She’s ba-aack! Farrah Abraham is returning to the MTV series that got her started, Teen Mom, Us Weekly exclusively reveals. The author and adult film star, 23, spoke with Us about her decision to rejoin Amber Portwood, Catelynn Lowell, and Maci Bookout for the spinoff series Teen Mom OG (OG stands for "original girls").
“There’s going to be lots of excitement from the Teen Mom fans and MTV’s fan base as well, so I’m excited to be back!” the mother of 5-year-old Sophia said.
Producers reached out to Abraham after seeing footage featuring the three cast members who had been asked back. “We had shot a couple of story lines,” creator Lauren Dolgen tells Us, “and there is something about having that fourth story to counterbalance — there’s just a magic to four stories and four different points of view.”
Adds Abraham: “I think they were more or less saying that there was more to my story that they really felt was missing from the Teen Mom show, and I totally agree with them. I understand their point of view, and it was a funny situation to be in.”
While Dolgen said Abraham was “pretty cool” with the initial snub and “very open” to returning, the other Teen Moms weren’t as okay with the change. “[They] know that she's coming back," Dolgen says, "and it did create a little bit of controversy that will play out in the series."
It’s no secret that Abraham is on the outs with the reality show’s other stars. She got into a televised fight with Lowell, 22, on the reunion of VH1’s Couples Therapy. When asked if they had made up, Abraham replied, “I mean from what I know, from what they’ve led me to believe. So I wish [Catelynn and Tyler] all the best with their new child and all those type of things.”
Lowell and her longtime boyfriend Tyler Baltierra welcomed their second daughter Novalee Reign on New Year’s Day after placing their first daughter Carly for adoption on the show. In general, Abraham wants to put cast feuds behind her.
“I’m just hoping that [the cast is] better off, and they’re doing well because I know personally I’m providing for my daughter, making my future as best as I can as well,” she said.
Taking care of Sophia was the No. 1 factor in Abraham’s decision to sign up for Teen Mom.
“I think it was important because I mean just weighing out the options and my future for my daughter,” the current Austin, Texas resident said. “I think Teen Mom is important for the children and their futures. And I think it holds some good opportunities for Sophia and her future.”
And though she’ll be appearing on a more family-oriented show, Abraham, who penned an erotic novel and recently launched a line of sex toys, won’t be changing her behavior for the Teen Mom audience.
“I’m not doing anything differently that I would not do when the cameras are there or not there,” she said. “I mean, I don’t know if it really benefits me to be on TV because I was most successful in my career when I was away from Teen Mom. So if it benefits me then that’s randomly benefitting. I’m more or less looking at it to benefit Sophia.”
Teen Mom OG premieres this spring.