Is this proof of a relapse?!
A lot can change for anyone over the course of ten years. The years between mid-teens and mid-twenties are often very significant for people, and are when many have life-changing experiences like attending college, getting their first jobs, getting married, and having children. Obviously the Teen Mom cast members have done things a little differently from the normal timeline, but they’ve still had huge life changes during their time on MTV.
Unfortunately, not all of the cast members have been on a straight upward trajectory. Many of them have had significant ups and downs, reaching horrible rock bottoms before getting their lives together and coming out on top. But some of the cast members still seem to be in their rock bottoms.
It seems that this may be the case for Maci Bookout’s ex husband, Ryan Edwards. Almost the entirety of Maci’s segments during last season of Teen Mom OG revolved around her feuding with her baby daddy about his drug use. It wasn’t until the end of the season that Ryan was arrested once again for his addiction.
Now it seems that he might be back in a similarly difficult place. A shocking photo reportedly reveals that Ryan has yet to come out of his relapse on heroin.
For the entirety of the Teen Mom OG season that just concluded, Ryan Edwards insisted that he was sober. Right before the beginning of the season, he attended a short rehab program and was released early. He insisted that drug use was a thing of the past. As time goes on, it has become clear that this isn’t the case.
Ryan and his baby mama Maci Bookout faced off time and time again when Maci refused to let Ryan see his son. She informed him that the moment he could pass a drug test, she’d let him spend time with Bentley again… but Ryan was never able to produce clean results.
Ryan had a lot of vague claims about why he wouldn’t give his drug test results to Maci, and called her a liar on more than one occasion. In fact, things got so ugly that he refused to even appear on stage with Maci during the Teen Mom OG reunion. Just when fans were starting to question what was actually going on between the two, the truth came out: Ryan relapsed again in a very public way.
The news came out right at the end of the season of Teen Mom OG, contradicting months of Ryan claiming that he was sober.
According to a citation from Red Bank City Court in Tennessee and published by Radar Online, 30-year-old Ryan Edwards was pulled over at traffic stop because he had an expired tag in late April of 2018. However, police noticed something more than just a routine law violation. One officer noticed that Ryan had an open backpack in the passenger seat with hypodermic needles inside.
“I asked Edwards if he had any medical conditions and he replied, ‘No,’” the citation published by Radar reads. “I then asked why he had a hypodermic needle in his backpack and he replied, ‘I don’t know.’ I told them that the vehicle will be searched and he should inform me if there are more and Edwards replied, ‘Yes, probably.’”
Police searched the vehicle and found fourteen hypdoermic needles in Ryan’s possession. One of them was loaded with heroin, and there was also a “bag tied in the center console with a dark substance inside,” reports Radar. When the police officer asked what it was, Ryan seemed to be very aware of what was going on. He informed police officers, “It’s heroin and I have a problem.”
Officers also found two silver spoons with residue as well as a scale. Ryan was in possession of 1.8 grams of heroin, painting a very clear picture of the state of Ryan’s addiction.
Ryan wasn’t arrested, but he was issued a misdemeanor citation for simple possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ryan pled guilty and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail. However, his sentence was suspended for his payment of $750 and good behavior. Ryan was then ordered to take drug screenings for six months.
Even though this public drug bust shocked fans, it appears that it wasn’t the end of Ryan’s relapse. The source for this update is unexpected: it’s Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry!
Kailyn Lowry and her co-host Lindsie Chrisley often discuss Teen Mom updates on their podcast, Coffee Convos. Even though they often spend the time gossipping, his time, they shared a shocking update with fans.
“Someone sent us a message talking about how they spotted Ryan Edwards in Chattanooga,” Lindsie revealed during the show. “It’s this terrible photo. He did look like he was sleeping. Not quite sure what was going on there.”
The person who contacted them also gave a description of what Ryan looked like. “Ryan Edwards [was] so f**ked up in Chattanooga this weekend with Mackenzie and his parents that he could barely hold his head up,” Lindsie read from their contact. “Face was either in his hands or his eyes were rolled in the back of his head for the entire five hours.”
But the girls didn’t know exactly where it was that Ryan was spotted. “My first thought is it looked like church pews,” Kailyn reveals on the podcast. Lindsie’s take was that it looked to be in a “rustic” setting. “It could have been a restaurant… Why would you be in church for five hours?”
According to Radar Online, who viewed the photo of Ryan but did not release it, Ryan “could be seen sitting on a bench slouched over with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands. HIs eyes are closed, and he appeared to be sleeping.”