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Inside Teen Mom Amber Portwood’s 4-year-old son James’ new life in California after she loses custody to ex Andrew

Inside Teen Mom Amber Portwood’s 4-year-old son James’ new life in California after she loses custody to ex Andrew

TEEN Mom Amber Portwood’s four-year-son James’ life has drastically change now that he’s in California when compared to how he was living when he was closer to his mom.

One source exclusively told The U.S. Sun that James and his father, Andrew Glennon, relocated to Malibu in August, soon after an Indiana judge granted him full custody and permission to move the toddler to his own home state.

Instagram/Amber PortwoodTeen Mom Amber Portwood has been making her visits with her son, James, a priority despite the distance between them, according to a source[/caption]

InstagramAmber’s ex Andrew Glennon,got full custody of James and was allowed to relocate to California[/caption]

While the physical distance has grown between Amber, 32, and her son, she is making her visits with him a top priority, the insider claimed. 

“Amber is now at the full visits with James that the court set forth for them in their final custodial decision. She has him five days a month, and her time with him alternates between California and Indiana.”

Another insider close to Teen Mom OG star added that the toddler is actually “with her right now and she is thrilled about the time with him.”

The first source said James has settled into his new life out in California and that plans are in the works for him to enroll in pre-k in the spring and possibly also start extracurricular sports activities. 

Another insider familiar with the arrangement said that when Amber isn’t with James she frequently is on Facetime with him to bridge the gaps between visits.

“Amber has been trying really hard to make sure she’s in James’ life despite the distance. It’s tough on her but she’s making it work,” the source added.

As The U.S. Sun previously revealed Amber has been weighing her potential options to leave the Teen Mom franchise after 14 years on the show.

One source claimed: “Amber has told people she is absolutely out at the show, that she already quit and gave notice to MTV.”

The source added she isn’t sure of her exact next move yet, but is considering venturing into real estate and flipping houses.

However, a second source told The U.S. Sun that Amber has not officially left the show yet, and is still weighing her options.

Amber has had a tough go this past year, after losing custody of her four-year-old son James to her ex, Andrew Glennon.

Andrew and the toddler have since moved to California, far from Amber’s native Indiana.


Andrew was granted sole custody of James in July and has since relocated with him to his mother’s $5million estate in Malibu – more than 2,000 miles away from Amber’s Indiana home.

Amber opened up about how she’s feeling since the custody loss in part two of the Teen Mom: The Next Chapter reunion special that aired last month.

After a brief recap of season one, Dr. Drew asked Amber: “So what are your thoughts as you watch that?”

The TV star appeared disinterested in the question as she responded: “Uhh, just ready to not be here.”

Confused, the host repeated: “You’re ready to not be here? What do you mean?”

Refusing to engage, Amber replied: “Don’t want to deal with that right now.”

The host inquired further, asking: “Don’t want to deal with the James thing?”

Amber flatly answered: “All of that. All of it. All of it was horrible.”


Amber has appeared on MTV since she welcomed her now 14-year-old daughter, Leah, with her ex-fiancé, Gary Shirley, in a 2009 episode of 16 & Pregnant.

Her struggles with mental health and addiction were extensively covered on the show, as was her stint in prison.

Over 10 years ago, the star served 17 months behind bars on drug charges.

After her release in 2013, she fought to remain sober, reconnect with her daughter, and resume her studies in college.

She openly struggled with trolls slamming her parenting decisions and mental health battles caught on camera.

She said in 2021: “Opinions of people who are just negative and ignorant, it doesn’t matter because the only opinion that really matters is yours.”

instagramA source said Amber is with James this week and is thrilled for her time with him[/caption]

MegaAmber was arrested after an incident with Andrew in 2019 and ultimately lost custody[/caption]

INSTAGRAM/realamberlportwood1__Amber is also a mom to daughter Leah, 14, with ex Gary Shirley[/caption]

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