This week’s episode of ‘Teen Mom OG’ brought to light more of the strained relationship between Amber Portwood and her 12-year-old daughter Leah who lives with her father, Gary Shirley, and stepmom, Kristina. Leah did not want to spend time with her mother on her birthday and said expressed her unhappiness about Amber’s lack of support during her childhood. “We don’t really have a bond like that. Twelve years and she hasn’t really done anything. That’s kind of been like Kristina’s spot.”
Amber shared a photo to her Instagram on Easter with a message to Leah, “I know you are going through a lot and there are many things I need to do to make things right. However, I will always love you, my beautiful daughter. Love you and Happy Easter.” The comment section went wild with criticism of Amber’s parenting of both Leah and her son James. This prompted Amber to rant about Gary and Kristina and the part they have played in the relationship between herself and Leah.
“They spoil my daughter. Spoiling a child is horrible. It turns people into absolutely misguided and very delusional people when it comes to the world that we really live in.” Amber suggests the reason that Leah wants to stay with Gary and Kristina is because they give her whatever she wants. (Especially Kristina) “[Leah] respects her because she brings her out to Starbucks, gets her nails done and spends over a thousand something dollars of clothing on her.”
“I was raised to not spoil my child. Kristina doesn’t do anything for Leah. She doesn’t take care of my daughter. Leah wanted to live with me until they went to Disney World. I don’t spoil Leah, she only gets things on her birthdays and things like that.” Amber also goes on to call Kristina “an opportunist” who chose a life in reality TV over her first daughter (from her previous marriage). She also claims that Kristina will cry if Gary doesn’t buy her designer handbags.
“She needs to take some pictures with her kids not mine 24/7. I think there’s some guilt issues personally. I see her with my daughter compared to hers and it’s like she’s not ever there. I feel bad for her personally. People can take this how they want. It is the truth…she is an opportunist who puts pictures of my daughter on her Instagram for clicks. I said my piece and I’m at peace with this personally.”
Amber called Gary and Kristina “two-faced liars” back in January after the couple joked about her being like their teenaged daughter on ‘Teen Mom OG.’ She has since been ranting online about the two and calling them out on all sorts of drama including Gary allegedly cheating on Kristina and Kristina being a “homewrecker” for dating Gary while he was still in a relationship with her during her imprisonment.