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<p><span></span><em>Teen Mom</em>'s Amber Portwood's mother, Tonya, speaks out exclusively to <em>Life & Style</em> to separate truth from rumor. For months she's stayed silent while her 20-year-old daughter was shown physically and verbally abusing former fiancé Gary Shirley in front of the couple's toddler, Leah, 2, on the MTV series <em>Teen Mom</em>.<br />
Amber wasn't always so volatile, Tonya insists to Life & Style. "She needs a break from filming. Although she's already started shooting season three, "I think she should quit now," Tonya says. "Things need to calm down. There's been way too much drama."
Even before Gary came into the picture, Tonya reveals, Amber had been emotionally damaged by the loss of her infant sister, Candace, who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when Amber was just 6. "That was her baby sister," says Tonya. "Amber just loved her."
Above all, there's one urgent message Tonya wants to convey: Amber is making the necessary changes. "She's left Gary," Tanya tells Life & Style. "When she's not with Gary, she's fine. She's looking for a better place to raise Leah. She's seeing a therapist. She's getting herself straightened out. She's trying to turn her life around.
To read more from Amber's mom, pick up this week's issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now!
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