Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Amber Portwood: Teen Tragedy or Trainwreck?

Amber Portwood's had a tough few years. Ever since her appearance on Teen Mom, and maybe even before, she's been a drama magnet.

First, she and fiance Gary got engaged...and broke up...and got engaged...and broke up.

Next, she and Gary broke up 'for good' and Amber met a boyfriend...who just got out of jail.

Then, she was convinced for hitting fiance Gary Shirley in front of daughter Leah on camera. That caused her to get her daughter taken away into state custody, then get charged with a felony. She went as far as to claim that producers told her to hit Gary because she was boring and needed better ratings, but producers denied the charges. Besides, that claim didn't work when a woman on Bridezillas claimed that the producers made her act like a fool, which in turn violated her probation. She has pleaded not guilty.

Somewhere mixed in with this, Amber failed her GED, lost her job and a multitude of other things.

I wouldn't go as far as to say that Amber's the most dramatic Teen Mom - Farrah certainly brings her share of the madness. However, I feel bad for Amber in a way that I don't for Farrah. Amber seems seriously misguided, whereas Farrah's just a brat. Amber goes wrong in so many ways, but she really tries to get her head above water.

So, this brings up the question: Is Amber Portwood a teen tragedy whose life went terribly wrong, or is she just a trainwreck who let us enter her messy world when we watched Teen Mom?

Update: Perez Hilton recently announced that Amber earns a salary of $280,000 for being on Teen Mom. I'm not sure her life is so tragic...this may have pushed her towards trainwreck status.

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