Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry had some questions for Maci Bookout after Ryan Edwards was fired from Teen Mom OG. Maci appeared on Kailyn’s podcast, Baby Mamas No Drama, which she co-hosts with Vee Rivera. When asking about being a present stepparent, Kailyn called Ryan an “absent” father.
“I don’t want to say Bentley’s dad is absent, but for lack of better words, absent, not really involved,” Kailyn said to Maci, as first noted by In Touch. “I don’t know the situation. I haven’t watched Teen Mom OG because I never know what’s twisted, what’s not twisted. So what advice can you give to stepparents?”
One of the main storylines for Maci on season 9 of Teen Mom OG has been Bentley’s fractured relationship with Ryan. Maci’s relationship with Ryan is also strained; they’re not even speaking to each other. In order to arrange Bentley’s visits, Maci speaks to Ryan’s parents, Jen and Larry Edwards.
The family feud came to a head at the season 9 reunion, with Maci’s husband Taylor McKinney calling out Jen and Larry for enabling Ryan. “Ryan has never been there for him, but y’all put it on Bentley!” Taylor told Larry, according to The Sun. Larry responded by saying “You know what!” and lunging toward Taylor. Both Taylor and Larry got off the couch and Maci and Jen held them back.
Bentley Is ‘Paying Attention All the Time,’ Maci Says
Maci didn’t confirm or deny Ryan was an absent parent, but she did respond to Kailyn’s parenting question, saying the best thing a stepparent can do is make themselves available to the child. “Be present but don’t be pushy. Just be a positive adult in their life, especially with a personality like Bentley,” she said.”Be on their side. Be on their team.”
Maci went on to describe Bentley. “He’s a studier. He’s a sponge, he’s paying attention all the time. He’s like me, he doesn’t like to be pressured into anything, to feel a certain way,” she said. “They know that you’re there, you don’t even have to verbalize it. Even the shiest and quietest of kids will bring up things if they want to talk about them.”
Maci Hasn’t Publicly Responded to the Edwards Family Being Fired
Before the dismissals, Maci had slammed Ryan and Mackenzie on Twitter multiple times. She accused them of being “pigs” and said Mackenzie was a “stupid b****.” The insults came after Ryan and Mackenzie referred to Maci as a “petty b****” on multiple occasions.
Even though Maci was active on Twitter before and after the firings, she hasn’t addressed them directly.
Her mother, Sharon Bookout, had a different approach. She sent a cryptic tweet after Ryan was let go, breaking months of silence on social media. Maci shared the message on her account, too.
“It didn’t take a day to do the damage. It won’t take a day to undo it,” Sharon tweeted on March 25, as first cited by The Ashley’s Reality Roundup. “It takes a lot of hard work and time to regain trust and forgiveness. Some people just don’t wanna do the work.” She included a shrug emoji.
To find out what happens next, don’t miss Teen Mom OG when it airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern time on MTV.