Teen Mom star Leah Messer has long been candid about her upbringing be it on the show, on social media, or other platforms. And the part that has especially stayed with the fans is her estranged father’s.
Leah’s people have always wanted to know more about her father Gary Lee Miller’s struggles with his absence in the majority of her childhood. That is why we bring to you this ‘Gary Lee Miller Bio’ to tell you about Gary and his role as Leah Messer’s father.
Meet Gary Lee Miller, Teen Mom 2‘s Leah Messer Father
Gary Lee Miller was involved in Leah Messer’s life until she was 6 of 7. Fans have heard her say “I wanted a dad. I was someone who wanted that father figure. I wanted that feeling of love from a man” in a 2018 episode of her “Life Reboot” podcast.
Over the years, the inactive dad tried to contact his estranged daughter and she on the other hand had struggled with allowing him back in her life. “When your dad calls and you haven’t heard from him in quite some time. Do you answer or let your voicemail do the talking?”, Leah had tweeted, back in 2017.
In a “Life Reboot” podcast of back in the day, Leah also shared how even when he finally showed up, it was not that great of a feeling that she felt. She tried reconnecting but felt like it was too late now. She had thoughts like “I can love myself enough, and I don’t need him to fill that place in my life.”
In her 2020 memoir “Hope, Grace & Faith”, Leah also addressed how she came to terms with her father’s addiction, hinting that by then she already had him in her life. Taking her audience back in the time how it all started, she wrote that between 1995 and 1997, her dad was prescribed oxycodone. Gary had broken his neck and back working on bridges in West Virginia. From there he went to some doctor for worker’s comp and became addicted to the medication. According to Leah, he still was addicted to it as the time she said it all in memoir.
Leah, then, had also mentioned that she was providing him treatment facilities in West Virginia.
Gary was arrested in February 2011 for possession of a controlled substance. Also at one point, when he was living with Leah, he gave her a painkiller to “just take the edge off”. The next thing Leah remembered was driving down a hill with her foot pressed down on the gas.
Is Gary Lee Miller Married To Leah Messer’s Mother?
Gary Lee Miller’s marriage to Dawn Spears ended nine years after they were married because of infidelity and substance abuse.
“I stayed with the children’s dad for nine years, and because I was young and dumb and was raised in a church atmosphere, I didn’t know anything about drugs and I would have NEVER thought he loved WOMEN NOT WOMAN”, she had Dawn had told Starcasm in 2011.
Dawn then went on to marry her current husband Lee Spears and has been married since 1999.
Gary Lee Miller Kids
Gary, on the other hand, can be found wording “Daddy to 3 grandad to 6. I’m a BLESSED man. I want to Thank my ex-wife and mother to my children for blessing me with 3 children that are AWESOME and raised them right. Thank You Dawn”, on his Facebook BIO. Here, he also marked his relationship status to be ‘single’.
Like Leah, her mother Dawn Spears was 16 when she became pregnant for the first time with Leah. This and fans have also been surprised to see the age difference between Leah’s parents.
Like her famous daughter, Dawn was 16 when she became pregnant for the first time. In an interview with Starcasm, she shared how she had begged her parents to allow her to get married to Leah’s father at 16. So, they were married and promised her folks that she would “NOT” get pregnant again for at least five years. However, 2 months later and she was pregnant again. Nine months later and Leah was born.
By the time she was 21, she had all three of her children: Leah Dawn, Victoria Hope, and Ezekiel Isaac.
Gary and Dawn also have three granddaughters, Adalynn, Aliannah, and Aleeah, from Leah.
Is Gary Lee Miller On IG?
As of 16 March 2022, Gary Lee Miller was not on Instagram. But he certainly had two separate Facebook pages: ‘Gary Lee Messer (Shaggy)’ and ‘Garylee Messer’
Gary Lee Miller Age
Gary Lee Miller celebrates his birthday a day or two days before the 15th of August every year. And considering his year of birth, i.e., 1965, he turned 56 years old in 2021.
Gary Lee Miller Job
From what’s been pointed out on his Facebook, Gary Lee Miller worked at Laborers’ International Union of North America and before that, he went to Kermit High School.
Where Does Gary Lee Miller Reside?
Gary Lee Miller was based in Fernandina Beach, Florida as of the time of this writing. As per his hometown, it’s Kermit, a town in Mingo County, West Virginia.
Gary also lived around Columbus in Ohio and Charleston in West Virginia at different times.
How Tall Is Gary Lee Miller?
Gary lee Miller stands 5′ 8″ tall in height and a year ago, he weighed 170.0 lbs.
How Many Episodes Of Teen Mom 2 Features Of Gary Lee Miller?
Gary Lee Miller previously appeared in an episode of Teen Mom 2. In the episode featuring his daughter Leah’s wedding to her ex-husband Jeremy Calvert, Gary was the one who walked her down the aisle.
However, the episode has not been listed on Teen Mom‘s IMDB profile.