Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood’s mother, Tonya, speaks out to Life & Style about her daughter. For months Tonya remained mum while her 20-year-old daughter physically and verbally abused former fiancé Gary Shirley in front of the couple’s toddler, Leah, 2, on her popular MTV reality show.
Tonya says her daughter needs a break from all the drama. “She needs a break from filming.” Although Amber has already started shooting season three, “I think she should quit now,” Tonya says. “Things need to calm down. There’s been way too much drama.”
Even before Gary came into the picture, Tonya reveals that Amber was emotionally damaged by the loss of her infant sister, Candace, who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when Amber was just 6-years-old. “That was her baby sister,” says Tonya. “Amber just loved her.”
Tonya says that Amber is on the road to recovery. “She’s left Gary. When she’s not with Gary, she’s fine. She’s looking for a better place to raise Leah. She’s seeing a therapist. She’s getting herself straightened out. She’s trying to turn her life around.”