A 35-year-old mother claims she looks so young that everyone confuses her and her daughter with SISTERS when they go to clubs together – and people “surprise” when she proves it with ID.
Laura Phillips started going to clubs with her daughter Levi Phillips this year when she turned 18, but every time they go they are bombarded with comments comparing them to siblings or friends.
The mother of four, who mostly has ID, said she’s forced to show her driver’s license if those she meets don’t believe her age and she is stunned by her 17-year age difference.
The home mother claims most people she knows believe she is actually 20 to 24 years old, and TikTokers even asked her 16-year-old daughter, Reese Phillips, if she was adopted because “they can’t be mother and daughter “.
Laura said that while she felt “flattered” by all of the comments, she admits that it’s like a “broken record” for her two oldest girls and that she has no secret – but “young at heart” shows on the outside .
Laura of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, said, “They think we’re sisters or friends when we go out at night. It happens every time we go out – it usually starts in the taxi on the way into town.
“That also happens when we go out during the day, for example when shopping or eating in the pub. When I’m out with all the kids, they think I’m the big sister who goes out with everyone.
“I have to convince them that we are mom and daughter – they still don’t believe me at the end of the night, but I think ‘whatever, I’ll take that’.
“They are literally just saying they don’t believe my age and sometimes I pull out my ID just to prove it. When I show them they are a little baffled.
“People usually say I look between 20 and 24. It makes me think maybe I should start lying about my age.” [jokes]
Laura had her eldest daughter Levi shortly after she turned 17 and said she received comments last year comparing her to siblings.
The teen-looking mother even said that she was identified when buying a cutlery set a few months ago and that it was turned down because she had forgotten it.
Laura said: “I don’t go out without my ID, I always take it with me. Most of the time I get ID when 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 I’m offended if you don’t ask, I’ll take it as a compliment.
“It’s nice to have these comments that I say, ‘Tell me all you want, I haven’t heard that in a while”.
“It’s like a broken record for her [girls], they know it’s coming and they say, ‘Oh, don’t start asking’.
“I think whenever the same person is going on, I think, ‘Oh, I showed you my ID, what else can I show you?”
“Or I show them my tattoos with 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?”
Laura said she’s also getting comments on Reese’s TikTok as users flock to notice they can’t be mom and daughter and asked the 16-year-old if she’s actually adopted.
The 35-year-old said her daughter mentioned people asking her age on the social media platform and if she was single.
Laura said, “I think we look so alike in old age that people think we’re sisters, not mothers and daughters. I think because we look different too, Reese has dark hair and I’m blonde.
“I think it’s probably because Reese looks older than her and taller than me anyway, and I’m probably acting like a teenager.
“I think it helps look youthful [jokes]. I have no secret – just act young – it shows on the outside. I’m pretty young at heart, that’s basically it.
“I’ve always been like this. I always think that one day I’ll mature and play my age, but it hasn’t happened yet.
“I would definitely say that I act 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.”
The mother, who is staying at home, said she went to clubs with Levi to celebrate growing up and they went out trotting for two nights for a “weekend” to mark the occasion.
Laura said, “I started going out with Levi when she turned 18 and we had probably about six evenings – I even jumped on the college nights and thought, ‘I’ll try this’ because there are cheap drinks.
“I was excited to take Levi for her first drink. It was a good experience because then of course I know that she can have a good night, but at the same time I’m there to keep an eye on her, or sometimes … vice versa.
“There were probably times when she took care of me, but more than that, I take care of her.
“We all like the same things, which is why I think it works so well – we like socializing, eating out, and with Reese we do TikToks and go live.
“We’re two peas in a pod, and so am I with my two oldest girls.”
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