Ah, young love! Gary Shirley and Amber Portwood's only child together, eight-year-old Leah, is certainly growing up before our eyes on Teen Mom OG. It seems like just yesterday we watched Amber and Gary's tumultuous relationship begin to unfold as they faced the news that they were expecting a child together on the first-ever season of 16 & Pregnant. And now, Gary, 30, revealed exclusively to In Touch that little Leah is dating!
Well, you know — at least the way fourth graders date! While catching up with us on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs, the reality star spilled the beans on Leah's relationship status.
"Leah has a boyfriend now. She supposedly fell in love at the dinner table at school," Gary revealed. "I was like, 'just no kissing. That's no allowed. Don't hold his hand — three-second hugs.'"
The father of two daughters, who enjoyed a daddy's night out while at the VMAs, previously had full custody over Leah while Amber was battling addiction and dealing with legal struggles. In 2016, the former couple reached a custody agreement and after both moving on in their relationships, has gotten along historically better in recent years.
"She's a very smart little girl," Gary said of his daughter, Leah. "We explain things a lot. We don't want her to get taken advantage of and we want her to learn now so that when she is a little older, she's focusing on school and doing the right thing, not following her mom and I's path of having a child at a young age."
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That's a sentiment die-hard fans of the MTV series understand all too well. As we've seen both Gary and Amber through their highest and lowest times yet, it's not hard to see why the co-parenting team would want to be open with Leah about the struggles teen pregnancy caused them.
Amber called off her engagement to former beau Matt Baier in June 2017 after a turbulent relationship. Fans of the show may recall that the final straw in their relationship occurred when 46-year-old Matt offered Teen Mom co-star Catelynn Lowell a Xanax during a press day in NYC.
With Matt being a recovering drug addict, it seems the gesture was the match in the powder barrel, ending their relationship once and for all. Amber is currently dating a new man, Andrew Glennon, while Gary welcomed his second child in 2015, a baby girl named Emilee, with now-wife, Kristina Anderson.