Check out Teen Mom dads’ craziest stunts, from Gary Shirley’s condom line to Jo Rivera’s rap career

SURE, Teen Moms get the most attention. Especially since reality TV bears their name.

But what about their better (or many cases, worse) halves?


Gary Shirley had a unique side hustleCredit: Splash News
Jo Rivera once tried to launch a rap career.


Jo Rivera once tried to launch a rap career.Credit: Splash

Moms then opened their own salons or rebuilt houses. But what do Teen Dads do when they’re not on screen?

While some of the fathers have come and gone, each has left a mark on the show.

So of course their career should be no different.

It turns out that the variety of their jobs is as diverse as their personalities.

From simple, standard jobs like real estate broker and meter reader, to more unique entrepreneurial ventures like motocross racer or condom maker, careers span all categories.

Check out the most interesting and unusual jobs for Teen Dads below.


Simon Saran and Farrah Abraham


Simon Saran and Farrah AbrahamCredit: Getty

Farrah Abraham’s ex, Simon Saran, previously appeared on the MTV show on and off when the two had been together for around two years.

He then called it quits and split from the MTV star in 2017.

Simon, 33, is now a real estate broker and businessman. He also holds a degree in urban planning from the University of California, San Diego.


Taylor McKinney and Maci Bookout


Taylor McKinney and Maci BookoutCredit: Instagram/@macishanebookout

Besides being Maci Bookout’s husband, Taylor McKinney is also a motocross racer.

The couple began dating in 2012 and married in 2016. They first appeared on screens in 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, when she welcomed 4-year-old Jayde and 3-year-old Maverick with Taylor.


Devoin Austin and Briana DeJesus


Devoin Austin and Briana DeJesusCredit: Instagram @kailynlowry

In late 2020, Briana DeJesus’ baby daddy, Devoin Austin, quit his job and started a cooking YouTube channel.

His ultimate goal at the time was to own a food truck.

Instead, the 29-year-old now works as a waiter at a Bonefish Grill restaurant in Florida.

Devoin was slammed by her ex after she demanded he pay more child support, but he claimed he lost his job and she was earning three times her salary.


Nathan Griffin and Jenelle Evans


Nathan Griffin and Jenelle EvansCredit: Instagram

Jenelle Evans’ hunky ex Nathan Griffin is a former underwear model.

The former Marine is also very attached to 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 not currently working and has been deemed “100% disabled.”

The former reality star shares Kaiser with Jenelle, 29. He also has daughter Emery from a previous relationship.


Cole DeBoer and Chelsea Houska


Cole DeBoer and Chelsea HouskaCredit: Instagram

Long before Cole DeBoer and Chelsea Houska scored on an HGTV show called Farmhouse Fabulous, the 33-year-old was working as a traffic control specialist for South Dakota.

In September 2017, he pivoted a lot by launching his own line of designer socks.

Joining the world of reality, Cole and Chelsea’s next show, set to debut in 2023, will follow the famous couple as they help families renovate their homes.


Javi Marroquin and Kailyn Lowry


Javi Marroquin and Kailyn LowryCredit: instagram/javim9

Kailyn Lowry’s ex, Javi Marroquin, is not far from enlisting in the US Air Force.

The 29-year-old, who is the father of their eight-year-old son Lincoln, 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 Lowry


Jo Rivera and Kailyn LowryCredit: MTV

Kailyn’s OTHER ex, Jo Rivera, now works in real estate in Delaware. But before that, he turned unemployment into an art form.

Jo, who shares 11-year-old son Issac with Kailyn, has happily admitted in the past that he mostly relies on reality TV checks to stay afloat.

He also tried his hand at a rap career, under the pseudonym “NICK B”, which stands for “Nerd in a Cool Kid’s Body”.

However Jo, 30, dropped the mic on her musical aspirations in 2012.


Corey Simms and Leah Messer


Corey Simms and Leah MesserCredit: MTV

Corey Simms and Leah Messer tied the knot in an outdoor ceremony in 2010.

The two were married 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 Portwood


Matt Baier and Amber PortwoodCredit: Getty

Matt Baier, 50, appeared on frequent episodes of OG teen mom during his relationship with Amber Portwood 31 years, from 2013 to 2017.

But long before the two met, Matt was a radio DJ known as “The Mattress.”

While dating Amber, the two would go back together.

After allegations of cheating, the couple would go on Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition, which aired in 2018, in a bid to salvage their relationship, but ultimately separated.

Matt now lives in Las Vegas, where he spends his days and nights as a professional poker player.


Gary Shirley and Amber Portwood


Gary Shirley and Amber PortwoodCredit: MTV
Gary's Condom Company


Gary’s Condom CompanyCredit: Twitter

Gary Shirley and Amber Portwood started dating in 2008 and later appeared aged 16 and pregnant while expecting their daughter, Leah.

And for a time, the 31-year-old hoped to share his baked goods with the world – including a special added ingredient.

In 2020, Gary admitted that before he put the buns in the ovens he had his own line of condoms, which adverts said were “99% ‘Gary’nteed’ to work”.

“I seriously used to send them cookie orders. Lol,” the father-of-two revealed on Instagram.

He now works as a policeman.

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