Teen Mom 2 star Ashley Jones admits she left Young & Pregnant because she 'no longer felt a connection' with co-stars

TEEN Mom 2 star Ashley Jones has admitted she left Young & Pregnant after losing the "connection" she felt with her co-stars.

The 24-year-old mom-of-one opened up on Instagram about deciding to take the plunge and join the Teen Mom cast, despite facing backlash.

As part of a question and answer session on her Instagram stories, Ashely was asked why she decided to make the move to the MTV show.

"I always said that I felt a special connection with Young & Pregnant because that's where I started and where I wanted to finish," she wrote.

"After the last reunion and a few other situations played out, I no longer feel that connection or need to hold on."

"So when the opportunity presented itself this time around, I took it," she added of her decision, as fans speculated it may have been for the money.

"It's okay to admit you moved for the money," one fan began a discussion on Reddit, as another said: "I’d move too if it paid more."

"Special connection with what? Making less money?" a third joked, noting the ongoing postponement of filming for Young & Pregnant.

A fourth chimed in, hitting out her Ashley's baby daddy Bariki Smith: "Chase that money girl. Lord knows Bar will never work."

It comes shortly after Ashley clapped back at "judgmental" fans who claimed she shouldn’t star on Teen Mom 2.

A number of critics slammed the reality star for her past "dysfunctional" behavior, as well as fiancé Bariki, 24.

Ashley recently took to Instagram to address her haters when the Teen Mom Instagram account shared an episode from her time on Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant.

The video showed Ashley in a number of unsettling situations, including her getting into an intense fight with family members.

A number of Teen Mom 2 fans took to the comments section to slam the way Ashley portrayed herself in the episode.

Ashley stood up for herself and promised she's changed as she wrote in the comments section: "Damn I was childish."

She added in a following comment: "Y'all so judgmental. Try being 19-23 learning how to be a mom and a woman and blend a family on national tv. I think I've grown and not to mention I've accomplished every goal I've set."

Earlier this month, Ashley shared the exciting news that she would be replacing Chelsea Houska on Teen Mom 2 for the next season.

In a promotional preview post, the young mom shared her "excitement" over her new role.

Alongside a teaser clip, she gusged: "I'm so excited to join Teen Mom 2. I can't give too much away but check out this 'OMG' moment from the upcoming premiere."

The announcement then debuted an emotional scene where her boyfriend and baby daddy, Bariki Smith, got down on one knee and proposed to the mother of his child.

Ashley and Bariki share three-year-old daughter Holly.

She will star on Teen Mom 2 alongside ex-cast mate Jade Cline, as well as Kailyn Lowry, Leah Messer and Briana DeJesus.

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