Teen Mom star Gary Shirley caught a lot of flack from fans last week after MTV aired its “Amber Behind Bars” special, during which Amber Portwood revealed that she had never received a visit from either him or their daughter, Leah.
Fans jumped all over the single dad, and whole articles were written about how Gary was “damaging” his daughter by not taking her to see her mom in prison. (Amber was sentenced to five years in an Indiana correctional facility back in June for various charges. If she serves her full sentence, Leah will be nine years old when she gets out.)
Tonight, Gary took to his Facebook page to explain why he was previously apprehensive to take Leah to the prison, and what his plans are for the future.
“Just to clear up confusion: I had to find out for my daughter, Amber and myself if it was best for Leah to go where her mommy is and visit,” he wrote. “I learned that it is the best thing for Leah and Amber. All the paperwork is finally in order so, yes, soon we will be visiting her. She’s doing a lot better a lot of stuff has be cleared between us things have settled down (like muddy water) Things are heading in the right direction. Thanks for support and in no way was me not taking her to see her mom a control thing. [I was] just trying to figure out what’s best for Leah.”
The Ashley hopes that when mother and daughter are finally reunited, MTV keeps their noses (and cameras) out of the reunion. Amber needs to learn to live her life without a camera in her face.