previously told fans she’s hoping to go under the knife again for a breast reduction and that she’s not confident in her body.
"Right now I'm at the highest weight I've ever been and I'm not happy with myself,” she said on her Coffee Convos podcast.
“My clothes fit differently. I hate it.”
As for her love life, Kailyn is trying new things.
She took to Instagram once again to answer fans' questions and revealed that she’s open to dating both men and women.
She previously told her Baby Mama No Drama podcast co-host and wife to ex Jo Rivera, Vee Rivera, that she was open to dating women if she were to “meet the right one.”
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