Entertainment TV 'Teen Mom' 's Mackenzie McKee Announces Split from Husband Josh: 'It's Time for Me to Find My Happy' "Sometimes things work and sometimes, no matter how hard you fight, it just doesn’t work out," the reality star wrote on Instagram Tuesday By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 26, 2022 08:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Teen Mom OG star Mackenzie McKee and her husband Josh are going their separate ways after 12 years together. On Tuesday, the television personality, 27, shared a candid Instagram post announcing their breakup. "With all the messages I'm receiving and articles coming out, I wanted you guys to hear what's going on from me alone," she wrote beside two images of the couple. "Somtirmes [sic] things work and sometimes, no matter how hard you fight, it just doesn't work out. I am breaking my silence about Josh and I being done." She added, "I will always respect him as the father of my children but it's time for me to find my happy." Teen Mom OG's Mackenzie McKee Splits from Husband Josh: 'My Marriage Needs a Break' Mackenzie McKee/instagram In an interview with Celeb Buzz, the reality star — who first rose to fame 16 and Pregnant and later joined the cast of Teen Mom OG — further revealed she was "stepping into an entire new life and new me" following the split. "I'm so thankful for the past 12 years with Josh and what they taught me. Josh and I are both still young with an entire life ahead of us," explained Mackenzie, who shares three children — Gannon Dewayne, 10, Jaxie Taylor, 8, and Broncs Weston, 5 — with Josh. "I wish nothing but peace and happiness for him and his future. Everyone has their own story, and this is mine," she continued. "The old me would have released a story about how awful Josh is, what he did and why this marriage is ending. The new me understands that we are both walking away from this with deep scars and our kids love us both despite the pain we brought one another." "We are human, we are all human on this earth just trying to make it," she wrote, before adding how she was feeling empowered after ending her marriage. Teen Mom Star Mackenzie McKee's Husband Josh Re-Proposes After Split: 'We Found Our Way Back' "When that switch happened, when I knew I was going to leave, my entire world changed. I wasn't sad, I wasn't sad about anything, I wasn't angry, I wasn't depressed," she explained. "I gained my power back as a female who finally knows her self worth." She added: "I was finally so exhausted that I was done, and anything that has hurt me these past 5 years was gone. I no longer care." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. Josh and Mackenzie McKee. Mackenzie McKee/Instagram The couple started dating in 2009 and initially tied the knot in 2013. However, in August 2013, the pair broke up after Mackenzie accused Josh of cheating with her cousin following her mother's death. "Today is the day I walk away. Pray for me, that I can function, feel worthy again and find hope. Pray for my kids, I always wanted my family to work so they don't have to live in two different houses. I was 100% committed to Josh and so much I don't understand," Mackenzie wrote in a Facebook post at the time. She also addressed the alleged affair on Twitter. Alongside an article link titled "Mackenzie McKee: I Caught My Husband Banging My Cousin! Our Marriage is OVER!" Mackenzie wrote in a since-deleted tweet, "It's true" and added a broken heart emoji. Teen Mom Star McKenzie McKee's Husband Josh Speaks Out After Cheating Rumor: Know Your 'Facts' Josh later spoke out on social media and warned his followers not to believe everything they see or read. "People, I've been through the ringer being on that damn show, this is nothing new to me. I get it you all are pissed at the fact of what you read on the internet or seen on TV. 'Ok?' But if you are going to come at me with what little you all really know, know your damn facts! And know that this is not a one sided ball game," he wrote. The couple reunited shortly thereafter with Josh re-proposing in October 2019. "We found our way back to each other even when we thought it was impossible," Mackenzie told PEOPLE at the time. "I fell in love with a new man."