Valerie Fairman, a former subject on the second season of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, passed away Wednesday of a presumed overdose. She left behind a 7-year-old daughter named Nevaeh, who is now living with Fairman’s mom.
Along with sentiments from fans, fellow co-stars offered their sympathies to the 23-year-old’s family and friends, including Farrah Abraham, another subject featured on 16 and Pregnant and its successor, Teen Mom.
“I was very devastated,” she told TMZ when asked about Fairman’s death. “She has a 7-year-old child who now has a big loss, just like my daughter has a loss of her father. I think whoever is surrounding Nevaeh, who is her daughter, I hope that they truthfully help her through bereavement and the loss of her mother. Any drug or addiction problems in her future. She needs to be surrounded by positive, awesome people, and it’s sad that her mother wasn’t supported in that way.”
Abraham also agreed that being on the reality TV series played a role in Fairman’s passing.
“I have to say this. There is a lot of women who [MTV] still had in production who carried on 16 and Pregnant after us,” she began, before adding that the show has become increasingly toxic. “I honestly feel like it’s not a positive thing. I don’t think it helps the economy further. It really adds a lot of more unplanned pregnancies, a lot of failed relationships, and that’s not what we’re really trying to show. And it’s not really done in a positive, effective way like we started out doing. That’s just the honest to God truth. It’s really hurtful to me to see what I am seeing. And women do not need to be pregnant to get on television.”
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