Inside Maci Bookout and Taylor McKinney's Unbreakable Bond On and Off Teen Mom
“The further you look after the good things in your life, the longer they stay around and the greater they become.”
After Maci Bookout McKinney added that quote from her 2016 memoir Bulletproof, the MTV reality star has been at a different chapter of her own life.
Once an overachieving high school student in Tennessee, Maci immediately had to balance life as a single teen mom with her fantasies and dreams. Oh , and she had to get it done as cameras rolled for the reality show Teen Mom.
But while the proud mom of three kicks season 10 of Teen Mother OG, the exact same mindset can readily be applied to her connection with husband Taylor McKinney.
“I feel as you get older, every person grows as a person and if you are married or in a very serious relationship…you are growing as people and you are in a position to finally grow together as a few” Maci shared with E! News ahead of tonight’s premiere. “The strength of that is pretty incredible.”
She continued,”I might look at Taylor now and think back to when we first started dating or until we were married and he’s still the same person but he’s also different in a variety of ways. When you think of everything we’ve been through, it’s pretty incredible that we still love each other”
In a franchise when numerous storylines are focused on striking breakups or up and down connections, Maci and Taylor have quietly built an unbreakable bond. On the way, viewers have been able to witness a particular romance that is well worth celebrating.
As informed in her best-selling publication Bulletproof, Maci confessed that when she first met Taylor, he had no idea who she was. However, as it happens, that has been a huge plus for the reality celebrity.
“After he’d been around me for a second and watched people taking pictures of me, ” he figured out I was about TV,” she wrote. “However he never so much as brought it up. He treated me as though I was Maci, some woman he’d met along with his buddies. It was a breath of fresh air to be around someone new who didn’t give a s–t on the TV show I was around.”
After two years of long distance relationship, Taylor decided to move from Dallas into Tennessee. With much consideration and thought, Maci gradually introduced Taylor for her son Bentley using ex Ryan Edwards.
Back in January 2016the couple got engaged following a romantic beachside proposal in Venice, Calif.”Welly’all, my very best friend asked me to marry him!” Maci composed on Instagram. “I am one lucky woman, I love you ! @tmon3yyy.”
Despite being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which can be among the primary causes of puberty, Maci and Taylor managed to welcome two children until their October 2016 wedding in Honey Lake Church at Florida. The couple’s daughter Jayde would act as the ceremony’s miniature flower gal while Bentley made the title of mini best man.
While there have been plenty of highs in this romance including the launch of a successful Matters That Matter style line, every connection has several bumps in the road.
In season seven of Teen Mother OG, Maci reluctantly opened up about suffering a miscarriage. The reality star also had to deal with legal issues surrounding Bentley’s father. Through it all, Taylor stayed loyal to his family and did whatever he could to help.
“He has been really good,” Maci shared with E! News when discussing Taylor’s aid during Ryan’s challenges. “I guess for him it was a little confusing from a perspective of Taylor is quite protective and so knowing that Bentley has been influenced and his spouse has been influenced…angry is not the ideal word but like,’Oh my gosh! I am so disappointed because I can not do anything about that person who’s impacting my family in not a fantastic way and there is nothing I could do about it'”
Maci continued,”But through therapy and counseling, him understanding that when I am speaking about it or being influenced by it, it’s ok for him to not do anything but just be there and that has helped a lot”
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