It’s been four months since former Teen Mom star Amber Portwood began serving her five-year prison sentence, but 4-year-old daughter Leah still doesn’t know why her mom left.
“I haven’t been able to say to her, ‘Mommy’s in jail,’” her dad, Gary Shirley tells In Touch, on newsstands now. “When I tried to tell her Mommy’s in trouble, she got upset, so I’ve said, ‘Mommy’s at work,’ or ‘Mommy’s on vacation.’”
During phone conversations with her mother, Leah will say, “‘I miss you. When can I see you?’” reveals Amber during her upcoming MTV special which airs October 9. “She actually said, ‘Can I come over to your house?’ I don’t really think Leah understands at all.”
Gary is responsible for Leah while Amber serves 5-years behind bars for a drug arrest.
“I’m doing the best I can,” Gary says. Still, he often feels so overwhelmed with being a single dad. “The last time I cried was two weeks ago. It’s so important to have help with Leah, and people aren’t always there. It’s very frustrating.”