Teen Mom OG star Maci Bookout was accused of struggling with alcoholism after an old clip resurfaced. It appeared Maci and husband Taylor McKinney were drinking beer while talking to son Bentley about the birds and the bees in Tuesday’s episode, but one fan on Reddit found a clip where the mother-of-three talked about how alcohol affected her relationship with her husband. Teen Mom fans have been able to catch up on old episodes since the series was added to Netlfix and Amazon Prime.
“Obviously having three kids is catching up to us,” Maci says in the resurfaced clip. “Eighty-five percent of the time we’re good to go but the 15% is hell. It’s like all of our stress and emotion and everything we take it out on each other. When the cameras leave we’ll drink and freak out.”
Redditors Accused Maci of Being an ‘Alcoholic’
The original Redditor who posted the clip questioned if Maci struggled with alcohol by writing, “Maci + alcohol = an issue?” The post garnered traction on the subreddit, garnering dozens of comments from netizens who condemned Maci’s drinking habits.
Some fans accused her of abusing alcohol and others accused her of being a “functioning alcoholic.” Maci didn’t immediately respond to the Reddit thread, but she has previously talked about the issue.
Maci addressed her drinking habits in her 2017 book, I Wasn’t Born Bulletproof: Lessons I’ve Learned (So You Don’t Have To),.
“While obviously, I don’t condone excessive drinking, having a beer– or even smoking the occasional cigarette–does not warrant a call to Child Services, and it does not make you a bad mother,” Maci writes, as noted by Radar Online.
The Teen Mom OG star was subjected to backlash after her husband posted a picture of her drinking a beer while she was holding her daughter, Jayde, who was a newborn at the time. “The reaction that followed was intense,” she continues. “People accused me of being a horrible, negligent mother; of drinking too much; of putting my newborn in mortal danger.”
The star maintained that she didn’t have an issue with alcohol. “It’s one beer, folks I am an adult, over the legal drinking age, and just because I’m a mom that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a beer on a Sunday evening with my husband,” she penned.
Maci Received Backlash For Posting ‘Clickbait’ About Bentley
Maci and Taylor sat down with Bentley on Tuesday’s episode of Teen Mom OG to talk to him about sex, but not everyone was pleased with how the TTM Lifestyle creator promoted the clip on social media.
While they were talking she said it was fine if he liked boys or girls, but some people accused her of “exploiting” Bentley’s sexuality since her caption on Instagram included the hashtag “Love is love.”
“‘I’m okay if you like boys’ – Bentley & I have a beautiful talk ❤️ #LinkInBio #LoveIsLove,” she wrote.
She disabled the comments for the post. Maci, like many other Teen Mom OG stars, will regularly post gossip stories about themselves and fellow castmates on Instagram. Catelynn Baltierra has faced a backlash that’s similar to Maci’s — especially if she posts something about Carly, the daughter she placed for adoption.
To find out what happens next, don’t miss Season 9 of Teen Mom OG when it airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern time on MTV.
This story has been updated to include Maci’s previous comments about her drinking habits and the backlash she has faced over the years.