Briana DeJesus recently revealed how she is facing overcoming new challenges in the latest season of Teen Mom 2.
DeJesus spoke to PEOPLE just before last Tuesday’s premiere of the new season — which will feature her struggle to accept she got an STD after hooking up with ex-boyfriend Luis Hernandez.
“Everything happened really fast,” DeJesus, 26, told PEOPLE. “Did I think I would end up sleeping with Luis again? Absolutely not.”
DeJesus shares 3-year-old daughter Stella with Hernandez. She is also mom to 8-year-old Nova from a previous relationship.
“My mental health wasn’t there and I did something that I regret, but I ended up catching an STD and I didn’t think anything of it,” DeJesus explained. “I thought maybe letting MTV film this personal experience would be a learning experience for others, to teach others that it’s okay to get tested and it’s okay to talk about it. And that kind of bit me in the ass because something came up positive in my test results and they definitely filmed it all.”
The mother of two revealed how she struggled to learn the news in front of MTV cameras — recalling the moment to be “a little embarrassing.”
“I hate that I have to relive it over again because I’m finally over it, but hopefully it’s more of a learning experience for everybody else,” she said.
“I hope people can learn from my mistakes because I’ve made tons of mistakes.”
She added, “I just want people to know that getting tested is okay. It’s the right thing to do because if I didn’t get tested, I would have never known that I had something.”
As when it comes to having feelings for Hernandez, DeJesus says they are “definitely over.”
“Whatever happened, happened. I don’t talk to him like that,” said DeJesus. “We don’t meet up late at night after the club to have sex. None of that happens anymore.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.