Fans of MTV’s Teen Mom OG got the chance to see some of Mackenzie McKee’s story play out this past season. The former 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom 3 star returned for a few episodes of Teen Mom OG after Amber Portwood’s arrest for suspected domestic violence in July.
Since her days on 16 and Pregnant, fans have seen the mom of three struggle to maintain a rock-solid relationship with the father of her children, Josh McKee. Josh and Mackenzie have been together for around a decade now and married for six years, but recent cheating accusations and other marital stressors culminated in a separation.
Josh and Mackenzie separated amid stress and infidelity accusations
Josh and Mackenzie McKee announced their separation in August. As reported by The Hollywood Gossip, Mackenzie took to Twitter on Aug. 16 to announce her separation from Josh, whom she married back in 2013.
“My heart breaks for my kids. But as of right now, this is what’s best,” she shared, before referring to herself as “single” on both Twitter and Instagram.
Mackenzie posted about her marital troubles in the subsequent months, saying that she had filed for divorce and admitting that they both hadn’t done right by each other over the years. She also shared that both of them had been unfaithful and that they needed a “fresh start.”
On Sept. 26, Mackenzie wrote on Twitter, “If I was ever dumb enough to be with Josh. He has to start from scratch.. fight for me, ask me to be his gf, propose, then [sic] marry me. And if that’s another man first then [sic] that’s how it was supposed [sic] to be.”
It turns out that Mackenzie’s requirements for her ex-husband became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Fans wondered if the McKees were back together after a cuddly Instagram photo
Earlier this week, the McKees raised eyebrows (and sparked rumors) when Mackenzie posted a snuggly photo of the couple on a night out. She shared one photo of the pair kissing, and another of them holding hands.
Mackenzie captioned the cute snaps “Best friends forever,” leading fans to wonder whether this was a publicity stunt, a real reunion, or simply an attempt at friendly co-parenting.
The couple made amends at a recent marriage retreat
Shortly after Mackenzie shared the cozy snapshots with her ex-husband, Josh took to Instagram to announce that the pair had reunited. Next to a photo of himself kissing his wife passionately, Josh wrote, “God works in mysterious ways…We went to a marriage encounters program, which is a Christian based organization.”
He added that he’d had a transformative experience with his wife as well as individually at the faith-based retreat. “It was an awesome experience, the structure of the program was amazing and every lesson/segment makes the couples realize why they got married in the first place,” he gushed.
He continued, “It’s not easy and the journey might get a little rocky but grounding your marriage in God makes your relationship become closer.”
Josh concluded his account of the retreat by describing a religious experience he had: “The second day we were there we had a little exercise and at the end we were dismissed to go back to our room or we could stay and have a couple come pray with us and that night I asked God to fully come into my life and that alone was worth attending….”
For her part, Mackenzie wrote on Twitter that God had “saved” her husband. She added of her complicated love story with Josh: “When people tell me they are confused about my story. Sis I’m confused too how am I supposed to make sense [sic] of it to you.”
Josh McKee asked his wife to marry him…again
On Oct. 24, it looks like the McKees reunited again permanently. Mackenzie shared photos of herself in a floral maxi dress in a picturesque setting in the woods, accepting a single red rose and a ring from a suited-up Josh going down on one knee.
Mackenzie raved about her brand-new re-engagement, writing, “This man…. I will never forget my 25th birthday. 6 hours of opening up clues and going on a scavenger hunt. Even putting on a dress you picked out.”
The bride (or bride-to-be?) seemed to embrace the couple’s renewed connection wholeheartedly, writing, “I still can’t believe the work God has done. My ring is beautiful and I choose you over and over. Here’s to new beginnings in Christ.”
The Teen Mom OG cast member also pushed back at critics and skeptics with the hashtag, “You don’t have to understand our love story.”