Is he Bentley's legal father?
When you’re 16, you’re not really mature enough to make permanent life decisions. That’s why 16-year-olds can’t drink, smoke, or technically leave school and get a job. Because the girls of Teen Mom became pregnant at such a young age, they may not have realized they were also making the decision to have a lifelong relationship with the fathers of their children.
Sure, most of the cast aren’t dating their first baby daddies anymore, but they still have to continue co-parenting with them whether they like it or not. Now it looks like Maci may have changed that and cut ties from Ryan Edwards once and for all.
Maci has always been very careful about what elements of her life gets publicly aired and which ones stay secret. However, it looks like she may have let something pretty significant slip. Is it possible that the reason Ryan is almost completely out of Bentley’s life because Taylor is now his legal father?
A Serious Slip
Like most of the Teen Moms, it wasn’t long after Maci’s pregnancy that she broke up with the father of her child. Since then, she’s been facing the all-too-common difficulties of co-parenting as she and Ryan drift further and further part.
But when her baby daddy fell into a serious drug addiction again — racking up a $10,000 a week habit, according to his new wife Mackenzie — things took a turn for the worse. Their relationship has continued to sour (which is surprising considering how bad things already were between them), and Maci has not minced words about the fact that she won’t let him spend time with Bentley alone until he passes a drug test in front of her.
Thankfully, this doesn’t mean that Bentley has no father figure in his life. Maci Bookout recently married Taylor McKinney, and along with raising their two children Jayde and Maverick, Taylor acts as a stable father figure to his step-son, Bentley. However, something that Maci said in a recent episode has fans theorizing there might be something more to his relationship with Maci’s first child than meets the eye.
You’re his father!
In the second episode of the season “Too Shady,” Maci opened up to Taylor about letting Bentley see his biological father. She explained that Bentley had made Ryan something for Father’s Day and had been asking about whether he’d get to see his father during the holiday.
“I said that I would bring Bentley by for a little bit, but that I didn’t want to do this in front of the cameras,” Maci told Taylor. “It’s going to be Bentley’s first time around Ryan after rehab.”
She tells him that although Bentley asked about seeing his father, Ryan hasn’t asked about seeing their son. Instead, he’s threatened the family. “All [Ryan] has done is threaten me for three days about seeing his child… He’s like, ‘I’m going to show up at your house and take [Bentley].’”
Needless to say, Taylor had some thoughts on the matter. “Bentley made him a gift and wants to take it to him, but it is a privilege to be his father,” Taylor vented.
That’s when Maci cut him off, exclaiming, “You are his father!”
“Right. Why should I not get to spend Father’s Day with him? Why should Ryan? To spend time with your son on Father’s Day, that should require you being an actual father,” Taylor agreed.
Does this mean that Taylor and Maci made the decision for Taylor to adopt Bentley? Considering that he is a primary caretaker of the nine-year-old, it wouldn’t be particularly surprising. Many fans are theorizing that Maci and Taylor may have let slip this decision, even if they weren’t ready to air it on camera yet. Others think that even though Taylor might not be Bentley’s legal father, the couple was referring to the fact that Taylor has played a hand in raising him when Ryan wasn’t there.
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