If you’ve been watching Teen Mom OG since the beginning, then you know that breakups and divorces happen with some frequency between the parents featured in the show. One relationship that always seems to be kind of up in the air is the one between Mackenzie McKee and her husband (or is he her husband?!), Josh.
Viewers are already familiar with the fact that Mackenzie said she wanted a divorce from Josh, and that they split up back in August of 2019 after Mackenzie discovered that Josh had been unfaithful. But the pair have been confusingly on and off ever since. So, what gives? Are they still together?
Are 'Teen Mom' stars Mackenzie and Josh still together?
It's no secret the pair have always been on the rocks, despite their 12 years together. During the Season 9 Teen Mom OG premiere, viewers saw Mackenzie go through Josh's phone — only to find out he'd been texting her cousin! Instead of confronting them, she took the drama to social media.
"Josh and I got into a huge fight. He moved his stuff out and we haven't talked since," Mackenzie said, according to MTV News.
"We're not together," she continued. "I don't know what Josh is going to do. I don't know if he's going to serve me with papers. But here I am — I've been with him for 12 years, and now I'm single."
It really seems like it might be the end for this couple, or at least it did. Mackenzie has since got on the record to say that she did reconcile with her husband, though she did leave him following the cheating scandal.
"I think the best thing I ever did was leave him," she told PopCulture. "That was a turning point for Josh in our relationship, and I think he appreciates me more. ... No one can fill that part of what Josh fills in my life, and no one can fill what I have in his life."
Mackenzie and Josh had their first big split in 2019.
The longtime couple publicly announced their split in August of 2019 but reconciled after attending a Christian-based marriage counseling retreat. "One day we were walking back to our hotel room after a lesson and [Josh] just stopped me and said, 'I’m ready to give my life to Christ,'" Mackenzie recalled in an interview with People magazine. "That is something that I’ve been patiently praying for nine years."
The mother of three acknowledged that in the past, there has been cheating on both sides. "Our marriage has always needed fixing. It’s always needed help," she stated. "I had been angry with him for a long time and had never really forgiven him."
When they decided to separate in 2019, Mackenzie truly felt the relationship was beyond repair. "I was done. I was absolutely done," she confessed. But the fitness trainer’s mother, Angie Douthit, urged her not to give up.
"I’ve seen marriages restored and it worked out great," Angie tells her daughter in a clip from Teen Mom OG. "You guys built too much up together to throw it all away. Too many young couples get divorced over stupid stuff like this and children are just messed up. I see it too much and I want to protect my grandkids."
After giving birth to her and Josh's first son, Gannon, when she was just 16, Mackenzie went on to welcome daughter Jaxie in 2014 and son Broncs in 2016. "You know I’m praying for you guys," Angie, who tragically passed away in December 2019 after a two-year battle with cancer, adds. "Life is too short to be fighting anyways."
Josh re-proposed to Mackenzie with a new ring in October of 2019.
Just two months after confirming that they had called it quits, Josh got down on one knee again following an extravagant scavenger hunt for Mackenzie’s birthday. "We found our way back to each other even when we thought it was impossible," she told People at the time. "I fell in love with a new man."
Mackenzie revealed that she was completely caught off guard by the romantic gesture. "I see this cowboy that I married dressed up in this suit with a rose in his mouth. And he was walking towards me and the music starts playing and I’m like, 'Oh my gosh. I cannot believe this is happening,'" she remembered thinking.
The couple (once again) called it quits in May 2020.
Alas, things took another turn for the worse. Fast forward another few months, and the couple decided to split up. Again Mackenzie made a post on Facebook (which has since been deleted) alleging that Josh had been texting another woman.
"Made the random decision to pull Josh’s call and text logs," she wrote. "To find out that one week after my mom died, when he started leaving and changing his behavior, to find he was texting a woman 3-600 times per month and calling her on these nights he was ‘fishing’ until 3 a.m."
It later came to light that the woman Josh had allegedly been texting was actually Mackenzie's cousin. That was the apparent last straw between the two ... for a while, at least.
But Mackenzie keeps posting pictures of her and Josh together.
Just when we thought we'd seen the end of Mackenzie and Josh's relationship, they surprised us yet again! Mackenzie keeps posting pictures of the two of them together on Instagram, and people are definitely getting the impression that something more is going on between the two of them.
Any time Mackenzie posts a photo that includes Josh, the comments are quickly flooded with people wondering whether they're back together (although in some cases, Mackenzie has comments completely turned off — we get that!). According to Mackenzie, a big reason why she turns the comments off is because she's tired of the narrative that she "took back a cheating husband, because that’s not our story."
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