Amber Portwood: “I Would Have Died” If I Didn’t Go To Prison
Amber Portwood says she “would have died” if she didn’t go to prison. As Gossip Cop reported, the “Teen Mom” star opted to be put behind bars in 2012 after getting busted for drug possession while she was on probation for assaulting baby daddy Gary Shirley.
A plea deal would have allowed Portwood to serve out her sentence in rehab, but she asked to be sent to prison instead. She was sentenced to five years in the slammer, but was released in 2013, nearly four years early, due to good behavior, time served, and credit for two prison courses she took, in addition to participating in a substance abuse program.
Now, with “Teen Mom OG” set to premiere on Monday, Portwood is opening up about her 17-month stint in lockup, and how she’s changed her life. “The only thing I could see happening to me if I [hadn’t gone] to prison is I would have died. I would have overdosed,” she tells People, explaining, “When you’re an addict you know what your bottom is.”
Portwood says she obtained her G.E.D. while in prison, revealing, “The whole time I was in there I worked my ass off. There were hundreds of hours of drug addiction classes. I did extra classes, parenting and anger management, and even started teaching. I put myself in there for a reason so I didn’t want to make it a waste.”
She’s hoping “Teen Mom OG,” which chronicles the original cast of the MTV reality franchise, will change people’s opinions of her. “I didn’t want people to have a bad taste in their mouth of things that happened in the past. I thought, ‘This is my chance, don’t blow it,'” she says.
Portwood and Shirley are now co-parenting their daughter Leah “the best that we can,” the reality star tells People. “It’s not perfect and he still gets on my nerves, but we’re happy with the people we’re with.” Indeed, as Gossip Cop reported, Portwood hit back earlier this month at claims she faked her engagement to Matt Baier for the cameras. She now tells the magazine, “We want to be engaged for at least a year before we really jump into anything.”
Portwood, who hopes to go to college, says, “Obviously I’ve had some speed bumps. But it’s never too late to try to get your life back and do something positive.” What do you think of Portwood’s comments? Will you watch “Teen Mom OG”?