'She was a gorgeous girl and it all went to her head,' Fairman said in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com as she and her husband Gary spoke outside the four-bedroom home in Oxford, Pennsylvania, where they have lived for more than 40 years.'She thought she could pretty much do whatever she liked after the show. She was determined to get everything she wanted.'
The twenty-three year old teen mom died from a drug overdose.
Per the article, the show tore the family apart because Valerie's parents didn't want her to participate, leading to Valerie leaving home. However, Valerie's appearance on the show showed a girl who was already acting out, in part to get attention because her adoptive parents had so many foster children in the home.
Did the show contribute to Valerie's eventual downfall? Probably. But is it fair to blame the show? I would say no. Valerie was clearly troubled before the show, and there's no way to say how her path would have turned out if not for the show.
In any case, we hope that Valerie's family finds peace and her daughter grows up to have a wonderful, fulfilling life with fond memories of her mother.