TEEN Mom dad Ryan Edwards and his wife Mackenzie are in a “happy place” years after his drug arrests and cheating scandals.
Ryan, 33, and Mackenzie, 24, got married in 2017 and share children Jagger, 2, and Stella, 1, as well as Bentley, 12, and Hudson, 7, from previous relationships.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the former Teen Mom OG stars revealed how their marriage is today after overcoming hardship.
Ryan told The Sun: “My relationship with her is great, we’ve been married almost five years now.”
Mackenzie added: “We are in a happy place at the moment. Nobody is saying that we haven’t made mistakes, because we have. But I’m not going to harp over them or live in sadness or shame over the past five years.
“People can say that it’s embarrassing and that I have no dignity and that I’m a horrible person, they can say everything they want to say, that’s fine. But at the end of the day we are allowed to grow and we are allowed to change and we are allowed to evolve as human beings. I don’t know what else you could ask for other than someone trying to be better.
“We’ve been through the best days of our lives on the show, but we’ve also been through some of the worst. That is part of my story, it’s part of Ryan’s story and I’m just proud of that. I’m proud of us and how far we’ve come with our family.
“I will always stand beside that because you can always turn your mess into a message. Sometimes you make the right decisions and sometimes you don’t. You learn from your mistakes and you move on and you try to be better and grow. You can’t change the past, you can only move forward.”
Mackenzie added that looking back, it would’ve been beneficial for her family if they were never on the show, but that they are “grateful for the experience and the opportunities.”
Ryan was able to get the “resources” to overcome his addiction to heroin.
She explained: “Knowing what I know about addiction now, it’s so hard to get help. If you don’t have any money to do that it’s even harder. I’ll always be a voice for addicts and recovery and I think the show has given me a platform to do that.”
She added that she believes the “biggest misconception” from the show is not holding her husband accountable for his addiction.
Mackenzie continued: “Just because you don’t see me berate my husband on television doesn’t mean that I don’t hold him accountable for his actions or that he doesn’t hold me accountable for my actions.
“But I’m not going to sit there and yell at somebody on television when I didn’t really know what to do in the first place. If we’ve got a problem then we’ll take care of that at home. All you can ask for is to do better and be a better person and try harder.”
Ryan and Mackenzie being in a better place in their marriage comes years after his many legal and cheating scandals.
Ryan’s legal trouble with drugs started in March 2017 when he was issued a citation for simple possession of heroin.
He was caught on camera slurring his words and nodding off while on his way to his wedding with wife Mackenzie on Teen Mom OG.
It was announced that Ryan checked into rehab for the second time after the episode aired.
Then in March 2018, he was arrested for petition to revoke when he failed a court-ordered drug test.
The reality star was arrested again in July 2018 for breaking probation from a past possession of heroin charge and received probation.
He completed his third rehab stint in November 2018.
But Ryan was arrested again in January 2019 for breaking probation from a past possession of heroin charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which he served.
As for the cheating, RadarOnline reported Ryan was busted on Tinder and allegedly had a one-night stand.
Ryan denied the claims to the outlet.
Ryan, Mackenzie and his parents, Jen and Larry, were fired from Teen Mom OG in March after his dad’s blowout fight with Maci’s husband, Taylor McKinney, on the reunion special.
The feud started when Maci refused to allow Ryan to see Bentley until he agreed to go to therapy with him.
Ryan and Mackenzie have appeared on the first few episodes of the current season, as Maci shut down her attempts to reconcile.
MAC'S CUSTODY WAR
As for Mackenzie, she came to an agreement with her ex-husband Zach Stephens in their nasty custody war over son Hudson, 7.
She was ordered to pay him $260 a month in child support.
Their Permanent Parenting Plan Order obtained by The Sun revealed her monthly income of $8,750.
She has Hudson for 209 days of the year, while Zach has him in his care for the remaining 156 days, despite the dad initially asking for joint custody.
Major decisions including educational, non-emergency health care, religious upbringing and extracurricular decisions are now “joint.”
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