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Who is Cory Wharton? Meet 'Teen Mom OG' star Cheyenne Flyod's ex who left daughter to be on 'The Challenge'

Cory seems sure that it is the best idea to leave Cheyenne and Ryder behind during the pandemic
Cheyenne Flyod, Ryder and Cory Wharton of 'Teen Mom OG' (Cory/ Instagram)
Cheyenne Flyod, Ryder and Cory Wharton of 'Teen Mom OG' (Cory/ Instagram)

Cory Wharton has been 'The Challenge' regular but that is where he shows off his tough side. The contestant is also a doting dad, which comes through when he interacts with ex-girlfriend Cheyenne Floyd and their daughter Ryder, who was born on April 7, 2017, on 'Teen Mom OG'. The former couple joined the cast of the MTV docuseries in 2018. In this week's episode, we catch a glimpse of how they co-parent, and trust us when we say it's really sweet. 

Cory shares he wants to go away to shoot for 'The Challenge: Double Agents' for as long as three months. While it shocks Cheyenne at first, she possibly realizes that asking him not to go would only keep him from an opportunity to earn some money. "So you could be gone for potentially three months during a pandemic, during Covid, to leave me and Ryder all alone," she says at first only to change the tone of response later: "It is a pandemic and you are very blessed to have an opportunity to go and work and make some money." Cory says he'd win the show for them. 


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He is currently dating Taylor Selfridge and the couple has a daughter, Mila, together. Cory is from Michigan but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fitness. Like we mentioned earlier, 'The Challenge' alum is quite the adorable father and partner but TV Over Mind reports that he was accused of cheating on Taylor when she was pregnant with Mila. On one of his Instagram live sessions, a user commented: "Should I be like ‘Was she pregnant while you tried hooking up with me while you were in Buffalo?"


Cory, Ryder and Cheyenne may share a beautiful friendship now but there was a time when he didn't know he had a daughter. The 'Teen Mom OG' star informed Cory only six months after Ryder was born that he was the father. The little one was diagnosed with Very Long-Chain acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase deficiency (VLCAD) — a rare genetic disorder. Addressing the topic, Cory told US Weekly a few years ago that he and Cheyenne monitor Ryder's health and take her to a specialist. "She can’t process fatty foods into energy. When she was a newborn, Cheyenne would have to wake up every two hours and feed Ryder," he explained and added: "With the condition, she has no side effects, but we still monitor it."


Apart from his stint on the docuseries, Cory has been a part of several 'Challenge' seasons. He was a finalist on 'Battle of the Bloodlines', 'Invasion of the Champions', and 'Total Madness'. The reality TV star also competed on 'Rivals III', 'XXX: Dirty 30', 'Champs vs. Stars', 'Vendettas', and 'Final Reckoning'.

Catch all the new episodes of 'Teen Mom OG' on MTV every Tuesday at 8/7c. For more information, check your local listings.