For the first time since Ryan Edwards’ arrest on July 23, Maci Bookout-McKinney is speaking out and opening up about the impact is has on their son, Bentley.
The Teen Mom OG star talked to Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry on her podcast Coffee Convos about the whole ordeal saying, “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,” she explained about her lack of communication with Edwards. “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.”
Edwards was arrested on July 23 for violating probation regarding a previous heroin possession charge and remained in jail for a week before he was released. Edwards later opened up about the arrest to explain it was not drug related and he is not still using. He was pulled over for speeding and it came up that he had not completed his community service within the allotted time which he called a “misunderstanding.”
“I feel better that he is in jail because I know he’s safe there, if that makes sense,” Bookout told Lowry and cohostLindsie Chrisley. “I know he’s not driving around. He’s not doing something that could potentially hurt him or an innocent person. So it sucks, crappy situation for everyone.”
“It’s Bentley’s dad,” she explained. “Although Bentley’s about to be 10, I’m not sure how much time [Ryan] can make up now, but still, I mean, no one ever wants to tell their child that something terrible has happened to their parent. … [He] understands. He doesn’t ever ask questions. We fill him in on what’s going on and as sad as it is, the reason he doesn’t ask questions is because it’s kind of just always been.”
“Any time anything has ever gone on that’s really bad, his main concern is being able to spend time with his Mimi and Papa,” she said. “So, Taylor and I, and Jen and Larry, always just make sure to … for us to always be … I mean we’re not always going to get along or agree with each other, but the four us do a really good job of making sure that everything is good for Bentley and that Bentley still gets to spend time with them and in that aspect everything is normal for Bentley because again, that is what he’s used to, is being able to see Jen and Larry.”
Maci also opened up about her non-relationship with Edwards’ pregnant wife Mackenzie Standifer and the impact that has on Bentley.
“I mean, maybe when the baby comes?” she added. “Me and Taylor have talked about this — it’s gonna be tough when the baby is born because just like Jayde and Maverick, Hudson [Standifer’s son from a previous relationship] is his stepbrother, this baby is going to be his half-brother, and we don’t like to say ‘step’ or ‘half.’ It’s brother, sister, brother, sister, so it will be I think a struggle to try to find a way to make sure that no matter what’s going on with Ryan, that Bentley has a relationship with his brother — both brothers, Hudson and the new baby.”