Teen Mom’s Maci Wants to “Let Go” of Anger Towards Ex Ryan

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In the Jan. 30 episode of Teen Mom: Family Reunion, Maci Bookout expressed her hopes to get rid of any animosity towards ex Ryan Edwards: “I want to let go.”

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Ever since appearing on 16 and Pregnant in 2009, Maci Bookout McKinney has documented her complicated relationship with ex Ryan Edwards. Now, as the pair struggles to co-parent their 14-year-old son Bentley, Maci is hoping to make a change.

“I want to let go of the anger I have towards Ryan,” Maci told life coach Dr. Cheyenne Bryant on the Jan. 31 episode of Teen Mom: Family Reunion. “But I don’t feel like I’m angry for myself. I feel like I’m angry for Bentley so I’m not sure I can bury that.”

As Maci looked back on the times Bentley had “wanted to throw in the towel” and give up on his relationship with his father, she expressed feelings of guilt for not picking a better partner. 

“I feel like because of my choice in relationships, it just hurts everybody,” Maci said through tears. “Everybody that loves me hurts because of it.”

Maci’s candor came as the Teen Mom cast participated in a group exercise, where they were asked to bury the hatchet by writing down any issues they want to say goodbye to.

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“I wrote unrealistic expectations,” Maci said, “and animosity towards Ryan.”

Back in December, Maci shared an update on her co-parenting relationship with her ex.

“I hope to play a better role, a more positive role, a more supportive role in the relationship that Ryan and Bentley want to have, moving forward,” she exclusively told E! News. “For a long time, I didn’t really understand how I played a part in it.”

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After working with Dr. Cheyenne, Maci said she was able to work on herself and get to place where she felt “confident and comfortable in moving forward in the attempt to try to better co-parent.”

“I’m really proud of myself because it was not easy,” Maci continued. “We’re still taking steps in the right direction, but I think just maintaining the natural progression and not forcing things is the way to go, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”

Teen Mom: Family Reunion airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on MTV.

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