'Teen Mom' star Amber Portwood hopes reputation will eventually fade
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/04/2011
Amber Portwood is apparently a believer that not all publicity is necessarily good publicity.
"I might get attention, but it's not the right attention," the Teen Mom star told TMZ on Monday.
While the 20-year-old from Anderson, IN, has gained notoriety from MTV's show, she noted she doesn't want the title of "teen mom" to stick with her as long as she remains in the public eye.
"I think that [MTV's] good to me, but I'm older now and everything. So, it's turned into -- Teen Mom -- I turned 20 and I don't want to be known as Amber from Teen Mom," Portwood explained.
"When it's all done and over with because, MTV is not going to be here forever and I know that."
Portwood may view her "teen mom" reputation negatively, but the fame she has gained from being a reality TV star has also brought her fortune. She previously admitted she makes $140,000 for a six-month contract with MTV for filming the show, but Portwood apparently believes the salary is not a significant amount.
"I don't know -- I don't make a major amount of money -- I don't think I'm a celebrity," Portwood said.
While Teen Mom star has recently made many headlines -- including her recent arrest on charges she assaulted ex-fiance Gary Shirley, the father of her two-year-old daughter Leah, Portwood said her struggles have only made her stronger and wiser.
"I've learned my lesson I promise you that. I did therapy for eight months now -- anger management -- everything," Portwood claimed.
In addition, the reality TV star said much of her recovery from the drama of her relationship with Shirley was self-motivated.
"[Therapy's] a personal choice though -- so that it never happens again -- make sure that I have self control. It was never a court order. It wasn't anything. That was personally my decision to go to therapy and go to a psychiatrist. I did two things," Portwood asserted.
Portwood also said she believes her 24-hour hold in jail before she was released on $5,000 bail was a horrible experience but taught her a valuable life lesson in that her punishment could have been worse.
"The whole time I was in there, the only thing that really made me feel like -- made me okay -- was when I just kept thinking to myself, 'These girls are in here for years, months, and I'm in here for 24 hours.' And the lesson that I learned in 24 hours from jail was, 'Think about what they lived -- what they learned from being in there.' So, I couldn't complain but it wasn't great at all. It was terrible," Portwood said.