SURE, the Teen Moms get most of the attention. Especially since the reality show is named after them.
But what about their better (or many cases, worse) halves?
Gary Shirley had a unique side hustleCredit: Splash News
Jo Rivera once tried to kick off a rap career.Credit: Splash
The moms have famously gone on to open their own salons or rebuild homes. But what do the Teen Dads do when not on screen?
While some of the dad’s have come and gone, each has left a mark on the show.
So of course their career should be no different.
It turns out the variety of their jobs is as diverse as their personalities.
From simple and standard jobs like real estate broker and meter reader, to more unique entrepreneurial endeavors like motocross racer or condom manufacturer, the careers span all categories.
See the most interesting and unusual jobs of the Teen Dads below.
Simon Saran and Farrah AbrahamCredit: Getty
Farrah Abraham’s ex, Simon Saran, previously appeared on the MTV show on-and-off while the two were together for about two years.
He then called it quits and split with the MTV star back in 2017.
Simon, 33, is now a real estate broker and a businessman. He also has a degree in Urban Planning from the University Of California San Diego.
Taylor McKinney and Maci BookoutCredit: Instagram/@macishanebookout
Besides being Maci Bookout’s husband, Taylor McKinney is also a motocross racer.
The pair started dating in 2012, and married in 2016. He first appeared on screens on season five of Teen Mom.
Maci, 29, and her husband Taylor, 31, live in a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home in Chattanooga, Tennessee with their three children.
Maci shares Bentley from her previous relationship with Ryan Edwards, while she welcomed and Jayde, 4, and Maverick, 3 with Taylor.
Devoin Austin and Briana DeJesusCredit: Instagram @kailynlowry
At the end of 2020, Briana DeJesus’s baby daddy Devoin Austin quit his job and launched a YouTube channel for cooking.
His ultimate goal at the time was to own a food truck.
Instead, the 29-year-old now works as a server at a Bonefish Grill restaurant in Florida.
Devoin came under fire from his ex after she demanded he pay more child support, but he claimed he lost his job and that she makes three times his salary.
Nathan Griffin and Jenelle EvansCredit: Instagram
Jenelle Evans’ hunky ex, Nathan Griffin is a former underwear model.
The former Marine is also heavily into fitness, and has even participated in bodybuilding competitions.
In September, Nathan, 34, exclusively told The Sun how his time serving in Afghanistan left him with PTSD.
Due to his PTSD, Jenelle’s ex is currently not working and has been considered “100% disabled.”
The former reality star shares Kaiser with Jenelle, 29. He also has his daughter Emery from a previous relationship.
Cole DeBoer and Chelsea HouskaCredit: Instagram
Long before Cole DeBoer and Chelsea Houska scored a show on HGTV called Farmhouse Fabulous, the 33-year-old worked as a traffic control specialist for South Dakota.
In September 2017, he pivoted greatly when he launched his own line of designer socks.
Rejoining the reality world, Cole and Chelsea’s upcoming show , which is set to debut in 2023, will follow the famous pair as they help families renovate their homes.
Javi Marroquin and Kailyn LowryCredit: instagram/javim9
Kailyn Lowry’s ex, Javi Marroquin hasn’t strayed far from his days enlisted with the U.S. Air Force.
The 29-year-old, who is the father of their son Lincoln, eight, is now a recruiter for the Air Force Reserve.
He also opened a personal gym in Smyrna, Delaware in 2018, named Kill Shot Crossfit gym.
In 2020, he sold his share in the gym to his business partner.
Jo Rivera and Kailyn LowryCredit: MTV
Kailyn’s OTHER ex, Jo Rivera, now works in real estate in Delaware. But before that, he made being unemployed an art form.
Jo, who shares 11-year-old son Issac with Kailyn, happily admitted in the past that he relies primarily on checks from the reality show to stay afloat.
He also tried his hand at a rap career, under the alias “N.I.C.K. B,” which stands for “Nerd in a Cool Kid’s Body.”
However Jo, 30, dropped the mic on his musical aspirations in 2012.
Corey Simms and Leah MesserCredit: MTV
Corey Simms and Leah Messer got married during a 2010 outdoor ceremony.
The two were married to from 2010 to 2011, and share 12-year-old fraternal twins Ali and Aleeah.
He now works as a meter reader for a local water company.
Meanwhile, his new wife, Miranda Simms, is a retired cop and stay-at-home mom.
Matt Baier and Amber PortwoodCredit: Getty
Matt Baier, 50, appeared on frequent episodes of Teen Mom OG during his relationship with Amber Portwood 31, from 2013 to 2017.
But long before the two ever met, Matt was a radio D.J. known as “The Mattress.”
While dating Amber, the two would flip homes together.
After allegations of cheating, the couple would go on Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition, which aired in 2018, in an attempt to salvage their relationship, but ultimately split.
Matt now lives in Las Vegas, where he spends his days, and nights, as a professional poker player.
Gary Shirley and Amber PortwoodCredit: MTV
Gary’s condom businessCredit: Twitter
Gary Shirley and Amber Portwood first began dating in 2008 and later appeared on 16 and Pregnant when they were expecting their daughter, Leah.
And for awhile, the 31-year-old hoped to share his baked goods with the world – including a special added ingredient.
In 2020, Gary admitted that before putting buns in ovens, he owned his own line of condoms, which, according to ads, were “99% ‘Gary’nteed’ to work.”
“I seriously used to send them with cookie orders. Lol,” the father of two revealed on Instagram.
He now works as a police officer.
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