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‘Teen Mom’ Maci Bookout letting go of ‘hate’ for ex Ryan Edwards


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 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 pin-pointing 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.”

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Maci Bookout chats with Page Six during a virtual junket for “Teen Mom Family Reunion” Season 2.

Maci Bookout
Maci Bookout chats with Page Six during a virtual junket for “Teen Mom Family Reunion” Season 2.


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"Teen Mom Family Reunion" Season 2 cast with Page Six Sr. TV Reporter Evan Real
Maci Bookout chats with Page Six during a virtual junket for “Teen Mom Family Reunion” Season 2.


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The sophomore installment of “Family Reunion” stars Bookout, Catelynn Lowell 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. 

Maci Bookout, Ryan Edwards and son Bentley
Bookout shares son Bentley with ex Ryan Edwards.

Maci Bookout, Ryan Edwards and son Bentley
Bookout shares son Bentley with ex Ryan Edwards.


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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 and his 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 cell phone numbers. 

However, progress has since been made. 

Maci Bookout and son Bentley
Bookout worked on herself during “Family Reunion” to set the foundation for a “better” co-parenting relationship with Edwards.
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“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. 

Maci Bookout, Taylor McKinney with kids Bentley, Jayde and Maverick
Bookout also shares daughter Jayde and son Maverick with husband Taylor McKinney.

Maci Bookout, Taylor McKinney with kids Bentley, Jayde and Maverick
Bookout also shares daughter Jayde and son Maverick with husband Taylor McKinney.


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Maci Bookout, Taylor McKinney with kids Bentley, Jayde and Maverick
Bookout also shares daughter Jayde and son Maverick with husband Taylor McKinney.


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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.

Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer
Edwards and wife Mackenzie Standifer were fired from “Teen Mom OG” in March 2021.
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“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 talk to each 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 airs Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.



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