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Amber Portwood’s Daughter Told That Jailed Mom Is Making A Movie In California!


Oct. 9 2012, Published 7:30 a.m. ET

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By Jon Boon - Reporter

Amber Portwood’s daughter has been told that her mom is “making a movie in California,” is exclusively reporting.

The Teen Mom star and her baby daddy Gary Shirley, 25, are still refusing to tell three-year-old Leah that Amber is serving a 5-year jail sentence at an Indiana prison.

But, despite the elaborate lie, parents and child-minders at Leah’s daycare all know that Amber’s in prison, and the pair fear that Leah will find out the truth!

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“Amber and Gary are going with the idea that she is away shooting a film in California,” a source revealed. “This is their cover; they don’t want to tell Leah that she’s actually in prison - because they’re not sure she would understand and don’t want her thinking worse of her mom.

“But the problem is, everyone at Leah’s daycare knows that Amber is her mom and that she’s in prison, there’s no hiding that fact.

“So, it’s only a matter a time before Leah overhears it, and that has got Amber and Gary in a panic that she will find out what’s going on before they tell her,” the source revealed.

As previously reported, Amber, 22, is desperately trying to turn her life around in an attempt to show her daughter she can be a model parent.

She is said to be adapting to life at her current digs, Indiana’s Rockville Correctional Facility, has joined the prison choir, is taking parenting classes and even working out.

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“Amber is well aware she hasn’t exactly been the model mom for Leah, and she will do anything to make it right,” a source told “It took time, but she’s now taking a hard, long look at herself in the mirror and realizing she needs to make it up to her daughter.

“Her first step in starting afresh was to join the prison choir. She’s actually pretty good and loves singing. She’s also been working out; the exercise helps Amber focus on her targets.

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“Amber also keeps a diary of her days inside. The writing is helping her find peace within herself – something she’s longing for after the regret of letting her daughter down one too many times.

“The prison offers parenting classes and Amber was quick to sign up for them too, if it helps her be a better mom to Leah, then she thinks it’s worth doing.

“Amber wants to use this experience to make herself a better person,” the source concluded.

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Meanwhile, Amber’s brother Shawn exclusively told he was “literally brought to tears” by his sister’s interview with Dr. Drew for MTV’s Amber Behind Bars special, which airs Tuesday October 9.


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