TEEN Mom Mackenzie McKee was rushed to a mental hospital for suicidal threats when she was eight months pregnant with her third child, Broncs.
Mackenzie, 26, made the shocking revelation in her new book Straightening My Crown: Conquering My Royal Mistakes.
The Teen Mom OG star explained in the memoir how she and her husband, Josh, were struggling financially following Teen Mom 3’s cancellation after just one season.
Mackenzie wrote how she began personal training sessions and even had a reality show lined up for income.
But when she learned she was pregnant with her third child Broncs, now 5, she fell into a deep depression.
She wrote when learning of the accidental pregnancy: “I immediately started crying out of anger. I knew right then and there that my dreams were over. Being pregnant meant no more personal training sessions, no fitness business, and certainly no reality show, as the producers from that show told me from the get-go that I couldn’t be pregnant.
“Turning to Josh, I told him he was the worst person ever and had ruined my life. I had built myself up for this life of fitness, and now I was just going to be pregnant with two children we were already struggling to feed, with no income or home of our own.
“Seething, I didn’t realize how horrible I was being to Josh, as I refused to look at or even talk to him. Convinced it was all his fault that I was pregnant again, I seemed to forget that it takes two to tango, but I was so devastated and thought blaming Josh would make me feel better about myself.
“This is not what I wanted for my life, and now I was even more upset at Josh for ruining everything in my life.”
Mackenzie then penned that she hit “rock bottom” and was at an “all-time low” from her depression.
She continued to write: “Every day was a battle with dark thoughts and emotions. Nothing in me wanted to be alive. One day, I texted Josh that I just didn’t want to live anymore. He told my parents, of course, and they were all afraid I was about to make a bad decision.”
Mackenzie said hours later when she was sitting in her car, two police officers approached and handcuffed her.
She wrote of when she saw Josh’s truck pull up to the driveway: “He was the one who had called the cops on me and told them I was threatening to commit suicide. I was livid and started screaming at both Josh and the police.”
‘I’M GOING TO DIE’
Mackenzie, who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, checked her sugar and saw it was high, which could be life-threatening.
The mom of three wrote: “I knew it was a huge reason for my irrational behavior. I looked down at my almost eight-month pregnant belly and suddenly got scared for the baby. I pleaded with the cops to let me go home by telling them I wasn’t going to hurt myself.
“I tried explaining that I’m a diabetic and I could die without my insulin shots, but they completely ignored me and handcuffed me before throwing me in the back seat. The next thing I knew, the cops were taking me to the hospital prepping to take me to a mental health institution.
“Sadly, the more I screamed for medical attention, the more the cops sat around in a circle in the hospital room and laughed. I couldn’t believe it. It had now been three hours at the hospital and the cop came to tell me my ‘crazy’ husband was at the door trying to get me out. They walked away laughing instead of letting Josh in.”
When Mackenzie screamed “someone give me insulin now or my baby will die,” she claimed officers “stood up and slammed me down on a bed nearby. One had a hand over my mouth to shut me up, while two others handcuffed me on my back, making breathing nearly impossible.”
She then wrote: “I closed my eyes and knew that this was going to be the end of my baby’s life.”
Mackenzie penned of when she arrived to the hospital: “The nurses watched my every move. They made me put on a hospital gown, and I almost felt like they were refusing to give me insulin so I would actually go crazy and they could keep me longer.
“I had cried so hard that my eyes were nearly swollen shut, and I was now missing two insulin shots and getting sicker by the minute. I kept hoping to wake up from this nightmare soon.”
The therapist had spoken to her the next morning and explained that Josh had been waiting outside all night and would be interviewed to see if she could go home.
When she asked if they spoke to her mother, Angie, the therapist responded: “She told us you have always been this way and need serious help.”
When Josh was finally let inside, he told Mackenzie: “‘This is not what I intended to happen. I’m going to get you in my truck and take you home and fix this. I am so sorry.’”
The Body By Mac owner wrote: “Sure, I was thankful that Josh came to save the baby and me, but I still thought it was all his fault. I made him take me to my mom’s so I could confront her and take my children from her.
“I walked in and stared her and my father in the eyes, saying nothing more than, ‘F**k you,’ before grabbing my kids and walking out. I have never spoken to my mom like that. She was my best friend, and I felt betrayed. I couldn’t believe that my mom had tried to keep me in there longer by telling the hospital I was depressed and suicidal, not even knowing what was being done to the baby and me.”
BRONCS’ HEALTH BATTLE
Mackenzie didn’t talk to Josh or her mother for a month until she had an emergency c-section.
Mackenzie explained how Broncs didn’t cry when he was born and was in the NICU for four weeks because he had holes in his heart.
She wrote: “I thought it must be my fault that my baby was so sick, and my head felt like a dark tornado was spinning inside of it. How could I have been so careless through this pregnancy to cause so much stress on the baby?”
Broncs is healthy today, though she explained how he gets sick often.
The Sun previously reported that Mackenzie opened up about being molested by two different boys when she was a child in her book.
She wrote of the aftermath: “I thought I had lost all my value as a human being. I had been abused. Anyone who’s gone through this should know that there’s no need to carry shame and guilt for something that others did to you.
“I sometimes wish I would have gotten help sooner instead of bottling this inside and letting the pain come out in sinful behavior. But like I always say, our struggles mold us into the strong people we become.”
Straightening My Crown: Conquering My Royal Mistakes is available on Kindle and will be released in hardcover on October 19.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.