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'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood's Boyfriend Gary Shirley Is '100 Percent Supportive' After She Pleads Guilty To Beating Him Up!

Fri, June 10, 2011 12:30pm EDT by 1 Comment

Amber tells exclusively that Gary is looking after baby Leah while she deals with her sentencing. Here’s what else she told us!

Teen Mom star Amber Portwood plead guilty to two counts of felony domestic battery against her baby daddy Gary Shirley in a Madison County, Indiana courtroom on June 9. The 21-year-old MTV star could have faced up to three years of prison, but got off easy with Judge David Happe only sentencing her to two years of probation — and Amber tells exclusively that she finds the outcome of the day fair!

“I think what everybody agreed on was fair,” Amber tells “I believe that everything was fair.”

After court, Amber met with her probation officer. “I like my probation officer,” she says. “I have no problems with any of those people at all.”

Though she couldn’t discuss the terms of her two year probation, Amber did give us a tiny preview. “I have to do more than community service,” she notes. “It’s going to be on the show after this season.”

Since Amber left court, her 2-year-old daughter Leah has been in the care of her father Gary, 24, while Amber deals with her sentencing. “She’s with Gary right now because I’m about to do my sentencing,” explains Amber. “I’m not doing that today, but I’m getting stuff ready.”

Despite her legal woes, Amber still loves to brag about Leah. “She’s amazing. She’s just so smart — It’s unbelievable,” she gushes. “I know every parent says that, but Leah seriously is beyond smart. Anybody who meets her as an adult and has a conversation with her is just amazed at how she is.”

And Amber is even getting along with her baby daddy Gary. “He’s 100% supportive of me and we are working this out,” she says. “It’s my first conviction of anything.”

“It’s like two years ago, when the whole incident went down,” Amber continues. “It’s kind of weird to me that I’m even doing this right now. It’s too much to think about. I’m processing everything right now. The only thing on my mind right now is not being able to see Leah for a while as much as I did before.”

But Amber is confident that she will come out of this a much stronger person. “I’ve been going to a therapist for two years now,” she admits. “Not only has therapy and my psychiatrist helped me, I’ve also grown. I’m 21 years old now. It’s a completely different way of living, completely different way of thinking. People don’t understand how much you learn within two years of your life.”

– Lindsey DiMattina

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