When we first learned that Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin were getting divorced, it looked as though the couple would pull off something that no previous Teen Mom couple had managed:
Lowry and Marroquin wanted an amicable co-parenting relationship, and they both seemed committed enough to make it happen.
Of course, it wasn't long before reality interfered with that goal.
On the most reason season of Teen Mom 2, viewers watched Kailyn and Javi's relationship deteriorate rapidly.
The situation culminated in an incident in which Javi entered Kailyn's home without permission during a fit of jealous rage.
She wound up pursuing legal action and being issued a temporary order of protection.
Javi opened up about his divorce during a recent interview with something called Posh Kids magazine, and he says the stress of starring on such a high-profile show added to the pressure that caused his marriage to crack:
“I believe that it adds stress,” Marroquin said when asked about shooting the series.
“You’re filming these long seasons. I mean it’s human instinct to be stressed naturally.”
But while Javi does seem to believe that reality TV played a role in the dissolution of his marriage, he's careful not to bite the hand that feeds him:
“MTV doesn’t hold a gun to your head,” he tells the magazine.
“I’m not going to attribute the show to the fail of my marriage. I think we both made decisions and some were right some were wrong and that is what ultimately lead to the end of our marriage.”
To his credit, Javi accepts at least partial blame for his Kailyn's breakup, as well as for the ugly turn the various ways in which both parties made life more difficult for each other in the months following their divorce:
“I think I could have handled it a lot better than what I did,” he said.
“Everything was still raw and still so new, and I was in a bad place.”
Remarkably, Javi says he and Kailyn have actually repaired their friendship and are doing well these days:
“We are actually doing really well,” the 24-year-old recently told Radar Online.
“Everything is behind us now and we’ve moved on. It’s all about the boys now and it’s great.”
Of course, that probably means he knows the identity of Kailyn's newest baby daddy.
Unfortunately, it looks like he's not talking.
Watch Teen Mom 2 online to relive the many ups and downs of Kailyn and Javi's relationship.