Maci Bookout lets go of any “hatred” she might have for her ex Ryan Edwards in Season 2 of MTV’s “Teen Mom Family Reunion.”
The reality TV veteran, 31 – who shares son Bentley, 14, with Edwards, 34 – tells Page Six during a virtual junket that she worked with life coach Dr. Cheyenne Bryant, aka “Coach B,” to lay the groundwork for a “better” co-parenting relationship.
“Honestly, the main thing that made it clearer was the work I had done on myself and processing my anger, my sometimes even hatred, just processing all of that and identifying what’s worth fixing. keep and what’s worth letting go,” explains Bookout.
“Getting to know the hard sides of me and Ryan’s relationship as co-parents makes it more comfortable for me, I’d say,” she explains. “Not easier, but maybe just a little more comfortable.”
The second episode of “Family Reunion” stars Bookout, Catelynn Lowell and Amber Portwood from “Teen Mom OG”, Briana DeJesus, Jade Cline and Ashley Jones from “Teen Mom 2” and Kayla Sessler and Kiaya Elliott from “Teen Mom Young & pregnant.”
Some of the cast’s own mothers come along for the ride, bonding with their celebrity daughters and using therapy techniques to solve persistent problems.
Sharon, Bookout’s mom, couldn’t make the trip to Oregon, giving the “Bulletproof” author more time to focus on mending her broken dynamic with Edwards.
The former couple, who made their reality debut in 2009’s “16 & Pregnant,” have faced a series of obstacles in the public eye over the past decade, including a broken engagement, Ryan’s apparent disinterest in fatherhood and his eventual battle with addiction.
In September, Bookout told Page Six that she and Ryan “are not in a relationship,” haven’t spoken in years, and didn’t even have each other’s cell phone numbers.
However, progress has been made since then.
“We have his phone number [now]’ she reveals. “But all the other details you’ll just have to wait and see.”
Bookout continues to tease: “Everyone will find out what the status of everything is during this season. But Coach B really helped because we were able to determine what role I played in the relationship or lack of relationship that Bentley and Ryan have.
While the mom-of-three — who also shares daughter Jayde, 7, and son Maverick, 6, with husband Taylor McKinney — hopes to facilitate more communication with Edwards, she’s relieved to be free from all obligations to do this on camera.
Edwards, who also shares young children Jagger and Stella with wife Mackenzie Standifer, was fired from “Teen Mom OG” — which has since been evolved into “Teen Mom: The Next Chapter” — in March 2021.
Standifer, 25, and Edwards’ parents, Jen and Larry Edwards, also got the boot.
Their departure came after a dramatic reunion battle involving Bookout, her husband, McKinney, 33, and Bentley’s paternal grandparents, which aired a month later.
“There was no way to create space or space for us to heal or move on or get over some things because we constantly have to talk over each other when we’re not even talking. until each other,” Bookout told Page Six earlier this year.
“What’s the point? So yeah, safe to say it’s a huge relief [that he’s not on the show].”
“Teen Mom Family Reunion” season 2 airs Tuesday, January 3 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.