We all watched Tennessee teen Maci Bookout welcome her first child, son Bentley, with then-boyfriend Ryan Edwards on MTV's "16 and Pregnant" back in 2009. The two went on to have an on-and-off relationship as she transitioned to the spinoff "Teen Mom," which debuted later that year. In honor of Maci's 30th birthday on Aug. 10, 2021, Wonderwall.com is catching up with her and the rest of the "Teen Mom" crew to find out what they're up to today!
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These days, Maci Bookout is a busy mom of three! She's married to Taylor McKinney, with whom she welcomed daughter Jayde in 2015 and son Maverick in 2016. Aside from still appearing on the MTV series, which has been renamed "Teen Mom OG," she's also penned two books! "Bulletproof" was released in 2016 and "I Wasn't Born Bulletproof: Lessons I've Learned (So You Don't Have To)" came out in 2017. She also owns a clothing brand with hubby Taylor, TTM – Things That Matter. The show has chronicled her rough relationship with ex Ryan Edwards, son Bentley's father, who's addressed legal issues stemming from his 2017 arrest for heroin possession. Maci and Taylor got a two-year restraining order against Ryan in 2018 after he threatened Taylor's life over the phone. It expired in May 2020, though the adults continue to have bad blood between them. In March 2021, it was revealed that Ryan and his wife, Mackenzie, would no longer be appearing on the MTV show. Mackenzie told outlet Without a Crystal Ball that same month that she believed Maci was instrumental in their firing. Maci is seen here with her whole family in June 2021.
The world met Farrah Abraham in 2009 when she appeared on "16 and Pregnant." The MTV series chronicled her life as she welcomed daughter Sophia, whose father, Derek Underwood, died in a car accident while Farrah was pregnant and the show was filming. Farrah then became one of the four original cast members on the spinoff series "Teen Mom."
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Farrah Abraham continued to star on the "Teen Mom" franchise until midway through the seventh season in 2017, which is when she was fired by MTV after she chose to dabble in the adult entertainment industry while appearing on the show. Aside from reality TV, Farrah released music in August 2012 — an album called "My Teenage Dream Ended" — and also released a memoir of the same name the same month. The multi-hyphenate did a stint on "Couples Therapy" in 2014, though she was the first participant to appear without a partner after her then-boyfriend, Brian Dawe, refused to do the show and claimed he was hired to be her boyfriend. That same year, she returned to music, releasing the song "Blowin'." In 2015, she took part in Britain's "Celebrity Big Brother" reality show. Ever since leaving "Teen Mom OG," Farrah has continued to pop up on other reality shows like "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition" and "MTV's Single AF" in 2017 and "Ex on the Beach" in 2018. She also transitioned to acting in 2017 with her film debut in "Adam K," which she followed with the thriller "Axeman 2: Overkill" that same year. More recently in the summer of 2020, the former reality star launched the podcast "Abraham Gals," on which she documented her life with daughter Sophia. In June 2021 she released another book, "Dream Twenties," which she described as a self-guided self-help memoir.
Amber Portwood also got her start on "16 and Pregnant." She welcomed daughter Leah with then-boyfriend Gary Shirley on the series and went on to become one of the four women followed by "Teen Mom." Let's check in with Amber now…
Viewers saw Amber Portwood's legal troubles implode on MTV. Some stemmed from violent interactions with Gary Shirley that took place as cameras rolled in 2010, which resulted in her being charged with three counts of domestic violence. In 2011, Amber was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, which only added to her legal woes. She entered jail in 2012 and was later released for good behavior in 2013. Unfortunately, she continued to have bad luck with the law and in love. Viewers of "Teen Mom OG" met Amber's new beau, Andrew Glennon, in 2017. They welcomed her second child, son James, in 2018. Though the couple seemed solid, the following year, her legal dramas reignited after she was charged with domestic battery and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon for allegedly hitting Andrew and using a machete to break into the room where he was hiding. Andrew got a restraining order and Amber was sentenced to 906 days of probation. She soon moved on after their split, starting a romance with Dimitri Garcia in early 2020. Though they dated long-distance amid the coronavirus pandemic — she was in the States, he was in Belgium — their split later went down on camera during season 9 of "Teen Mom OG" in early 2021. The same year, Amber took to Instagram to share with fans that she'd enrolled at Purdue University Global online school.
MTV viewers fell in love with Catelynn Lowell and boyfriend Tyler Baltierra when they appeared on "16 and Pregnant" and made the decision to give daughter Carly up for adoption. The cameras followed their story on the spinoff "Teen Mom" later that year.
Cameras watched as Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra welcomed their second child, daughter Novalee, in 2015 and wed later that same year. They added to their family again in 2019 when daughter Vaeda came along. In February 2021, Catelynn revealed that she was expecting once more after suffering a miscarriage. The couple started their own clothing company, Tierra Reign Apparel, and released a memoir together, "Conquering Chaos," in 2015. Catelynn also opened up about her mental health issues on camera, confirming she'd entered a treatment center in 2017 and 2018. The couple also have endured ups and downs that included a trial separation. They continue to have a good relationship with the couple who adopted their first-born daughter, Carly, with whom they've remained in touch. But on season 9 of "Teen Mom OG" in 2021, Catelynn — who started a career as a semi-permanent makeup artist — opened up about not being able to see Carly for the previous two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After Farrah Abraham was fired halfway through the seventh season of "Teen Mom OG" in 2018, Bristol Palin stepped in to fill her spot. The daughter of politician Sarah Palin was a mom to son Tripp — who was born in 2008 when she was a teen — with then-boyfriend Levi Johnston as well as daughters Sailor (born in 2015) and Atlee (born in 2017) with now-ex-husband Dakota Meyer. Bristol was no stranger to the "Teen Mom" world — she once moderate a panel for the MTV franchise's stars in New York City ahead of the series' 2010 premiere. She's seen here at the event with Farrah Abraham and future co-star Maci Bookout.
Bristol Palin didn't last long on "Teen Mom OG." She departed the show in 2019. But during her short stint, the cameras chronicled the demise of her marriage to Dakota Meyer in 2018. Since quitting the show, she's been working as a real estate agent in Texas.
Cheyenne Floyd was already an MTV star before joining the cast of "Teen Mom OG" midway through season 7 in 2018. She has daughter Ryder with ex Cory Wharton, whom she met on "The Challenge: Rivals III."
Cheyenne Floyd has stuck with the show since joining in 2018, sharing her life on camera as she co-parents daughter Ryder with ex Cory Wharton. Her daughter's medical condition inspired her to start the nonprofit Rage Regardlessly Ry to raise awareness for VLCAD, Very Long-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency. In May 2021, the MTV star gave birth to her second child, son Ace. His dad is Cheyenne's old high school sweetheart Zach Davis, who proposed a month earlier at her baby shower after they reconnected in 2020.
Viewers first met Jenelle Evans on "16 and Pregnant" in 2010 when she welcomed son Jace with then-boyfriend Andrew Lewis. She joined the cast of "Teen Mom 2" in 2011. A lot has happened since then…
Jenelle Evans has welcomed two more children since starting on "Teen Mom 2." She gave birth to son Kaiser in 2014 with now-ex Nathan Griffith. She then had her third child, daughter Ensley, with husband David Eason in 2017. The show chronicled many of her legal troubles, which included everything from driving without a license to arrests for assault and a divorce from Courtland Rogers after a whirlwind four-month marriage in 2013. More scandal was sparked during her relationship with David, which started in 2015 after they met on Tinder. The couple received numerous visits from Child Protective Services and David was fired from "Teen Mom 2" in 2018 after posting homophobic tweets. The couple made headlines in 2019 too after David shot and killed their family dog. The aftermath led to Jenelle's firing from the show too midway through season 9. The off-and-on couple, who've also faced drama regarding their affinity for guns and alleged domestic abuse, reconciled in 2020 following a late-2019 split. Jenelle started a clothing line, JEShop, and a beauty line, JE Cosmetics, which made headlines after customers claimed the makeup contained mold.
Chelsea Houska appeared on "16 and Pregnant" before being asked to star on "Teen Mom 2" so viewers could follow her life as a mother to daughter Aubree with ex-boyfriend Adam Lind.
Fans got to see Chelsea Houska get her happy ending on "Teen Mom 2" after she met Cole DeBoer in 2014. They married in 2016 and welcomed son Watson in 2017, daughter Layne in 2018 and their third child together, daughter Walker, in January 2021. Like many of her co-stars, Chelsea started a clothing line. Hers is called Chelsea DeBoer by Lily & Lottie. She also started a home decor line, Aubree Says. In 2020, she and Cole started building their dream home in South Dakota and chronicled its progress on Instagram. In November 2020, she announced she was leaving the show after deciding that moving on would be best for her family.
Kailyn Lowry appeared on a 2010 episode of "16 and Pregnant" when she was expecting her first child, son Isaac, with then-boyfriend Jo Rivera. She then signed on to "Teen Mom 2" to let viewers follow along as she welcomed more children…
Kailyn Lowry has since had three more kids. She welcomed son Lincoln in 2013 with now-ex-husband Javi Marroquin. Their relationship ups and downs unfolded in front of the camera and they split in 2015, three years after they wed. The two even did a stint on another reality show, "Marriage Boot Camp," but couldn't salvage their relationship. Kailyn had her third son, Lux, in 2017 with ex-boyfriend Chris Lopez. Chris is also the father of her fourth child, Creed, whom she welcomed in July 2020. Kailyn has released multiple books — "Pride Over Pity" in 2014, "Hustle and Heart" in 2016 and the children's book "Love is Bubblegum" in 2015. She graduated from Delaware State University in 2017 while taking care of her sons. Since then, she's started her own CBD oil hair care company and launched the "Coffee Convos" podcast alongside fellow reality star Lindsie Chrisley from "Chrisley Knows Best." In September 2020, she launched another podcast, "Baby Mamas No Drama," alongside ex Jo Rivera's wife, Vee Rivera. Together, they tackle co-parenting and other mom topics.
We met Leah Messer on a 2010 episode of "16 and Pregnant." The 17-year-old was expecting twins with new boyfriend Corey Simms, whom she'd only been dating for a month before learning she was pregnant. She soon joined the cast of "Teen Mom 2," where fans followed her motherhood journey after she welcomed daughters Aliannah and Aleeah.
Leah Messer and Corey Simms wed in 2010 and divorced the following year amid cheating rumors. She then married Jeremy Calvert in 2012 and they welcomed her third child — daughter Adalynn — in 2013. Leah and Jeremy divorced in 2014 and it all unfolded on the sixth season of "Teen Mom 2." The show also chronicled Leah's daughter Aliannah's health problems (she suffers from Titin muscular dystrophy). Leah's memoir, "Hope, Grace, & Faith," hit shelves in May 2020 and expanded on the difficulties of seeking her daughter's diagnosis. She also discussed her road to sobriety in the memoir, in which she opened up about attending a drug treatment program after being encouraged by a "Teen Mom 2" producer. More recently, Leah was spotted in July 2021 with a mystery man, thought she hasn't opened up about her love life.