Maci Bookout (born August 10th, 1991) grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was the first teen to appear on MTV’s then new show called 16 and Pregnant, which aired on June 11, 2009. She gave birth to her son, Bentley Cadence Edwards on October 27th, 2008.
She quickly became one of the most popular girls from the series, and was cast as one of the four teens for MTV’s spin-off show called Teen Mom. Her southern charm, solid family and then boyfriend Ryan Edwards launched Maci Bookout from just one of the teen moms to a household name by the end of the first season.
The ability for girls to relate to her struggles as a young mother, failing relationship, and aspiring independence made her wildly popular with fans of the show, and has helped launch her public speaking career in addition to a rumored spin-off when the first edition of Teen Mom ends this summer.
16 & Pregnant
Maci Bookout was the first teen to appear on the new show called 16 and Pregnant that documented the lives of young mothers as they deal with the stress of having a baby before the age of 18. At the time of airing her episode, she was pregnant from her then fiancé Ryan Edwards, and gave birth to her son Bentley Cadence Edwards. The episode shows the struggle of a relationship that begins to drift apart after the birth of their son, in addition to Maci’s enrollment at a local community college.
Teen Mom Season 1
The story for Maci Bookout on Teen Mom season 1 continued where 16 & Pregnant left off. The young mothers difficult time trying to balance school, raising a child, and her relationship with Ryan Edwards. As the season progresses, Maci grows into her role as a mother, but her relationship with Ryan cannot be saved and they eventually split up midway through the season. This leads to new difficulty in Maci’s life as she realizes not only does she have to balance being a mother with school, but she needs to do it as a single mother.
Teen Mom Season 2
Months have gone by since the filming of season 1, and Maci Bookout is now ready to move on from her relationship with Ryan Edwards. This results in quite a few awkward moments for the pair as they then realize that new people will have a hand in raising their son Bentley. Maci becomes quite upset with the way Ryan handled introducing his new girlfriend, while at the same time starting one of her own with an old friend Kyle King.
Tensions raise as Ryan becomes aware that Kyle and Maci have become closer than friends, and has plenty of uncomfortable run-ins with her new boyfriend. Maci tries to juggle her long distance relationship, custody battles, college and raising Bentley.
Teen Mom Season 3
Still with her new boyfriend, Kyle King, Maci Bookout allows him to move in with her in order to help pay for the bills, but she still has to deal with the trips back to Chattanooga to drop Bentley off at his father Ryan’s house. This pushes Maci to the breaking point and she ends up moving back home, while Kyle decides to join her in the move and the pair end up living much closer to family.
The custody battle with Ryan is still ongoing as he tries to set some legal groundwork for visitation rights moving forward which results in some heated exchanges throughout the season.
Maci Bookout ended her relationship with ex-fiancé Ryan Edwards in the first season of Teen Mom, and she since moved on to her former friend Kyle King. The pair lasted a few years, but have broken up in February 2012. A month later she was reportedly dating motocross rider Kyle Regal, but she denied those rumors. Since the denial, Maci ended up admitting that the two are a pair and are still together.
Update 5/20 – Kyle and Maci have broken up, so ignore the photo above
Maci Bookout is well known for her tattoos on her back, and soon to be arm. She spoke about the meaning of some of her tattoos to Starcasm, and here is what she has:
- Piece of paper – (aka the declaration of independence). This is where most of the tattoos take place, and it contains various quotes.
- Bullet Proof – (top right shoulder). This is because she can withstand anything thrown at her, and is also going to be the title of her new book.
- Bentley Cadence – (lower left back). Her sons name
- Bookout – (inside the paper). Her last name is written with 3 cupcakes representing the O’s. Each for her mother, father and brother. The U is her zodiac and T is a lightning bolt.
- Learn to feel – (front to back rib). Not entirely sure the meaning of this, unless she wants people to feel her chest and back which I’m sure many guys won’t mind.
She also has a heart tattoo on her left shoulder, and is working on a sleeve tattoo. I’m not sure the significance of either, but will update this when I find out.
Ryan Edwards has also moved on from Maci Bookout, and after rumors of him dating various women, he has since settled down with girlfriend Dalis Connell. The two broke up briefly in May 2012, but got back together a day later.