"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.
(Photo credit MTV)
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