Teen Mom Amber Portwood insists coming out as bisexual 'wasn't for a storyline' & says she's liked women since age 12

AMBER Portwood has insisted coming out as bisexual on Teen Mom OG wasn't "fake" or "for a storyline".

The 31-year-old revealed she has liked women since she was 12 and decided to be open about her sexuality for her kids' sake.

Amber shares daughter Leah, 12, with ex Gary Shirley and son James, two, with ex Andrew Glennon.

The reality star addressed her sexuality in an Instagram Live at the weekend after coming out on Teen Mom OG earlier this month.

She hit back after critics claimed she chose to come out on the show to get screentime.

The MTV star said: “I just wanted to come on here and say thank you to everyone who has been supportive since the last show, even though there’s been just a little bit of hate that’s came my way.

"It's still kind of scary to say [I’m bisexual] in front of people.”

“I’ve been dealing with being bisexual since I was 12, but not really acting on it until I was older, obviously.

"Coming out at the age of 31 after so many years, it really took a lot…thank you guys for accepting me for who I am. This wasn’t fake, guys. It was not for the show.”

Amber added that many of the Teen Mom producers and crew did not know she's bisexual, despite some of them having worked with her for 13 years.

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She said: "I just felt it was time, because I’m always talking about being authentic and things like that.

"If I keep on saying that I’m honest and authentic and I don’t give you guys everything then I won’t feel that way.

"Leah and James are actually a really, really big factor [in my coming out].

"I don’t ever want them to think it’s bad, and I don’t want them to look at other people who are like this, like, bad.

"Who am I to hide forever, which is actually what I was planning on doing anyways. I was going to go to the grave with this.”


Amber first talked publicly about being bisexual while FaceTiming her mother Tonya on Teen Mom.

"I have been bisexual. I was going to go to the grave with this," she said during the call.

She admitted that she was initially worried Gary and their daughter Leah would be "embarrassed" about her coming out.

The mother-of-two previously made references to her sexuality in 2014.

During the Ask The Moms special, she was asked about her craziest experience in prison – which she wouldn't tell as it was too scandalous.

But she hinted that it involved a sexual experience with a woman by saying that happens on shows like Orange Is The New Black is "so true".

Die-hard Teen Mom fans may also remember that in 2012, rumors circulated that Amber had become "special friends" with a woman.

The story, circulated by Radar Online, detailed the pair as being "so close" as the woman, nicknamed "Sugarfoot", had Amber's initials tattooed on her.


Elsewhere on Teen Mom, viewers have seen Amber struggle to build a relationship with daughter Leah, who lives with Gary and his wife Kristina.

Gary recently slammed Amber and said he wants to be "done" with her after their Leah refused to talk to her.

He told his wife: “Just because we apologized to each other and get everything out of the way, it doesn’t mean that Leah’s relationship is gonna be alternately fixed.

"Leah might still need time. I know if we’re all getting along, it will make it easier for Leah.”

After Kristina suggested they try to make up with Amber, Gary responded: "My biggest fear is we’re gonna fix this and it’s a matter of time because if her relationship isn’t repaired with Leah, it’s gonna be like, ‘Okay, you’re still mad at everything and you’re gonna take it out on us.’

"Honestly, if I could have my way I would just be done with it but it’s not the case."

Gary, 34, concluded: "We have a kid together and we need to make sure that kid’s happy and healthy.”

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