Fans are convinced!
No matter how different all of their personalities are Teen Mom cast members have a lot in common. For starters, they all became mothers while they were still in high school. They’ve all had ups and downs in dating, they’ve all had to figure out how to parent and co-parent, and they’ve all had to live their lives in the spotlight. But recently, it seems that many of the moms have something else in common: substance abuse.
This upcoming season of Teen Mom OG puts these issues front and center for Maci Bookout. She’s been forced to address her ex, Ryan Edwards, and his drug addiction, particularly how it affects their son Bentley. Now, fans are wondering if Maci is dealing with these issues herself.
Are these recent behaviors a sign that Taylor and Maci have substance abuse issues of their own to deal with? Many fans seem to think that their coping mechanisms could be a sign of addiction.
Maci Bookout is a country girl through and through, and sometimes that means kicking back with a football game and a beer. No problem, right? Well, many fans seem to think that Maci may be going overboard with her recent behavior along with her husband Taylor McKinney… and now they think it may be affecting her children.
We don’t see every single moment of the Teen Mom cast’s lives, but Maci filled in many of the blanks in her memoir, I Wasn’t Born Bulletproof: Lessons I’ve Learned (So You don’t Have To). Although this book gave a lot of insight to her curious fans, it also had some alarmed at her admissions — especially her drinking and smoking.
“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,” wrote Maci in her memoir.
It’s not uncommon to see Maci drinking a beer or two on screen, and this has gotten her a lot of angry message from fans. When she shared this picture of herself holding a beer and her newborn baby Jayde in the same arm, some fans were not happy.
“The reaction that followed was intense,” Maci wrote in her book, as revealed by Radar Online. She went on:
“People accused me of being a horrible, negligent mother; of drinking too much; of putting my newborn in mortal danger. […] It’s one beer, folks, I am an adult, over the legal drinking age and just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a beer on a Sunday evening with my husband. Newsflash: Mothers are human beings.”
Maci was also snapped with beers during her third pregnancy, which had fans furious at the thought of her drinking while pregnant. She defended herself to OK! Magazine, saying:
“I know me, and everybody that really knows me, knows that I would not be drinking while I was pregnant, so like I said, it was important for me to know that the pregnancy was going to be okay and Maverick was just doing fine and luckily, everything was perfectly fine, and so that was a blessing.”
Fans were concerned about a point her husband Taylor made about their drinking, too. “We love us some [Bud Lights]. We can [have fun without alcohol]… but no good story started with a glass of milk,” he told a fan in a Facebook Q&A.
Check out Maci’s interview with OK! Magazine here.
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