Kailyn Lowry had her first son with her high school boyfriend Jo Rivera.
Kailyn Lowry has said that she and Rivera had a rocky relationship from the beginning. But it got really bumpy for them when the reality star started to suspect that her boyfriend was unfaithful to her.
Kailyn Lowry was suspicious that Jo Rivera was cheating on her
At the time, Lowry lived in the basement of Rivera’s family, where she planned to raise their child. Things had been tense between the couple for 16 years and Pregnant started filming.
In her 2014 book Pride Over Pity, Lowry writes about discovering her boyfriend who cheated on her while she was pregnant with their son.
“Things didn’t go so well with Jo. He had been working late into the night at Taco Bell and had made a shift to the shady side. He spent less time at home and seemed to skip his classes at Northampton Community College. I began to worry that he was doing something other than going to work or school when he left home. I suspected he might be having an affair with one of his colleagues,” she wrote.
Lowry was so paranoid that she started making a habit of showing up at Rivera’s workplace in an attempt to catch him red-handed.
“I wanted to catch them doing something explicit enough to at least get some closure and know that I wasn’t losing my mind. This time I decided to confront Jo and his colleagues directly, but they let me down and denied that anything was going on between them. I didn’t have any solid evidence besides Jo’s sketchy behavior to go on with, so I left,” she wrote.
Still, Lowry had a nagging feeling that Rivera and his colleagues weren’t honest. So she looked through her boyfriend’s phone.
“There was definitely a problem. Jo never wanted to spend time with me again or he used sleep as an excuse to avoid me. I didn’t want to look through his phone, but I was at the breaking point, so I searched him. The name and number of his colleagues came up in text messages and phone calls,” she shared.
Jo Rivera admitted to cheating
Finally, Kailyn Lowry confronted Rivera during an OB appointment.
“It’s obvious that the doctor’s office isn’t very suitable for this kind of confrontation, but Jo was never there and I felt that this was my only chance to find out the truth,” she explained.
There Rivera admitted that he had seen someone else.
“He’d even gone so far as to put on his uniform when he went out and took his regular clothes in a bag, so I’d think he was working when he actually met her,” she wrote. Kailyn Lowrywas “completely heartbroken.”
“I felt cheated, deceived and humiliated,” she wrote.
Eventually, the problem solved itself when Rivera’s mother got him a job installing photocopiers and fax machines in New Jersey.
“Not only did it end the affair, Jo now received higher wages and benefits and his hours were earlier and more regular,” she wrote.
Later in line, Kailyn Lowry says that she and Rivera broke up because they “outgrown” each other.
“You just outgrew some people. Jo and I were no different. He was a good man. We just weren’t made for each other,” she wrote in her 2016 book Hustle & Heart.