Teen Mom star Maci Bookout has opened up about her relationship situation with ex Ryan Edwards, months after he was arrested for violating his restraining order, and revealed what his current incarceration means for her 14-year-old son, Bentley.
Maci, 31, and Ryan, 35, rose to the limelight after appearing together on the first season of the MTV series 16 and Pregnant in 2009, which charted the couple’s path to becoming parents.
They parted ways shortly after Bentley’s birth, and Ryan’s continued downward spiral has captivated the nation ever since. Over the years, the former reality star has faced numerous run-ins with the law in connection with drug use and, in April, was sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to stalking his ex-wife. , Mackenzie Edwards.
Now, Maci has spoken exclusively to DailyMail.com about how difficult it is for her to “support Bentley” and “do what’s right” for him while setting “boundaries” with her ex that she feels “comfortable with”.
Teen Mom star Maci Bookout has opened up about her relationship situation with ex Ryan Edwards (seen with their son) months after he was arrested for violating his restraining order.
Maci, 31, and Ryan, 35, appeared together on the first season of the MTV series 16 and Pregnant in 2009, which charted the couple’s journey to welcoming their son, Bentley.
The former reality star (seen in February) has faced numerous run-ins with the law in connection with drug use, pleading guilty in April to stalking his ex-wife, Mackenzie Edwards.
Now, Maci spoke exclusively to DailyMail.com about how hard it is for her to ‘support Bentley’ and ‘do right’ by him while setting ‘boundaries’ with her ex.
‘There’s plenty of temperature control to [me and my husband, Taylor McKinney] because obviously, our past with Ryan hasn’t been the best, it hasn’t been easy and [it’s been] very, very bad sometimes,’ he said.
“I feel pressure because I’m trying to support Bentley and do right by him, and I’m learning how to communicate and have a relationship with Ryan.
Maci (seen with her son, Bentley) said: “I feel pressure because I’m trying to support Bentley and do right by him, and I’m learning how to communicate and have a relationship with Ryan.”
‘But then, [Taylor] He’s my husband, and he’s raised Bentley with me, so there’s just a lot of temperature control to do.
‘[I’m trying to] Don’t forget to monitor my own temperature and find out what my limits are and what I’m okay with and comfortable with. It’s been a lot.
After they broke up in 2010, the explosive fallout for Maci and Ryan was documented on the 16 and Pregnant spinoff shows Teen Mom and Teen Mom OG. The two were often seen erupting into nasty blowouts over Ryan’s absence when it came to taking care of his child, as well as his drug addiction.
In March 2017, Ryan was arrested for heroin possession and months later he checked into rehab, where he stayed for 30 days. However, he was arrested again a year later, after he violated his probation.
Around this time, Maci and Taylor were granted a two-year protective order against him, after they claimed that he had threatened to ‘put a bullet’ in Taylor’s head.
Ryan was arrested again in January 2019 for heroin possession and theft, and was fired from Teen Mom in March 2021.
Maci married Taylor McKinney (seen with Bentley) in 2016. They were granted a restraining order against Ryan two years later after he threatened to ‘put a bullet’ in Taylor’s head.
Ryan married Mackenzie in 2017 and they welcomed two children together. But they divorced earlier this year and she accused him of domestic violence and filed a protection order.
In March 2023, Ryan was charged with stalking after he sent his ex-wife Mackenzie a series of text messages, despite being told he couldn’t legally have any contact with her.
In March 2023, Ryan was charged with stalking after he sent Mackenzie a series of text messages despite being told he couldn’t legally have any contact with her.
Mackenzie, who married the troubled star in 2017, had filed for divorce days earlier and obtained a restraining order against Ryan after she reported multiple instances of domestic violence to police.
She said that he once pinned her ‘neck against the wall’, threw her ‘down in the hall and said he couldn’t have her, no one could’ and ‘opened [his] pocket knife’ and put it in her ‘back as if he were going to kill her,’ according to court documents.
He was previously arrested for heroin possession on multiple occasions. He has been seen on his mugshot in 2018
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in prison, but was released from prison on July 14 after serving three months and was sent to a rehabilitation center.
Ryan shares a son, named Jagger, four, and a daughter, named Stella, three, with his now-ex-wife.
Maci is preparing for the release of the second season of Teen Mom: The Next Chapter, which will premiere on July 19.
The series follows some of the most beloved moms from Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, including Maci, Amber Portwood, Ashley Jones, Briana DeJesus, Catelynn Baltierra, Cheyenne Floyd, Jade Cline, and Leah Messer, all of whom are navigating new challenges in their lives,’ read a description.
The mother-of-three told DailyMail.com that the final season will focus on how she ‘navigated’ co-parenting with Ryan amid their struggles.
Her husband, Taylor, added: “She’ll probably see us at a better point in a co-parenting relationship than we’ve been in a long time.”
According to the couple, who have welcomed children Jayde, eight, and Maverick, seven, since they married in 2016, the show will also capture the ups and downs of raising a teenage son.
Maci is preparing for the release of the second season of Teen Mom: The Next Chapter, which will premiere on July 19. She is seen with Taylor, her two children and Bentley.
Cheyenne Floyd also spoke to DailyMail.com and discussed the barrage of criticism she and her co-stars have faced over the years thanks to the show.
“Bentley is getting old, he’s about to go to high school, so parenting at this stage is very different than raising our two youngest children,” she said.
‘It’s fun, but it’s a lot… Now is the time where you really have to relax a little bit and let them make decisions, let them make mistakes, let them figure it out. And that’s hard to do sometimes. Very difficult to do.
Cheyenne also chatted with DailyMail.com ahead of the premiere and explained why she and her co-stars decided to return once again, despite the barrage of criticism they’ve had to face over the years over the more intimate details of their lives. have been continuously exposed on the show.
“I think we get a lot of hate, a lot of opinions, but I think the love and support far outweighs the hate,” he explained.
I can get thousands of comments on something good, and that one comment where someone says, “You suck,” always stands out. But then I have to put it in perspective and move on.
“I feel like it’s the DMs where people genuinely say, ‘Thank you for sharing this. You got me through this journey, or you got me through my day. Because I saw you go through it and now I’m going through it, but I see you got over it.” That keeps me going.
She added that she is “at a point where she feels comfortable with herself, with her body, with her husband and with her family,” and that she is now “letting it all hang out.”
‘My children are healthy, they attend excellent programs and schools. They are thriving. So I smoke some weed? Yeah,’ she joked.