TEEN Mom star Cory Wharton appears to have a double – in the form of his ex's new man.
The MTV personality, 29, and Are You The One? alum Alicia Wright first dated in 2017, with the brunette meeting his eldest daughter Ryder and striking a close relationship.
Yet Cory called time on their romance, admitting he "wasn't feeling it," shortly before his stint on Ex On The Beach, where he met new lover Taylor Selfridge, who later joined him on the Teen Mom series.
The pair welcomed a daughter, Mila, in April this year.
After being ditched by the LA-based Personal Trainer, Alicia – who went on to meet love rival Taylor in a later EOTB episode – told of her confusion as he had branded her "everything he ever wanted."
Fans have now speculated perhaps romantic feelings still fester after Alicia's new man, Xander Maddox, was likened as Cory's absolute spitting image.
On a Reddit forum entitled "Cory's ex found herself a Cory 2.0," it showed a picture of the happy new couple snuggled up outside. Xander can be seen with similarly curly hair to Cory, and almost identical stubble.
One fan wrote: "This is the biggest mindf**k of all mindf**ks. If his teeth weren't normal, compared to Cory's gleaming chiclets, I wouldn't have even looked twice.
"On a side note, I don't think I can ever become a Cory and Taylor fan, or even a Taylor fan in general. I got excited at this photo at first."
Another bluntly branded Xander as "Neanderthal Cory," as one pretended to sing: "I ain't got no type, Cory-esque is the only thing that I like."
One then giggled: "Lollllll I fkn thought that was Cory! I was sitting here like “I don’t get the joke”."
Another posted: "I really thought this was Cory for half a second. Weird lol," as one surmised: "I thought it was Cory for a second and was wondering who the girl was."
Yet despite perhaps having a 'type', both Alicia and Cory have clearly moved on from each other.
Cory joined the cast of Teen Mom OG in 2018 with ex-girlfriend Cheyenne Floyd, before Taylor arrived the following year.
Taylor was forced to leave the show in 2020 after a series of racially charged Tweets resurfaced.
The couple filmed the birth of their daughter Mila amid the current COVID-19 pandemic for a Teen Mom OG special – however the show was pulled by MTV on June 9, before it aired.
“MTV pulled Teen Mom OG at Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special from its Tuesday schedule and is ending our relationship with Taylor Selfridge in light of her past racist statements on social media,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement to Us in June.
“MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.”
Selfridge maintained it was her choice as she shared her side of the story via Instagram.
She claimed that she “made the decision last week to not film the next season of Teen Mom OG with Cory for the benefit of myself and my daughter. ”
The reality star noted that “the reality tv lifestyle” is not what she wants at this time of her life.
“With current events being what they are and reality tv being selective in who they apply rules to or what is considered acceptable behavior, I do not have any further respect,” she wrote.
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