A LOOK back at the children of Teen Mom stars who are rarely filmed on the show, despite their famous parents’ starring roles.
While the cast of Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 have documented much of their lives on-screen, some have opted to keep their children off-camera.
Some cast members who have shielded their kids from the spotlight include original Teen Mom stars Ryan Edwards, 34, and his wife, Mackenzie, 25.
JAGGER & STELLA EDWARDS
Viewers were first introduced to Ryan on 16 & Pregnant, when his ex-Maci Bookout, 30, was expecting their son, Bentley, now 13.
The trials and tribulations of their co-parenting relationship became a focal point on Teen Mom OG as Ryan struggled with addiction issues and his strained bond with his son.
Maci’s other children: a daughter Jayde, six, and a son Maverick, five, who she shares with her husband, Taylor McKinney, 32, have also been featured on the show.
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And while Ryan went on to have two children of his own with his wife, Mackenzie, they decided on a different parenting approach and kept their younger kids out of the limelight.
The couple is parents to a son Jagger, three, and a daughter, Stella, two, who, although they haven’t appeared on camera, have been mentioned in previous episodes.
Last year, Bentley decided to skip his half-brother Jagger’s birthday party due to his ongoing feud with his father.
In the intense scene, Bentley called his grandparents, Jen and Larry, to inform them of his decision after discovering that the party would be at his estranged dad’s house.
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“I haven’t seen him in forever, and then that’d just be a big jump from just like, not seeing him, and then going straight to his house,” he admitted.
Maci also shared her son’s feelings about his father, saying: “Bentley has set clear boundaries that he doesn’t want to be around his dad until they go to therapy together.
Another cast member who has been on Teen Mom since its inception in 2009 is Amber Portwood, 32.
The troubled star showcased the ups and downs in her relationship with her baby daddy, Gary Shirley, 35, while navigating raising their daughter, Leah, now 13.
The two parted ways after Amber’s five-year prison stint for prescription drug possession and probation violation in 2013.
The young mom soon found love again with her now ex-Andrew Glennon, 37, though the pair split after Amber was arrested in 2019 for allegedly attacking him with a machete.
They have recently been enduring a nasty custody battle over their 3-year-old son, James, who viewers have yet to see on the MTV series.
Though James hasn’t appeared on-screen, fans have captured peeks of the tot on social media.
In February, Amber brought her son to a lunch date with her ex Gary, his wife, Kristina, 34, and her daughter.
The TV personality captioned her post: “It’s truly the simple things! Blended families can be complicated and at times stressful.
Fans quickly spotted that the MTV star’s son was also present for the playdate after Gary left a sweet note in the comments section.
“Thanks for bringing James over to see us! And def was a good Turkey club!!!!” the Teen Mom dad wrote.
Later, Gary took to his own Instagram to post a special moment from the day, as his wife Kristina Shirley shared a big hug with Amber.
In the image, the troubled mom had a solemn expression while she wrapped her arms around Gary’s wife.
The TV dad captioned his post: “Everyone needs a hug sometimes, So grateful for Kristina!
“And now time to take a break. #sendinggoodvibes,” he closed out.
Gary and Kristina are also parents to a 6-year-old daughter, Emilee, who has remained shy from the cameras.
Former Teen Mom 2 star Javi Marroquin has also maintained his son Eli’s privacy by not including the 3-year-old in the show.
Although Eli’s older brother Lincoln, eight, who Javi shares with his ex-wife and Teen Mom 2 star, Kailyn Lowry, is used to cameras recording their lives, it appears he doesn’t want the same lifestyle for his youngest child.
The father of two shares the toddler with his ex-fiancée, Lauren Comeau, 30.
Fans have only received updates on the tot on social media as Javi and Lauren regularly share sweet pics of their baby boy.
Last month, the 29-year-old dad sparked concern after he revealed that Eli was rushed to the emergency room numerous times within the last two months.
The MTV alum revealed: “Eli is growing and thriving to be a brave, smart, loving boy who has sent us to the ER more times in the last 2 months than I have my whole life.”
He explained that Eli’s trip to the hospital was because his son was a “daredevil” and not because of “health-related” reasons.
Javi added: “Lincoln continues to be a great friend, a leader, and still does not quit playing some type of sport.”
He wrote that the two are “living everyday attentively.”
A fan responded in the comments section: “Never a dull moment with the boys!!”
Another fan added: “Take care and hope to see you and kids healthy and wise.”
Javi has also been dealing with a legal battle with his baby mama, for whom he filed a restraining order against in June 2021.
However, the pair seem to be on better terms as Javi, Lauren, and their two sons snapped a pic last week while attending the NBA finals game together.
Fans are familiar with Teen Mom 2 stars Leah Messer, 29, and Corey Simms’, 32, parenting journey as they became pregnant with their twin daughters just a month after their romance began.
While they tried to make their relationship work for their girls, Aliannah and Aleeah, 12, they ultimately parted ways in 2011.
Leah went on to marry Jeremy Calvert, 33 – the father of her 9-year-old daughter Adalynn – whose outspoken personality is frequently highlighted on the show.
Leah and Jeremy divorced in 2015, and she’s currently in a serious relationship with her boyfriend, Jaylan Mobley, 25.
Corey also found a new love interest in Miranda Patterson, 32, who he wed in 2013, and they have a daughter, Remington, six.
The couple prefers to keep a low profile, keeping their daughter out of the public eye.
In April, Corey’s father, Jeff, gave a rare glimpse of all of his granddaughters together on Instagram to celebrate the Easter holiday.
Fans went crazy for the revealing new photo.
One fan pointed out: “They have grown so much.”
Another agreed, focusing specifically on Remi: “They’re all grown up so much, but Remi girl is not a baby anymore!”
SAILOR & ATLEE MEYER & TRIPP JOHNSON
While Bristol Palin only starred on Teen Mom OG for one season, her three children made a lasting impression on fans.
Bristol gave birth to her first son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, with her ex-Levi Johnston, in 2008.
The former partners were engaged then, but they broke things off in 2009.
The ex-reality star has primary custody, and Levi has visitation rights and makes child support payments.
Bristol, 31, soon moved on with Dakota Meyer, 34, a former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient who popped the question in 2015.
Later that year, the pair welcomed their daughter Sailor Grace Meyer.
In December 2016, Bristol, the daughter of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, announced she was pregnant for the third time.
Dakota’s second child and Bristol’s third was born in 2017 and named Atlee Bay Meyer.
The family’s time on the show was short-lived after Bristol replaced Farrah Abraham following her severed relationship with MTV from 2018 to 2019.
The Alaska native stated her reason for leaving was to keep her peace of mind.
“Teen mom OG wasn’t a fit for me, it took away my peace.. and honestly – my peace has a price tag that no one but God can afford,” Bristol said in an Instagram post announcing she was leaving the show.
” $ doesn’t impress me, I don’t entertain bs, and walking away from this show allows God to rebuild me (and my little fam) in the right direction,” she continued.
The former TV star turned real estate mogul regularly shares photos of her kids on her social media platforms.