Matt Baier Opens Up About His Experience With Addiction And His Relationship With Teen Mom Star Amber Portwood

Amber Portwood engaged to Matt Baier

Wait… did Jenelle Evans write a relationship advice book? I haven’t heard of one, but it must exist because Amber Portwod and Matt Baier clearly read it. Amber and Matt met on Twitter. Matt moved in. Matt proposed and Amber said yes. In March, Amber gushed about how perfect they are together. In April, the Teen Mom OG shared on Twitter that Matt cheated. In May, Matt gushed about how perfect they are together. INSANITY.

In a recent interview with Starcasm, Matt opened up about his own experience with addiction, his admiration for Amber, and more. “Some people will tell you putting two addicts together is a recipe for disaster,” shared Matt. “Not if one of those addicts is Amber Portwood. Because this woman is the strongest person. Neither of us ever judged each other, which is why our relationship is so great right now. We don’t have anything to hide.”


Matt explained that he was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome (pressure and swelling on the nerves at the end of the spinal cord) and he underwent emergency surgery. An addiction to Vicodin and Percocet followed.

“I was offered prescription pain killers, which I never had before. Before I even realized it, I was completely hooked on painkillers. To me, I wasn’t really an addict, simply because of the fact they were legal, they were given to me by a doctor,” Matt told Starcasm. “I was finding doctors who said, ‘Oh, you’ve had this syndrome, you’ve had this surgery. Of course we’re going to give your painkillers, you’re obviously in a lot of pain.’ You start to convince yourself that you need these things so much that you start to feel pain that isn’t there.”

Matt admitted that addiction took over and led to the demise of his relationship with the mother of his two kids. And it was his daughter who gave him the wake up call he needed.

“I was just absent,” confessed Matt. “I was distant. I was always, always high. This went on for years and years and years. My daughter looked at me and said, ‘I don’t want you guys to get back together. Dad, you do a lot of drugs. We don’t want you guys to get back together.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my god, my kid realizes that I’m high?’ It really snapped me into reality.”

Matt said he quit cold turkey, got clean, and fixed his relationship with his kids. “Not a night goes by that I do not say goodnight to my kids. My kids have forgiven me for being a junkbox a long time ago. Now, I can finally be their dad.”

For reasons I will never understand, Matt, 43, is a Teen Mom super fan, who tried to engage (positively and negatively) the stars on Twitter. Amber took the bait. And now they’re engaged.

“What I realized in short order is that, after hearing her story and having her tell me the story personally, is that this might be one of the strongest people that I’ve ever met in my life,” Matt said about Amber. “She was the one person that I could discuss past behavior with who never said, ‘Oh really? That’s awful.’ She just went, ‘Yeah, I get it.’ And vice versa. When we met as friends, not only did we realize we had addiction in common, we had almost everything in common. We had music, we had movies, we had past experiences.”

Matt shared that he and Amber talked online for six months before they met in person. Matt gave up his apartment in Massachusetts and moved in with Amber in Indiana, kinda without informing her first, a month later. Matt said he believes Amber will “never” abuse drugs again. “I can tell you with the straightest face in the world that’s the last thing I’m worried about because that woman is made of iron,” declared Matt. “She is tough. She deserves role model status.”

After everything she’s been through, I hope for the best for Amber, but I have a bad feeling about this relationship. I do not think it’s normal for a 43-year-old man to troll the stars of Teen Mom on Twitter. #SorryNotSorry


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