‘Teen Mom OG’ Star Amber Portwood Loses Custody of Son James
Amber Portwood believes her mental illness was ‘used against’ her after she lost custody of her 4-year-old son James to ex-boyfriend Andrew Glennon.
Shortly after news broke via The Sun on Tuesday that the cinematographer, 38, had been granted full physical and legal custody of the little one, Portwood, 32, went live on Instagram.
Along with telling her followers that she’s staying “positive” and will “fight this,” the ‘Teen Mom OG’ star argued that she shouldn’t be held responsible for the mistakes of her ” past” as long as she works to better herself.
The MTV personality, who has opened up about her struggles with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, gushed about her “great” relationship with her and Gary Shirley’s 13-year-old daughter Leah.
Portwood claimed that James also enjoyed their time together, saying he repeatedly said to her, “I love you”.
According to the ruling, Glennon will now be able to move their son from Indiana to his home state of California, but Portwood has been granted nightly visits with James, starting three days a month.
The judge said she and Glennon perform monthly drug tests, also asking the lighting and camera technician to “seek and consider the mother’s opinion before making important decisions concerning the medical treatment, education and religion of the child”.
Portwood gave birth to James in May 2018, a year before she and Glennon called it quits.
The former couple separated in July 2019 when the reality TV star was arrested for allegedly attacking him with a machete. Glennon was then granted primary physical custody, sharing joint legal custody with Portwood.
The Indiana native pleaded guilty in October of that year to domestic assault, criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, and domestic assault committed in the presence of a child under 16.
She was sentenced to probation and ordered to take parenting classes.
While the exes then engaged in a long custody battle, Portwood was allowed three unsupervised visits a month with her youngest child.