INTERVIEW Amber Portwood on her new man, relationship with Leah and more Teen Mom


When Teen Mom ended its first run in Fall 2012, Amber Portwood was known as the show’s bad girl. In the two years since, Amber completed a term in prison, emerged as a transformed woman and is now on a mission to help others with her memoir, Never Too Late.

“I’ve been determined to just use my story of my life to help others in the same situation and give people hope,” Amber, now 24, told Starcasm in a new interview. “I just want to let people know that it is never too late.”

In her personal life, the “never too late” motto applies to the relationship she’s developed with 5-year-old Leah.

“She says cute little things like the other day when she did her walk with heels on, she was like, ‘I’m a lady like Mommy,’” Amber said of her daughter. “I just thought it was so adorable because I’m happy that she looks up to me now.”

Amber explained that even though she doesn’t have custody of Leah, Gary Shirley allows her to see their daughter any time. She attributed that impressively smooth co-parenting relationship to the fact the ex-fiances only talk about Leah.

“We don’t really argue anymore because we don’t have that personal relationship anymore,” Amber said, adding that’s “a good thing.”

Besides, moving on from Gary has enabled Amber to connect with a new man.

“I have been talking specifically to one person and I really do feel like I love him, but we’re not together. We’re taking things really slow,” Amber said, explaining she’s working to overcome the trust issues caused by ex-boyfriends who sold stories about her to the press. “I have to get myself back in gear and tell myself, ‘Ok, I can trust men, I just have to not be naive.’ That’s a problem that I have because I’m very naive when it comes to love… I do believe that I trust this man. I hope that I can trust him.”

Another big part of her life that Amber approached with apprehension was the idea of doing a new season of Teen Mom.

“I had a bunch of mixed feelings because I personally wanted to make sure that I was strong enough to handle the life again… I believe that I am strong enough to and I’m ready and willing to share the way that my life is now with fans,” Amber said. “The main thing that I think helped me say yes to this show is I kind of thought, ‘You know, you wrote this book. You wanted to help people. You want to reach out to as many people as you can, so why wouldn’t you do this?’”

Beyond sharing her message on MTV, Amber revealed she is working on founding her own rehabilitation centers and hopes to have them up and running by the time she turns 30.

“Everything that I’m getting from what I’m doing, a lot of it is going towards building these rehabs, building these programs, building my website,” Amber said. It’s going toward something that’s going to help others, not just benefit me.”

Amber Portwood’s memoir, Never Too Late, is available now.

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  • Kir

    I actually liked watching her Teen Mom Special. Seems like she has her life back on track. Good for her!

  • Brandy Nicole

    I actually have a lot of respect for her and who she has become. She’s still got a long way too go but she’s well on her way.

  • Pat Brown

    she has a long way to go, going back on TV is a mistake IMO, it caused her nothing but grief, but again she is looking for easy money. Hopefully it all works, and she stays sober. Time will tell!

    • Dana Swank

      The way she talks you would think she had DECADES of sobriety. I.certainly hope she stays clean but would love to hear her say somedays are a struggle because they must be.

      • Rayne

        Amber did say in several interviews that she struggles daily with her addiction. She always will but I’m going to continue to pray she stays sober and lives up to her full potential. She definitely does not have an easy road in front other.

  • kiki

    I love him but we’re taking it slow… no honey. You might have love for him but quit putting yourself out there like that!

    • Cathy Klemm

      She’s still as immature as ever. Sounds like an online boyfriend. She’s such an idiot. Some people never grow up.

    • Dana Swank

      I thought that was a bit contradictory too. We’re taking it slow but I’m in love with him? Sounds like he’s getting all the boyfriend benefits without the title.

  • Cathy Klemm

    If she was 16 and pregnant and even if she had baby at 17 then how is she 24 and Leah 5 ?

    • Dana Swank

      Amber wasn’t pregnant at 16. The called it 16 and pregnant but some of the women were older but still teenagers

      • Cathy Klemm

        Oh, Thanks.

  • ameliaBedelia76

    I feel like if Amber truly wanted to be “normal” she he would give up on MTV & crap like that. If she was concerned about people selling stories of her she wouldn’t be on TV. I don’t buy her or her new lease on life. I think she is still hoping to be a celebrity.

  • gigi123

    Way to go Amber! I’m so impressed with how she has turned her life around. I wish her nothings but the absolute best.

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