He wants his son back!
When Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards first found out they were going to be having a son, they probably never expected things to turn out the way they did. When they’re son arrived, they tried their best to make their relationship work… but as we’ve seen time and time again on Teen Mom, just because you have a child with someone doesn’t mean that you’re meant to be with them for the rest of your life. True, Maci and Ryan probably never foresaw their eventual breakup, but one thing that was almost definitely off their radar was Ryan’s eventual decline into drug addiction.
Ryan’s dependency on drugs was something that was swept under the rug by many who knew him, and it wasn’t until recently that he publicly acknowledged his problem. As we all know, though, acknowledging the problem isn’t a magic fix that makes it go away. After going through rehab, Ryan is still struggling with addiction, and it’s affecting his relationship with his son and baby mama.
Recently, Maci banned Ryan from seeing their son until he could pass a drug test. Now, the moment of truth is here: Ryan is taking a follicle test to prove that he’s clean — but even he isn’t very confident that he’ll pass.
Teen Mom OG is coming back for its seventh season next Monday (Nov. 27), which means we’re about to get updates on all of the drama between the original cast and their baby daddies. Even though many fans are excited to see what Maci Bookout and her husband Taylor McKinney have been up to with their three children, there’s a part of Maci’s storyline that brings up more concern. In a word, that would be: Ryan.
It’s difficult to be the best father you can be even when things are good, but if you’re battling your own demons, it’s an even bigger struggle. Ryan has proved that time and again. As he works to bring himself out of addiction, he’s been attempting to balance his new wife Mackenzie and his son Bentley. It’s proving to be a difficult task for the star.
Although Maci has shared that she wants Ryan to be a positive figure in Bentley’s life, it’s understandable that she doesn’t want Bentley to see Ryan at his lowest point. In fact, Maci recently told Ryan that if he can’t pass a drug test while she’s there, he won’t be able to spend time with Bentley.
Tired of Waiting
Now, in a new preview of the upcoming Teen Mom OG season, it’s clear that the mother-of-three puts her money where her mouth is. Ryan discusses his drug test with Mackenzie Standifer, with whom he recently tied the knot.
“I took a hair follicle test… out of my own pocket just to see what happens. To see if I can pass one yet or not,” he told Mackenzie. But Ryan isn’t exactly optimistic. “I don’t have my hopes up,” he revealed. “It just stays in your hair a lot longer.”
Mackenzie tells him she’s proud that he took the step, and Ryan explains his motivation is all about his son. “I’m just so tired of waiting to see Bentley, you know?” he says.
Time will tell whether or not Ryan will get access to his son back, but if there’s one thing we know about Maci Bookout, it’s that she’s unflinching when it comes to rules — so if Ryan fails the test, he may have to keep waiting to see his son.
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