Suddenly single Teen Mom star Maci Bookout has been getting closer to ex Ryan Edwards since she and Kyle King decided to take a break. “Maci and Ryan’s friendship has been great,” says an insider. “They’ve been doing a good job figuring out a system of how to raise Bentley together.”
Ryan’s parents, Larry and Jennifer Edwards, also praise the youngsters for putting aside their differences to learn to be good parents to their 2-year-old son. “We’re extremely proud of the way Ryan and Maci are coming together to co-parent Bentley,” they tell OK! in this week's all new issue, on stands now. “They’ve both grown so much.”
“A part of Maci will always love Ryan,” says a source. “He’s the father of her son. And whenever she looks at Bentley, he’s a part of Ryan, too.” Even after Maci and Ryan broke up and she started a new relationship with Kyle — moving with him to Murfreesboro, Tenn. — Ryan remained on her mind. “Maci tried not to do anything that would hurt Ryan’s feelings or make things awkward between them,” says the insider.
After all, Ryan was her first love. Maci, now 19, had just finished her sophomore year of high school and was a virgin when she first met Ryan, now 23. Though the young parents argued a lot after Bentley was born, the spark between them has never died. That’s not surprising because it’s common to idealize first love.
“The first time you feel that rush, it can be intoxicating,” says relationship expert Andrea Syrtash, author of the upcoming book Cheat on Your Husband (With Your Husband). “It was the first time in your life when you experienced an intimate connection, shared your deepest feelings, thoughts, vulnerabilities and passions. That’s powerful.”
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