Black Ink Crew Chicago‘s Don cheated on fiancé Ashley Pickens during the show’s first season, and their relationship drama was a focal point of his storyline. Season 2, then, will focus on the fallout from that affair: namely, the child that it produced, and Don coming to terms with his unexpected fatherhood. And, though he found out about his daughter via some baby mama shade-throwing on Instagram, the results of the paternity test can’t be ignored.
Unfortunately for Don, Kinleigh’s mother, Whitney, is active on social media:
Whitney shares frequent photos of herself and Kinleigh–and, when at first Don ignored her overtures toward him, she did not keep from trying to shame him into accepting responsibility:
Before much longer, Don did step up. He admitted that Kinleigh is his daughter in a heartfelt public message–one in which he also tried to explain why he’d been reluctant to say something:
They will always be able to find this one day …Have to address the fact i never wanted to not be apart of a life . i parcially was there patiently waiting on results to confirm. Now that those results are here I will do my full duty as father to both . I have made my mistakes but i am long from the man i once was. #Blackinkcrew #blackinkcrewchicago #BLacklovematters #9mag #NMOL #onlygodcanjudge Not a easy journey but the strong find a way. Got what was needed .Now time to finish making it right. #twosidestoeverystory
And, in recent months, however, it’s clear from Whitney’s tone–and Don’s inclusion in the photos–that the ice between them has begun to thaw:
Black Ink Crew Chicago airs Monday nights at 9 on VH1.
(Photo credits: Black Ink Crew Chicago Don via Instagram)