Ryan Edwards has finally been spotted in his first post-rehab photo.
Months after the Teen Mom OG entered treatment for the second time to address his ongoing issues with substance abuse, the reality star’s wife, Mackenzie Standifer, shared a photo of Ryan caring for their month-old son, Jagger Ryan.
“He’s the biggest help, I love this man,” she wrote in the caption of her Instagram photo, which came in response to a fan asking her how life has been now that her husband’s back home.
Unfortunately for Mackenzie, Ryan was in rehab at the time she gave birth and didn’t actually meet their new son until recently. Of the reality star’s first moments with baby Jagger, Mackenzie said Ryan “wouldn’t let [the baby] go” and noted the moment as the “sweetest” thing she’s ever experienced.
In another post, Mackenzie gushed over her “caring husband” as she encouraged her fans and followers to never “give up” on love.
“God has blessed me with the most caring husband and kids,” she wrote. “It’s hard to be vulnerable and it means so much to have them in my corner! Don’t give up on love. It’s real. It breaks walls that have been built out of stone.”
Although Ryan and Mackenzie have faced many hardships over the past couple of years, Mackenzie has remained dedicated to their relationship and said people shouldn’t give up on their partners just because they are going through hard times.
“Do you burn your house down when it’s dirty? No. Do you set your car on fire when it needs a new part? No,” she explained. “Just because someone has a problem doesn’t give you an excuse to give up.”
Ryan and Mackenzie have often been known as the villains of Teen Mom OG due to their ongoing custody dispute with Maci Bookout. So, it’s no surprise that Mackenzie didn’t want their son to be featured on the show.
“I told MTV to piss off when they tried to film him, and they still tried their hardest,” she explained. “So now you guys get to hear commentary about him which is super frustrating.”
Mackenzie went on to say that she’s been portrayed as something she’s not on the show and admitted to getting frustrated with the idea that she doesn’t confront the truth.
“Just because I don’t discuss some things on TV doesn’t mean they aren’t discussed,” she noted. “I’m from the south. I’ll smile all day long but I’ll deal with my sh*t at home.”
As for a potential return to reality television, Mackenzie said she’d been open to the idea if she had more control over what was spotlighted.
“Maybe if it’s what we want to film about and not freaking looking back 24/7. You simply cannot move forward constantly looking in the rear view,” she said.
Teen Mom OG season eight airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on MTV.