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Gary Shirley testifies in Amber Portwood’s custody battle

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Teen Mom OG star Gary Shirley defended his ex-girlfriend Amber Portwood while testifying against ex-boyfriend Andrew Glennon in her custody battle.

Teen Mom OG star Gary Shirley defended his ex-girlfriend Amber Portwood while testifying in her custody battle against ex-boyfriend Andrew Glennon, according to audio obtained by The sun on April 20th. Portwood wants to stop Glennon from taking her son – 3-year-old James – from Indiana to California, The Sun wrote.

Shirley, 35, and Portwood, 31, share one child together, 13-year-old Leah. Though they’ve had a difficult relationship over the years, Shirley testified that Portwood is currently stable and that their co-parenting relationship is positive.

“Amber is a different person now than she was with me, and she’s a different person than she was a year and a half ago,” he said during an Indiana court hearing March 3, per The sun. “I’m noticing more positive things. Actually, I’m very proud of her. It’s a big responsibility she has.”

Shirley got emotional as he spoke about the different relationship Portwood has with her son versus her daughter, according to The Sun. “It’s a different bond with James than with Leah,” he said on audio, transcribed from The sun. “Because when Leah was that age, she was in prison and some other things were going on with her, and I think the person she is now isn’t who she was then.”


Portwood is currently on probation

Portwood was sentenced to three years in prison in May 2012 after pleading guilty to a substance abuse charge indy star She was released in November 2013 after spending 17 months behind bars.

Portwood and Glennon split in July 2019 when James was 1 year old, following an incident in which she pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic battery and intimidation indy star reported. She was sentenced to 906 days probation.

Glennon claimed Portwood attacked him with a machete while holding James reported by TMZ.

Portwoods Rep told TMZ that she wanted to “move on” from the incident after Glennon apparently leaked audio footage of the incident, writing:

“These recordings, obtained without Amber’s knowledge and distributed without her consent, serve as a painful reminder of a challenging and complicated time in her life that she would like to move on from. Her full focus remains on reaching a favorable custody agreement for her son James.”


Portwood now has Leah’s support

Portwood opened up about her life in her second memoir, “So you’re crazy too?” She opens up about her two secret pregnancies, her battle with mental illness and substance abuse.

Portwood said she and Leah are doing better.

“We’re at a point now where it’s a fun relationship,” Portwood said Ashley’s reality summary. “We’re not what people think we are anymore. She needed her time. She had to understand my past and deal with it.”

“I think it took Leah a while to understand. She told me she could see the change [in me]. I thought it was nice of her to say that,” she continued. “What I did, I wanted to stay present and not stay away from her.”

Portwood has been diagnosed with five mental illnesses, including borderline personality disorder and bipolar. “Leah knows a few things,” Portwood said The Ashley. “She knows what my mental illnesses are, and that’s a big step.”

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