The reality TV personality made her debut in 16 and Pregnant, a show which tells stories of teenage girls who get pregnant and give birth at a very young age. Portwood appeared multiple times on the show, however, she received wide public attention in 2010, when an episode documented her abusing her partner, Gary Shirley.
Amber was even imprisoned for this behavior but she couldn’t help and repeated that behavior with her other partner as well. Last year, Portwood was accused of attacking her partner and the father of her son, Andrew Glennon, with a machete.
She was proven guilty and was sent to jail where she had a very hard time. While being in jail, Amber lost a huge amount of weight, approximately 35 pounds. Later, Amber recalled her time in jail as a “dark period”.
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How did Amber Lose Weight?
Well, prison is not a very good place. While describing her experience of being in jail, Portwood said, “I lost about 35 pounds in less than three months. My hair was falling out.” She continued, “When I say I went into shock, I literally, my body went in shock. I didn’t sleep for two weeks.”
During her time in prison, Amber went through a deep depression. She stopped eating anything. She stopped taking care of herself. This had a very negative impact on her health. Portwood had struggled with depression before. When she was in jail, her old memories got triggered.
The good thing is that she realized that she had to change her mind, otherwise, the consequences would be very bad. She knew that she had to get over it. In her interview, Amber said, “Through prison and everything I’ve been through, it was one of the worst times of my life, and when you go through something like that, you have to learn from your mistakes.“
Amber’s Ex Helped Her
Her ex, Gary, helped Portwood a lot in getting over the past. In her interview with The U.S. Sun, Amber said, “I’m very ashamed of that I wasn’t aware of myself. I just feel a lot of guilt of not being aware of myself”.
In response to that, Gary says to her, “You’ve learned from your mistakes”, after hearing this, Portwood bursts into tears .
Where is Amber Now?
As of now, Portwood is improving day by day. She has changed a lot. Amber has also taken care of her health and has regained the weight that she lost while being in jail.
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Yes, bad times come on all of us. While most of us don’t see bad days as Amber did, there’s still a lot to be learned from her story. The great part of her story is that she admitted her flaws and started working on them. While being in prison, she didn’t give up. Rather, she fought with all bravery.