Maci Bookout letting go of ‘hate’ for ex Ryan Edwardson ‘Teen Mom Family Reunion’
December 26, 2022 | 3:12pm
Maci Bookout is letting go of any “hate” she may have for her ex Ryan Edwards on Season 2 of MTV’s “Teen Mom Family Reunion.”
The reality TV veteran, 31 — who shares son Bentley, 14, with Edwards, 34 — tells Page Six during a virtual junket that she worked with life coach Dr. Cheyenne Bryant, aka “Coach B,” to set the foundation for a “better” co-parenting relationship.
“Honestly, the main thing that made it more clear was the work that I had done on myself and working through my anger, my sometimes even hate, just working through all of that and pinpointing what’s worth holding on to and what’s worth letting go of,” Bookout explains.
“Getting to know the hard parts of mine and Ryan’s relationship as co-parents, that makes it more comfortable for me, I would say,” she elaborates. “Not easier, but maybe just a little more comfortable.”
The sophomore installment of “Family Reunion” stars Bookout, Catelynn Lowell, Cheyenne Floyd and Amber Portwood of “Teen Mom OG,” Briana DeJesus, Jade Cline and Ashley Jones of “Teen Mom 2” and Kayla Sessler and Kiaya Elliott of “Teen Mom Young & Pregnant.”
Some of the cast’s own mothers come along for the ride, bonding with their famous daughters and employing therapy techniques to overcome any persisting issues.
Bookout’s mom, Sharon, was unable to make the trip to Oregon, giving the “Bulletproof” author more time to focus on repairing her fractured dynamic with Edwards.
The former couple, who made their reality debut on “16 & Pregnant” in 2009, has faced a series of obstacles over the past decade-plus in the public eye — including a broken engagement, Ryan’s seeming disinterest in fatherhood andhis eventual battle with addiction.
In September, Bookout told Page Six that she and Ryan “don’t have a relationship,” haven’t spoken for years and didn’t even have each other’s cellphone numbers.
However, progress has since been made.
“We do have his phone number [now],” she reveals. “But any other details, you’ll just have to wait and see.”
Bookout further teases, “Everyone will find out what the status of everything is throughout this season. But Coach B really helped because we were able to determine what role I played in the relationship or lack of relationship that Bentley and Ryan have.”
While the mother of three — who also shares daughter Jayde, 7, and son Maverick, 6, with husband Taylor McKinney — hopes to facilitate more communication with Edwards, she is relieved to be free of any obligations to do so on camera.
Edwards, who also shares young children Jagger and Stella with wife Mackenzie Standifer, was fired from “Teen Mom OG” — which has since evolved into “Teen Mom: The Next Chapter” — in March 2021.
Standifer, 25, and Edwards’ parents, Jen and Larry Edwards, were given the boot as well.
Their exits came after a dramatic reunion fight, involving Bookout, her spouse, McKinney, 33, and Bentley’s paternal grandparents, that aired a month later.
“There was no way to create room or space for us to heal or move on or get over some things because we’re constantly having to talk about each other when we don’t even talktoeach other,” Bookout told Page Six earlier this year.
“What’s the point in that? So yeah, safe to say it’s a huge relief [that he’s not on the show].”
“Teen Mom Family Reunion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.