MTV Teen Mom star Amber Portwood is serving a five year jail sentence for substance abuse after refusing to go to rehab as a plea bargain. Since she checked in and donned her jumpsuit, her ex-fiance Gary Shirley has been lying to daughter Leah, saying mom is on vacation, and refusing to let Leah visit. Although Amber has admitted that she isn’t the world’s best mom, we think it’s a bit unfair that Gary wanted to keep Leah away for five years. Now, Gary has taken to his Facebook to update fans on their situation.
On Monday morning, Gary posted, “Just to clear up confusion I had to find out for my daughter amber and myself if it was best for Leah to go where her mommy is and visit. I learned that it is the best thing for Leah and Amber. All the paperwork is finally in order so yes soon we will be visiting her. She’s doing a lot better a lot of stuff has be cleared between us things have settled down. (like muddy water) things are heading in the right direction. Thanks for support and in NOWAY was me not taking her to se her mom a control thing. JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S BEST FOR LEAH.”
It’s definitely great that Gary is trying to make sure that Leah is healthy and happy. We know he was keeping her away to protect her from the harsh truth that mommy is a criminal. But it isn’t going to do her any good to let her think her mom has abandoned her for a 5-year vacation. As much as it may hurt, Leah can’t be allowed to think that her mom is innocent in all of this. Gary is clearly doing his best to be a good dad, and it sounds like outside help in the form of a counselor or lawyer is aiding their decisions. I hope that Gary can get healthy so he can be an even more-involved parent. We also want Amber to get it together while she’s serving time, so that when she gets out she can rejoin her family for a healthy, happy life!