Amber Portwood: “Being a Teen Mom ruined my life”

Amber Portwood of Teen Mom earned the cover of Life & Style this week. Inside, Amber blames MTV for the fact that she was charged with two counts of felony domestic violence and spent a night in jail. She said “I wouldn’t have been in jail because nobody would have known about it.” It’s all MTV’s fault for airing the footage instead of Amber’s fault for beating on Gary multiple times while the cameras were rolling. Amber makes $280,000 a year from MTV but says the show ruined her life and she’s considering quitting. Don’t let the door hit your ass, Amber.

On Dec. 28th, Amber Portwood emerged from the Madison County jail in Anderson, Ind. visibly shaken and certain she never wants to go back behind bars. “I just can’t even imagine not seeing my little baby if I go back to jail,” the Teen Mom star and mother to 2-year old Leah told Life & Style in her first post-jail interview right outside the brick walls. “It scares me so bad.”

But it’s a very real possibility for Amber. She’s been charged with two counts of domestic battery, one count of neglect of a dependent and one misdemeanor charge of domestic battery for beating her ex and Leah’s father, Gary Shirley, during an episode of MTV’s hit reality show. If convicted, she could be ordered to serve three years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine—which has her second-guessing her decision to sign on to the show in the first place.

In fact, she admits that having her dirty laundry air on TV has for all intents and purposes ruined her life. “I wouldn’t have been in jail because nobody would have known about it,” she told Life & Style. And her family seems to agree. “Before that scene of her hitting Gary aired, she didn’t have problems,” her brother Shawn Portwood tells Life & Style. “I can’t say completely that it’s the show’s fault because obviously my sister did it. But Amber and Gary asked them not to air the fight because they knew this legal stuff would happen. Now my sister gets death threats, and my niece’s life is in turmoil.”

For more on Teen Mom, pick up the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now.

[From Life & Style]

That’s funny that Amber’s afraid of losing Leah, because she never seemed particularly interested in her daughter in the footage that aired on MTV. Maybe MTV cut out all the scenes where she read to her, brought her to the park, or bothered to speak with her other than to tell her to stop doing something or to complain about Gary.

OK! also features Amber this week, also about how she was changed in jail. They have some details about her sentence:

“Amber was led in handcuffs to a cell containing four female inmates,” said the insider. “She told the guard she thought she’d at least have her own cell…

“She complained she was cold. Then, when it came time for lights out, the girls each had a very thin, old mattress to sleep on. The girls had to sleep on the floor. When she asked for a pillow, she was told this wasn’t a Holiday Inn. She didn’t sleep at all, just cried off and on till dawn. She had no idea jail would be like this, and she vowed not to return.”

[From OK! Magazine, print edition, January 17, 2010]

That’s priceless “this ain’t a Holiday Inn.” I wonder how many times the guards use that one, probably every single time someone asks for something. Is Amber even going to be asked back on MTV? I think she’s afraid she won’t be, and is about to be replaced by the new crop of Teen Moms from 16 and Pregnant. As a result, she’s staging pregnancy scares and capitalizing on her incarceration. Being a Teen Mom ruined her life to point that it gave her a ton of cash to waste, a bunch of fame, and held her responsible for her actions. If it’s too much for her to handle there are tens of thousands of teen moms who would love to take her place.

Photos are from 12/10 and 12/11. Credit: Fame Pictures




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  1. brin says:

    No, it ruined your daughter’s life.

  2. abel says:

    she looks like she’s lost weight, but she still looks as trashy as before. what a disgusting girl.

  3. redlips says:

    Ya think? Being a famewhore is not all it is cracked up to be, is it?

  4. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    No Amber, your super superior decision making skills ruined your life.

  5. Eleonor says:

    @Brin: co-sign.

  6. devilgirl says:

    The only thing that has ruined her life is drug abuse (oh, yes, drugs!) and stupidity. She has in return, RUINED an innocent child’s life, with Leah being stuck with not one BUT two lazy, uneducated, uncivilized parents.

    Oh, and when has jail ever been a place that is all comfy, cozy and like home! DON’T DISOBEY THE LAWS OF SOCIETY, and you might not have to be in jail, dimwit!

  7. kiko says:

    what a drama queen..

  8. eja102 says:

    poor kid. imagine what she’ll read when she’d old enough to google.

    lindsay I can handle, because really, she’d just fucking up her own life. but this (insert adjective) has a kid.

  9. Hautie says:

    Let me see if I got this straight. Instead of doing something positive with her cash, like maybe taking a accounting course down at the local community college, she is a victim because MTV gave her too much money.

    So instead of trying to find her footing and make the most of this opportunity. She is fist fighting with her baby-daddy.

    And blaming MTV for telling everyone about it.

    Cause if no one see’s you do it, then it means it never happen? Right?

  10. Obvious says:

    …amber, sweetheart, just because the cameras didn’t catch it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. at least you are being held responsible, and now Leah will learn it’s not ok to be like mommy.

    can we give Leah to a new family who will love her forever?

  11. melanie says:

    I think she is lucky she got caught and she should realize that. Perhaps now she is shaken enough to actually make a change.

  12. melanie says:

    @Hautie, she can’t take any classes at the local community college because she doesn’t have a GED or high school diploma.

  13. fabgrrl says:

    I saw the headline and thought, good, this “woman” (girl) has realized the truth. Then I realized she isn’t saying being a teen mom ruined her life, but being a “Teen Mom” did.

  14. Rita says:

    “Being a teen mom ruined my life”

    It’s not doing your child any good either you twit!!!

  15. Stronzilla says:

    “Before that scene of her hitting Gary aired, she didn’t have problems”

    So, it was Gary viciously throwing his face against her fist that started it all. And that pesky toddler, how dare she require time and attention hence leading to the charge of neglect! How’s a girl supposed to fritter away her hard-earned bucks. And here I thought Amber’s problems began when a poor upbringing and lack of education led to an unwanted teenage pregnancy. Silly me! Love thelast remark about how she vowed not to return to jail, like it was a choice! Honey, they got your room on permanent reservation now.

  16. the original bellaluna says:

    To say nothing of what it’s done to your child’s.

  17. Ruby Red Lips2 says:

    Hows about Amber or somebody helping her invest at least half the money in a trust fund for Leah??

    If she loves her daughter so much, she should have put her first – sadly, I don’t belive Amber has the right support and is from another trailer trash family who will never learn or become educated enough to realise the world is bigger then them.

    Poor Leah

  18. Hautie says:

    @Hautie, she can’t take any classes at the local community college because she doesn’t have a GED or high school diploma.

    Oh that is rich… she has not taken time out of busy daily schedule, to make the time to get her GED?

    So now the excuse for not bettering herself, is that she can’t find the time to get her GED or diploma.

    There is no hope for her.

    She has the money for a babysitter/day care. She has the cash to support herself. So she has the time and means to get that GED.

    There really is no hope for her. I am stunned she is not pregnant.

  19. anti says:

    $280,000 ?!?!

  20. original kate says:

    lordy, what an evil looking troll she is! in that cover photo she looks like she’s going to wish someone into the cornfield.

    *pulls covers over head and trembles*

  21. The_Porscha says:

    Absolutely co-sign Brin’s statement. I have no pity for this girl. The fact that she AND her family are basically justifying the abuse and condemning MTV for airing it shows what irresponsible twits they are. I hope jail makes her wake up and prioritize, but it doesn’t sound like it. Stop putting her on magazine covers, FFS.

  22. Lori says:

    fabgrrl – EXACTLY!

  23. BrandyMc says:

    If I remember correctly she couldn’t get her GED, cause she couldn’t pass the pretest.

  24. Shannon says:

    Classic batterer behavior. It’s everyone’s fault but Amber’s. She is not going to change until she accepts responsibility for her actions, unfortunately. This means the trainwreck is going to last a while longer.

  25. Kiki says:

    Question: I’m 10+ years older than this girl… Why does she look so beat? Could someone please explain? I can’t stop staring at her…

  26. Manda says:

    She did take the GED test. And failed badly. And cried to Gary who was watching the baby at the library where she took it. SHe did her pretests at home on the internet or whatever. She doesn’t want to further her education. Why would she? Whats her motivation? Not the poor little princess they have. She doesn’t care. And WILL not be a good mom untill she realizes that it isn’t about her or GARY. But that I don’t think will ever happen.Poor Leah. I live in Arkansas and my fiance has full custody of his daughter. We have her all the time because her own mother is a piece. And has had long enough to get her shit straight but won’t, so what did she do? Went and had another kid to fill the void of my step daughter being “taken from her” I could go on, but there isn’t enought time in this day or room on this page. I hate women who think just because they birthed the child it makes them a good mom. It doesn’t even make you a mom in my opinion. A mother loves, cares and is always there, who helps and does all they can for their babies.

  27. MrsOdie2 says:

    She and Gary are nothing but trash. Nevertheless, she is the only mother Leah has ever had. I think the trauma of Leah losing her mother would be worse than anything the kid has been through so far. If you don’t have a young child (mine is 20 months) it’s hard to explain the bond a child feels for her mother. Mother is the whole world. Her sense of everything being okay. Even if that mother is piece of ho-trash, her daughter needs her.

    I wish they’d given Leah up at birth, so she could have bonded with a mother who would have been the mother she deserved, but that ship has sailed.

    And the daddy? He is SUCH a loser. Unemployed, unemployable, obese P.O.S. Leah will be pregnant by 16 if not 15, and the father will be a big loser like her dad. He is her model for what a “man” is. It’s so sad.

  28. JRenee says:

    Sadly there is a child who is getting the short end of the stick here. Amber hasn’t even acknowledged that she has a problem so therefore she hasn’t tried to get help.
    If she doesn’t change,this will only get worse. I can only imagine what will happen by the time she hits 30. No one seems to be stepping in to help Leah.

  29. Anti-icon says:

    #26 Manda. Thank you for being a mom to the precious little step daughter you are helping to raise.

    This issue and the way it is presented on MTV is so damaging….and I can’t watch any of it….and really even these blog posts with such child abuse in it by everyone — including giving this girl a “job” on TV — is just sickening.

    A teen is in NO WAY, emotionally prepared to be a mother.

    I hope that people/women in America still believe strongly in Right to Choose — because these are no “lives” that are being ruined on national television.

  30. fizXgirl314 says:

    I’m not defending this girl or anything but I find it so despicable how easy it is for psychotic lunatics to dispense death threats like it’s somehow their rightful duty or something… also, I don’t agree with the conditions in the prison… they can at least give these women a bed and a blanket. That just seems cruel and unusual to me…

  31. Scarlet Vixen says:

    @MrsOdie: The difference is you actually love and care for your baby, and are a good mom. That’s a huge part of why you and your baby have such a strong bond. Crappy moms don’t often have that bond. My brother’s ex (I call her the “Dirty Wh*re Wife”) never had that bond with their daughter. Their daughter always preferred my brother and her grandma to her own mom. Because her mom sucked, and my niece instinctively knew that she gravitated toward the ones who loved her and took care of her. It sounds like Amber’s daughter is better off without her and should be in a loving, safe and stable environment.

  32. DetRiotgirl says:

    What in the name of Willy Wonka’s oompa loompas is up with this girls face? Is she orange? Is her face just really monotone? Seriously, I can’t quite put my finger on it.

  33. texasmom says:

    She has an almost feral look in that top picture.

  34. la_chica says:

    I feel bad that her daughter has to look at her horrible face.

  35. Green Is Good says:

    What a Narcissistic, spoiled b*tch. It’s ALL about HER. Never mind the innocent toddler that has to suffer due to her Mother’s behavior.

  36. Chrissy says:

    She is trash, trash, trash … that poor child to have to be raised in that household with those two people as their parents.

  37. Pow! says:

    @ Shannon…co-sign completely. Everything is always everyone else’s fault, never hers. I find it so difficult to understand that she can give this interview & not say to herself “wow, I am utterly & completely narcissistic. I take NO responsibility- EVER, do I??”. Until she gets that NOTHING will change at all.

  38. MrsOdie2 says:

    On a side-note, I have always been amazed by what an adorable child Leah is, given how both of her parents look like they live under bridges harassing billy goats.

  39. Cari says:

    I just wish someone would tell her to lose the pink lipstick and orange makeup! She looks effin’ ridiculous!

    And yeah, I hope her daughter somehow makes it into adulthood without the need of therapy due to her parents. Poor kid.

  40. Kim says:

    So she isnt sorry – she is just sorry she got caught. Well i hope jail scared her enough to get help.

    That said its now coming out how MTV producers urge the teens to fight with boyfriends, parents, etc. because it makes for better tv. If they dont they wont be on the show.

    Its one thing to have shows like Jersey Shore with legal adults but exploiting teens and their babies is sick and shows how completely gredy and sick MTV is.

    This will come back to bite MTV in the rear & they so deserve it. I hope the whole network goes bankrupt.

  41. Kim says:

    People need to realize Amber is a young, uneducated, unpriviledged girl who was handed more money than she will ever make in her life and quick fame by MTV to be on this show! Yes she has issues but wouldnt you if pregnant this young and no money or future?

    Most girls in her position would do exact same thing.

    MTV uses and exploits these girls and their babies! The producers of this show are the ones who should be behind bars!

  42. JenJen says:

    Beyond her obvious violent temper she is verbally and emotionally abusive to the baby. I hope Leah is in a safe and loving home before she can ever understand things said to her like “your Daddy is leaving you”.

  43. Isabel says:

    If she were a dog, she would be euthanized.

    She’s absolutely disgusting. What a piece of trash.

  44. truthzbetta says:

    Her being a teen mom ruined my life too.


    That makes as much sense as what she just said.

  45. MrsOdie2 says:

    When she said to Leah, “your dad is leaving you again,” I burst into tears (as did the child). I cannot imagine saying something like that to my daughter EVER. She is so fragile and young and loves her daddy so much. I know Amber is just stupid, but when she said that, I think something in that child probably died. And I think MTV is at fault because they didn’t turn off the cameras right then, sit them all down with a therapist and explain that YOU DO NOT SAY THAT TO A CHILD!!!

  46. Aries_Mira says:

    I hope she ends up with jail time. All this bull**t with the crying and “I’m a changed person; I don’t want to lose my daughter” drama doesn’t fly. If this were all true, we wouldn’t be reading this. She would have figured it out months ago and done something about it. I have no sympathy for her whatsoever. She made her bed, now she has to lie in it.

  47. mojoman says:

    @MsOdie2: I co-sign. What a disgusting human being! How could she say those mean things to an innocent child? I despise these people, including MTV for enabling and letting these incidents happened under their watch. SICK SICK I tell you!! I never watch this show (just from celebitchy) and wish people will boycott and stop watching it.

  48. Hakura says:

    OMFG. Is she serious? Really fucking serious?

    In other news, I’ve realized what she reminds me of! Has anyone seen the show ‘Futurama‘s parody of ‘Willy Wonka‘? Amber *really* reminds me of their version of ‘oompa loompa’s. Here:

    Right? xD (So hard to find decent pictures of them for some reason.)

  49. original kate says:

    “When she said to Leah, “your dad is leaving you again,” I burst into tears (as did the child).”

    @ mrs.odie: what a hideous thing to say to a child. when her daughter grows up to be a meth head/prostitute/serial killer i hope amber won’t be too surprised.

  50. heartsick says:

    It’s killing me that her little one isn’t already placed in foster care. Neither of them, gary or Amber are capable of loving this child. Amber does not know what love means and Gary is just not able to love. This is crazy that Amber receives this kind of money! Why doesn’t MTV use those funds to take a stand and help all schools begin a program for our lost children to learn how to live, teach children how to be kind compassionate loving people. Clearly thier parents were incapable of this. Maybe they will either not become pregnant at 16 or at least have the mental and emotional health to handle the situation. (Obviously this was never taught to Amber and so many other teens in trouble) Child Services has dropped the ball here America…Amber is not going to change. Little Leahs eyes break my heart!!! She is abused and needs to be taken away from Amber and Gary. Amber needs to be put in jail and her money should pay for her stay there not our tax dollars.
    To stop watching this is too close to the idea that if it is not seen it doesn’t happen…I am grateful there are cameras here, who knows what Amber might do without some one watching her!
    And by the way, is this the wage for all the kids on this show? Dads too?

  51. LBees says:

    Meth. Head. No. No.


  52. mia says:

    Somebody buy her baby a barrette.

  53. mollination says:

    The very definition of white-trash.

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  58. DeDe says:

    This seems to be a generational kind of stupidity, to me. My grandmother, and most of her sisters, were married and became mothers when they were teenagers. My grandmother, and her siblings, were born over a hundred years ago. However, I also have older cousins who married and started families while still in their teens. So, in the past, this kind of thing was not uncommon, like we are being led to believe. But they were WOMEN. Get it, Amber? You need to grow your butt up el pronto. You are a woman now, and you need to start acting like it. When you chose to keep your child, it was no longer all about Amber and what Amber wants, and what is making Amber mad,sad, or who knows what. Your baby came into this world as a tiny little bundle of needs. And you are the one who has to meet those needs. Grow up. Get your GED. You can do it, so stop making excuses. Your boyfriend needs to man up big time. That could be a whole other post. But right now, you are a woman, and if I was in your family, you would have to get out of your little teenage fit throwing ways. That’s what the women who had kids young in the past dig. And to her family: do not baby her. Make her do it. And please, get married to the next guy before you decide to have any more babies.

  59. Canstand you says:

    there needs to be a website directly linked to her home. and she needs to read how when ever the world watches this idiot try to act like a human being she fails miserably. seriously what a abomination to the world. ladies and gentleman this will be the next Caylee Anthony case. she needs to be arrested before it happens.