Teen Mom OG’s Amber Portwood Reacts to Losing Custody of Her Son


Amber Portwood.
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Be true to yourself. Amber PortwoodDuring a Wednesday, Jul 27, court ruling, she expressed her grief at losing custody of her 4-year old son, James.

“I’ve worked so hard to better myself and improve my relationships with my children. While I’ve always been candid about my past substance abuse and struggles with mental illness, a person should have the chance to redeem themselves and not be tethered to their problems from the past,” the 32-year-old Teen Mom OGStar said in a statement Us Weekly.

The Indiana native continued, ”I’ve spent years rebuilding bridges and did everything that was required of me, including submitting 21 negative drug tests and undergoing multiple psychological evaluations, if your road has not been perfect, but you’ve worked hard to become a better, more stable and caring person today, keep moving forward as I will. I’ll never stop fighting for my children who I love more than anything.”

Portwood’s ex Andrew GlennonAccording to documents obtained by, the sole legal and primary physical custody was granted to their son. The SunThe court ruling was issued the same day. James will be moving to California with Glennon (38), from Indiana.

During the ruling, the judge advised the cinematographer to “seek out and consider the mother’s opinion before making any major decisions relating to the child’s medical treatment, education and religion.”

The custody battle between the former couple, who dated from 2017 through 2019, has been ongoing for three years. After Portwood was accused of wielding a machete at Glennon in July 2019, and threatening suicide, their legal drama began. In October, Portwood was arrested for domestic battery. He allegedly wielded a machete at Glennon and threatened suicide in July 2019. 16 and PregnantAlum pleaded guilty in the Pleas of Guilt to Domestic Battery and Intimidation. Indy Star.

Amber Portwood Devastated After Losing Custody Battle

Amber Portwood and James, her baby boy, in 2018.
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The Never Too Late authorShe is also the mom to Leah, a 13-year-old girl she shares with her ex Gary Shirley. In a September 2021 Episode of Teen Mom OGShe wept over her difficult relationship with her daughter.

“It truly breaks my heart that Leah and I are drifting apart. I really think if I could go to therapy with Leah, it would bring us closer together,” the reality star said. “We’ve already talked about therapy for Leah, but Gary wasn’t for it at all. Therapy can be a good way to get your mother back together. Having a mediator can help you to open up and to understand a little bit. I think she’ll be happier in life to understand a bit more of what the past was and how I am today. It’s OK to have a mom that has been through these things. You shouldn’t be ashamed about it. Therapy is something that needs to happen.”

By January, the relationship was better. “[Our visits are] actually going a lot better,” Portwood told Use at the moment. “I can’t speak for Leah, but when we’re around each other now, it’s night and day. It’s just beautiful.”

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