Teenage mothers?! That used to be an incredibly taboo subject. But thanks to MTV, teenage pregnancy became mainstream entertainment. With 2009’s 16 and Pregnant and the subsequent Teen Mom spinoffs, Maci, Amber, Catelynn, and Farrah have been household names ever since. It’s been almost a decade since we met them, so where are they as of 2018?
Let’s start with a recap of the OG Teen Moms from 2009 to 2017:
Maci Bookout- The All-American Girl
Maci Deshane Bookout could be called the original Teen Mom. She was featured on the first episode of 16 and Pregnant and has been part of the entire duration of the Teen Mom series. She has had a ton of ups and downs over the years, but has ultimately made the best of her circumstances. Once a typical All-American cheerleader who made good grades, Maci came onto the scene at 16, pregnant with her son, Bentley. She and her boyfriend decided to stay together and get married, but by 2010 they had called it quits. Maci dated Kyle King for two years and eventually things fell apart. Finally, she met Taylor McKinney in 2012 and settled down.
Amber Portwood – The Basket Case
Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley were featured as they began their journey as the teen parents of their daughter Leah. Like Maci and Ryan, the two intended to get married. Unfortunately, their relationship missed the upswings and was mostly made up of major lows. Over the next few years Amber survived a suicide attempt, had issues with drugs, and was charged with domestic violence against Gary Shirley. Amber went to rehab, and finally ended up spending 17 months in jail. But after hitting rock bottom hard, she pulled herself together. She had a long relationship with Matt Baier that almost resulted in marriage. Though that relationship didn’t work out, Amber finally met the love of her life, Andrew Glennon.
Catelynn Lowell – The Sensible Girl
Catelynn Lowell took a different route than most of the first season Teen Moms. She and she (now husband) Tyler Baltierra decided to give their baby up for adoption. And also unlike the rest of the Teen Moms, Catelynne and Tyler have stayed together. They have another daughter together, Novalee, and because of the open adoption, they get to see their first child, Carly, on occasion.
Farrah Abraham- The Bad Girl
Farrah Abraham is the most controversial of the Teen Moms. Farrah’s boyfriend Derek died tragically two months before their daughter Sophia was born. She has had a notable amount of plastic surgery—breast implants, rhinoplasty, lip injections, and a chin implant. She was on probation and had six months of mandatory sobriety after a DUI, and if that wasn’t enough to make the news—she became an adult film star.