INTERVIEW Briana DeJesus on Teen Mom 3 Reunion drama and Devoin

Briana DeJesus Devoin and Austin Teen Mom 3 Season 1 Reunion Special with Dr. Drew

Monday night was the two-hour “Teen Mom 3 Finale Special: Check Up With Dr. Drew” and as you would expect, it was jam-packed with daddy and mama drama. Even taking into consideration the dramatic highlight reels from the first season, nothing could compare to the Jerry Springer-esque fireworks between Briana DeJesus and her daughter Nova’s father, Devoin Austin!

Actually, it would be more accurate to say that nothing could compare to the Jerry Springer-esque fireworks between the entire DeJesus family and Devoin because as you probably know, Briana and Devoin’s heated argument drew Briana’s sister Brittany and mom Roxanne from backstage. Brittany and Devoin had to be pulled apart by security and Roxanne even went as far as to remove her bright red high-heeled shoe in anticipation of having to use it as a weapon! (Cue: Sting singing “Rooooooxxxanne, you don’t have to take off the red shoe…”)

Roxanne DeJesus takes her shoe off during Teen Mom 3 Reunion Special with Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew seemed to defend Devoin by suggesting there was a kind of dance going on that wasn’t really allowing him the chance to participate in Nova’s life, but the DeJesus family insisted he had been given plenty of opportunities to step up and aside from some sporadic moments of gift giving and attending Nova’s birthday party, Devoin has dropped the ball.

After the finale special aired there seemed to be a bit of a debate about just how at fault Devoin was for his lack of a presence in his daughter’s life so Briana participated in a Q&A session with an admin from her official Facebook fan page to clear things up. Here’s the interview in its entirety followed by the full “Teen Mom 3 Finale Special: Check Up With Dr. Drew” episode:

Teen Mom 3 Briana DeJesus and Devoin Austin

Why don’t you give Devoin a chance?

I have, plenty of times, but when it came to a point where he wasn’t putting Nova 1st 24/7…I had to cut the “half ass” job he was doing!

Devoin said on 16 and Pregnant that you didn’t kno what you were doing, that you learned and your mom helped you. All he wants is to learn and his mom would help him too!

If he didn’t stay away the first 3 months of her life, he would of learned with me. Nova is 2 years old now, she’s grown accustomed to certain things, and is on a schedule that fits her needs. Devoin’s mother isn’t going to teach Devoin how to raise my child! If he wants to learn how to be a parent he would sit, observe and take notes!

Why do you your mom and sister attack Devoin 24/7?

We don’t attack Devoin 24/7. When he would come to see Nova (once in a blue moon) he wasn’t bothered! But when he starts to forget why he’s in this position he’s in, we remind him!

Does Devoin have rights?

He wasn’t there to sign the birth certificate! He left the hospital.

Why are you so harsh on Devoin?

I’m not harsh! I’m just protecting Nova! Nova needs consistency, responsible people in her life, and Devoin is none of the above. He’s in and out of jail! Nova doesn’t need to know what that is!

Briana DeJesus baby daddy Devoin Austin mug shot photo

He bought Nova sneakers. Doesn’t that count for something?

Sure. Glad he thought about her, but buying sneakers 3 times the size that are over $100 just to show off to your home boys to let them know you “take care” of your child is disgusting to me! He’s more concerned about how his friends think about him than his own child. Nova doesn’t need Jordan’s, Nova needs love and affection! Devoin has been out of her life because he hasn’t tried hard enough to be there! Coming twice a month or once every 3 months is just confusing Nova! Devoin knows my mother’s work schedule! If he doesn’t want to be around my family when he sees Nova he can arrange something with me but he hasn’t! (I will no longer accommodate?) He only wants to be a father when he’s home bored with nothing to do! So me being a mom, I’m going to protect her from inconsistency! Devoin likes to come over, take pictures of Nova and post it online so his friends can see! … I will not allow him to use my daughter as a trophy!

Would you give Devoin a chance to be in Nova’s life?

Sure, when he grows up, shuts up and learns how to put Nova 1st.

Don’t bash me bc I “push” Devoin away — he pushed himself away and always forgets why we are so protective over Nova! He has nothing to offer her! No crib, no car seat, no clothes! He doesn’t know anything about her and he hasn’t tried getting to know her either! (Even before I told him to stay away.) He’s very lazy and wants it his way, but isn’t willing to work for it! I won’t put Nova in Devoin’s hands until he proves himself to her! “Well how can he prove himself to her when u keep him away.” I don’t keep him away, he tries half ass and always has a violin playing while he complains on how he’s the victim!

My job is to keep her safe and I will not have her in a house where they grow weed! Nova will not be around drugs or people who do drugs! And yes his whole family does drugs.

Teen Mom 3 Briana DeJesus' daughter Nova DeJesus

Did he put himself on child support?


He gets ganged up on, don’t you think?

Nova has three people who will protect her! Maybe if Devoin tried a little harder we wouldn’t criticize him! But Nova deserves the best and if he’s doing something half ass it will be addressed.

Devoin [is] lucky I’m a good mother! He should be grateful the Dejesus family takes such good care of her Instead of getting so jealous and insecure about how close we are, he should tag along and do the right thing for Nova’s sake!

I will keep protecting Nova from Devoin and his family til they step up.

Have you heard from his family?

They live 5 minutes away and don’t bother giving me a call to see how she’s doing. They all denied her!

Why did your mom take her shoe off?

She thought Devoin was going to hit Brittany and she wasn’t gonna let that happen.

Brittany DeJesus Devoin Austin Teen Mom 3 Reunion

Why did Brittany go on stage?

That was the very first time Brittany has ever seen Devoin get disrespectful. She didn’t like it and just wanted to tell him she does more for Nova than he does!

You want to be a father but you can spend money on drugs, strippers, friends, and alcohol. But you only bought Nova Pampers less than 5 times?

How about when Nova was deathly sick and couldn’t eat solids for two weeks and was in and out of the hospital — where was Devoin? Oh yeah, at the club. So no, I don’t push Devoin away, he just doesn’t try as hard as he can. His priorities aren’t where they should be so therefore he doesn’t deserve my Nova Star! I will continue to raise Nova the way it should be!!!! Thanks for reading everyone!!! Any more questions let me know, I’ll try and answer most of them!

Interview: Official Briana DeJesus Facebook fan page

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  • ThaVoiceoftheVoiceless

    Well she should have thought about the repercussions before she had a child by him.

    • Sherri

      EXACTLY! !!!

  • Brynn

    Has nothing to do with Briana’s family (I really have nothing to say about that), but I really liked Josh in the reunion special. would have loved to see that guy all season, but I guess, as Dr Drew said, “head trauma and pain killers” were his deal all season.

  • Nia

    They seriously need some anger managment classes….this is rediculous…

  • DeeDeDee

    It bothers the sh*t out of me that this kid is in and out of jail and people still cry that he deserves a chance, especially for the sh*t he’s in for. I’ll be damned if I let some dude that’s been arrested for burglary and drugs be alone with my daughter. Both parents have to prove themselves and if your only complaint about Brianna is that she gets help from the state as well as her mom and sister… then good Lord.

  • Bec

    I agree with her if what she is stating is true. I had to do the same thing. An inconsistent parent coming in and out and causing tension within the home is a lot worse than a parent that doesn’t come around at all. Many people may disagree but my child is 10x happier in a stable 1 parent home than my friends who have their baby daddy’s around when the mood strikes them to be a parent. This girl is annoying as hell though

    • single mother

      She may be annoying but at least she is raising her daughter whichi can’t say the same for him and father are not I wouldn’t want my daughter around her daddy if he selling drugs in and out of jail either who would? And for those who are saying she knew that when she laid down with him so what she was a teenager she made a mistake they have grown ass women that do the same so at least she was a child not yet a woman

      • Sherri

        Yes but most “grown” ass women don’t need to live under their parents roof to help support their child either. She is doing it with the help of her mom and sister. Don’t have them unless “You can take care of them!”

  • shebee

    As a single mother whose child had an absentee father who refused to be involved I honestly have to say I feel sorry for Devoin. I never closed the door on my daughter’s father, he just refused to be a part of her life. I never lost sleep because I knew I did everything I was suppose to to allow him to be there. However, Brianna seems to have been coached by her mother to have this “I don’t need a man” attitude. There is no way Devoin would have a chance to be in Nova’s life. Unfortunately she is being raised by a house full of bitter, codependent witches, who will never be happy unless they are man bashing together. Granted I don’t personally know Devoin, and no he doesn’t seem like a perfect person but I from what we have been shown it CAN NOT be easy dealing with the DeJesus women. That has to be the most hostile bunch I have ever laid eyes on. Brianna doesn’t have a back bone. She has allowed her sister and mother to fight her battles. Brianna and Devoin will never have a decent co-parenting relationship until they shut everyone else out, grow up, and be mother and father to Nova alone, not without the rest of the crazy crew. There is nothing wrong with being supportive but Brittany and her mother are way too involved.
    Also, shame on MTV producers for allowing Brittany and her mother to come on stage and get involved with Brianna and Devoin’s conversation.

    • Pat Brown

      their trash entertains some! Let’s be honest here, they can’t put on Beaver Cleaver and his family, no one would watched, they pick mentally ill people with lots of baggage to be on this show, not one of them is mentally healthy not one, from any show, and maci, is partying and only cares about what man she’s boiking, and doing nothing with her life except trying to extend her 15 minutes, 4 years later still has no college degree, loser also!

  • onetwothree

    We’re throwing shoes now? Really? Stay classy.

    I agree Devoin is a crappy father but I think I would be too if I had to take on 3 rabid hyenas every time I attempted to see my kid. He needs to grow up, go to court, file for visitation, and pay child support. All their anger is giving him a really easy (and understandable) excuse to duck out.

  • Pat Brown

    these people need to take their teen mom/MTV earnings and enroll in some charm classes, they are all uncouth, classless, and ghetto, they should be so embarrassed, including the ghetto mother, I bet none of them are embarrassed, what a clear display of the worst this country has to offer!

  • B

    They are way OTT. But I hate how Dr Drew seems to quite often make excuses for the deadbeat dads. He did have a chance, crap he couldn’t handle 10 minutes alone with his kid. If someone really wants to be there, they will. He doesn’t want to be a father.

  • Eve

    This family is freaking crazy. Briana should be able to talk to Devoin without her family jumping in to throw vases and shoes in her defense. I don’t approve of a lot of his behavior, but honestly, no wonder he doesn’t want to go over there and associate with those people. I definitely don’t blame him for that. Roxanne and Brittany psychos who REALLY need to back off.

    Forgive me if I’m not remembering this correctly, but wasn’t it Roxanne who told Briana to tell Devoin not to bother and not to come around? And then a few episodes later, tell her to reach out to him before Nova’s birthday? If that’s the case, Devoin isn’t the only one who’s been back and forth. That’s pretty inconsistent advice. Either you’re cutting him out of the kid’s life, or you’re reaching out to him and letting him come around.

    I swear Briana either acts like a giggling idiot, screaming trash, or a whiny little kid. I feel so bad for Nova.

  • Kara

    Devoin is immature, but so are the DeJesus family! Their behavior was embarrassing.

  • Sara

    All he has to do is go to court, prove paternity, start paying child support and he would start out with supervised visitations out side of their home. So all his BS excuses is exactly that BS. He doesn’t want to be involved. Briana is doing what she thinks is best for her daughter, protecting her.

  • ameliaBedelia76

    Briana knew D was this type of boy when she was having unprotected sex with him &now she is faulting him for it. Why does Briana act like she can change this boy into a man. He doesn’t love her & I think that bothers Briana. And whatever happened to the birthday party episode where she told him that he could go out & be a boy & can come back when he is ready??

    • T

      Preach, u said it best

  • WiseGuy00

    From what I understand, I feel like Devoin shouldn’t be bashed on so much. Ok, yeah, we know that he didn’t participate in his daughters life for sometime but the man is trying, give him a break. It seems as if the more Devoin tries to see his daughter and get involved, the more challenging Briana and her family are making it for him to see his daughter. I think they should get over the past on Devoins part for not being there, and start making a change for their daughter. Although Briana has a kid, in my opinion, she has a lot of growing up to do.

  • Nicole Juarez

    Oh geesh…..this is what happens when children have children. Briana’s sister and mom are TOO involved. Devoin will ALWAYS have a HARD TIME trying to get close to Nova…these ladies want to tell him not only when he can (which I kinda get) see Nova but HOW to see her! C’mon…..oh I pray for that lil girl and for Brianna, becuz bitterness is passed on! As you can see from the mom and sis…I mean Briana, go file child support and be done. if devoin performs and steps up, great, if not, then oh well, continue to be a MOTHER….quit being bitter..u made a choice and it didn’t turn out the way you hoped…it’s ok, it happens alot, but MOVE ON….They can’t MAKE Devoin act the way THEY want him too…

    • T

      Couldn’t of said better myself

    • Dah’Maverick

      Maybe if Bri moved out of her mom’s house, they wouldn’t be so involved, so she’s “good” for now, Nova won’t have 3 moms living with her forever, just one, and one dad. Bri and her family is contradicting themselves. Either you want Dev there or not. Just Sayin’! PS I luv the pic below!!

  • Ashley

    The whole DeJesus family are bratty, entitled, and immature. I’m not saying Devoin has been a good dad, but no wonder he’s not more inclined to be in his daughter’s life when he has to deal with the DeJesus circus.

    • Sherri

      A bratty family that keeps a roof over his baby’s head, clothes on her back, and food in her mouth too!. So call it what you want.

  • DesireeLavon

    As a mother of two beautiful children myself, I agree with protecting them at all cost even if it’s from their own family; but your sister Brittany is EXTREMELY judgmental, NOT only towards Devoin but with you as well. Brittany has ONLY negative things to say, who wants to hear that while visiting their child?? No one said parenthood was easy, and YES Devoin NEEDS to try harder, but your mother and sister seriously NEED to take the backseat on this one. You sit on the show and cry more then a little when your sister and mother get on you, and your the “good” parent, so imagine how he feels when they gang up on him?? As hard as it may be, they need to keep their opinions to themselves, he is YOUR baby’s daddy, NOT theirs.

    • ???

      If I read between the lines correctly, the sister was pregnant, at some point, and opted for an abortion. I’m guessing Briana having her baby has made Brittney regretful of her choice and angry at the world; she needs some psychiatric help, ASAP!

  • guest2727

    This family is Puerto Rican trash. Typical stereotype

  • burkey

    No one is really the picture of perfect parenting in this situation, Briana’s family is nuts. But that being said HOW the hell are people defending Devoin? The kid left the hospital the day after the baby was born to play basketball with his friends and then wonders why he wasn’t on the birth certificate. The times he went to their house to see the baby after she was born he spent more time texting than even looking at his daughter. Then he goes bashing Briana calling her names on the internet and lies about it in court. Then add to the fact that he’s been arrested multiple times since Nova’s been born. Just because Briana’s family is difficult that is not an excuse for failing to be a father. If he wants that badly to be in his child’s life he would sacrifice and deal with them anyway because a real parent sacrifices for their children. Or as others have said, he could do the responsible thing, get his sh!t together and take legal action to establish his paternal rights and see his daughter more consistently, where Briana and her family would not be able to control it wether they like it or not. He doesn’t even pay child support or give Briana and her mom money to help! And when Dr. Drew asked him about that he said he’d rather put himself on child support than just give them money because they’d have to establish paternity. So you’re only willing to support your daughter financially if its the way you want it done? That’s just selfish. Not to mention, anyone know if he’s actually made any attempts to put himself on child support as he said he would rather do? He’s a deadbeat. I guarantee if this group of people weren’t on tv he probably never would’ve attempted to see his child after she was born at all. He’s only making the little effort he does to save face.

    • ???

      I’m thinking he’s only being who he’s been being. In his mind, they probably changed, not him! And that’s where you get the foolery. You can’t accept bad behavior, UNTIL you get knocked up! She shoulda never give his disrespectful, drug-taking ass the time of day. That’s where her mom fell short; somewhere in Briana’s life, someone showed her it was ok to accept such behavior! And just look at her now!

  • ???

    My question, to Briana and all the other teen moms (on the show & the thousands more who aren’t on the show), is what did you really expect to happen? This same story has been written many times before you; the only changes are the characters! Who expects an immature 14-20 year-old boy to step up, man up (when being a man take so much more than the ability to father a baby) and really take care of a baby? Particularly when most of these boys never committed to the moms in the first place and certainly didn’t sign up to be a daddy, much less a hands on daddy! That said YTF are these boys not using condoms? I should ask that of the girls too…the one cheerleader girl, who told her mom she opted not to take birth control because she didn’t want to get fat! Are you serious?! Her mom should have slapped her face on that! This teen pregnancy stuff is just way outta control & ignorant! They really need to start making people be screened before procreation; these babies don’t stand a chance with these kids as parents!

  • team Nova

    When I last watched teen mom 3 Nova was a pretty little girl, a baby still. It doesn’t sound as if briana is speaking of a child. more like some robot toy or some sort of animal. Did I miss the part where Nova could not function on her own ?

  • Sherri

    I dont blame them! He is sorry as hell. You can definitely tell that he wa not raised right at all. Go figure….Neither his parents or family are involved in the child’s life so it explains why he is so DEAD BEAT. Then again, Brianna cannot complain because she knew what she was dealing with when she was dating this kid. No teenage “boy” is ever ready to be a responsible father and that is something she needed to accept when she decided to start having sex!