Valerie Fairman, star of MTV's 16 and Pregnant, died of a suspected drug overdose last Wednesday. The 23-year-old Fairman left behind a 7-year-old daughter, and her passing caused a shockwave among MTV reality TV alums.
Though Teen Mom OG star Farrah Abraham did not co-star with Fairman on any MTV productions, Fairman's passing seems to have hit Abraham deeply. Derek Underwood, the father of Abraham's 7-year-old daughter Sophia, passed away after a drunk driving accident before Sophia was born; Underwood struggled with substance abuse during his life, and in a recent interview with Us Weekly, Abraham voiced her thoughts on Fairman's tragic passing and the disturbing parallels in her own life.
"I've been so hurt by that all day. Valerie is so gorgeous. She's so pretty and her daughter is just so amazing," Abraham began.
"It really hurts me. Just like Sophia's dad, who was just surrounded by people, even though you're using drugs," she continued. "It's such an experimental time from our teens to our 20s. I'm not judging anyone who is recreational [with their drug use] because we all may do that, just some people don't live through it."
"Some people don't have the right surroundings to help get them through an experimental time or a tough time," she went on. "I didn't really speak to her, but all I know is it really hurt me because, you know, I thought to myself, 'What if Sophia never had me?'"
Fairman was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a friend's house; the cause of death has yet to be confirmed, but according to TMZ, all signs point to a fatal overdose. Fairman's 7-year-old daughter, Naveah, is currently staying with her grandmother.
"I'm really sad that Valerie didn't have other supportive people around her to help yank her away from drugs or any of that depression or whatever she was going through and her struggles as a teen mom," Abraham said later. "It hurt me and obviously I wish her family happy holidays and condolences for Valerie because it's really sad and really hurtful."
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