Teen Mom OG 2020 will return to MTV on Tuesday, March 17, at 8 p.m. ET. Fans will get to see the latest updates on the cast, which now include Amber Portwood, Mackenzie McKee, Maci Bookout, Cheyenne Floyd, and Catelynn Lowell.
One of the major storylines this season will be for Amber, who was arrested in July for domestic battery against now ex-boyfriend Andrew Glennon. She allegedly attacked him with a machete “while he was holding” their son, James. At first, Portwood had a no-contact order with her son, but it was lifted days after the altercation. She has since been granted visits with her son.
Amber Tells Her Side of the Story
A teaser for the new season shows Amber talking to her fans during an Instagram live. “I’m very sorry for letting you down and I am working on myself and my life to make sure I will never slip up ever again,” she says. “And that’s just something really hard for people with mental health disorders.”
Amber has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, something that doesn’t have a cure but can be managed through medication and therapy.
In narration for the new season, Amber says that ex-fiancé Gary and his wife, Kristina Anderson, have been supportive. She and Gary share 11-year-old daughter, Leah, together.
“It’s been one of the hardest times of my life but I’m proud of how I handled it,” she says. “I’m lucky to have Gary and Kristina’s support throughout this entire situation.”
Amber Confides in Gary
Amber wishes she had better control over her emotions. “The No. 1 regret that I have is that I did not walk out of that house that night. Now I look back and I’m so ashamed because all I keep thinking about is, ‘Amber, you should have walked out of that house,’” she says. “There are limits to [what] someone with mental health disorders—there’s only so much somebody like me can handle and people like me will understand that.”
The Indiana native continues: “I just have a lot of guilt of not being aware of myself more than I should have and I really do feel ashamed that I didn’t have that because I should after all the things that I’ve done to change.”
Andrew Is Still on ‘Teen Mom OG’
According to TMZ, Amber pleaded guilty to felony domestic battery and intimidation, even though she initially denied the machete attack.
Andrew’s life after the incident hasn’t been easy. “It’s been giving me anxiety, to be honest with you,” Andrew tells Teen Mom OG producers over the phone in the premiere episode. “It’s been hard to go to sleep. It’s a total mess and it’s completely spiraled out of control. It’s really frustrating.”
To see their stories unfold, don’t miss Teen Mom OG when it airs on MTV Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.