Longtime Teen Mom followers have waited greater than a decade to see the second the place Ryan, 35, exhibits up for this 14-year-old son, whom he shares with Maci, 31. Whereas it’s been a bumpy street for Ryan — one stuffed with multiple arrests, substance abuse issues and several stints in jail and rehab — it seems like he and Bentley are lastly in a superb place.
“I believe as loopy as it’s, as a result of he’s in jail proper now, he exhibits up and communicates with Bentley, I believe, extra persistently now than he ever has, which is mind-blowing,” Maci advised Us on Tuesday, July 11, forward of the season premiere of Teen Mother: The Subsequent Chapter season 2.
The MTV character added: “It makes me really feel good because the mother to simply know that like, though Ryan made actually dangerous selections and is paying the implications for them, I’m glad to see that that hasn’t stopped him from displaying up or, like, calling and speaking as a result of up to now that will’ve halted the whole lot.”
On the time of the interview, Ryan was serving a virtually 12-month sentence stemming from a harassment cost in opposition to estranged spouse Mackenzie Edwards. (He had been in jail since early April after being booked for easy possession of a managed substance and a DUI after being found “unconscious and unresponsive” in the driver’s seat of his truck, per an arrest affidavit obtained by Us on the time.) Mackenzie — who shares son Jagger, 4, and daughter Stella, 3, with Ryan — filed for divorce in February.
As for a way he was fairing behind bars, Maci famous her ex had some “tough patches simply coping with psychological well being [issues],” acknowledging “it’s a loopy world on the within.” Nevertheless, she wasn’t excusing the habits that put him there within the first place. “On the identical time, it’s like, yeah, however don’t do silly s—t,” she stated.
On Friday, July 14, Ryan was granted furlough to depart jail and head to an inpatient rehab program.
Maci, for her half, is aware of she will be able to solely management a lot with regards to coparenting together with her ex, who has “an extended historical past of inconsistency” with regards to displaying up for Bentley, Maci’s husband, Taylor McKinney, acknowledged.
“I believe the distinction is that via Al-Anon and remedy and simply the journey that we’re on, I believe that now I simply know my function,” Maci defined to Us previous to Ryan’s launch from jail. (Al-Anon is a supportive group for relations and mates who’ve a beloved one with a substance abuse drawback.) “I do know what I can management. I do know what I carry to the desk. I do know what I’m doing, and I really feel assured in that,” she elaborated. “And so, sure, I’ll all the time be afraid that there’s that probability that it’s gonna be a catastrophe. However I believe on the identical time I’m simply, like, I do know what I can do and what I can’t do and … that’s all I can do, and I’m assured in that.”
Taylor, who practically got here to blows with Ryan’s dad, Larry Edwards, on an April 2021 episode of Teen Mother OG when speaking about Ryan’s relationship with Bentley, advised Us he was a “little skeptical” of letting Ryan again into the household’s life after years of turmoil. (In 2018, Maci was granted a two-year restraining order against Ryan after he allegedly threatened her. The order was additionally prolonged to Taylor and his two youngsters with Maci.)
Now, Taylor advised Us he’s all about “looking for a steadiness between defending Bentley and never getting in the best way of him desirous to have a relationship with Ryan.”
Whereas the Edwards family was initially fired from the show in 2021, Ryan is again for season 2 of Teen Mother: The Subsequent Chapter — a shock for followers however a transition that has gone surprisingly easily for Maci and Ryan.
“Our communication is simply — it’s completely different now. So, I really feel much more snug as a result of we’re having conversations like, ‘OK, if we’re filming about this, like how can we … defend Bentley, defend his privateness with what we discuss? What we share?’ And the way we discuss sure issues,” she advised Us. “In order that simply proves proper there, like, simply how various things are this time round.”
As for a way her relationship with Ryan improved, Maci defined that “it began with Bentley and him actually sharing his standpoint and perspective on the affect that I’ve on their relationship,” Maci shared with Us, including that the “commitments that Ryan and I made to one another so far as speaking and him being constant so far as displaying up for Bentley” have been additionally essential to their coparenting. “We simply have caught to the commitments. And with that then comes belief and … communication is more healthy and [while] it undoubtedly hasn’t been straightforward, particularly with the whole lot occurring … we’re nonetheless within the stepping into the fitting path.”
Teen Mother: The Subsequent Chapter season 2 premieres with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, July 19, 8 p.m. ET on MTV.
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With reporting by Christina Garibaldi