Congratulations are in order for “Teen Mom OG” star Amber Portwood!
One week after MTV released the juicy trailer for the latest installment in the “Teen Mom” series, Amber announced that she and boyfriend Matt Baier are officially engaged. Fans speculated that wedding bells might be in Portwood’s future after the trailer showed Baier, 46, popping the question, but until now the status of their relationship was unclear.
“My life now with my new fiancé is amazing and our relationship is completely different than what mine and Gary [Shirley]’s was,” she said in a statement to E! News. “There’s not really fighting or anything like that. It’s not perfect, but we’re so happy together. I never thought I could find another man that could make me feel love again, honestly. I feel more love for him than I ever have for anybody.”
Amber’s not the only one who’s totally head over heels for Baier. Her 6-year-old daughter, Leah, is reportedly a big fan.
“Boo Boo loves him. They have this natural connection. How? I have no clue. But it’s just amazing to me because I was really scared that, ‘What if Boo Boo doesn’t like him?’” she continued.
Portwood says she and Matt are taking things slow and getting to know each other before walking down the aisle.
“We know it’s going to be within the year. We just moved in together a couple of months ago, so we really want to learn everything about each other and live this life right now and just make sure everything’s straight before we jump the gun on something, because obviously we didn’t know each other that long before we got engaged, but we do know we love each other so much and we don’t want anybody else in the world, so we are sure we will be married. We just don’t know when,” she added.
After all, this isn't Amber's first rodeo. She and former fiancé Gary Shirley planned to tie the knot in 2008, but called off the engagment after Portwood's anger and substance abuse became too much for him to handle. Gary is now dating a woman named Kristina Anderson and has a baby on the way!
So, who exactly is Matt Baier?
The 43-year-old hails from Boston and, according to his Twitter account, is an aspiring professional poker player. He's also a loyal fan of many popular television shows, including “Sons of Anarchy” and, of course, “Teen Mom.” It does, however, seem that Baier is not so keen on “Teen Mom 2” star Janelle Evans and enjoys frequently taking shots at her and her boyfriend Nathan Griffith on social media. The native New Englander also appears to have at least one child of his own.
Amber and Matt have kept their relationship fairly quiet, but based on their Twitter and Facebook accounts it seems they've been a couple since late last summer. Apparently things heated up quickly for these lovebirds; a few months after first mentioning each other on Twitter, the pair debuted matching tattoos that read, “Vero Amore,” or “True Love,” in Italian.
All fixed :) tattoo with my babe...sending love ♡ pic.twitter.com/hdCsn5cuWC
— Amber Portwood (@AmberLPortwood) October 23, 2014
Two weeks later Amber tweeted a photo of her boyfriend’s latest solo ink – her name on his forearm surrounded by a heart and a music note.
I think he loves me? Lol baby surprised me with this the other day♡♡♡ pic.twitter.com/OiFIz3JQt0
— Amber Portwood (@AmberLPortwood) November 6, 2014
Amber’s ex-fiancé, Gary, has not commented on her engagement.
To find out more about Matt and Amber’s relationship, be sure to tune in to “Teen Mom OG” Monday, March 23, on MTV!