MTV reality star Amber Portwood has reportedly told Gary Shirley, her on again, off again boyfriend and father of her two-year old child, that the experience of attempted suicide has been “euphoric” and “wonderful, according to a source close to Gary, who told Life & Style.
Gary was disturbed, had a fight, and has now calmed down, according to Amber has been released from the Indiana hospital and was spotted by TMZ outside her home in Anderson, IN today -- less than a week after she was hospitalized for an alleged suicide attempt.
On Tuesday, June 14th, Portwood was rushed to the hospital by emergency officials after being found in her home, unconscious, with what appeared to be a rope wrapped around her neck. Police told RadarOnline.com that Portwood was depressed and threatening to end her life when they received a call about her. The victim, who did not appear to be injured, was transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation.
Police were informed when Gary Shirley asked his mother to check on Amber, who had called him earlier that morning, threatening to kill herself.
Star magazine and Radar Online both report that the Teen Mom was likely kept at St. John’s Hospital on a 72-hour hold to undergo psychiatric evaluation; standard procedure for attempted suicide patients.
On Thursday, Gary tweeted, Amber is safe and getting the help she needs right now, he wrote. Thanks for your prayers and support.
Last December, Portwood was arrested and charged with felony domestic battery and child neglect, stemming from actions captured on the reality television series. An investigation into Portwood's behavior was opened after she was seen abusing Shirley on the show, both physically and verbally, twice in front of their child.
FoxNews asks the question, Is MTV Responsible When At-Risk Teens It Features Go Off the Deep End? on June 17.
“MTV is walking a very dangerous line with the young women and men they have chosen to feature. These are teenagers who are dealing with newfound parenthood and first-time reality stars, said Chris Spargo, a senior editor at Hollywood Life who covers the 'Teen Moms' franchise. They also do not make a salary or have enough money to separate themselves from the paparazzi. They have no idea who to trust, and can be easily led astray.
Spargo adds that MTV hasn’t shown any sign of backing off the franchise despite the cast-members' troubles. In fact, the most recent iteration of the show features the youngest teen mom yet, Taylor Lumas, who was 14 when she learned she was pregnant and 15 when she had her baby.
“It seems like as long as the general public is entertained by the antics and downfalls of these 'reality stars,' MTV will keep filming,” Spargo said.
Indeed that is MTV's prerogative. The teen moms and their families have signed legal contracts with the network that spell out MTV's rights to exploit their situations on the show.
“The law would be hard pressed to impose liability on an employer who merely video tapes a subject’s conduct and disseminates it for the public’s enjoyment,” legal expert Joey Jackson tells FOX411. “From a purely contractual standpoint I am sure MTV has releases, consents and waivers from all the parties.”
Portwood, 21, opened up to PEOPLE last summer about her struggle with bipolar disorder -- a condition characterized by dramatic shifts in mood. I take medication, she said at the time. I haven't [taken] anything today. Am I acting crazy? This is me though, and I like it.
According to a source for CNN, Amber has been in therapy for two years.
Teen Mom is an American reality television series that premiered on MTV on December 8, 2009. The series is a spin-off of 16 and Pregnant, and chronicles the lives of four of the original teenagers from that series as they navigate their first year of motherhood. The series' pilot episode was the highest rated premiere on MTV in over a year with 2.1 million total viewers at the time and has since only been surpassed by one other show, Skins. The season one finale brought in 3.6 million viewers. Its second season finale pulled in over 5.6 million viewers. A spin-off titled Teen Mom 2 was announced for January 11, 2011. It was announced by MTV that the third season will premiere on July 5, 2011.