Gary Shirley Talks Raising Daughter Leah: He Has Not Told Her Mom Amber Portwood Is in Jail

Posted on Oct 4 2012 - 12:52pm by Cate

Gary Shirley Talks Raising Daughter Leah: He Has Not Told Her Mom Amber Portwood Is in Jail

It has been about four month’s since Teen Mom’s hellraiser, Amber Portwood chose life behind bars over a court ordered drug problem. Drastic times call for equally drastic measures and back then Amber simply didn’t feel like she was capable of staying clean and sober. The desperate star concluded that the only way to ensure her own safety was to request jail time, a move that theoretically would keep her out of trouble and away from the drugs. This move also completely ripped her out of the active life of her four-year-old daughter Leah and left baby daddy, Gary Shirley to raise the little one alone. He recently spoke to In Touch and talked about how he handles caring for his daughter primarily alone,

“I haven’t been able to say to her, ‘Mommy’s in jail’. 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.’ I’m doing the best I can,” he insists. Still, he often feels so overwhelmed that he’s brought to tears. “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.”

Gary hasn’t always been the best role model either and his relationship with Amber over the years has been volatile at best, but at least he is stepping up and trying to raise Leah himself. Too little help means that he really is doing the bulk of the parenting and not just ditching his kid with a grandparent to do all of the hard work.

Do you think that Leah is in good hands with Gary or do you think she would be better off being raised by someone else? Can Gary do it himself? Also when should he clue Leah in to the truth about her mother? At what age do you think he should start to ease her into the truth of the situation? Tell us what your thoughts are in the comments below!

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Cate Meighan has been covering celeb news in one for longer than some of you have been alive. She is a senior writer for CDL and also fortunate enough to be heard on a multitude of radio stations across the U.S. and Canada with her Hollywood Catie Celeb Report. Part of what gets her out of bed in the morning is wondering whether or not this will be the day that she doesn’t have to type the name “Kardashian” even once. (It’s coming, truly it is!) When not chained to her desk you’ll find Cate chasing after her trio of Tween girls, hiding in the back corner of a bookstore, over priced coffee in hand or obsessing over ice dance to the point of ridiculousness.

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