Teen Mom star Maci Bookout didn’t hold back when asked about her ex-boyfriend Ryan Edwards and his parents Jen and Larry Edwards.
Bookout and Edwards share a 13-year-old son, Bentley. They’ve struggled for years to stay friendly while Edwards battles his addiction. Edwards and his family were fired from “Teen Mom” in 2021 after a major blast at the reunion between Bookout’s husband Taylor McKinney and Jen and Larry Edwards.
“Ryan and I didn’t, we really didn’t have a relationship at all,” Bookout told TooFab.
Bookout said they didn’t have each other’s phone numbers and hadn’t seen each other in four years.
The Teen Mom star hinted at the Edwards’ departure from the show.
“As we’ve been shooting the last few seasons, it just got to a point where I’m uncomfortable talking about someone I’m not talking to,” she told TooFab. “Well, that’s weird. And it stays that way. We don’t have a relationship.”
While Bookout’s relationship with Ryan Edwards doesn’t exist, she was able to work things out with her parents.
Bookout and her son’s paternal grandparents have generally had a positive relationship over the years, but things took a turn for the worse after defending her son.
“The relationship with Jen and Larry is definitely not what it was for the past few years, but it’s definitely not, I wouldn’t say anywhere close to what we left the reunion,” Bookout told TooFab .
Edwards and his wife Mackenzie Standifer are not interested in reprising their roles on the series.
“I just can’t deal with a false narrative about our own lives and I’m glad I’m gone,” she continued. “The things I saw on TV didn’t add up to real life, especially me and Ryan.”
Standifer kept the same energy as MTV reworked “Teen Mom” to create “The Next Chapter.” She and Edwards were asked to take part in the new show, but they declined.
“They did their little game,” Standifer said live on Instagram in August.
“I’m sorry, so sorry that things turned out the way they did,” Standifer said, recalling what MTV producers said during a conversation with Edwards. “Your story hasn’t been told … You can’t see the other side, the viewers.”
But Edwards didn’t let the producers sway him.
“Ryan listened to them briefly and basically said, ‘I don’t want any of what you’re selling. I don’t have time for that,” revealed Standifer. “We’re sorry.”
To find out what happens next, don’t miss “Teen Mom: The Next Chapter” when it airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on MTV.