Ryan Edwards’ ex-girlfriend Dalis Connell is shedding light on the Teen Mom OG dad’s alleged struggles with drugs.
Just days after an E! News report confirmed the longtime reality star and dad of 8-year-old Bentley had checked into a rehab center, Connell revealed details of what reportedly led Edwards to substance abuse.
“One of his friends was on pills and he tried it one night when we first started dating,” Connell revealed to Radar Online on June 6. “He started taking those while I was in class. I ran track in college and would be gone all day and he was bored.”
Ryan Edwards and Dalis Connell began dating in 2010 and continued to date until 2012. During their relationship, as fans will recall, Connell appeared on numerous episodes of Teen Mom OG.
Although Connell admitted that she was first completely in the dark about Ryan Edwards’ reported struggles, she was ultimately tipped off about his rumored substance abuse issues by a co-worker, who confronted her about his alleged addiction.
“I have never been around drugs use so I didn’t know the symptoms,” she said. “I was working and my co-worker asked if [Ryan Edwards] takes anything. She was like, ‘I went to rehab and he fidgets and scratches and has all the signs of someone using.’ I didn’t believe her.”
Then, after eight months of dating, Ryan Edwards reportedly came clean about his alleged drug use to Dalis Connell. However, he didn’t exactly volunteer the information. Instead, he confessed after being caught in the middle of a drug deal.
“I walked outside and caught him in the middle of a drug deal and he confessed everything,” she said. “It got worse and worse.”
In the months that followed, Ryan Edwards reportedly checked into an outpatient facility to address his alleged addiction to Roxycodone, but just one week later, he reportedly relapsed and went back to his old habits.
“[Ryan Edwards] wasn’t interested in rehab,” she said. “We had to drag him there the first time. He never said he wanted to get better, he just wanted the withdrawals to stop.”
After her relationship with Ryan Edwards came to an end in late 2012, around the time Teen Mom came to an end, Dalis Connell has been focused on her health brand, theFITsation.
“My products are about weight loss or becoming healthy overall,” she said. “I have different programs for working out. I built a community where everyone involved motivates each other and takes challenges. I’m focused on making people reach their potential and be happy with where they are. I try to build people up.”
Throughout the second half of Teen Mom OG Season 6, Ryan Edwards’ alleged drug use has been spotlighted by his ex-girlfriend, Maci Bookout. As fans have seen, Bookout has expressed her concern for her son’s father many times and even told her husband, Taylor McKinney, that she was worried he may overdose.
“I’m going to be like, you have to go to rehab,” Maci Bookout told her husband of her plans to confront Ryan Edwards about his alleged drug struggles. “Right now it’s about saving his life. Most nights I’m crying in our bed talking to you about whether or not today is the day he’s going to die.”
To see more of Ryan Edwards and his co-stars, including his former girlfriend, Maci Bookout, and their son, Bentley Edwards, tune into Teen Mom OG Season 6B on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on MTV.
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