Over the years, the Teen Mom franchise has shown us just about every kind of dysfunctional relationship imagoinable.
And while there might be worse couples in the annals of the show’s history (we’re looking at you, Jenelle Evans and David Eason!) it’s possible that no set of Teen Mom exes despises one another as intensely as Ryan Edwards and Maci Bookout.
The parents of 12-year-old have gone through many ups and downs over the years, but it seems they’re now at their lowest point to date.
In fact, these days, Ryan’s not even allowed to see Bentley.
The decision to strip Edwards of visitation rights clearly pains Maci almost as much as it does Ryan, but Bookout clearly felt that she was left with no options.
She’s encouraged Bentley’s dad to work his way back into the boy’s life offering a deal in which Ryan could go to therapy with his son and thereby regain visitation rights.
But it seems that Ryan has no interest in that deal.
This all comes oh the heels of several years in which Ryan’s drug addiction and problems with the law put his familt — and his son in particular — through a living hell.
Teen Mom fans who might have been inclined to give Edrwards the benefit of the doubt shortly after he got clean are now coming around to the realization that his addiction was just one of many problems.
And now, they’ve started digging into his past to find new reasons to dislike the 33-year-old father of three.
Not surprisingly, they didn’t have to dig very far.
In fact, one of the grossest facts of Ryan’s sordid life has been hiding in plain sight all this time:
Maci became pregnant with Bentley when she was just 16 years old.
Ryan — the man who impregnated her — was 20 at the time of conception.
This should have been obvious, as Ryan is four years older than Maci, but it’s the sort of thing that many Teen Mom fans simply didn’t think about … until now, that is.
The age difference was never addessed on the show, but fans are now taking to Reddit to discuss the very strange — and possibly criminal situation — and address that MTV would probably shine a flattering spotlight on such a relationship in 2021.
“Thanks for giving me another reason to find Ryan gross,” one redditor wrote.
“I hate this so much. I’m from the same area as them, and it’s sadly ‘normalized’ for older boys to date younger girls like they did, especially in the early 2000s,” another added.
“I had no idea? This makes me think even worse about this jerk off,” a third chimed in.
Even though doing so probably landed us on a government watchlist, we looked it up, and it turns out the age of consent in Tennessee is a nauseating 13.
What in the actual f–k, Tennessee?
Anyway, that means that what Ryan did wasn’t illegal, but it was still very, very disturbing.
We don’t care what the law says — a 20-year-old hooking up with a 16-year-old is 4 million kinds of wrong, and if, for somr reason, you needed another reason to hate Ryan, you definitely have one now.
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