While many of the cast members of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 have had massive ups and downs throughout their years on the show, Maci Bookout has managed to stay true to herself from the very beginning. Her dedication to her children and their happiness and safety hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans, and it has managed to make her a favorite among many. When life throws Maci a curveball, she always manages to take it in stride — but can she handle such a massive hit?
Sometimes it seems that the only thing keeping Maci from living her “happily ever after” is struggling to stay on the same page as her first baby daddy, Ryan Edwards. From the very beginning, it was clear that these two weren’t going to work out, and they continued to fight nonstop ever since they broke up. Maci went on to marry Taylor McKinney, and even though Ryan now has a wife of his own, he’s gained something else, too: an addiction.
Much of last season of Teen Mom OG followed Maci battling with Ryan over his addiction and his presence in their son Bentley’s life. Maci continued to refuse Ryan access to his son until he passed a drug test. Even though Ryan insisted that he was sober from the very beginning, he wasn’t able to produce the clean drug test that Maci wanted. In the meantime, it was clear that Ryan was getting incredibly frustrated with Maci’s decisions.
Only a few weeks after Teen Mom OG finished airing, news broke that Ryan had indeed relapsed back into his heroin addiction. But there’s more to the story than that, and things started to get very ugly, very fast.
It turns out that Ryan’s frustration was more dangerous than just a bad mood, and his violent nature soon came out. As a result of horrific threats and dangerous actions, Maci has just been granted a restraining order against the father of her son. Keep reading for a full video detailing Ryan’s shocking actions!
Ups and Downs
When Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards first appeared on 16 and Pregnant, some fans thought they would be able to make it. Unfortunately, once their son Bentley was born, it became clear that Ryan wasn’t ready to raise a child. Even though Ryan tried to lock it down by proposing, Maci eventually gave him back his engagement ring and they parted ways.
Things got more tense between them when Maci started dating Kyle King, whom she moved across the state to be with. Needless to say, Ryan wasn’t happy about all the changes his son was experiencing, but luckily Maci was about to settle down for good. She started dating Taylor McKinney and they walked down the aisle and had two unexpected children… not necessarily in that order. Since then, Maci’s family life has gotten more stable, and her relationship with Ryan even improved.
In fact, Maci’s relationship with Ryan from a few seasons ago is almost unrecognizable! While Ryan had intense fights with his father in season 5 of Teen Mom OG, Maci and Taylor acted as refuge, giving him support and inviting him over when he needed. Maci even met Ryan’s new girlfriend Mackenzie Standifer and they hit it off immediately. Oh, how times have changed!
Since Ryan’s stint in rehab, things between him and Maci have been worse than ever. The most recent season of Teen Mom OG proved that. In each scene, Ryan and Maci seemed to be complaining about their relationship and where Bentley stood in the middle of it. Because Ryan wouldn’t (or couldn’t) provide Maci with a clean drug test, she refused to let him spend time with Bentley — and needless to say, that didn’t make him very happy. Pair that with Maci and Mackenzie’s growing dislike for one another (which began when Mackenzie publicly blamed Maci for Ryan’s addiction) and it wasn’t a very easy to watch season.
Even though the season was tense, it’s what happened after the season ended that made it clear to fans that Ryan was much worse off than he was claiming. In late March, Ryan was busted with a heroin and fourteen needles while driving. From there, it became clear that Ryan was in a very dark place — and apparently, it was also violent.
In early April, only a few days after Ryan’s arrest, Maci Bookout filed a restraining order against her baby daddy.
“He has left voicemail messages threatening to show up at my house and take my son,” Maci claimed. “He has made threats to show up and hurt me if I don’t answer my phone.”
He even made appearances while he was high! Maci claims that during one of Bentley’s baseball games, Ryan “showed up under the influence of heroin and got in my face, yelling and threatening to hurt me.” She claims that she has proof that Ryan drives while under the influence, making her fearful of leaving Bentley alone with him.
“His behavior and actions are getting worse,” Maci claimed. “I am fearful for my three children and myself, and what he may do, based on his threats.”
Apparently, Ryan has been extremely violent towards Taylor as well. “He called me on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 and threatened to show up at my house and put a bullet in my head,” Taylor claimed in his own order, according to here. “The police were called and they suggested to seek an order of protection.”
Maci filed for the order in April, and received a court date of May 21. E! Online broke the news that Maci was granted her restraining order. A Hamilton County Circuit Court Public Information Officer told E! that “The judge dismissed the ex parte order of protection and then entered a mutual restraining order.”
Ryan’s attorney informed E! that “[They] did agree to a restraining order where Ryan will not go within 100 feet of Maci and her current husband and their two children.” He added, “Ryan has no exclusions with Bentley and is still able to see his son under the new restraining order. This gives Ryan a lot more protection against any false allegations, allows him to avoid getting arrested without a hearing first, and allows him to be around his son most importantly.”
He went on, “Ryan agreed to this outcome to make it easier on everyone and not go through a formal process of a trial. Moving forward Ryan hopes everyone can get through this without any issues and that he can see his son.”