It’s hard to believe that Amber Portwood is only 25 because she has lived through so much: teen pregnancy and motherhood, drug addiction, prison, reality television, dysfunctional relationships – and Gary Shirley! With all of the worst portions of her life reflected back to her via reality TV and social media, Amber is focused on moving forward.
Amber took a break from reality TV to spend time in prison. Since being released 2-years-ago she has been working hard to get her life together – including losing weight. As a bonus Amber found love (ish?) resulting in a bizarre engagement to much older man, Matt Baier, whom she calls “the love of my life.” Matt was recently exposed for having 7 secret kids, which the Teen Mom OG star vehemently denies.
“He doesn’t have seven kids but he does have more than what people know because we decided to keep it private,” maintains Amber. “It’s nobody’s business.” Except you’re on the TeeVee there makin’ it our biznits.
Amber‘s tell-all, Never Too Late, is set to be released next month. “My book is to help others,” she tweeted. “I’ve had a book deal for years and haven’t used it because I felt there was no purpose… but now there is… love.”
In the preview clip, Amber admits to Dr. Phil that she was high the entire time she filmed Teen Mom. "Every time you see me on that show, I was high, except for when I was on 16 and Pregnant," she shares. "This is actually my first time on stage sober, so I'm really nervous."
After following Teen Mom train wrecks Farrah Abraham and Jenelle Evans, it's refreshing to read about a Teen Mom star who has worked hard to turn her life around and learned from her mistakes. I am proud ofAmber Portwood for making the decisions she has to make a better life for herself and Leah.
In her first interview since being released from prison on November 4, Amber talked to In Touch about her pill addiction, prison life, and future plans.
"Before prison, I never thought aboutLeah," admitted Amber. "I was addicted to drugs and didn't care about anything else. Prison saved my life – and gave me a second chance at being a mother." Note to Jenelle: the picture above is what a second chance as a mom looks like, not a positive pregnancy test.
Amber Portwood shocked us when she asked a judge to send her to prison eighteen months ago. Now, out on parole, the former Teen Mom star is making plans for the future and working on her relationship with her daughter.
In a recent interview, Shawn Portwood insisted his sister is clearheaded and sober now, adding that Amber's working hard to rebuild her life.
"Amber's focus is college," said Shawn. "Then she wants to start her own drug rehabilitation program." Sound crazy? Maybe not!Amber was released from prison after serving only seventeen months of a five year sentence mostly due to selflessly helping other inmates better themselves.
Following her release, Shawn Portwood tweeted, "Amber is out and looking better than she ever has because she is clean of drugs and healthy. Time to start a new chapter. I love you, sis." Later that night, he added, "After spending the day with her, I know she will be OK."
Amber went from prison to a burger restaurant for lunch to her daughter Leah. Mom and daughter were reunited Monday night. Gary Shirley has full custody of Leah currently, but Amber hopes to obtain joint custody soon.
Amber was released from prison earlier than expected due to earning credits for good behavior and successfully completing a drug abuse program. Amber's mother Tonya and brother Shawn were present for her release. Ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley and daughter Leah were not.
In today's Teen Mom news, two of the original cast continue to on their respective paths, and it's almost as if they've traded places. Amber Portwood was the series' train wreck, and viewers watched her downward spiral that ended with an extended stay in the clink. Now, however, Amber has worked hard to turn her life around for the sake of her daughter and herself.
On the other hand, her co-star Farrah Abraham is also a train wreck. While she's not in jail, I'm sure she'd entertain the idea of starring in an adult movie focused on female inmates. Of course, Farrah never disappoints, and she recently chatted about how she can't run from fame (it will find her!) and the caliber of her three (yes, three) veryveryveryvery successful suitors. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried!
Let's start with the positive, shall we? Starcasm reports on a recent interview given by Amber where she talks about her progress while in prison and how hard she's working to get out of jail.