Jenelle Evans: Back with Nathan? Struggling to Rebuild Reputation Amid Divorce Crisis? [UPDATED]

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It's been a very, very busy time for Jenelle Evans these past few weeks.

You know, what with filing for divorce from David Eason and all.

She's left all her belongings behind to move herself and the two children she has custody of to a whole new state, she's gathered proof of David's abuse and filed a restraining order against him.

All that sounds like a ton of work, even when you don't consider how taxing it all must have been emotionally for the Teen Mom 2 firebrand - whatever you think of her personally.

But still, even though Jenelle's been doing all of that, she still found some time to spend with Nathan Griffith, the father of her middle child, Kaiser, and sworn enemy of David.

Why are they reconciling? What is her endgame? And can she possibly rekindle that romance and salvage whatever is left of her reputation after all she's said and done?

Let's break it down below.

1. Jenelle and Nathan

Jenelle and Nathan
Okay, so yeah, this isn't a current picture of Jenelle and Nathan ... because there aren't many. They haven't had the opportunity to take a photo together for the past few years because their breakup was pretty messy, and because David is the worst.

2. Gross

Jenelle and David first started dating like a month after she and Nathan broke off their engagement and relationship, and it seems like David's always been super insecure about that, to the point where Jenelle simply wasn't allowed to speak with him.

3. Ridiculous and Terrifying

Ridiculous and Terrifying
We'll never forget an early appearance of David Eason on Teen Mom 2 where he went with Jenelle to meet with Nathan to discuss custody stuff ... he was so mad that he threatened to "fill this whole street with uppercut." Yes, that happened.

4. So Immature

So Immature
Shortly after that, he decided that Jenelle wasn't allowed to communicate directly with Nathan, even though she shared a small child with him. Instead, he'd be the one to deal with Nathan when it came to Kaiser.

5. Poor Kaiser

Poor Kaiser
And speaking of Kaiser, many fans believe that David was allegedly abusive towards him because he does look so much like his dad -- more on all that in just a moment though.

6. Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage
So we've established that David has always hated Nathan, right? Good, let's move on to the next part of this story.

7. Well, Jenelle ...

Well, Jenelle ...
In addition to being weirdly manipulative about communication with Nathan, David also became increasingly manipulative about everything else in Jenelle's life.

8. Poor Barb

Poor Barb
He decided that he'd also be in charge of communicating with Jenelle's mother, Barbara, for anything concerning Jace, and he put some major strain on that relationship.

9. Yikes

He got into feuds with so many of her Teen Mom 2 costars, and he behaved so badly when the whole cast filmed together that eventually Jenelle wasn't able to film with anyone else.

10. Insane

And he played a major part of her getting fired from the show, too -- that happened after he killed Nugget, but the decision was apparently in motion even before that because the crew just couldn't get any footage of Jenelle because he kept ruining everything.

11. So Scary

So Scary
A big part of abusive relationships is that the abuser will attempt to isolate the victim from anyone who might be able to help, and David certainly did that.

12. Oh No

Oh No
Another big part of abusive relationships? The abuse.

13. Memories

We all remember when Jenelle called 911 last year because David had knoced her to the ground so hard that she thought he broke a bone.

14. Unimaginable

There was another 911 call a couple of months later in which she claimed that he was destroying things outside their home and when she locked him outside, he started destroying the front door -- all while Ensley was taking a nap.

15. The Kids

The Kids
Nathan and his mother, Doris, have also claimed that David is very abusive towards Kaiser. Honestly, it's so horrifying and yet a lot of us have become practically numb to it because of the Easons' sustained awfulness.

16. Heartbreaking

They've said that Kaiser has told them that David punched him, and of course there was the time that his backside was covered in marks and, according to Nathan, he said that David had hit him with a stick.

17. So Sad

So Sad
Jenelle confirmed that David was especially cruel to Kaiser when she filed for her restraining order -- in the documents, she gave an example of this by saying that once he locked the boy in a car by himself and wouldn't let him get out, all because he was mad at Jenelle.

18. So Bizarre

So Bizarre
Elsewhere in the documents, Jenelle said that David recently texted her a picture of some guy and wrote "This is your new boyfriend. I’m going to break his neck and feed you his head," then sent another text that read "My goal in life is to make sure you regret leaving me like this," so ... yeah, David is a horrible human being.

19. Thank Goodness

Thank Goodness
Considering all of this and also everything else we've ever heard about David, it's no wonder why she's doing everything in her power to keep him away from her and her children and to divorce him as quickly as possible.

20. Fake?

And sure, a lot of people think that they're faking all of this to get Jenelle back on Teen Mom 2, that even if they do legally get divorced, they'd still be together. But as time goes on, it looks more and more like the real deal.

21. Doubtful

Think about it -- even if David agreed to go along with everything up to this point, do you think that there's any set of circumstances that would make him OK with her spending time with Nathan?

22. Interesting

Because that's what happened.

23. Fun Time!

Fun Time!
According to a new report from celebrity gossip site TMZ, Jenelle took Kaiser and Ensley out sometime this week to one of those big fun places where you can bowl, go roller skating, play arcade games, etc.

24. Hmm ...

Hmm ...
And who showed up? Yeah, you know who showed up.

25. Questionable

A source told the site that Nathan was just there to pick Kaiser up, but we don't know if we believe that ...

26. Nice

Because TMZ also got a photo of Jenelle at this place -- an employee wanted to take a photo with her and passed it along, but she sold the photo so we don't have access to it -- and Nathan can clearly be seen in the background lacing up some skates.

27. Getting Along?

Getting Along?
Considering all that, it really sounds like Nathan and Jenelle spent some together that day, right? And that's wonderful, especially when you throw in the fact that the source told TMZ that seemed to be "in very good spirits."

28. Relationship Status?

Relationship Status?
We're not saying that this means they're back together romantically or anything -- Nathan has been with his girlfriend, Ashley, for a while now and they seem to be reasonably happy together.

29. But Still!

But Still!
But just the fact that Jenelle can spend a nice day with Nathan for Kaiser is so, so nice, isn't it?

30. Here's Hoping!

Here's Hoping!
Another recent report from TMZ stated that Nathan "hopes co-parenting will be easier going forward" now that David's out of the picture, and it looks like it already is, huh?

31. Fingers Crossed

Fingers Crossed
We hope that Jenelle keeps this momentum going in the days to come ... because there's no way David is going to take this news well.

32. The Rebranding of Jenelle Evans

The Rebranding of Jenelle Evans
It's possible that Jenelle is spending time with Nathan again simply because she can, or because she feels bad for the way she allowed her marriage to negatively affect their co-parenting relationship. But there may be other reasons, as well ...

33. A New Leaf

A New Leaf
If Evans is allowed to return to Teen Mom 2 -- something she's very much pushing for these days -- you can expect that she won't be as arrogant and quick to anger as the Jenelle we've come to know over the course of the past decade.

34. School of Hard Knocks

School of Hard Knocks
Evans recently learned a hard lesson that awaits many cocky reality stars - famous as they may be, their earning potential is virtually non-existent once they leave the shows that made them D-list celebrities.

35. Hard Times

Hard Times
In the months since she got canned by MTV, Jenelle began posting sponsored content on her Instagram page, and she even launched her own line of cosmetics, but without that six-figure salary from Teen Mom 2, her money quickly dried up.

36. The Untouchable

The Untouchable
Jenelle was never very popular with fans, and the many abuse allegations against Evans make her virtually untouchable to potential sponsorship partners or employers - and so, she has little choice but to try and rebuild her career as a reality star.

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