Seeing Teen Mom star Amber Portwood choose to go to prison was hard on the fans who hoped she'd finally get on the ball and straighten her life out for little Leah's sake. But I have to say it's been a nice month or so without a scandalous Amber update in the headlines. Almost makes you miss her, doesn't it?
Good news: Amber is still available to the masses! Well, available if you promise to be nice. Amber's on again, off again boyfriend (and Leah's dad) Gary Shirley has released her address at the prison in Rockville, Indiana. And he says she's open to getting care packages and letters from her fans.
But should people be sending them?
It's kind of a mixed bag. We've seen on TV just how hard Amber takes it when someone criticizes her. We've also gotten a sense that she didn't have a lot of love in her life as a kid. Just this past week on Teen Mom, she told a hypnotherapist that her dad would regularly call her a "b---h" and tell her to shut up.
I have a feeling if Amber is getting care packages and kind letters in prison, she'd soak up the love. And hopefully she would channel it into her work to reform herself. Hopefully.
At the very least, Gary said it's helping her pass the time. And he's very clear that this isn't a plea for money -- he's putting that in her account. This really could be a simple human kindness.
But then there is the other side, the dangerous side of all of this. Part of Amber's problem has always been blaming other people for her problems. She has spent a lot of time on TV blasting the public for criticizing her instead of facing up to WHY people were calling her a bad mom. Getting letters could mean being sucked back into the "fame game," and right now, she's probably not strong enough to handle that.
If you're up for it, here's her address: 811 West 50 N, Rockville, IN 47872.
What do you think? Should Amber be allowed to get letters from fans?
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