Farrah Abraham

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Farrah Abraham
Born(1991-05-31) May 31, 1991 (age 22)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Alma materArt Institute of Fort Lauderdale
OccupationTelevision personality
Years active2009–present
Home townCouncil Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
Television
Children1
Website
farrahabraham.me
 
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Farrah Abraham
Born(1991-05-31) May 31, 1991 (age 22)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Alma materArt Institute of Fort Lauderdale
OccupationTelevision personality
Years active2009–present
Home townCouncil Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
Television
Children1
Website
farrahabraham.me

Farrah Abraham (born May 31, 1991) is an American television personality. Born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, she became pregnant when she was sixteen years old. In 2009, Abraham came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series 16 and Pregnant, which documented the pregnancies and first months of motherhood for several young women. Later that year, she was cast in the spin-off series Teen Mom, and appeared in each of its four seasons until its conclusion in 2012. That August, she released her debut studio album and first memoir, both of which were titled My Teenage Dream Ended.

In 2013, Abraham gained notoriety after the release of the sex tape Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom, in which she appeared with pornographic actor James Deen; its sequel Farrah 2: Backdoor and More was released the following year. In 2013, she appeared on the fourth season of Couples Therapy individually; in doing so, she became the first cast member to participate without a partner.

Life and career[edit]

1991–2012: Early life and Teen Mom[edit]

Farrah Abraham was born on May 31, 1991 in Omaha, Nebraska; she was raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1] Her parents Debra Danielson and Michael Abraham divorced in 2010; Abraham claimed that her parents abused her as a child, adding that she "had cuts, bruises, welts, swelling and scars."[2] In her adolescence, she was a cheerleader for her high school.[3] However, Abraham became pregnant by her then-boyfriend Derek Underwood; he was killed in a car accident on December 28, 2008, eight months into her pregnancy.[4] She was denied an abortion by her mother, who noted that it was against her personal beliefs.[5] Abraham stopped cheerleading and continued her coursework at a community college after rumors of her pregnancy become widespread.[6] Despite having been estranged,[7] Abraham commented that "[Underwood] was my first love, my only true love" and elaborated that "now Derek was gone forever, and so was my happy ending."[4] She gave birth to their daughter, Sophia Laurent Abraham, on February 12, 2009.[8]

Abraham appeared on the second episode of the first season of 16 and Pregnant, a reality television series broadcast by MTV, on June 18, 2009; it documented her pregnancy and her first months of motherhood.[6] Later that year, she was cast in the spin-off series Teen Mom; it followed Abraham, in addition to Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell, and Amber Portwood who also appeared on episodes of 16 and Pregnant, during their first years of motherhood.[9] The series premiere was broadcast on December 8, 2009.[10] In January 2010, Abraham's mother Danielson was arrested and charged with assault after Abraham sustained "multiple cuts to the right side of [her] mouth" after a physical argument.[11] Abraham recognized the altercation as the "turning point" in which she realized that she "needed to stop the abuse."[2] In 2011, she began attending the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida, where she pursued of a master's degree in culinary arts and management. She later launched the "Mom & Me" pasta sauce line, and eventually left the school for "work reasons".[12]

On August 1, 2012, Abraham ventured into the music industry with the release of her debut studio album My Teenage Dream Ended.[13] It received overwhelmingly negative reviews from contemporary music critics, who panned its pop music production and prominent use of Auto-Tune on her vocals.[14] Abraham released a memoir by the same title on August 14.[15] After airing four seasons, the series finale of Teen Mom aired on August 29, 2012.[16]

2013–present: Sex tapes and continued career[edit]

In March 2013, Abraham was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence; she pled guilty to the charges that June, and was sentenced to six months of probation, six months of sobriety tests, and a $500 fine.[17] In April, it was speculated that a sex tape in which Abraham was featured was being offered to several pornographic distributors.[18] Despite initially claiming that the footage was leaked, she later admitted that she hired pornographic actor James Deen with the intention of selling the material, which she justified as "[celebrating] your awesome body [and getting] your own sexy shots." Abraham reportedly earned $1.5 million after selling the tape to Vivid Entertainment, who released the clip under the title Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom.[19] She claimed that she was "drugged and raped more than once" during appearances at pornographic conventions and strip clubs made after its release, which she described as a "dark time".[7] Abraham later commented that her affiliation with the adult film industry "made it hard to have friends and a private life and to trust family, who I feel use me for money", and believed that the sex tape "ruined my life."[20]

In January 2014, Abraham was cast for the fourth season of Couples Therapy. However, Brian Dawe claimed that he was hired by Abraham to appear as her on-screen boyfriend, and ultimately did not appear on the program alongside her.[21] Abraham consequently became the only cast member in the series' history to continue therapy without a partner, and was refocused on repairing her relationship with her mother.[22] With her previous allegations of rape placing a strain on her partnership with Vivid Entertainment, a press release announcing her second sex tape Farrah 2: Backdoor and More in February stated "it's no 'fake' 'leak' -- it's the real, raw, ridiculous deal, and it suits Farrah's underhanded personality herself."[23] Later that month, Abraham appeared in the television special Being Farrah, which acted as a continuation of Teen Mom; Bookout, Lowell, and Portwood were respectively featured in the specials Being Maci, Being Catelynn, and Being Amber.[24] Their successes prompted MTV to consider reviving the series without Abraham, whom the other women were concerned was an inappropriate influence on their children.[25] In March, she returned to the music industry with the release of the song "Blowin'" and the simultaneous premiere of its accompanying music video. She stated that she treats music as a "hobby, not my career move."[26]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
Television
200916 and PregnantHerself"Farrah" (season 1, episode 2)
2009–12Teen MomMain cast member (seasons 1–4)
2014Couples TherapyMain cast member (season 4)
Being FarrahTelevision special
Film
2013Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen MomHerselfPornographic film (with James Deen)[27]
2014Farrah 2: Backdoor and MorePornographic film (with James Deen)[23]

Discography[edit]

Published works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cory Jones (March 11, 2014). "Farrah Abraham Photos, Galleries and More". Mandatory. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Chantal Waldholz (February 5, 2014). "Farrah Abraham's Shocking New Claim: "I'm a Rape Survivor"". In Touch Weekly. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Diana Falzone (July 16, 2013). "Farrah Abraham talks new implants, Tan Mom and using ‘your brain and not your body’ for attention". Fox News Channel. 21st Century Fox. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Allison Corneau (August 2, 2012). "Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham Opens Up About Ex Derek's Death in New Memoir". Us Weekly. Wenner Media, LLC. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Tracie Egan Morrissey (February 21, 2014). "Farrah Abraham's Mom Wouldn't Let Her Get an Abortion". Jezebel. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "MTV's 16 and Pregnant (Season 1) Ep. 02: Farrah". MTV. Viacom. June 18, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "'I was drugged and raped more than once': Farrah Abraham details abusive past in shocking new interview". Daily Mail. Daily Mail and General Trust. February 5, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Farrah Abraham". Wetpaint. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Teen Mom (Season 1) Ep. Special: Launch Special". MTV. Viacom. December 1, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Teen Mom (Season 1) Ep. 01: Looking For Love". MTV. Viacom. December 8, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mother of 'Teen Mom' Star Officially Charged with Assault". Us Weekly. Wenner Media, LLC. January 20, 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Betsey J. Denberg (June 28, 2012). "Teen Mom Farrah Abraham on Food, Culinary School, and Fort Lauderdale". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Voice Media Group. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - My Teenage Dream Ended by Farrah Abraham". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. August 1, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ David Cooper Moore (September 12, 2012). "The Scary, Misunderstood Power of a 'Teen Mom' Star's Album". The Atlantic. Hayley Romer. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "My Teenage Dream Ended". Amazon.com (US). August 14, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ Drusilla Moorhouse (August 29, 2012). "'Teen Mom' series finale recap: 'Wake Up'". Zap2It. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ Joyce Chen (June 6, 2013). "Farrah Abraham Pleads Guilty in DUI Case, Must Go Six Months Sober". Us Weekly. Wenner Media, LLC. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  18. ^ "'Teen Mom' Farrah Abraham --- Sex Tape For Sale". TMZ. Time Warner. April 8, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  19. ^ "'Porn star was paid to have sex with me': Farrah Abraham admits to hiring James Deen and claims she sold sex tape 'to gain control' of video". Daily Mail. Daily Mail and General Trust. May 8, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  20. ^ Carly Jane Sitzer (January 7, 2014). "Farrah Abraham Admits: "My Sex Tape Ruined My Life"". In Touch Weekly. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  21. ^ Allison Takeda (January 3, 2014). "Jenelle Evans Calls Out Farrah Abraham for Allegedly Faking Her Relationship on Couples Therapy". Us Weekly. Wenner Media, LLC. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  22. ^ Jason Hughes (February 21, 2014). "Farrah Abraham And Her Mom Discuss Domestic Abuse, Abortion On 'Couples Therapy'". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "Farrah Abraham's Second Porn Video 'Farrah 2: Backdoor And More' Set For Release". The Huffington Post. AOL. February 27, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  24. ^ Haley Longman (February 24, 2014). "30 Things We Learned From The Farrah, Catelynn and Amber Teen Mom Catch-Up Specials". OK!. Northern & Shell. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  25. ^ Esther Lee (March 19, 2014). "Farrah Abraham's Teen Mom Costars Amber Portwood and Catelynn Lowell Want Her Fired". Us Weekly. Wenner Media, LLC. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  26. ^ Rachel Maresca (March 19, 2014). "'Teen Mom' Farrah Abraham releases 'Blowin' ' music video featuring her daughter". Daily News. Mortimer Zuckerman. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Farrah Abraham Porn Photos Leak: Former 'Teen Mom' Star Defends Selling Sex Tape". The Huffington Post. AOL. May 3, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 

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