Farrah Abraham sky-rocketed to fame when she appeared on MTV's 16 & Pregnant. She had an attitude, yes, and she definitely could have treated her parents better, but there's no denying that the high-school cheerleader was met with tragedy during an already emotional time in her life.
Farrah's boyfriend, Derek Underwood, died in a car accident just one month before Farrah gave birth to their daughter, Sophia. Farrah has always spoken highly of Derek, and makes sure to tell Sophia all about the man she calls "Daddy Derek." Every year, they visit his grave on the anniversary of his death, and always post photos of him on his birthday.
This year, both Farrah and Sophia wrote sweet messages to Derek on what would have been his 29th birthday, including pictures of him and Farrah when they were younger.
To one very special person I celebrate and remember like no other-Happy Birthday Derek I love you, May 8th you would be 29 today, birthdays used to be so simple.
You gave me that once in a lifetime love of my life everyone so deserves, you gave me so many 1st's, from virginity, proms, trips, my first ring, you showed me unconditional love, you showed me what relationships are, from prom, graduation, to our only child...all the events that had happened the entire sequence was one filled with the thrill, love & loss.
Now I share a birthday breakfast in your memory & all our best photos and your childhood photos with our daughter. I see all of your messages to me, & your written letters. Thank you for being the best loving man I know, and one of the strongest. All the memories we had. Our groups of friends & haters can't deny our legendary times, from school, parties, summer nights & in-between.
My partner in crime getting me in all the trouble - love you legend we all miss you today more then ever & so much love, memories from Sophia & I , family, friends and those who watched over the years , Happy Birthday I love & miss you, and thank you for everything you did for me❤️🎂 ( these pictures & video of sophia today made my May so blessed )
Today is my daddy Derek's birthday! I'm sharing some little memories with all of you guys today. I'm so thankful for my mom being there for me in my hardest time when I think about my dad and I miss him so so so much.🌟🌟❤️🎂🎂🎂
On the 10th anniversary of Derek's death, Farrah said she's not sure the pain she feels from his death will ever go away.
"As far as I can see, grief will never truly end," she said. "It may become softer over time, more gentle, and some days will feel sharp. But grief will last as long as love does -- forever. It's simply the way the absence of your loved one manifests in your heart. A deep longing, accompanied by the deepest love. Some days, the heavy fog may return, and the next day, it may recede, once again. It's all an ebb and flow, a constant dance of sorrow and joy, pain and sweet love."
I may not like Farrah or what she represents, but I can absolutely respect her for working hard to keep Sophia's late father present in their lives.