“Teen Mom” star Gary Shirley agreed to assist Amber Portwood in her custody battle for her son, James Glennon — Shirley revealed that he did not need his daughter, Leah Shirley, to lose her half-brother. He testified on Portwood’s behalf in her custody listening to for James.
Leah is the daughter of Shirley and Portwood, and James is the son of Portwood and her ex-fiance, Andrew Glennon.
Glennon was in search of main custody of James.
“It wasn’t too unhealthy as a result of I’ve already been by way of this kind of factor,” Shirley informed his spouse, Kristina Anderson, on the September 20 episode of “Teen Mom: The Next Chapter.” “They requested like a variety of Leah stuff like with me having bodily custody and what not. It wasn’t excellent. We had our points however I see the turnaround Amber made.”
Shirley noticed the modifications Portwood has made.
“You know, she has a relationship with James that she did not have with Leah. Um, it has been seen — even by Leah,” he informed his spouse.
Portwood is not allowed to put up photographs of James on social media and the 4-year-old is not allowed to seem on “Teen Mom.” Anderson mentioned that would influence folks’s notion of Portwood’s relationship along with her son.
“I feel the laborious half about Amber with the ability to show to everyone that she is an efficient mother is No. 1 James is not allowed to movie, she’s not allowed to put up photographs,” Anderson mentioned. “People do not understand she does care for him and he or she simply cannot show that aspect of him.”
Shirley Worried How The Custody Decision Would Impact Leah
Glennon needed main custody of James so he might transfer to California together with his son. Shirley, who relies in Indiana, was afraid of what distance like that may do to Leah’s relationship along with her brother.
“Leah has been superb with James they usually have a bond if he is taken away — it can disappear,” Shirley mentioned. “I’m terrified of the worst-case situation.”
“My factor is you bought a brother-sister bond that is there so I hope they do not take that away,” Shirley added.
Portwood feared how her psychological well being wore fare if the decide dominated in opposition to her. “I could not think about if he was gone what would occur to me mentally,” she mentioned.
The Judge Ruled Against Portwood
In real-time, viewers discovered that Portwood misplaced custody of James.
The “Teen Mom” star mentioned she was devastated over the court docket’s ruling.
“I’ve labored so laborious to higher myself and enhance my relationships with my youngsters,” Portwoodwroteon July 28. “While I’ve all the time been candid about my substance abuse and points with psychological well being, an individual ought to have an opportunity to redeem themselves and never be tethered to their points from the previous.”
“People who’ve finished remedy, and brought courses, and made efforts to vary shouldn’t proceed to be punished for previous errors,” she continued. “I’ve spent years rebuilding my bridges and did every thing that was required of me, together with finishing 21 unfavourable drug checks and a number of psychological evaluations.”
To discover out what occurs subsequent, do not miss “Teen Mom: The Next Chapter” when it airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.