The girls from Teen Mom are good at many things.
They’re good at creating reality show magic, and they’re good at writing memoirs.
Some of them have even tried to start music careers, and while none of those were actually good … well, it was nice that they tried.
But we can probably all agree that the area where the Teen Moms really excel is the baby-making area.
Because they have so. Many. Babies.
1. Sophia (Farrah Abraham and Derek Underwood)
2. Leah (Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley)
3. James (Amber Portwood and Andrew Glennon)
4. Emilee (Gary and Kristina Shirley)
5. Carly (Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra)
6. Nova (Catelynn and Tyler)
If you’re a fan of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, then you know that many of the people on the MTV reality shows have tattoos.
You also know that a lot of the tattoos …
… well, they aren’t that great.
Some are poorly done, some are kind of strange, and some are nightmarish and horrifying and just so completely, unbelievably bad.
So steady yourself, perhaps grab some smelling salts and some pearls to clutch, and let’s rank all the Teen Mom ink we can get our eyes on!
1. Amber’s Tattoo of Leah
3. Speaking of Embarrassing …
5. Why Though?
6. It’s Gary Time
We’ve seen some pretty wild Teen Mom feuds over the years.
But usually they involve someone who was mentally unstable from the very start, so it’s not surprising to see one of the combatants go nuclear on her co-star.
(Yes, we’re mostly talking about Jenelle Evans.)
Maci Bookout, on the other hand, has long been regarded as one of the most stable stars of the franchise.
So when she goes off on Mackenzie Standifer like she did this week, you can bet it was well-deserved.
Mack hes yet to fire back at Maci, but knowing her temper, that probably won’t be the case for much longer.
Folks, this situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.
Take a look:
1. Maci and Mack
2. Rock Bottom
3. Some Lowlights
4. The Calorie War
5. The Shade
6. Speaking Her Mind
In recent weeks, Ryan Edwards has gained a reputation as the worst dad in the Teen Mom franchise.
But now, Mackenzie Standifer is telling the world that he’s a better father than he appears to be on TV.
During an Instagram Q&A session earlier this week, Mackenzie defended Ryan’s parenting and attacked Maci Bookout’s approach to raising her son.
Topics of conversation included Maci pressuring Bentley to lose weight for wrestling, as well as Bookout’s newly-expired restraining order against Edwards.
Mackenzie usually doesn’t hold back in interviews, but this time, she really let Maci have it with both barrels.
And the result may be an ugly feud between Ryan’s ex and his current wife.
Take a look:
1. Mack Defends Her Man
2. Mack Stands Up
3. Perfect Timing
4. Dueling Parents
5. Throwing Shade
6. Shots Fired
Maci Bookout has a bit of explaining she needs to do.
On Tuesday night’s new episode of Teen Mom OG, the veteran cast member revealed that she had signed up her 11-year-old son for private wrestling lessons.
That’s no big deal on its own, of course.
“It’s been a great outlet for him,” Bookout said at one point on air, referring to the struggles Bentley has faced as the son of Ryan Edwards.
(Earlier this season, Edwards complained that Bentley doesn’t listen and blamed his ex for their son’s behavioral issues.)
However, viewers — even those who have supported Bookout through her battles against Edwards — came away from the installment afraid that Maci was taking Bentley’s new hobby way too seriously.
How else would they react after she discussed her kid’s”strict diet” that she said would help him to “achieve his goal” of making it to regionals?
In another scene, Maci told Bentley that he had “lost [his] mind” after he told her his mom he wanted grilled chicken for dinner.
“He weighs like 74-75 pounds so he’s on a very strict, good, healthy calorie diet,” Bookout said.
“Lots of water and workouts to actually cut out weight.”
This is not unusual for a high school or collegiate wrestler, of course. But for an 11-year old?!?
Bentley said he trying to eat only 1,000 calories a day as part of his training regimen, which is a frighteningly tiny amount for someone his age.
Later on the episode, Ryan and Bentley’s step-mother, Mackenzie Edwards, expressed concern over the the new eating habits, yet were mostly focused on the diet potentially causing him to be a “late-bloomer” in terms of his growth.
Viewers, meanwhile, were worried that Bentley would develop an unhealthy relationship with food.
One Instagram user remarked as follows on Bookout’s page:
“I am normally on the same page with you about so much – but the weight thing… I have a son the same age as Bentley and I could not imagine telling him it is okay to lose weight at his age.
“He’s a growing boy and his body needs those calories and nutrients. Let him be little. And let him have the damn chocolate milk.”
These days, due to Ryan’s history of drug and alcohol abuse, Bentley is only permitted to visit his dad under the supervision of Edwards’ parents, Jen and Larry.
A bulk of Maci’s storyline this season has centered on the well-being of the child, but only in terms of how Edwards treats him and how much time she’s allows Bentley to spend with his father.
This was the first time in awhile that Maci herself was questioned as a responsible parent.
“You are creating an eating disorder in that boy. Shame on your parenting. This episode just makes me so sick. He’s 11. No 11 year old should be on a diet,” screamed another critic on social media last night.
According to Maci, though, there’s a lot more to this story.
She says the episode wasn’t an accurate depiction of her parenting.
“In reference to tonight’s episode-I have never and will never convince Bentley to ‘cut’ weight,” she Tweeted.
‘After wrestling his first 2 tournaments in the 75lb class weighing in at 72-he came to me & said he wanted to wrestle at 70.
“I told him that’s fine, but you WILL NOT ‘cut’ weight.”
“I will lay out a healthy scheduled diet for u, u can eat salads, grilled chicken, veggies, good carbs-instead of pizza, Doritos & candy bars.”
“Through the season, he decided he didn’t like it – I told him that’s okay! U can go back to usual and wrestle at 75 which is what he did.”
Maci is no expert on this topic. Which she’ll admit.
However, the reality star added that she “grew up around the sport and [has] a bit of knowledge” on healthy and safe weight management.
What do you think? Is she taking it too far?
For a while there, it looked as though Ryan Edwards had finally managed to turn his life around.
Following numerous arrests and multiple stints in rehab, it appeared that Edwards had managed to get sober with the support of his long-suffering wife, Mackenzie Standifer.
Now, however, there’s reason to believe that Ryan has suffered yet another relapse.
Recent episodes of Teen Mom 2 have shown Maci Bookout alleging that Ryan is back on drugs.
In fact, Edwards’ ex claims that he was intoxicated when he showed up to their son Bentley’s recent birthday party.
The moment in question was captured by MTV cameras, and while fans were split on whether or not Ryan seemed high, Maci’s not taking any chances.
“Bentley’s birthday party was a couple weeks ago and I’m still concerned about Ryan’s sobriety,” Maci said in a voiceover during during a preview for clip for this week’s episode.
“But I only allow Bentley to see him when he’s with [his parents] Jen and Larry, so I know he’s safe.”
When Maci’s husband, Taylor McKinney, asked how she felt about the possibility that Ryan was on drugs at Bentley’s birthday party, she didn’t mince words.
“In my opinion, he was 100% not sober,” she said.
“He didn’t look good.”
“I wouldn’t call you crazy if you thought that,” Taylor replied.
“Part of that’s just because it’s happened so many times. It’s not a knock on him. You have to think that way because it’s your son.”
To their credit, while both Maci and Taylor are suspicious of Ryan, they’re also sympathetic, and they seem to genuinely want what’s best for him.
Maci stated that she hoped she was “wrong about Ryan,” leading Taylor to remark that it “feels like it’s one step forward, two steps backward” with regard to Edwards’ recovery efforts.
“That’s pretty much exactly what addiction and recovery is,” Maci observed.
“It’s always going to be this way, always.”
Throughout Ryan’s battle with addiction, Maci has taken an admirably enlightened view of her ex’s ailment.
She seems to understand that addiction is a medical issue, not a moral failing.
Furthermore, it appears that she genuinely wants her son to have a relationship with his father.
However, she knows that Bentley’s safety needs to come first, and at the moment, she can’t trust Ryan alone with the boy.
It’s a sad situation that will hopefully reach some sort of resolution soon.