Amber Portwood Vows to 'Make Things Right' With Daughter Leah After Drama

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    Making things right! Amber Portwood tried to reach out to her daughter with an Instagram post referencing the issues they still have to work through.

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    “I know you are going through a lot and there are many things I need to do to make things right. However, I will always love you, my beautiful daughter. Love you and Happy Easter,” Portwood, 30, captioned a photo of her and Leah, 12, on Sunday, April 4.

    The promise comes after a recent episode of Teen Mom OG, where Leah claimed that Kristina Shirley, her father, Gary Shirley’s wife, was more of a mom to her than Portwood is. During the March episode, Leah explained that for her birthday, she would rather have a small celebration with Gary, 36, and Kristina, 39, excluding her mother.

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    “We don’t really have a bond like that. Twelve years and she hasn’t really done anything,” the preteen said. “That’s kind of been, like, Kristina’s spot … All she did was give birth to me.”

    Both her father and Kristina tried to explain to her how important it was to have a bond with her mother. “I don’t want you writing your mom off and saying I can’t have a relationship with her because, at some point, you should have a relationship with her,” Gary told his daughter.

    The 16 & Pregnant alum, who is now dating Dimitri Garcia and also shares son James, 2, with ex-boyfriend Andrew Glennon, responded that Leah allegedly only likes Kristina because she buys her things.

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    “[Leah] respects her because she brings her out to Starbucks, gets her nails done and spends over $1,000 of clothing on her,” Portwood said during an Instagram Live shortly after the episode last month. “Hell, I’d respect her too. See, I wasn’t raised that way. I was raised to not spoil my child.”

    The Never Too Late author also explained that she tried to “invest time” in her daughter as much as possible. “It’s all I ever do.”

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