From 16 and Pregnant to Teen Mom OG, we've watched Maci Bookout expand her family right in front of our very eyes. Yet despite knowing nearly all there is to know about the reality star, fans can't help but point out something seemingly odd about her son Bentley — whom she shares with her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Edwards.
According to diehard TMOG conspiracy theorists, the nine-year-old looks more like Maci's ex, Kyle King, than Ryan. In other words, they don't think Ryan is his father. Wait — what?! Maci and her former flame called it quits in 2012 — although they knew each other in high school — after it was revealed that he had cheated on her. Now, some people have gone as far as putting side-by-side comparisons of the two on social media.
"YoOOoo…. Didnt Larry say everyone was [sic] going to know the truth about Maci?" one person wrote on social media. "Ryan started crying. Everyone watching was confused? This sums it up for me." Another chimed in, "Side-by-side pictures isn't enough proof to call him his real dad. If the DNA test came back to be Kyle's kid, I'm sure he would've wanted some type of custody." A third added, "I would too rather than have my child be the son of someone doped up on drugs with an insane wife. Hell, Kyle treated him more like a son than Ryan ever had. They were cute together the bond they had."
Ryan’s battle with addiction became a huge plot point on the MTV show, and we're finally getting more information about the extent of his struggle. The reality star reached a new low when he got behind the wheel of a car while seemingly intoxicated. The incident, which was caught on camera, served as a catalyst for him to get help.
Maci had expressed concern over his prolonged addiction issues for a while. In an episode from last season, Maci talked to a specialist about how she should handle the problem. "I'm not really sure exactly what it is that he’s using," she said on the phone. "Sometimes he’ll fall asleep while you're trying to have a conversation with him, or he’s extremely wide-eyed and he doesn't look right."
These days, the 26-year-old has settled down with Taylor McKinney and they have two children together, Jayde, 2, and Maverick, 1. Although it would make for a more interesting storyline for Maci — let's be honest, hers can be a little boring sometimes! — we just ain't buying it.
Teen Mom OG airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on MTV.
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Watch the clip below to hear Maci comment on Bentley's paternity!