Mother-of-four, 35, Mistaken For 18-Year-Old Daughter’s Sister When They Go Clubbing Together
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom: A mother says she looks so young that people mistake her for her daughter’s sister when they go out together.
Laura Phillips, 35, who is a mother of four, started going to clubs with her daughter Levi when she turned 18 this year, but every time they go out they keep getting comments likening them to friends or sisters.
Laura says she is asked for her ID on many occasions and has to show it just to prove that she is 35 as people don’t believe that she has a 17 year age gap with her daughter.
The stay-at-home mother says most people think she’s 20 to 24-years-old and that people on social media have even asked her 16-year-old daughter Rees if she was adopted as they won’t believe Laura is her real mother.
And while the youthful mom admits she feels “flattered” by the comments, she says it has started to feel like a “broken record” for her two eldest.
Also, she says that she’s not doing anything special to look this young but that being “young at heart” shows on the outside.
“They think that we’re sisters or friends on a night out. It happens every time we go out – it usually starts in the taxi on the way to town.
“It happens even if we go out during the day as well, like when we’re out shopping or for pub meals. When I’m on days out with all the kids they think I’m the big sister taking everybody out.
“I have to persuade them that we’re mother and daughter – they still don’t believe me by the end of the night but I think ‘whatever, I’ll take that’.
“They literally just say that they don’t believe my age and I get my ID out sometimes just to prove it. When I show them it they’re a bit gobsmacked.
“People normally say that I look between about 20 to 24. It makes me think that maybe I should start lying about my age.”
The fresh-looking mom also said that she was asked for ID proof while buying a cutlery set a few months ago and was denied the purchase because she’d forgotten her ID at home.
“I don’t go out without my ID, I always take it. I get ID’d most times I go out, apart from the places I go where they already know who I am.
“I already have my ID in my hand and get offended if they don’t ask, I take it as a compliment.
“It’s quite nice to have those comments I’m like ‘tell me as much as you want, I’ve not heard that for a while’.
“It’s like a broken record for them [girls], they know it’s coming and they’re like ‘oh, don’t start questioning’.
“I think when it’s the same person going on and on I’m like ‘oh, I’ve shown you my ID, what else can I show you?’.
“Or I show them my tattoos of their names on my hand and say ‘right, tell them what your name is’ then I ask them why I would have their tattoo on my hand if we weren’t related?”
The 35-year-old says that her daughter mentioned that people on social media have asked how old she is and even if she’s available.
“I think it’s from us looking so similar in age that people think we’re sisters, not mother and daughter. I think because we look different as well, Reese has dark hair and I’m blonde.
“I think it’s probably because Reese does look older than her age anyway and she’s taller than me and I probably do act like I’m a teenager.
“I think looking youthful helps [jokes]. I don’t have a secret – just act young – it shows on the outside. I’m quite young at heart, that’s about it basically.
“I’ve always been like that. I keep thinking one day soon I’m going to mature and start acting my age, but it’s not happened yet.
“I’d definitely say that I behave like an 18-year-old too – when I’m not with my younger kids I just let go and go back to my teenage years.”
Regarding her nights out with Levi at the club, Laura said:
“I started going out with Levi when she turned 18 and we’ve probably had about six nights out – I even jumped on the student nights, I thought ‘I’ll try that’ because there’s cheap drinks.
“I was excited to take Levi out for her first drink. It was a good experience because then obviously I know she can have a good night out but at the same time I’m there to keep an eye on her, or sometimes vice-versa.
“There’s probably been times where she looks after me, but more so, me looking after her.
“We all like the same things which is why I think it works so well – we like socialising, going out for meals and with Reese we do TikToks and go live.
“We’re two peas in a pod, and I’m like that with both of my eldest girls.”
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