EXCLUSIVE Ryan Edwards’ ex Dalis Connell interview and update on life since Teen Mom

Teen Mom Ryan Edawrds' ex girlfriend Dalis Connell

During Teen Mom, one of our very favorite peripheral stars was Dalis Connell, the girlfriend of Maci Bookout’s ex (and Bentley’s dad), Ryan Edwards. Although she wasn’t on screen a lot, Dalis dated Ryan for a lengthy period of time, during which we got to know her pretty well by following her online and by talking with her on a couple of occasions.

Dalis is an extremely motivated young woman who attends college full time, works full time, models part time, and always manages to maintain a stringent fitness regimen that she writes about on her fitness blog. In addition to being driven, Dalis has a huge heart and it really seemed that her time with Ryan was having a positive effect on him as he and Maci learned to put aside their differences (for the most part) and become functioning, supportive co-parents for Bentley.

For fellow fans with Dalis withdrawals, we have some good and bad news: The good news is that we should get some insight into what Dalis has been up to since the Teen Mom finale in this Sunday’s special, Being Maci, airing on MTV at 10/9c. (You can even see her briefly in an adorable deleted scene from the special starring Bentley posted by MTV last week.) The bad news is the part of Dalis’ life MTV cameras were around to document just so happened to be one of the worst months anyone could imagine.

“I actually don’t remember them filming anything else except me talking about leaving to go say bye to my mom one last time,” Dalis told us of what we can expect to see during Sunday’s show. “And then calling Ryan a million times because I found out he lied about going out and he actually cheated on me while I was out seeing my mom.”

We knew that Dalis was going through a hard time when her mother passed away from a long battle with cancer last December, but to deal with her boyfriend cheating on her at the same time?!

Teen Mom star Dalis Connell with her mother who was hospitalized with  cancer
^ Dalis’ emotional tweet soon after her mother’s passing with side-by-side photos of her and her mother as well as a picture of Dalis at her mom’s bedside in California.

Dalis was obviously hurt pretty badly by Ryan’s actions, but she said she doesn’t harbor any bad feelings and wishes Ryan the best.

“Being hateful wouldn’t change the situation so no point,” she said.

Although it sounds like Dalis made an incredible emotional rebound, she admits the first few weeks weren’t so easy.

“For about a month, I was insanely depressed,” Dalis told us. “But, one day I just woke up and was tired of feeling that way… Of course, losing my mom, the pain will never go away with that. But, I know she’s with me always, so I’ve been doing great.”

Dalis from Teen Mom

Since ending things with Ryan, Dalis has dated a few other guys.

“I did date someone for a couple months but it just didn’t work out… Moved in way too fast from Ryan and found myself just trying to fill the void, which happens sometimes when you get out of a long relationship,” she said. “I finally realized I needed to be by myself and start loving myself before I can focus on someone else so as of right now there is no one! Just doing me.”

After coming to that realization, Dalis shifted her focus to completing school and furthering her career.

“I’ve just been modeling and training people. I have one more year of school left till I graduate with my bachelors and then I can start my life,” she said. “I will probably move back out to California and become a trainer or nutritionist and get hardcore into fitness modeling and deciding on whether or not to go to nursing school… I will have two degrees if all else fails!”

You can keep up with Dalis on Twitter at @DalisPaige, and in addition to her fitness blog, Dalis also runs a Facebook page for her modeling where you can see amazing photos like this one:

Dalis Connell modeling photo

For more background information on Dalis, be sure to check out our profile post on her from well before she even made her first appearance on Teen Mom!

Thanks so much to Dalis for talking with us again. We wish her all the best and can’t wait to find out about all her successes when we check in again!

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  • Bec

    Seems like a sweet girl.

  • >:(

    I cannot BELIEVE that Ryan cheated on this poor girl while she was VISITING HER DYING MOTHER. What a sack of SHIT!!!

  • sara

    I love her. She’s one of the few classy people that were on that show. Girls should be more like her and not the teen moms!

    • Amberly

      She’s also the only one who actually has a future ahead of her and cares about her career. Seriously, it’s amazing that between all the baby mommas, baby daddys, girlfriends, boyfriends and friends that frequent these shows only a few actually have their heads on straight. Dalis and Corey’s wife Miranda are the only two with college educations and that take life seriously.

      • spottedgiraffe

        Vee is going to school to be a teacher too

  • Jenn

    She wasn’t a star…. She was on like 2 or 3 episodes.

    • Amberly

      Dude, they even said she barely appeared on the show if you actually read the article. The point is, she was with him for almost two years and fans got to know her in the process and many still really like her and it’s not to get an update. Hop off. I would like an interview with Kyle King now.

  • Anonymous

    Of course Ryan’s mom would have an excuse as to why Ryan would cheat on his girlfriend while she was away seeing her mom who was losing her battle with cancer… #blind #fuckryan #actuallydontfuckryanyoullenduppregnant

    • JP

      His mother is one of the most annoying grown women I have ever seen/met in my life. She is the biggest enable and she is the reason why Ryan never grew up. She treats him like he’s 12 when he’s almost 26. No other parent would baby Ryan like she does and raise their sons child. Can’t stand that woman.

      • burkey

        i remember Maci saying something to this affect multiple times on the show and she and you are both SO RIGHT!

      • christee

        Yes! Both of his parents seem to have blinders where he is concerned. Love or hate Maci, she does seem to be a good mother, and the way they were always trying to get him to threaten to prevent her from doing anything they found distasteful, seemed motivated by spite or the foolish hope they’d reconcile. It was just ridiculous. The way she’d cry whenever Ryan gave her his side of anything (which was rarely ever the full truth or anywhere near close) grated my nerves. Dalis is better off without that lot of crazy in her life.

    • Ap

      What was her excuse??

    • Katelyn

      What did his mom say?

  • burkey

    I don’t doubt that Ryan would cheat on her but I’m a little confused? Didn’t starcasm report that Dalis and Ryan went together to see her mother right before she died?

    • burkey

      nevermind i looked back at articles and saw that was a few months before she passed and then dalis got to go back and see her right before..

      Ryan’s a jerk. Always was, always will be..

  • Kieffah’s Hoodie

    Yes, because hanging out in a platonic way with the mother of his child is cheating! Good Lord.

    • Amberly

      He didn’t cheat on her with Maci, he cheated with someone else. They didn’t show any of the cheating on the show. She addressed this on her twitter.

  • ocbeach

    So sad she lost her mother, as far as Ryan…that was a blessing in disguise. Beautiful girl, she was the most classiest girl on teenmom. I hope everything goes well for her, she will make a great fitness model, her body is sick. She was always kind and nurturing towards Bently, She will also make a great nurse. I’m sure what ever she decides, she will do well.

  • I’m so sorry that that happened with her mom. I feel like Dalis really got a bad rap while she was on “Teen Mom”. She seems like a nice, sweet person with goals in life, and she clearly cared about Bentley very much. (He was crazy about her too, which I know upset Maci). There were so many people hating on her for no reason.

    • lucy

      How do you know that he was ‘crazy about her’ ? eyeroll..the lad was not a brat or a little jerk to her doesn’t mean that he was ‘crazy’ about her, he could just like her because she was nice but if she is out of his life he will not be so much affected by it.. Get real, she was just the girlfriend of his dad, and he had many girlfriends..Don’t compare with Kyle who lived with Bentley for several years and raise him for a while..not the same AT ALL.

  • who knows

    Umm hello its “Ryan from Teen Mom” like she said so yourself! He couldn’t even treat the mother of his child right. For a girl that people claim to be so smart she should’ve seen this coming. I’m truly sorry about her mom though..

    • who knows

      Ah stupid phone

  • lore

    She deserves the best and Ryan isn’t that. My ex cheated on me within days of my mothers suicide, people like him and Ryan should stay single

  • jenn91178@gmail.com

    sorry for her loss, but so not into her, glad she wont be on tv anytime soon

  • Jenn

    So sad about her mom but I’m glad her 15 minutes of fame is over. Hopefully she’ll put on some more clothes. I’m sure her mom wouldn’t want people seeing that…

  • Common sense

    Poor Dalis, you could tell MTV was trying to paint her as the crazy girlfriend in that special. It was clear to me that she is way too sensible to be involved in that train wreck. I totally understand her concern for Bentley, it may even be influenced by her own experience. It is for the best that she removed herself from that situation.

    • Motivated Meow

      Agree. She was dealing with her mother dying. Shame on MTV.

  • spottedgiraffe

    I don’t know if I believe this. Dalis said Ryan cheated and that’s why she called him on camera, but all she did was ask him where he was she didn’t confront him about cheating. And in this time frame the only woman Ryan hung around was Maci. He called her sexy and tried to come over to her house but got denied. He invited her to a party and she also shut that down. What Ryan did can be considered emotional cheating which is wrong, but Dalis implies it was the common idea of cheating which is sleeping with someone else. This never happened because Maci never gave Ryan the chance to sleep with her. Ryan is still an ass calling another woman sexy and trying to go to a party with her and going back to her house, but it’s not as bad as him sleeping with someone. Thumb me down all you want.

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  • dee ann

    Oh eff that beezy……….i didn’t care for her. She was the type of girlfriend to be in the business between her boyfriend & his baby’s mother. When Ryan and Maci got into an argument about Ryan possibly attending Bentley’s birthday- He kept calling her name’s & when maci said, I’m done and walked away. Dalis- said “Good” like who are you?! lol……..Through that whole series of Dalis being a rude jealous bitch- i find Ryan cheating is Funny Karma. Now look……i don’t find pity one bit.