The way I see it: We were all teen mums! Three women share their stories
Madison Riley, 19, from Wembury, in Devon, was 18 when she fell pregnant with daughter Arielle, now 10 months. My ex Tom and I weren’t trying for a baby and I was on birth control when I fell pregnant with Arielle. There were long talks and we decided we’d keep the baby. I was at college and Tom was at university, so we decided I’d put my studies on hold and resume them when she was older.
But things didn’t work out and at six months of pregnancy we split up, though we have remained friends.
I still live at home, which means my mum Nikki, 46, and my dad John, 47, are a huge help. But my life has changed irreversibly since having Arielle.
She is up at 5am every day, so when most of my peers are sleeping in, I always see the sunrise with her.
Mum and Dad look after her occasionally if I go out, but I’m usually too tired to stay out late and wouldn’t drink knowing I have her to look after the next day. My friends are all a million miles away from becoming mums, so we have less in common. My two brothers, Luke, 24, and Lewie, 18, both live at home and Arielle adores them both. She’s brought us all closer as a family.
‘My friends are all a million miles away from becoming mums’
Although I’ve been asked out a couple of times, I simply don’t have the time to date. Arielle is a full-time job and she’s my priority, so I’ll stay single until she’s older. I also want to go back to college and finish my beauty diploma.
I’d be upset if Arielle went down the same path as me because I know what she’d have to give up, but if she did, she would have my complete support. And, like my mum, I’d do everything I could to keep her life as normal as possible.