Amber Portwood‘s ex-fiance, Matt Baier, did his first interview last week, following the arrest of the Teen Mom OG star, and shocked fans when he defended Amber and stated that she never got violent with him during their three-year relationship. As ‘Teen Mom’ fans know, Matt and Amber broke up after appearing on Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition (where they got into some infamously brutal verbal fights).
After watching Matt’s interview on TMZ last week, ‘Teen Mom’ fans seemed to have a lot of questions for Matt — and so did The Ashley!
The Ashley tracked Matt down and he agreed to answer questions— even the tough ones— that The Ashley and ‘Teen Mom’ fans had in regard to his relationship with Amber, as well as his interactions with Andrew Glennon, and more.
As The Ashley previously reported, Amber was arrested after Andrew accused her of hitting him with a shoe and her fist while he was holding their son. He also stated that she pulled a machete on him during their alleged July 5 fight. Andrew also accused Amber of being verbally abusive to him and having hit him on previous occasions.
Amber has been charged with three felonies, including domestic battery and is due in court on Thursday.
“Amber’s biggest fear is going back to prison,” Matt said. “Her second biggest fear, in my opinion, is having people think she hasn’t changed [since she was in prison].
“I knew what I had already confirmed in the past, and I know what’s out there, but I wasn’t going to pile on to anything,” Matt told The Ashley in regard to why he told TMZ Amber never got violent with him during their relationship.
“People want to ask me if Amber is violent. Is she naturally violent? No. But I will say that Amber is very, very tough to bring down once she’s crossed a certain threshold [of anger].”
“When Amber gets past a certain point even just during an argument, she’s going to say things, horrible things,” he added. “You’re going to hear things you don’t want anyone ever saying to you. But, personally, I never saw her at that level of anger for more than about 15 minutes. Once it’s over, it’s over and it would be like nothing ever happened.”
He said that, during their time on ‘Marriage Boot Camp,’ he saw Amber’s anger issues escalate.
“The footage from that show is a perfect view of what it looked like when Amber and I fought; it was no different there than it was at home,” Matt said. “That’s what scared me. When you’re in front of a camera, there’s certain things you can or can’t do, but during ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ she could not separate things, and was so angry at me or her mom her other cast for no reason.
“I wasn’t afraid she was going to hit me or whatever, but it was obvious that our relationship had come full circle and that it wasn’t going to work out anymore. I didn’t regret [the breakup]. It was the right thing for both of us.”
The Ashley went ahead and asked Matt more questions about his time with Amber…
Q: Fans are curious as to why you didn’t tell TMZ about the stuff you mentioned on ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ regarding Amber allegedly getting violent with you. Did you lie to TMZ?
Matt: No, and I’m not changing my statement. That being said, I just don’t want to talk negatively about anybody for the sake of talking negatively. What happened between us has no bearing or relevance on her relationship with Andrew.
I think what people are looking for is her pattern or history [of violence] and you don’t need me for that. Anyone who watched [Teen Mom] has seen that. What I said [to TMZ] about Amber being a good mother is 100 percent true. It’s only my perspective, and I haven’t been around to see her with James. But I saw her with Leah. True, Leah wasn’t around all that much, but I never once saw Amber even raise her voice to Leah.
If I had ever seen a child being abused or hurt, I would not shut up about it. Ever.
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Q: Around the time your relationship was ending, there were screenshots of text messages circulating that showed you with a bloodied face and a message implying Amber caused the injuries. Can you explain those?
Matt: Those pictures had nothing to do with Amber. If you notice on that message, there was nothing actually said about Amber. I don’t know who [published those messages], but it had nothing to do with Amber Portwood. I’m pretty sure I got the black eye after a poker game.
Q: Did you reach out to Amber after her arrest?
Matt: Of course I reached out to her. I texted her and wanted her to know I was thinking about her, and that she is strong and this will pass. I didn’t hear back from her and didn’t expect to. I also reached out to her when she had James. You have to remember, we were together for 3.5 years, and we pretty much spent 24/7 together during that time. I would have felt bad if I hadn’t reached out to her. I didn’t expect a response from her and that’s fine.
I didn’t ask her what happened because it’s none of my business. On reality shows, when people break up, all you see is them bashing each other. What’s the point? That’s looking for attention.
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Q: In the affidavit filed in court by Andrew, he stated that Amber has refused at times to take the medications she takes for her mental health issues. Did you ever see that when she was with you?
Matt: There were times for sure that she didn’t take her meds as scheduled. But— and I want this to be clear— when I was with her, she was still working out what meds were right for her. It was brand-new and some of the medications didn’t set well with her. She was still going to the doctor to try to find the right regiment. I have no idea what she’s on now. I did read something recently that said she didn’t want to take her meds because she wanted to drink, but I never saw her do anything like that while we were together.
Also, I’ve never seen Amber do drugs, ever. I would be shocked if I heard that drugs ended up being involved [in the incident with Andrew]. She also wasn’t a big drinker when I knew her. Her take on it was that she could separate her addictions.
Q: You appeared on ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ with Amber, which is where she says she met Andrew. Did you ever have any interaction with him during that time?
Matt: No, and it’s weird because the guy’s like 6’9 or something. When you’re on that show, you’re locked in that house for 16 days and you are not allowed to leave. You see people walking around all the time, and after a little while, there are so many people behind the scenes you don’t really pay attention to them. It’s totally opposite of being on ‘Teen Mom’ where you’re encouraged to talk to the producers.
On ‘Marriage Boot Camp,’ they don’t want you acknowledging the crew. I remember talking to the cameraman between shots and he would not even acknowledge me or answer me. You’re always being watched and there are cameras everywhere but the bathroom. There’s no way Amber and Andrew were able to talk during the filming of that show, or sneak away. Everything would have been caught on camera.
Q: After you did the TMZ interview, people said that you were just being nice because you were hoping Amber would want to get back with you. What’s your response to that?
Matt: Um…no. I love my life and I love my current relationship and wouldn’t give it up for the world. I have the best relationship. The [person] in my life is not a public figure and doesn’t want to be so I will not talk about my personal life. I will say, though, that people saying that I am defending Amber because I want to get back with her is ludicrous.
I want nothing but the best for Amber and Andrew. I will always tell the truth about Amber– good, bad and ugly— but I’m not going to say something negative just to say something negative. I don’t do that. My history with Amber is different than hers with Andrew, so I can’t compare the two. I don’t know what their relationship is like. But any claims that I want to get back with Amber are absolutely ridiculous.