Not every kid is super-stoked to get a new stepparent, but Teen Mom‘s Maci Bookout is fortunate enough to be in a situation in which her kid is over the moon about becoming a stepson.
In a recent interview with MTV, Bookout revealed that her oldest child, Bentley, reacted to the news of her engagement to long-time love, Taylor McKinney, with nothing but pure elation and relief.
“On the day that we got engaged, I wasn’t surprised that Bentley was excited, but I was kind of shocked that he was so emotional about it,” Bookout told MTV, via Us Weekly. “Like, it was a weight that was lifted off of his shoulders, which, at the time, made me kind of sad — but then again, I was super-excited that he was so excited about it.”
Bookout may have been surprised that Bentley was so verklempt because of McKinney’s proposal, but she thinks she understands where his emotion was coming from.
“Bentley can be a lot like me and hold his emotions in and not really speak about them, so I think it was kind of a hidden emotion that he had had and a stress that he had had,” Bookout said. “You know, when is he going to have a stepdad or a father figure that’s actually going to be there forever? And I know he wanted that to be Taylor. I just don’t think I ever really thought about the fact that he had been keeping that all in kinda the same way I was.”
It’s also totally possible that Bentley is just very connected to his mother and knew that she was anxious about McKinney asking to make things official — so his reaction was one of happiness, knowing that his mother is getting what she deserves. So sweet.
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