Madix married a 19-years-older woman named Kelly on August 17, 2010, when he was just 18-years-old.
“I was actually friends with her daughter and I met her at her daughter’s graduation party,” he told RadarOnline.com. “I said some cute, smooth, charming things and that was that!”
But, their union didn’t last and Kelly filed for divorce on September 22, 2011. A judge signed off on her request in November of that year, according to Florida court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com.
“It was an on and off relationship,” Jeremy told RadarOnline.com. “First of all, she wasn’t all there, I guess you could say. Not only the fact that she was twice my age — for me to even have been in that situation was questionable on her part.”
RadarOnline.com previously reported that their relationship was volatile, as the police were called to their home at least once. Jeremy was even arrested for beating and threatening to kill Kelly during one of their blowouts. Jeremy denied having a physical fight with her, but confirmed to the officer that they had been in a verbal disagreement. The case was ultimately dropped.
She filed a restraining order against him in 2011, and asked the judge to order him to anger management and alcohol counseling classes. Jeremy insisted to RadarOnline.com that the classes were a "scapegoat," since he's "not a big drinker."
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"It's very rare that you catch me with a drink in my hand," he said. "I'm definitely more of a pothead than anything!"
His family disapproved of their relationship during this time as well, which only made matters worse, he said.
“None of them approved of the situation whatsoever," he said. "Actually me and Ariana — we didn’t really talk much the entire time I was with this girl. We didn't speak at all unless Ariana was trying to tell me not to do something or give me good advice. Which, now? Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, I should’ve listened."
"However, my mom gave Kelly benefit of the doubt and we had dinner a couple of times together," he added. "But no, my mom didn’t approve either. And before my dad passed away, he had actually met her too and he wasn’t really a fan of the situation either.”
Still, the couple tried to work out their differences.
“Once all of this was resolved we actually moved to Tampa together and we tried it out there for a little while," Jeremy said. "We lived together out there for a year, and then we decided to not live together but still date. And then we kinda came to a mutual decision that it wasn’t working and that was that. But there’s still a good amount of time that we spent together after all of this happened.”
They last spoke “a couple of years” ago, and Jeremy is currently vying for a bigger role on Season Six as he continues to bus tables at SUR.
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