‘Teen Mom’ Amber Portwood has completely turned her life around since serving 17 months in federal prison. The former addict wants her critics to know that she is ‘sober and happy’ since coming home.
Amber Portwood, 24, has come quite a long way since her original stint on Teen Mom. After conquering addiction and getting a major wake up call while serving time in prison, the former reality star is finally opening up on how she’s done a complete 180 and gone from a troubled addict to a happy, healthy, full-time mother.
Amber Portwood: ‘Sober & Happy’ After Prison Stint
Amber’s turnaround tale is pretty amazing! The reality star, first featured on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and later Teen Mom, has arguably been to hell and back in the 5 years since the birth of her daughter, Leah, who is now 6.
She tweeted to her 113,000 followers on Jan. 27, ““I’ve worked [too] hard on myself and my family to still get criticism 5 years later. I have changed and worked my butt off to be sober & happy.”
The troubled mom’s legal issues started in Nov. 2010 when she was charged with domestic violence against her then-boyfriend, Gary Shirley, which fans watched unfold during Season 1 of Teen Mom on MTV. As a result of their physical altercation, Gary was eventually granted custody of their daughter.
Just one year later, Amber was arrested for drug possession in Dec. 2011. Finally, after an alleged suicide attempt, Amber chose to serve jail time over rehab, beginning her stint in prison in March 2012.
After serving 17 months of a 5-year sentence in an Indiana correctional facility, Amber was released in Nov. 2013, and hasn’t looked back since — despite what critics have to say about her journey.
It’s so great to see how much things have turned around for her! Good for you, Amber.
Amber Tells Her Story In Recent Book
Still, Amber has regrets over missing Leah’s early years. On the Feb. 2014 MTV special Being Amber, the reality star crumbled into tears over being absent for her daughter’s first milestones while serving jail time.
“I just f—ing hate everything I did,” she said. “It was all the drugs and s–t. It was all I did. All I did was get f—ed up.”
The scene was heartbreaking to watch.
Thankfully, Amber hopes that through sharing her story with others, she can help someone else avoid all of the pain she’s experienced. Her book, Never Too Late, details the past 5 tumultuous years of her life, and tells how she finally found peace.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Amber’s amazing turnaround? Sound off in the comments.
— Rivea Ruff