Who needs lawyers when you’ve got a precocious nine-year-old calling the shots??
According to Amber Portwood, her daughter with ex Gary Shirley, Leah, is the one making the custody schedule between the separated coparents. Huh…
“She’s getting older and it’s becoming to the point where she kind of decides when she wants to go back and forth and what she wants to do, which is a great thing. It’s easier that way, you know?”
Makes sense. Still, that’s a lot of power to give one youngster.
Regardless, the MTV star only wants what is best for her first child. The pregnant TV personality continued:
“Some weekends she wants to go and spend the night with her friends or do something else. I mean, she’s a kid so I can’t really get mad at that. But I do miss her a lot and I do explain to her that, even though she’s young, ├óΓé¼╦£Mommy still wants to see you more’ and things like that. She understands, but she’s a kid ├óΓé¼┬ª As long as she knows that I love her and that we spend time together ├óΓé¼┬ª that’s really all that matters. As long as she’s happy.”
After reading this, we’re actually kind of impressed with Leah’s time management skills. However, this ability likely came from growing up in front of the TV cameras. In case you forgot, Amber and Gary share custody of Leah and have documented their personal struggles on 16 & Pregnant and TMOG.
Thankfully, both Amber and Gary have moved on, with Shirley having wed Kristina Anderson and Portwood’s pregnancy with beau Andrew Glennon. As of right now, Gary has no beef with Amber’s new baby daddy. Miz Portwood added:
“There’s no fighting, no anything like that. Andrew just wants me to be happy and when he sees Gary saying certain things and I’m crying or I’m really sad about it ├óΓé¼┬ª it hurts him and it does make him angry, but he stays out of it as much as he can because it’s really not his place to be in between that. But he does want me to be happy and, you know, he’s a strong man. So he opens up his mouth, but yeah, not anything crazy or anything like that.”
Phew. Since Gary had issues with Amber’s last boyfriend Matt Baier, we’re glad to see that there’s no major drama going on with Mr. Glennon.
On how Andrew’s been during her pregnancy, the 27-year-old noted:
“[Andrew’s] really protective over me especially now that I’m pregnant. He’s super protective over how I feel, so he doesn’t appreciate the things that [Gary] says about me because he feels like he knows me better because, you know, being with me every day.”
Awwwww. Although Amber and Gary are pulling off coparenting, she did NOT appreciate Kristina’s recent suggestion on Teen Mom OG that the Shirleys adopt Leah:
“I thought it was ludicrous and absolutely ridiculous. I would understand a comment like that if I was an addict again or if I was doing something in my life that was outrageous. However, I don’t think falling in love with somebody is something that’s outrageous. People do it all the time, you know. It’s really hurtful that they connected with me not seeing Leah because of my depression to me being with Andrew ├óΓé¼┬ª So it’s hurtful and it also makes me angry to make me thing they’re talking behind my back like that as though I’m just a mom who doesn’t care about my child which is absolutely absurd.”
Eek. Nonetheless, Amber is determined to keep Leah far away from any drama. In fact, at the end of the day, Amber is pretty grateful that her daughter has so many loving people in her life. She concluded:
“The good thing for Leah is that she has many people around her that she’s able to talk to and confide in if anything does happen, so that’s all l really care about. If I’m not there, at least another woman is there to be that motherly figure for Leah because that’s what Leah needs. She has a good family around her. And even Andrew being so new, he really does care about Leah and thinks she’s just a neat kid, you know, cause she really is. She’s smart, she’s artistic and [Gary] loves art. She’s just a neat kid to him.”
So sweet. We’re glad to see things are going strongly for Amber, Leah, and their loved ones!!
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