MTV’s Teen Mom booted its third season on Tuesday night (July 5) at 10PM and with it comes much harsher scrutiny on the teen moms themselves, Farrah Abraham, Maci Bookout, Amber Portwood, and Catelynn Lowell. But for Farrah Abraham, she’s more worried about being perceived as a role model and nothing else.
“I don’t think they realize I’m with Sophia a lot,” explains Abraham. “I work hard, and when I go out, [viewers] just don’t want to let it go.
“They [are] mad I’m taking a break. I hear a lot of, ‘Where’s your daughter? Why isn’t she with you? Why are you out with some guy?'” Farrah continues. “I’m just getting a free dinner and some drinks, so why not? I feel bad for other single moms that have to hear the same things. I hope it’s different for other people.”
Farrah finds it hard to find the right guy while being on TV, but says that it’s fun to date rather than have a relationship as she raises her daughter and focuses on getting over the loss of Sophia’s father, who died months before she was born.
“I’ve been going to counseling and dealing with my grief,” Abraham reveals. “Losing somebody I loved and planned on having a relationship with was a big shock to go through, and I didn’t want to do it if I was doing a TV show. That’s the hard thing I had to make a choice about: How do I present this on TV and still be in my comfort zone? It’s something that’s pretty emotional, and I work through it daily. I think I’m working on it better now and trying to have relationships. It’s a process.”
And if anything comes of her involvement with the show, Abraham hopes it’s to help other moms out there and serve as a role model.
“I believe I’ve earned that title,” Farrah explains. “I take time and give advice to other teen moms and teenagers … and it helps their lives. I care about other people. That’s why I do this show.”
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