I’ve received a lot of requests for a brief update on all of the 16 & Pregnant girls. Some of you had favorites from each season that didn’t go on to Teen Mom spinoffs, and you’ve been searching for answers on where they’re at now. I’m here to help as much as I can.
This post will cover all of the girls from 16 & Pregnant’s first season, which aired in 2009. While not a ton of information is available on each girl, I’ll do my best to provide as much as I can. I am planning on posting about a new season each week, which means we’ll have something to talk about in the moments that are a little slower.
1. Maci Bookout
Maci was a teen from Tennessee when we met her back in 2009. She was pregnant with her son Bentley, and was dealing with issues in a relationship with boyfriend, Ryan Edwards. Since Maci’s episode finished, she went on to film 4 seasons of Teen Mom. Maci dated around, and eventually settled down with Taylor McKinney. Taylor is from Texas, but moved to Tennessee to be with Maci and Bentley this summer. Maci recently announced her second pregnancy, and is due with a baby girl in June of 2015. Maci’s story will be followed more closely on an upcoming season of Teen Mom, which is set to air early next month.
2. Farrah Abraham
Farrah, a teen from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was pregnant with her deceased boyfriend’s baby. She gave birth to daughter, Sophia, on the first season of 16 & Pregnant. After her episode finished, she was chosen to participate in Teen Mom for 4 seasons. After Farrah’s time with MTV was over, she got into some trouble. She had a DUI arrest, and starred in 2 adult films. She eventually moved to Austin, Texas, and began making appearances around the country at gentlemen’s clubs. Farrah will not be returning for a 5th season of Teen Mom, but has locked in appearances on E! Network’s Botched, and she also has a role in a low-budget horror film. Farrah is currently dating a new guy named Simon.
3. Amber Portwood
Amber was pregnant with boyfriend Gary Shirley’s child when we first met her. The couple struggled to make things work, and ended up splitting up after the birth of their daughter, Leah. Amber was chosen for Teen Mom, and will be returning for a 5th season of the show in February. During her filming for Teen Mom, Amber struggled with pain pill addiction, and ended up going to rehab a couple of times, having a suicide attempt, and ultimately served about 18 months of her life in prison. Amber has made a pretty good recovery, and seems to remain positive on social media accounts. Amber has recently published a book titled, “Never Too Late” which shows her story of addiction in a new light. She is working on regaining formal custody of her daughter. Amber is currently dating a guy who is allegedly a huge Teen Mom fan, but things seem to be going well for them, and they keep their drama off of the Internet, so I’m hoping things keep going like they are.
4. Ebony Rendon
Ebony was a 17 year old from Colorado when we met her on season 1 of 16 & Pregnant. She and boyfriend Josh struggled with the fact that when they had a child together, both of them couldn’t join the Air Force. The couple welcomed their daughter, Jocelyn, and later went on to get married. Josh was enlisted in the military and the couple lived on base, which has strict filming policies. This is a main reason that they were not chosen for Teen Mom. The couple found out that they were pregnant in 2011, but the pregnancy ended in miscarriage. This miscarriage caused Ebony to spiral into depression and self-medication. Eventually, CPS came and raided the Rendon household and found unsuitable living conditions for Jocelyn. The couple ended up losing custody for over 6 months. During the time they were without Jocelyn, they conceived again, and later welcomed their second daughter, Jayda, into the world. Since this happened, Ebony and Josh have divorced and Ebony has taken a new route in her life. Ebony came out as bisexual after her split from Josh, and she is dating a woman named Judith that she met during high school. Apparently there was always chemistry there, but Ebony ended up pregnant and Judith was in a different relationship. Things seem to be in place for Ebony at this point in her life, and as far as we can tell, she has primary custody of both Jocelyn and Jayda.
5. Whitney Purvis
Whitney Purvis was a 16 year old from Georgia when we met her. She and boyfriend, Weston Gosa, welcomed Weston Jr. during her episode of 16 & Pregnant. Since filming ended, Whitney has had a few arrests, including one incident where she was caught stealing a pregnancy test from Walmart. Whitney did get pregnant again, and she and Weston welcomed their second child, River, into the world in October of 2014. Whitney’s oldest son suffers from a genetic disease called alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency. This disease effects the lungs and liver, and can sometimes lead to shortened life expectancy. Whitney revealed later that she has a 70% chance of out-living her oldest son. As far as we know, the couple’s second child does not have the genetic disorder, but he is still relatively young and there’s always the possibility for diagnosis later in life.
6. Catelynn Lowell
Catelynn Lowell and boyfriend, Tyler Baltierra, chose adoption for their daughter Carly when they were only 16 years old. The couple went on to be filmed for Teen Mom, but struggled with putting their child up for adoption. They ended up getting engaged during Teen Mom, but called the engagement off shortly before appearing on VH1’s Couples Therapy. Catelynn and Tyler are filming with MTV for a 5th season of Teen Mom, and their story line will focus mainly on their second pregnancy. The couple revealed in February 2014 that they were trying to conceive, and less than 2 months later, rumors started swirling that they had gotten pregnant. The couple confirmed rumors and ended up welcoming their daughter, Novalee Reign Baltierra, into the world earlier this month. Pictures of Nova haven’t surfaced yet, but we can expect to see them within the next couple of weeks. Rumor has is that Novalee’s name came straight from the 2000 film titled “Where The Heart Is” which features the struggles surrounding a pregnant woman who is ditched in a Walmart parking lot by her boyfriend, and ends up living at Walmart and delivering her child there.