Michelle Money Applauds Daughter Brielle's 'Strength' on 16th Birthday After Surviving Near-Fatal Accident
Proud mom alert! Michelle Money headed over to Instagram on Sunday to wish her daughter a happy 16th birthday in a touching tribute.
“After an extremely difficult year, we are beyond grateful to be celebrating another year of life for Brielle!” Michelle enthused, referring to the near-fatal skateboarding accident Brielle suffered in March 2020. “Today she turned SIXTEEN years old!!!”
The Bachelor franchise alum continued, “Brielle is proving to be more than I had ever imagined her to be. Her character and strength have been front and center during her 15th year of life. It has blown me away every single day. I’m buckling up (literally and figuratively) for year 16!”
Michelle went on to say that she “can’t wait” to see what Brielle — whom she described as an “amazing kid” — continues to achieve this year.
“Happy Birthday to my ride or die baby girl! I love you so much and am so very grateful to be celebrating you today and every day!” she concluded. “Happy Sweet 16 @briellemoney.”
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Just weeks after her injury and subsequent hospital stay, Brielle revealed how she was able to look on the bright side of the terrifying incident that nearly took her life.
“I do think people would look at what happened and think, ‘Oh, this must be awful,’ but it’s been so positive,” the teen said during an Instagram Live with her mother in May 2020. “I think I’ve learned from this experience more than anything else that I’ve been through. It’s been great. I’ve learned to focus on school and to learn the path to get to where I want to end up in the future. I want to go to Stanford. I need to think about what steps I need to take to end up there.”
She added, “And I wasn’t thinking about that before this happened, so I’m really grateful that this happened. I’m sure it was so hard for my parents, but for me it’s been nothing but positive. There are a little hiccups that are hard to deal with, but for the most part, it’s been great. I’ve learned so much.”
Brielle — who at the time assured Michelle’s followers that she was “doing so good” — also shared details of the accident, reflecting on the few parts she remembered: “I was riding on my longboard, up in the mountains. I was going down a really steep hill and I went over [a manhole]... From what I heard, I lost my balance and fell, but I couldn’t tell you, really.”
Michelle — who shares Brielle with ex-husband Ryan Money — previously explained that her daughter hit her head on cement during the accident, cracking her skull, bruising the left side of her brain, and pushing the right side of her brain over to the left. Brielle was later placed on life support and underwent brain surgery.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” Brielle told Chris Harrison during a July 2020 episode of “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!” that recapped her mom’s experience competing for Brad Womack’s heart on “The Bachelor” Season 15 in 2011.
“I still kind of have a few side effects, but I’m recovering fast, doing well. I got released from all my [occupational and speech] therapies. It’s been good,” the teen noted.
Michelle also expressed her appreciation for the support she received from Bachelor Nation during Brielle’s recovery. “We’re so grateful,” she told Chris. “We did receive so many uplifting messages and prayers, and it really got us through.”