Amber Portwood Addresses “Untrue and Unfounded” Domestic Abuse Rumors (UPDATE)
UPDATE #3 (4/2`/2017 at 9:30 a.m. ET):
Now, however, the Teen Mom OG star is breaking her silence on the photos that seemed to hint at domestic assault, and insists they're "untrue and unfounded."
"Five years ago I made the decision to choose prison over rehab in order to fully turn my life around. Since then I've worked hard to make serious changes for myself, for my daughter, and for all the fans who supported me," the 26-year-old tells E! News in a statement.
"I'm saddened by the latest rumors, which are both untrue and unfounded, but plan to continue to stay focused on my recovery and being the best person I can be for everyone in my life."
We love this positivity!
For more on this crazy story, plus the photos of Matt looking all bruised and bloodied, keep clicking!
UPDATE #2 (4/20/2017 at 10:10 a.m. ET):
Matt Baier wants the world to know his fiancée would never lay a hand on him.
Hours after photos surfaced online of Amber Portwood's future husband looking bruised and battered, Matt is coming forward with a statement, denying allegations that Amber is abusive and explaining where such bruises came from.
“The rumor that’s circulating is both vicious and completely false,” the 45-year-old tells People.
“I can’t stand by and allow the media or anyone else to undermine the progress that Amber has made in turning her life around, or the relationship we’ve worked hard to build together.”
Okay, but how does he explain the photos?
“The photo that surfaced is nothing more than the result of some roughhousing amongst my guy friends. I got my butt kicked by a friend, and it was well-deserved, I might add," he concludes. "Now someone’s trying to use the pic to paint an untrue picture of our life together.”
Okay, but keep in mind Matt initially said these pics were 5 or 6 years old, and now he's changing his story!
Still, Matt adds, “Amber would never lay a hand on me, and I can’t wait to marry the love of my life in October.”
Keep scrolling to see the disturbing images, to find out Gary Shirley's response, and more!
UPDATE #1 (4/19/2017 at 3:30 p.m. ET):
Well, it certainly didn't take long for Gary Shirley to make his opinions heard.
Just hours after photos surfaced online featuring a beaten and battered Matt Baier (more on that below), Amber Portwood's ex, Gary, who's been the subject of her domestic abuse in the past, has weighed in.
"I always hated those fingernails!" Gary tweeted in response to a photo of Matt showing off some scratch marks on his cheek.
If these allegations are in fact true it's certainly no laughing matter, and surprisingly, Amber's TMOG enemy, Simon Saran, seems to agree.
Farrah Abraham's ex weighed in on the allegations as well, retweeting Gary's tweet and tweeting the below:
Domestic Violence is never okay. No matter who the person is. Especially when a child is around to witness. #TeenMomOGSimon (@SimonSaran) April 19, 2017
Can't wait to hear this one from the horse's mouth!
For more disturbing photos and the latest on the abuse allegations, keep on scrolling.
Original story (4/19/2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET):
It’s pretty clear there are some issues in Amber Portwood and Matt Baier’s relationship, but this latest development is just plain troubling.
New photos have surfaced online in which the Teen Mom OG fiancé's is all bruised and bloodied, and obviously concerned fans are pointing the finger at Amber.
As we know, Amber has a bit of a history when it comes to domestic assault — she’s hit her then-boyfriend Gary Shirley more than once on camera, and even served over a year in jail for charges stemming from the incidents, among other things.
Though the 26-year-old has changed her violent (and addict) ways since then, a disturbing slew of photos of her current love, Matt, have fans convinced she could be doing the same to him.
The photos were posted by a Twitter user named Smarty Jones, who first shared this pic of the dad of five with a bloodied cheek:
Fans were quick to point out the blood in the photo looked sorta fake so it seemed as though he was looking for pity from the person he sent the photos to.
However, the next photo looked all kinds of legit.
Here, the 45-year-old is sporting an obvious black eye, and Smarty Jones insists it’s not fake nor is it an isolated incident, but rather these pictures are “spanning over two years’ time.”
What’s unclear is how this Twitter user got a hold of such damaging photos. But as Starcasm points out, this was the same “fan” who claims to have been talking to three of Matt’s supposed “side chicks,” who could’ve been her sources.
Later, when a fan inquired about the photos on Snapchat, the You Have No Idea author denied the whole thing, saying the photos are “about 5 years old” and “Amber had nothing to do with that.”
However, Teen Mom sleuths have determined the photo isn’t actually five years old, since the background in it matches the background of a photo Leah’s mama shared in 2016.
Your guess is as good as ours on what the real truth is behind this story, but we think it’s safe to assume something is definitely up here.
Especially since in the new TMOG Season 6B trailer, Amber seems to be rethinking her wedding and wondering if she can trust her future husband.
Clearly these two have a lot to work out before they walk down the aisle!
Do you think the photos are legit? Or is Matt just looking for sympathy and attention? Tell us below!
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