Are they done with Amber?
Given her history of addiction, domestic violence, and incarceration, there’s no question that Amber Portwood has had a rocky start in motherhood. Like essentially all of her Teen Mom co-stars, there are early clips of Leah as an infant where it’s clear that Amber has no idea how to take care of her — and most 16-year-olds wouldn’t! Over the years, Amber has kicked her addiction, her violent tendencies, and her bad habits, and has improved the way that she parents. Of course, that doesn’t mean that all of her criticism is in the past.
This season in particular, Amber has been getting a huge amount of backlash about the way that she’s raising Leah. The star has often been criticized for jumping into another relationship even though she didn’t make much time to spend with Leah in past years. Amber keeps defending her absence by saying her that depression has kept her from her daughter, but fans point out that she’s made time to have a new boyfriend despite her struggles.
Yes, once again, Amber’s maternal status is under scrutiny — but is it so bad that she might lose Leah entirely this time? Fans think that Gary Shirley’s wife, Kristina, may be hoping to adopt Leah from Amber.
Gary, Amber, and Kristina gave fans a clear window into their relationship in recent days as they engaged in a huge Twitter battle that has caught the eyes of pretty much every Teen Mom fan out there. Familiar questions about Amber’s mothering techniques and emotional availability were brought up but this time Amber had new and angrier comebacks.
“Make sure to watch Gary and Kristina talking sh*t about me!” Amber raged. “It must be hard making money off of me! Being such a bad mom and all. WHere would they be? Wait..in a 1 bedroom shack in the ghetto of Anderson where he was before I got out and the show came back on!! Ignorant!”
Gary was quick to hold up his side of the story. “I stayed where I was cause I’m no better than the next person i saved up to put 20% down,” he wrote. “I didn’t wanna move and feel like I was struggling, and I wanted to think out all options and find where I wanted my kids to grow up. You can talk poo about me, but plz not about Kristina.”
Amber wrote that Kristina “broke up her family for money and tv!” adding that Kristina’s “husband got a restraining order on her cheating a** with multiple people and then cheated with Gary! What about her daughter? Straight out of Gary’s mouth!!”
“Restraining order to keep my child from filming,” she pointed out. “I am an active mother to my children so quit hating. I’ve never stepped on your toes as a mother nor will I ever. I care for Leah when she is in our care. Love don’t hate.”
“Kristina shut up!” Amber fired back in a now-deleted tweet. “You guys live off of me and my success! Sit back and enjoy the paycheck.”
When the episode aired, it became overtly obvious what Amber was so upset about. At the end of the episode, Gary and Kristina have a frank conversation about Amber’s parenting, and don’t hold anything back.
“Mommy don’t come around because she’s too depressed, but then all of a sudden she brings over Andrew,” Leah said, according to Kristina. “If she was too depressed to see me, why wasn’t she too depressed to find a new man?” Kristina asked, “What am I supposed to say to that?”
“I just want [Leah] to be okay and be happy and not have to worry,” Gary says.
“Let’s adopt Leah,” Kristina says, and then quickly adds, “No.”
Gary lets out a big sigh and says, “I’m with you.”
Unless something massive happens in Amber’s life, it’s very unlikely this plan will ever go through. But it does certainly speak to how exasperated Gary and Kristina have become when it comes to co-parenting with Amber. It also explains why Amber was so infuriated after she saw the episode.
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