When Jordin Sparks revealed last November that she was not only married, but also expecting her first child with new husband Dana Isaiah, she made it clear that she had never been more sure of a man in her life the way she was with him. He was the one.
“I’d never spent time together with someone of the opposite sex that I’d immediately felt 100 percent comfortable with – it was a little wake up call for me,” she said at the time. “I was like, ‘I think this is how I’m supposed to feel… no, I know this is how I’m supposed to feel.”
Things moved quickly from there. They would go on to elope in July of last year, and she found out she was pregnant in August. So that might be why her mother, Jodi Sparks, was so skeptical about her son-in-law, and behind-the-scenes, wasn’t so crazy about how fast things were going. To make it plain, Jodi and Jordin’s husband didn’t have a good relationship at all.
In a clip from the couple’s upcoming reality special for Lifetime called Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story, Jodi actually confronts Isaiah about her concerns. One major one is that he barely speaks to her and seems to be trying to keep Jordin to himself.
“We need to talk. Like, you need to talk to me,” she said during a kitchen conversation. “You do realize we’ve had one full-blown conversation. That’s it. Put yourself in my shoes for a second. This is my child, who you rushed in, took her away from everything.”
“I don’t know you at all. Like, at all,” she continued. “So all I’m seeing is I don’t have my daughter anymore, now she’s pregnant, now she’s holed up here and she’s with you, the guy who doesn’t talk. You should be telling me, ‘I’m going to take care of her. I won’t ever let anything happen to her.’ You have not reassured me. You haven’t done anything like that. When I didn’t get that, then you just don’t know. I have nothing to go on. And then you start assuming stuff. Kind of like, ‘Who does he think he is?’ That’s my kid and I get nothing?”
Things got tense from there, with Isaiah saying that he doesn’t put time and energy into trying to get to know Jodi because she never really tried to embrace him the way his family has done with Jordin.
“The same way my family has dove in and loved Jordin so hard, hasn’t been the same way reciprocated to me,” he said. “And for me, I have a really cold shoulder, so when I see that, I move on. I don’t give a damn. Why am I going to put all my effort into that when it’s not sh-t given back to me?”
Unfortunately, the conversation doesn’t end well. After Jodi tells him that the last time he came to her home he only dropped Jordin off and didn’t even bother to come in and speak, he walks out of the kitchen and the conversation. Jordin, pregnant and silent through most of the interaction, tells him he can’t leave.
“Yes I can,” he said in response. “I just did. I’m done.”
Although the special is mostly about how this couple prepares for the arrival of their first child, son DJ, it wouldn’t be reality TV if there wasn’t some mess. You can check out how everything plays out when the one-hour special premieres September 6 on Lifetime at 10 p.m. ET/PT.