Prison life is hard to adjust to.
Not only are one’s kids not around when you’re behind bars, but as Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood laments, ain’t no Starbucks up in that piece. Brutal stuff.
Four months into her five-year prison sentence, Portwood is opening up about her decision to opt out of a court-ordered rehab stint and take the years instead.
Speaking to Dr. Drew Pinsky (of course), she says:
“I just miss being able to sleep in. I miss going to Starbucks, driving in my car and listening to music. I know those are material things, but they made me happy.”
“I miss freedom is what it is … I miss my family.”
Amber Portwood has had the chance to speak to Leah, 3, her daughter with Gary Shirley, while she’s locked up at the Rockville Correctional Facility in Indiana.
Dr. Drew says he’s trying to arrange an in-person visit for them soon. Leah currently does not know her mom is in prison. That should be a fun conversation.
As a former hardass substance abuser, Ambs has to work hard to better herself physically and emotionally, and is grateful Gary can parent their daughter full-time.
“She knows she’s in no shape to be parenting right now. She knows it,” Pinsky explains in his new interview with Amber, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on MTV.
For all their problems as a couple, “Gary certainly has stepped up. He has help with in-laws and grandparents but he’s not passing off his responsibilities.”
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Amber Portwood on Prison: I Miss My Family, Starbucks