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Teen Mom Amber Portwood Speaks From Prison: It’s Time For Me to “Grow Up”

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By Shari Weiss

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A still-incarcerated Amber Portwood couldn’t participate in Tuesday night’s “Teen Mom” special with Dr. Drew, prompting the MTV star to release a lengthy statement about her well-documented personal problems.

Portwood, whose daughter Leah is now 3-years-old, has spent the last few years in and out of jail on various charges, including assaulting her baby daddy Gary Shirley.

FULL STATEMENT BELOW

In May, Portwood voluntarily opted to go to prison rather than go to rehab for her drug problems.

In her statement, the reality star says she “just got lost,” but now knows she has to “grow up quicker and start acting like a mother.”

“I see pictures of [Leah] and I think about where I went wrong and how I can fix it so she can be proud of me,” Portwood says.

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The “Teen Mom” star goes on to acknowledge that she’s facing the consequences of having unprotected sex, and hopes “people look at my story and say, ‘That’s not the way I want to go.’”

As for whether she and Shirley will reunite when she is released from prison, Portwood is pessimistic, but notes, “Right now my No. 1 priority in life is dedicating my life to being sober, to being a sober person. ”

“And to show my daughter that people make mistakes but you can always come back,” she adds.

Check out Portwood’s full statement below, and tell us what you think.

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AMBER PORTWOOD STATEMENT

Right now I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life. I guess I just got lost. I went to jail because I had an addiction to opiates. You live and you learn. and that’s real. It’s time for me to stop partying and realize that even though I’m 21, I’m not a normal 21-year-old — I’m a mother. Which means I have to grow up quicker and start acting like a mother.

I miss Leah a lot. She’s a little mini-me. I see pictures of her and I think about where I went wrong and how I can fix it so she can be proud of me.

As for Gary, I know that he’s a good dad. I hope he finds happiness, even if it’s not with me. I know we probably won’t get back together. He has too many insecurities when it comes to our relationship but I hope that one day we can have a good relationship between us and Leah.

Right now my No. 1 priority in life is dedicating my life to being sober, to being a sober person. And to show my daughter that people make mistakes but you can always come back. If Leah learns anything from me she should see how becoming a teen mom can change you. How everything is postponed.

I made the show for a reason…some decisions change your whole life. If you don’t want to take responsibility and use protection, then don’t have sex. One night can change your whole life into a sad story.

I hope people look at my story and say, ‘That’s not the way I want to go.’ I know everybody looks at me as a mean person who cusses and hits people, but that’s not me. That’s just what I had to go through to grow up and learn.

I want to show everybody that I can do it and I can start living a straight life and getting my family back in order.

 


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