‘Teen Mom OG’: Are Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer Broke?
From Farrah Abraham to Amber Portwood, Teen Mom OG has seen plenty of drama over the years. And while Maci Bookout is one of the more level-headed stars of the show, we can’t forget about the controversy caused by her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Edwards. Edwards was originally featured on 16 and Pregnant when Bookout was pregnant with their son, Bentley. Today, Edwards is on and off the show, and his storyline with wife Mackenzie Standifer is featured.
Questions have come up regarding Edwards and Standifer’s financial state, especially since the two have left the show and then rejoined the cast. Is the couple doing with money? Here’s what we know.
Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer quit Teen Mom OG last year
While Standifer is a relative newcomer to the Teen Mom OG community, Edwards has been on the network since before Teen Mom even started. While the focus for Bookout’s storyline has been about her family, her relationship, and her kids, MTV chose to follow Edwards’ controversies heavily. Edwards has been arrested three times and is also known for his addiction troubles. And it seems his edit with the show is part of the reason he and Standifer chose to leave Teen Mom behind in 2018.
As Standifer told E! News back in July 2018, “We’re not returning to Teen Mom this season. The network told us they don’t want to show Ryan as a recovering addict.” Since she was pregnant with their first child together at the time, she also added, “But they did want to enter a contract with our unborn baby and have the baby film with Ryan’s parents so it would look like someone else is raising it.”
Edwards wrote his own message on Instagram about leaving the show, too. “They don’t want to show me or Mack in a happy light or that I am active in my recovery. I AM. They want me to look angry, passive aggressive and uncaring regarding things that mean the most to me. I’m done taking their s*** and letting the world believe this by standing up for myself,” he wrote.
They’re now expecting another baby together
While it was certainly bold of Edwards and Standifer to originally leave Teen Mom behind, they might be missing the paycheck. Now, the couple is expecting another baby while their first baby together, Jagger, is just 8 months old. Standifer announced on Instagram, “Baby Girl Edwards is coming in January!” with a pink bow.
While this is only Edwards and Standifer’s second child together, the couple still takes care of Bentley from Edwards and Bookout’s relationship and Standifer’s child from her previous relationship, too. And while this is exciting news, it could be putting extra financial stress on the couple. Not only that, but Edwards recently got out of jail for the third time this past April, People reminds us. We’re not sure if Edwards’ arrests have caused an even bigger financial burden for the family, but being away definitely means he wasn’t able to work during that time period.
Are they totally out of money now?
We know Edwards and Standifer are back on the show — and it turns out their decision might be money-related. A source told Radar Online, “They went through all their money. That is the only reason they continue to film.” Not only that, but the publication notes Standifer has been working twice weekly at her father’s insurance company. And they’re allegedly living with Edwards’ parents to save money as well.
It appears fans can expect to see Edwards and Standifer on the show until they get enough money to make it on their own again, though the expense of another child might keep them on Teen Mom for quite some time. We’re hoping the couple’s finding a way to gain financial stability — and in the meantime, fans look forward to the arrival of baby Edwards in 2020.
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