Teen Mom‘s Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley are working on their relationship after last week’s episode where Amber was seen hitting Gary. Their solution? Couples Counseling.
In an interview with Radar Online, Amber’s dad says the Teen Mom couple is trying to work on their relationship.
According to her father, Amber and Gary have actually been in counseling for months and he hopes they can work it out and eventually get married.
“It’s my understanding they’re doing just fine,” Shawn said. “They’re going to couples counseling.”
And the decision to get help was their own.
“I think it was their idea as a whole, them together, to be honest with you,” he explained.
After last week’s violent episode, Radar Online reports a police investigation was launched.
“I think we all go through our troubles and we all have our idiosyncrasies,” Shawn said of Amber’s outburst. “It’s just something that happens. It’s not a normal thing… I don’t believe it’s a normal thing for Amber to do what she did. I haven’t seen it hardly at all.”
“It surprised me that it was even on TV and it was shown on TV. I don’t even think it should’ve been shown on TV, to be honest with you,” he added. “I think that MTV should’ve used better judgment, that’s all I’ve got to say.”
The Department of Child Protective Serviews in Indiana are also looking into the incident, but Amber’s father says baby Leah is safe.
“The kids are doing good and Leah is well taken care of, and they’re doing something about it and that’s the thing,” Shawn explained. “And the investigation… of course they have to check into it. It’s they’re job.
“But, I mean, like I said she’s taken care of, they’re good parents, they really are,” he added. “I believe they are and I’ve been around them… they’re getting along just fine and they’re taking care of her and they’re keeping in touch with me because I was concerned and I talked to her about it. But that’s what the couple’s counseling is all about, right?”
And since that fight, Amber and Gary have reportedly been getting along.
“You know, this happened months ago… and things have changed a lot since then and they’re doing something about it, especially after that,” Shawn explained. “But that was then, this is now. They’ve been doing this counseling for a little while now. From what I understand they’ve been at it a few months since that’s been filmed, not aired… since that’s been filmed back a few months ago — maybe more — they’ve been taking care of it, trying to stay together for the baby.”
And Shawn believes they are perfect parents for baby Leah.
“He’s [Gary] a good father; he loves that baby. They both do and they want the best for her,” he said. “Like I said, everybody has their idiosyncrasies, they get over it, they’re a young couple, they run into roadblocks and they get over it. Some people get help, some people don’t. In this case they’re getting help because they’re smart kids.”
As for their future together, Shawn wants to see a wedding.
“I would hope that would happen and they go ahead and get married and all this works out,” Amber’s father said. “Not every relationship is made in heaven at first. You have to get over those mountains.”
“I think one day they will [get married], hopefully,” he added. “They might work it out and it looks like they’re sure trying to work it out.”