Amber Portwood’s Mom: She Needs A “Break” From The “Drama”

Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood’s mother, Tonya, speaks out to Life & Style about her daughter. For months Tonya remained mum while her 20-year-old daughter physically and verbally abused former fiancé Gary Shirley in front of the couple’s toddler, Leah, 2, on her popular MTV reality show.

Tonya says her daughter needs a break from all the drama. “She needs a break from filming.” Although Amber has already started shooting season three, “I think she should quit now,” Tonya says. “Things need to calm down. There’s been way too much drama.”

Even before Gary came into the picture, Tonya reveals that Amber was emotionally damaged by the loss of her infant sister, Candace, who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when Amber was just 6-years-old. “That was her baby sister,” says Tonya. “Amber just loved her.”

Tonya says that Amber is on the road to recovery. “She’s left Gary. When she’s not with Gary, she’s fine. She’s looking for a better place to raise Leah. She’s seeing a therapist. She’s getting herself straightened out. She’s trying to turn her life around.”

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  1. Oh! OF COURSE, it’s all Gary’s, and MTV’s, fault! It can’t be that Amber is jackass with issues. I am sorry her sister died, but take some personal responsibility.

  2. Please, it’s all because of Gary and the loss of her baby sister? I’m not buying that explanation. I think Amber has serious issues. She needs a lot of therapy and I think Amber is lucky that the father of her child is a good person with a huge heart.

  3. LMFAO what a joke. She probably doesn’t even remember her sister that died 14 years ago. I don’t remember my brother’s birth when I was that age.

    It’s obviously allll Gary’s fault too.

  4. Women’s domestic violence against men is grossly under reported, while male victims are still routinely being ignored by the taxpayer funded domestic violence industry. Credible research overwhelmingly shows that the ratio of domestic violence is at least 50/50 between women & men. Go to Fiebert Bibliography. According to one study by researchers who work at the CDC, in 70% of domestic violence incidents, where the d.v. is not mutual, it’s women who initiate the d. v. Go to Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting. Click on the link under the red & blue pie chart. D.v. law follows a gender feminist agenda over facts & does great harm to many innocent men & also many violent women. Go to Youtube, “Los Misandry”

  5. What about the little children? They are least able to contend with domestic violence in their families. According to the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and DOJ statistics, more kids are killed by neglect and abuse in a year (1,760 in 2007), than all the female intimate partner homicides in a year. Mothers are the single largest group of kid killers, according to HHS and they have a rate twice that of fathers. Nowhere near the money is spent to protect kids from kid killing mothers as is spent by the domestic violence industry to protect women. A lot of innocent men are witch-hunted by the corrupt, gender feminist influenced, taxpayer funded, domestic violence industry. Involving the corrupt d.v. industry in an attempt to prevent abusive and neglectful deaths of children is a big mistake. No place better exemplifies the corruption of the taxpayer funded, domestic violence industry than “Los Misandry” at Youtube.

  6. What about the laws put into place about children being in front of camera’s. The Gosselin’s had to get papers so do these ladies? I can’t seem to think about how unhealthy it is for these kids to always have a camera shoved in their face.

  7. Well then she will be really screwed not getting that $60,000 pay check. The show has nothing to do with it. She is crazy and needs help. I don’t think I have seen a better description of what white trash is!

  8. oh god i just read the rest of the article. Are you kidding? Emotionally scarred from a death 15 years before? That is a cop out. And it doesn’t matter who she is with she is extremely unstable and that child should be taken away from her asap!

  9. I think the important part of this is that Amber is seeing a therapist and getting help. She is obviously very depressed, possibly bipolar, and should have been seeing a therapist years ago. I think people should chill out a little with their harsh criticism of Amber. She has done some pretty awful stuff, but she wants to change and is seeking help to do so.

  10. Does she really want to change?? Or is it all an act since the world has seen her true side. Is she just saying shem is wrong and needs therapy to get all this bad media of her back. Girls like Amber tend to do whatever it takes to get there way when deep down they are still the spoiled rotten nasty white trash they always were. She probably just wears that regretful face when cameras are around and whats her excuse for not putting sheets on leahs bed and filthy discusting house she keeps and allowing some guy that she barely knew other than the fact he had been to jail clean her house and change her baby girls diapers. She brought all this on herself. I have no pitty for her.

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