Teen Mom star Amber Portwood opens up to Us about facing her anger issues head on. On the September 28 episode, the 20-year-old mom punched, kicked and screamed at Gary Shirley, her on-and-off fiancé and father to daughter Leah, 23 months.
A lot has changed,” Amber, now in couple counseling with Gary, says. “I haven’t hit him since that fight.”
Local authorities in Anderson, Ind. reportedly launched an investigation after the incident aired. Also, MTV broadcast a domestic violence PSA during commercial breaks.
The young mom admits she tries to avoid watching her violent outbursts onscreen. In one episode last season, she attempted to choke Gary.
When I see myself in that position, it really opens my eyes,” Amber says. “I want to stop it, because I don’t want to be like that.”
Currently, she’s working with a counselor “on how to calm down when things happen,” she reports. “We are getting close to finding a solution…If I get mad, I always try to think about Leah and how an [outburst] will affect her.” She adds, “I will teach Leah that what I’ve done wasn’t right.”
Things with Gary are up in the air, she confides. They started dating other people on the season finale. “I do love this man…but if we keep fighting then we can’t move forward,” she says.