Mother-of-four Laura Phillips said that she is repeatedly asked for ID when she goes out and leaves people “gobsmacked” when she tells them that she is the mum of her 18-year-old daughter
A 35-year-old mum says she and she regularly gets mistaken for her teenage daughter’s sister when they go out clubbing together.
Laura Phillips started going out with daughter Levi Phillips when she turned 18 this year and since then she has been repeatedly asked if they ae siblings.
The mother-of-four said that when those she meets don’t believe her age she’s forced to flash her licence – leaving them stunned at their 17-year-age gap.
The stay-at-home mum claims many people think she’s actually aged 20-24 and TikTokers have asked her 16-year-old daughter Reese Phillips if she’s adopted, as they “can’t be mother and daughter”.
Laura said that while she’s flattered she admits it’s now like a “broken record” for her two eldest girls and that she doesn’t have a secret – but being “young at heart”.
Laura, from of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, said: “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.”
She joked: “People normally say that I look between about 20-24 – it makes me think that maybe I should start lying about my age.”
Laura had her eldest daughter, Levi, shortly after she turned 17 and said they started receiving comments likening them to siblings last year.
The youthful-looking mum even said that she was asked for ID when buying a cutlery set a few months ago and was refused because she’d forgotten it.
Laura said: “I don’t go out without my ID […] 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 [daughters], 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?”
Laura said they also receive comments on Reese’s TikTok as users flock to remark that they can’t be mother and daughter and have asked the 16-year-old if she’s actually adopted.
Laura said: “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. 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.”
She said she went clubbing with Levi to celebrate her reaching adulthood and they went out two nights on the trot to “make a weekend” of the occasion.
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.”