It sounds like Gary Shirley has made a huge decision regarding the two females in his life: his daughter Leah and her mother, Teen Mom star Amber Portwood.
“Gary loves Amber, but he wants custody of Leah,” Jordan Sanchez, Gary’s BFF since the age of 14 tells Life & Style. In fact, Jordan says Gary has already moved out of the apartment he and Amber used to share in Anderson, Ind. “Leah is with Gary almost all the time.”
With a possible domestic battery charge pending, Amber could face jail time for hitting Gary in front of their daughter. To cope with the stress, Jordan thinks Amber has turned to medication. He says she has a prescription for the addictive anti-anxiety drug Klonopin, which is often used to relieve panic attacks. Side effects of the powerful drug can include severe drowsiness and dizziness. “I worry that she could be abusing it,” Jordan says. “I’ve seen her take multiple Klonopin at a time. There are days where she sleeps until 7 o’clock at night.”
Jordan goes on to talk about Amber’s problems. “Gary has told me that Amber is bipolar,” Jordan says. “It’s gotten pretty bad. Gary told me that there have been several instances where Amber would say to him, ‘Come home or I’m gonna kill myself,’ and he’d fall right into her trap.”
But since Amber’s aggressive behavior has taken a turn for the worse, Gary has moved out and is Leah’s primary caregiver. “The baby’s with Gary. She’s always with Gary. He’s the one taking care of her.” He adds, “Amber’s always beating on him, verbally and physically. What normal person would stay in a relationship like that?”