'Jersey Shore' Star Jenni 'JWoww' Farley Says Magazine Used her Son With Autism as Clickbait


On Wednesday, Hollywood Life reported that reality TV star Jenni “JWoww” Farley announced her 2-year-old son, Greyson Mathews, was diagnosed with autism. However, the “Jersey Shore” star accused the publication of turning her interview — which was intended to be about her skincare line, Naturally Woww — into clickbait about her son’s recent diagnosis.

According to Hollywood Life, Greyson’s diagnosis came after an episode of “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” on Aug. 23 when the star disclosed Greyson’s speech delay. Per the publication, although Greyson is nonverbal, Farley expressed his development is positive as his receptive language continues to improve.

Greyson receives therapies every week and has recently started applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and speech therapy. Like many other parents, Farley expressed frustrations with “unwelcome comments” about her son’s development and his expressive and receptive speech delays.

Greyson’s autism diagnosis may not have been unexpected to Farley or her fans. She has been open about Greyson’s speech delay on her social media platforms in addition to Farley opening up on “Jersey Shore.” She also shared interventions and therapies they tried to support his speech, including a chiropractor visit and modifying his diet.

Although Hollywood Life’s article appears to be positive, the “Jersey Shore” star said she never intended the focus to be on her son. She had agreed to an interview about her Naturally Woww skincare line. While the products were mentioned in the article, Farley accused the publication of focusing on her son’s diagnosis instead and using that as “clickbait.” She took to Instagram to express her disappointment, writing:

Grey was recently diagnosed with autism. He’s also been in early intervention for over 6 months now and doing amazing. So to see his diagnosis utilized as clickbait broke my heart and pissed me. His story is too precious, no single article could capture that. The article was suppose to be about my brand @naturallywoww and how Its expanding to a children’s line in HONOR of Greyson and Meilani. @naturallywoww and I will be donating some of its profits to autism organizations that help children like my son… because that’s the only message I intend to spread in my sons name… love and acceptance.

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This is @greysonmathews with his amazing ABA therapist @wecareautismservices ???????????? Grey was recently diagnosed with autism. He’s also been in early intervention for over 6 months now and doing amazing ???? Grey is and will always be my little prince. So to see his diagnosis utilized as clickbait broke my heart and pissed me. His story is too precious, no single article could capture that. The article was suppose to be about my brand @naturallywoww and how Its expanding to a children’s line in HONOR of Greyson and Meilani. @naturallywoww and I will be donating some of its profits to autism organizations that help children like my son… because that’s the only message I intend to spread in my sons name… love and acceptance ????

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Since Farley’s posts on social media, the reality star has received support and encouragement from her fans, with many sharing their own experiences.

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