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Gary Shirley: I’m Taking Baby Leah To Visit Amber Portwood Soon

Wed, October 10, 2012 3:14pm EDT by 3 Comments
Gary Shirley daughter Leah
Courtesy of MTV

Teen dad Gary Shirley set the record straight on Oct. 9 when he posted a personal video confession on to explain what he thinks of Amber being in prison, and why he hasn’t taken daughter Leah to see her yet.

Gary Shirley, who has full custody of daughter Leah, 3, gave his thoughts on ex-girlfriend Amber Portwood‘s special MTV interview Amber Behind Bars in an online video confession. The 25-year-old single father explained why he’s so hesitant to visit his baby’s mother while she serves a 5-year prison sentence.

“I haven’t visited Amber in jail yet, I had to figure out if it was a great idea to take Leah in there to visit mommy,” he confessed.

But after talking to Dr. Drew Pinksy, who told the single dad that it’s “really important that kids see their mommy and know they’re there,” Gary promises he’ll be taking Leah to see Amber as soon as possible.

Right now, he still tries to avoid the topic as much as possible — even though Amber has been locked up for four months.

“Whenever Leah asks me where her mother is, I kind of tend to tell her she’s at home or she’s on vacation, or at work just to keep the questions from accumulating and make it easy on her,” he admitted. “As she gets older if more questions come, then I’ll have to break it to her.”

Despite keeping the news of Amber’s wherabouts from his daughter, Gary supports his baby mama’s decision to go to prison 100 percent and believes it’s the only place she can get the help she truly needs.

“She’s a great person, she’s a good girl,” he said about his on-again off-again girlfriend. “She made a mistake and she’s paying the price.”

Check out his video below.

It’s clear that Gary still has a lot of love for Amber, which is what she needs right now. What do YOU think of Gary’s video HollyMoms?


— Christina Stiehl

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