Teen Mom OG star Gary Shirley defended his ex and baby mama Amber Portwood in a heartfelt testimonial amid her custody battle with son James. Gary Shirley and Amber Portwood’s tumultuous relationship has played out for Teen Mom OG viewers over the years, who have witnessed Amber’s struggles with mental illness, drug abuse and domestic violence.
The former couple, who share 13-year-old daughter Leah, have made great strides since their younger days. Amber Portwood has worked to get healthy and improve her relationship with Leah.
Although things are going well on that side of Amber’s family, her messy custody battle over her 3-year-old son James, whom she shares with her ex Andrew Glennon, continues to play out.
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During an emotional testimony on March 3, Gary Shirley came to Amber’s defense in the custody case. He painted her in a good light, noting the improvements she has made in her personal life.
Gary recalled Amber’s time in prison during testimony obtained by The Sun. “AAmber is a different person now than she was with me, and she is a different person than she was even a year and a half ago,” Gary told the judge about his ex.
Gary noted that Amber’s struggles with mental health, drugs and the law have kept her from being a good mother to their daughter Leah.
Amber served 17 months in prison for drug-related charges and was released when Leah was four years old. Gary Shirley continued his testimony, claiming that Amber parents James much differently than she did Leah, noting that Amber never lost her cool with her son.
“I’ve never seen her do anything to James that would concern me. There’s nothing but love there,” Gary Shirley said.