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Earlier this week, Teen Mom OG star Maci Bookout was accused of lying to fans of the show in order to create a more dramatic storyline for herself for the show’s current season.
Eagle-eyed viewers claimed that the custody battle between Maci and Ryan Edwards had been faked for the cameras, and the exes had actually reached an amicable co-parenting arrangement.
Now, new evidence has emerged indicating that Ryan and Maci have, in fact, been sharing custody of their son Bentley for several months, all the while pretending to be at one another’s throats over the question of who will raise the boy.
According to the show, the timeline of Ryan and Maci’s custody battle goes something like this:
Back in June Ryan checked into rehab immediately after marrying Mackenzie Standifer.
He left treatment three weeks later, and immediately attacked Maci on social media with a vulgar meme.
Thus began one of the ugliest fights for custody in the illustrious history of the Teen Mom franchise.
Or so viewers have been led to believe…
The above image was posted in a Teen Mom message board on Reddit earlier this week.
The poster claims it offers conclusive evidence that Ryan and Maci are lying about the severity of their feud.
On the show, Maci and Bentley visited Ryan on Father’s Day at his parents’ house.
Ryan and Maci got into a fight; she left, and he supposedly didn’t see Bentley for several months afterward.
“Maci’s storyline this season is total BS,” the viewer wrote on Reddit.
“Go figure lol. Here are some pictures with dates proving that Bentley has been able to see his dad and grandparents regularly since July. Tomorrow’s episode takes place at the end of October where Ryan supposedly hasn’t seen him since Father’s Day.”
Yes, it does seem that either Ryan is posting old photos of himself with Bentley, or he’s lying about going several months without seeing his son.
The same viewer claimed that changes were made to Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra’s storyline in post-production.
Meanwhile, Maci has moved on to a dramatic storyline.
On a recent episode of the show Bookout revealed that she suffered a miscarriage, and thus, has concerns about getting pregnant again.
While the miscarriage took place several months ago, fans were not made aware of it until recently.
Watch Teen Mom OG online for more on Maci’s many struggles.
It’s been seven months since Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer’s first wedding, and there’s been no shortage of drama in the early days of their marriage.
(Case in point: Ryan and Mackenzie had to have a second wedding because he was so high for the first one that he passed out on the way to the church.)
Mackenzie once threatened to quit Teen Mom OG due to the constant criticism from fans on social media.
But like everyone else on the show, she keeps coming back for more punishment.
(Imagine you’re making six figures, and your biggest complaint about your job is that you have more Twitter haters than most people. Now it all makes sense, right?)
In fact, Mackenzie has basically doubled down on her commitment to the series.
These days, she’s not only featured on TMOG herself, she also has her son from a previous marriage appearing on the show.
And not surprisingly, Mackenzie’s baby daddy is less than thrilled with that development.
According to Radar Online, Hudson’s father, Zach Stephens, never agreed to allow his son to be on the show, and now, he’s doing everything he can to strip his son of custody rights.
“He’s not supposed to be on the show,” a source close to Mackenzie’s baby daddy Zach Stephens told Radar.
“She exploits her son for a paycheck.”
“She never has Hudson,” an insider told Radar.
“It’s her mom, Ryan’s mom Jen or Zach watching him. Zach doesn’t feel with her is where Hudson needs to be.”
The insider adds that Stephens “wants to take Hudson from [Mackenzie]” and plans to use footage shot by TMOG camera crews as evidence of abuse.
Stephens says that Hudson “can’t stand being there” when his mother is filming.
He also claims that Mackenzie regularly neglects her parental duties in order to focus on filming.
“She never has Hudson,” an insider told Radar.
“It’s her mom, Ryan’s mom Jen or Zach watching him. Zach doesn’t feel with her is where Hudson needs to be.”
Mackenzie responded to the claims in an interview with Radar.
She insists that her son actually enjoys his time on camera and appears on the show of his own volition.
“He hasn’t even made a dime so clearly he’s not on there for a paycheck,”
Well, most 4-year-olds aren’t overly focused on their bank accounts, so we suppose that’s not a big surprise.
Mackenzie’s story checks out, folks! Call off the investigation!
Watch Teen Mom OG online for more questionable parenting decisions.
Look, we all know that Mackenzie Standifer isn’t the most likable person on reality TV.
She might actually be the most hated person in recent Teen Mom OG history, which is really saying something.
After all, that’s the show that introduced us to Matt Baier.
(And no, we won’t ever forgive MTV for that.)
The hate for Mackenzie has been building and building for a while now, ever since she had what seemed to be a heartfelt conversation with Maci only to turn around and trash her in a conversation with Ryan and his parents.
That was bad, but things just kept getting worse and worse until the season finale, when Ryan thought it would be an OK idea to drive to his wedding while high.
It was his choice to do heroin and then get behind the wheel, obviously, but the issue that many took with Mackenzie was that once she realized something was wrong, she didn’t take charge of the situation.
Instead of insisting that Ryan pull over, she concerned herself with turning off the cameras in the car, and although she later claimed that that was the first time she noticed anything about his drug use, she was heard asking if he’d taken xanax “again.”
Then when they managed to make it to the wedding, she smiled throughout the ceremony, even while her new mother-in-law was crying and Ryan was nodding off behind his sunglasses.
It was pretty weird, to say the least.
But when she blamed every single thing on Maci during the reunion show, essentially telling her that it would have been her fault if anything had happened to him … that’s when the tides really began to turn against her.
During this new season of Teen Mom OG, Mackenzie’s been getting an awful lot of airtime, and frankly, none of it has made her look any better.
We saw her commit an extreme act of pettiness when she failed to invite Maci’s family to her second wedding to Ryan — and also when she addressed the invitation to Maci Bookout instead of Maci McKinney.
We saw her bash Maci time and time again, and for no real reason.
And then, in an add moment that didn’t have anything to do with Maci, we saw that she stayed at an apartment in Texas while Ryan spent three weeks there in rehab.
It seemed a little weird, because she wouldn’t be able to spend a whole lot of time with him anyway, and also because she has a young son, Hudson, back home in Chattanooga.
Why wouldn’t she stay with her son? And now that we’re talking about her son, why would she move her son in with a heroin addict she’d known for just a few months?
And what’s the deal with her custody agreement? She keeps insisting that she has full custody, but there was that change in the child support payments that got a lot of us confused.
There are a whole, whole lot of questions about Mackenzie, but it seems like today we have a couple of answers.
And they sure are interesting.
According to a source who spoke with Radar Online, Mackenzie’s first husband and the father of Hudson, Zach Stephens, is looking into getting full custody himself.
“He wants to take Hudson from her,” the source claims. “She never has Hudson. It’s her mom, Ryan’s mom Jen or Zach watching him.”
“Zach doesn’t feel with her is where Hudson needs to be.”
The insider even says that the boy “screams” when he has to go back to Mackenzie and Ryan’s house, because “he can’t stand being there.”
So that’s not great.
It’s hard to say if that last part is true — and if it is, then the situation at the Edwards’ home is even more upsetting than we imagined — but it’s easy to believe that Mackenzie’s ex would want to get custody of their son.
It’s pretty clear that she doesn’t make the most responsible choices, and if Ryan drove high once, it’s not a stretch to think that he could have done it with Hudson in the car.
And even if Hudson was never in the car with Ryan, he still lived with him. It makes sense that Zach could have an issue with everything.
What a mess, right?
Cue a meltdown from Mackenzie in 3, 2 …
When Jenelle Evans and David Eason got married back in September, some fans worried that David was unprepared for what was in store.
Now, it looks like those folks can rest easy, as it appears that David is every bit as volatile and drama-prone as his famously cantankerous wife.
Just like Jenelle, David had two children before he entered the relationship … and just like Jenelle, he’s constantly having his custody rights challenged by people who believe he’s an unfit parent.
Teen Mom 2 fans might be surprised to learn that David has a son named Kaden, as the 7-year-old has never appeared on camera and rarely shows up on David’s social media pages.
It turns out there’s a good reason for that:
David rarely has any contact with the boy.
That’s not by choice, it turns out, as David has now filed suit against Kaden’s mother, Olivia Leedham, alleging that she’s refusing to honor to allow him to visit with his son.
“Plaintiff has communicated to Defendant that she has unilaterally decided to cease any contact or communication between Defendant and the minor child,” read documents filed by David’s attorneys and obtained by Radar Online.
“Plaintiff has refused to allow the weekend and holiday visitation specified in the court order.”
Eason’s lawyers go on to accuse Leedham of attempting to sever the ties between her son and his father:
“Plaintiff does not support the importance of Defendant’s continuing presence in the minor child’s life and is not willing to create a positive environment for the minor child’s development by ensuring defendants continuing relationship with the minor child,” they claim.
It’s curious, of course, that Olivia and David didn’t seem to have any issues with custody or visitation during the first 6 years of Kaden’s life.
We’re not saying necessarily that Leedham has a problem with David’s marriage to Jenelle, but there’s no shortage of eviudence to support that theory.
When Jenelle attacked David’s sister, Jessica Miller, on social media last year, the reason for the seeming unprovoked barrage of insults was the fact that Miller had been hanging out with Leedham.
Yes, relations between Kaden’s mother and new stepmother are so rocky that the latter is going off on people simply being sociable with the former.
Again, we don’t know for sure that Olivia is keeping her son from David because she’s worried about the notoriously volatile Jenelle.
But we do know that no one would blame her if that were the case.
Watch Teen Mom 2 online for a reminder of just how unhinged Jenelle can be.
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The paternal grandmother of Jenelle Evans’ son Kaiser has been battling her for custody following an incident a few months back.
But will Doris Davidson, Nathan Griffith’s mom, prevail?
It’s been four months since Nathan Griffith’s mom launched her efforts to obtain custody of the boy following some disturbing allegations.
Davidson filed for emergency custody of Kaiser on September 1, stating that he was physically abused by Jenelle and David Eason.
Tales of Jenelle’s husband David mistreating Kaiser – ‘cause he looks like Nathan, some believe – have sadly been a recurring thing.
But Doris went into more detail, saying there are no “fit and proper persons to provide for the care custody and control of the minor child.”
Why? Doris claimed that when Jenelle gave birth to her third child, Ensley, in January 2017, “the newborn tested positive for marijuana.”
Not only that, she claims, but local officials “ecame involved due to Ensley testing positive for marijuana and opened an investigation.”
After that, Davidson states that both the Teen Mom 2 cast member and Ensley’s father, David, failed drug tests for marijuana.
Not only that, Kaiser’s grandma made some serious allegations of child neglect by Jenelle – involving both Kaiser and brother Jace.
Davidson claims that poor little Kai was sick early last year for several months, “but never seemed to get better every time he visited.”
She took him to a doctor herself, because she didn’t trust anyone else to, and he was prescribed a nebulizer to help with his congestion.
When Doris saw him again in a few weeks, “he was sick again with a runny nose and congestion” as Jenelle never used the treatment.
Moreover, Doris says “Jace and [Kaiser] were locked out of the house on a very hot day and not allowed back in for a very long time.”
She says she once drove up to the house to find Kaiser, then just two years old, playing completely unsupervised for a length of time.
Worst of all, she says there was another day last summer when Jace was “lost in the woods for two hours due to improper supervision.”
Despite all of that, we’re told by The Ashley’s Reality Roundup that Davidson is now attempting to work with Jenelle’s lawyer to mediate.
“Basically, Doris is backing down,” an insider says, and “Doris is hoping to get Jenelle to agree to make a schedule for Kaiser.”
Doris’ legal team is attempting to work things out with Jenelle and her attorneys via private mediation so they don’t have to go to court.
“Doris is trying to keep it out of the media I think,” the source added, in what would be a far too logical course of action for this crew.
We last saw Kaiser’s grandmother during the Teen Mom 2 reunion show after Jenelle and David stormed off the MTV set while filming.
Doris then told Dr. Drew, “I worked for youth services for 10 years, I worked for the state of Ohio for 31 years in different capacities.”
“I’ve seen abuse, I’ve seen children go through it, I know the red flags and I see red flags. They’re popping up everywhere.”
More bad news for the worst baby daddy in the Teen Mom franchise!
As you may have heard, Adam Lind has been arrested several times in the past few months in connection with a number of troubling incidents.
Chelsea Houska’s baby daddy stands accused of multiple acts of stalking, harassment, and domestic violence.
Needless to say, many fans have been curious as to what steps Chelsea is taking to protect 8-year-old Aubree, particularly following an incident in which Lind tested positive for methamphetamines just minutes before a scheduled visit with his other daughter from a different relationship.
The situation put Chelsea in a difficult position, as she hoped to protect her daughter, while at the same time allowing Aubree to maintain a close relationship with her father.
At first, she took steps to ensure Aubree’s safety–such as asking a judge to forbid Lind from driving with Aubree in the car–but did not request further limitations on Lind’s visitation and custody rights.
Now, it appears Chelsea has had a change of heart and decided that it’s simply not safe for Aubree to spend any time with Lind until he sobers up and gets his affairs in order.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online Lind will no longer be permitted to interact with Aubree, those his parents will still be allowed scheduled visits with their granddaughter.
“One weekend a month Aubree will be with his parents from Friday to Sunday. Adam may not be present when Aubree is with Donna,” reads a court document obtained by Radar Online.
The document states that Lind’s mother will also be permitted to have lunch with Aubree at her school every Tuesday.
The news comes on the heels of Chelsea’s decision to change Aubree’s name, reflecting both mother and daughter’s belief that Lind is no longer the central father figure in the girl’s life.
“Aubree is now Lind-DeBoer,” a previous court document states.
Those familiar with the case say acted Chelsea out of concern for her daughter’s safety.
The mother of two was said to be holding out hope that Lind would change his ways, but has now realized he’s making no effort to improve his behavior.
“He has the potential to be a good dad when there aren’t obstacles in his way,” a source tells Radar Online.
“At the end of the day all that matters though is his actions and his effort and it’s just not there. He only works on his cars and sleeps a lot.”
Watch Teen Mom 2 online to relive Chelsea and Adam’s tumultuous relationship.
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