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Amber Portwood has once again responded to the custody loss of her son.

Earlier this week, the long-time Teen Mom OG star lost her legal battle against ex-boyfriend Andrew Glennon, who was awarded primary custody of the former couple’s four-year old child, James.

A judge in Indiana not only ruled in Glennon’s favor when it comes to this pressing issue — he also said Andrew can relocate with James.

All the way to California.

The ruling came three years after Portwood was arrested for domestic violence, an incident that resulted in Amber losing nearly all parental privileges when it comes to her son.

She hadn’t even been permitted overnight visits with James in the wake of this arrest.

But this new judge decree makes it official and permanent.

And, as cited above, also means that James will soon be living across the country from his mom.

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“I’m devastated and heartbroken by this outcome,” the MTV personality wrote via Instagram on July 28.

“I’ve worked so hard to better myself and improve my relationship with my children.

“While I’ve always been candid about my past substance abuse and issues with mental health, a person should have a chance to redeem themselves and not be tethered to their issues from the past.”

Indeed, Portwood has said in the past that she is Bipolar, while Teen Mom viewers are well are of her history of drug use.

Amber went Thursday night, referencing her past struggles and asserting that she should be allowed to move on from these mistakes.

“People who’ve done therapy, and taken classes, and made efforts to change should not continue to be punished for past mistakes.

“I’ve spent years rebuilding my bridges and did everything that was required of me, including completing 21 negative drug tests and multiple psychological evaluations.”

She concluded as follows:

“If your road has not been perfect, but you’ve worked hard to become a better, more stable and caring person today, keep moving forward as I’ll [sic] and never stop fighting for my children who I love more than anything.

“I’ve been living in a nightmare for so long, trying to prove myself.

“I wouldn’t wish this unbearable pain on any mother or father.

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Previously, Portwood issued a statement that emphasized these same themes, saying she didn’t deserve to lose custody because she has come so far over the years.

And because she really loves her son.

On Thursday, meanwhile, Portwood defended her relationship with 13-year old daughter Leah (who she shares with ex Gary Shirley) and said that the teen is also crushed by this new development.

“Me and Leah have an amazing relationship today and she is devastated. STOP!” Amber Tweeted at a critic.

Responding to another troll, Portwood wrote:

“I did every single thing I needed to do including therapy every single week and also medication adjustment. I was and still [am] stable mentally for years now…

“This is tragic and my son is the one suffering the most when our lives are torn apart.

“I will not be nice about this situation anymore because none of this is OK. If you change and are stable and have proven your stability than that matters.

“This is a loss for all mothers who change for peace and love in their children’s lives…and just so it can be ripped away after years of fighting for something.”

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For his part, Glennon celebrated his courthouse victory with a simple message this week.

“We endured the nightmare,” Andrew told E! News. “Now we get to live the dream.”

For the record, Amber will be permitted to fly to California every other month to get her visitation with James.

Glennon will then be responsible for bringing James to Indiana on the alternating months for visits.

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Speaking to her fans yesterday, Portwood insisted that this arrangement will be hardest and most unfair to the four-year old.

“That boy absolutely adores me and I have built beautiful relationships with my children today and am very present in their lives,” Portwood argued.

“This is not a win for my son at all.

“I pray for him and the sadness and confusion he will have.”