Teen Mom OG Star Maci Bookout has finally spoken out about Ryan Edwards’ most recent arrest, and how his legal troubles are affecting their 9-year-old son, Bentley. She recently appeared on Kailyn Lowry’s Coffee and Convos podcast, and she said it is a “crappy situation for everyone.”
“I’ll be honest, I have no idea what state he’s in because he’s not allowed to be around any of us. He can’t just be in the same location as me and the family. So, I have no idea. He’s not allowed to contact us or anything like that. But I mean, he did get arrested, I don’t know … I mean, I do know why, but I don’t want to say,” said Bookout.
She added that she feels safer when Edwards is in jail because she knows he isn’t out driving around and doing something that could hurt an innocent person.
Police booked Edwards in Red Tank, Tennessee on July 23rd after he violated his probation from a previous heroin possession charge. They released him a week later, and he is required to complete five public work days and six months of probation by October first.
The July arrest sent Edwards to jail for the second time this year for violating his probation. The first happened in March, which was the same month that Bookout and her husband Taylor McKinney filed orders of protection against Edwards.
The court ended up granting the couple and their two children — Jayde, 3 and Maverick, 2 — two-year restraining order against Bookout’s baby daddy.
Even though there has been a lot of drama between Bookout and Edwards, she told Lowry that she only wishes him the best because he is Bentley’s dad. She explained that Bentley is almost ten, and she isn’t sure how much time Edwards can make up, adding that no one wants to tell their kid that something terrible has happened to their parent, but her son understands.
Bookout said she also fills her son in on what is going on with Edwards, but Bentley doesn’t ask questions because this is the way things have always been. He knows nothing different.
Bookout says that she still works with Edwards’ parents, Jen and Larry, so that Bentley can have a relationship with his dad’s family. She says that anytime things have gotten really bad, her son’s main concern is that he is able to spend time with his grandparents.
She says she is not always going to get along or agree with Jen and Larry, but it is important that they do a good job of making sure Bentley gets to spend time with them and to keep that aspect of his life normal.
When it comes to Edwards’ pregnant wife, Mackenzie Standifer, Maci Bookout says she isn’t interested in having a relationship with her. But maybe when the baby comes, that will change because he will be Bentley’s brother.
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