Teen Mother: The Subsequent Chapter star Maci Bookout is opening up about ex Ryan Edwards‘ life in jail, months after he was arrested for violating his restraining order in opposition to estranged spouse, Mackenzie Edwards. In an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife, Maci additionally particulars how his relationship with their 14-year-old son Bentley has been affected by his current run-ins with the legislation. Clearly, Ryan has had many run-ins with the legislation through the years in relation to drug use, however this previous April, he was sentenced to 11 months in jail after he plead responsible to harassing his Mackenzie, and Maci decided to face by him — most notably, by not too long ago attending one among his court docket hearings pertaining to the matter.

Maci Bookout & Ryan Edwards (MTV)

“It was essential for me to indicate up and let Bentley see me present up for Ryan as a result of finally, you already know, on the finish of the day, it’s clearly nonetheless his dad,” Maci instructed us whereas selling the brand new season of Teen Mother: The Subsequent Chapter, which Ryan will seem in. “But in addition for Ryan, and Ryan’s dad and mom — all of us collectively are going by way of rather a lot with this complete state of affairs. Ryan made unhealthy choices, however on the finish of the day, his complete world has simply utterly fallen aside, and I simply wished him to know that simply because this has all occurred, it doesn’t imply I’m simply going to stop on him. However [it was] primarily for Bentley. I felt prefer it was essential for him to see me assist his dad.”

Maci additionally revealed that she and Bentley hear from Ryan typically. “He calls fairly often — a pair occasions per week,” she revealed. “He’s doing nearly as good as he might be. Some days are higher than others, and he’s had some tough patches of simply melancholy and all of the issues. I imply, I’ve by no means been to jail, however I can solely think about what that’s like. However he’s doing good.”

Clearly, all through Ryan’s time on 16 & Pregnant, in addition to varied Teen Mother spinoffs, he was typically seen partaking in nasty fights with Maci and never being current when it got here to elevating their son collectively. He was arrested in 2017 for heroin possession after which checked himself into rehab months later. Sadly, he was taken into custody once more one 12 months later, after violating his probation. And Ryan’s troubles didn’t finish there — he was arrested once more in January 2019 for heroin possession and theft, and was later fired from the Teen Mother franchise in March 2021.

Ryan Edwards’ newest mug shot. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Workplace / SplashNews)

Ryan not too long ago began filming for Teen Mother once more, and can briefly seem within the new season of Subsequent Chapter. However in March 2023, Ryan was charged with stalking. Simply days after Mackenzie filed for divorce and acquired a restraining order in opposition to him, following six years of marriage, he violated that order by sending her a sequence of textual content messages. Based on court docket docs, she filed the restraining order as a result of he allegedly held her by her “neck to the wall”, threw her “down within the hallway and stated he couldn’t have her nobody might,” and “opened [his] pocket knife” and put it to her “again like he was going to kill” her. Ryan ultimately plead responsible and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail. He was then released from prison on July 14 after serving three months, and was despatched to a rehab facility.

Surprisingly, Maci says Ryan’s relationship has improved with Bentley since he went to jail. She defined, “[Their relationship is] fairly good. Taylor [McKinney] and I sort of got here to the belief a pair weeks in the past that we really feel like he communicates extra constantly proper now with Bentley than earlier than, simply so far as calling and speaking to him and stuff like that. So the silver lining I suppose is it — despite the fact that it’s sort of been a s*** present — it’s sort of been like a blessing in disguise.”

Aisde from Bentley, Ryan additionally shares a son, Jagger, 4, and daughter, Stella, 3, with Mackenzie.

Teen Mother: The Subsequent Chapter returns with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, July 19 at 8pm ET/PT on MTV.

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