Bri Springs Talks Growing Up with a Teen Mom and Embracing Her Unconventional Family
Bri Springs stopped by “Talking It Out” and chatted with co-hosts Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo about the close bond she has with her mother, Lauren.
During her interview, the stunning star of “The Bachelor” Season 25 shared what life was like being raised by a teen mom. As Bri explained to Mike and Bryan, Lauren welcomed her around the age of 13.
“[Our] dynamic is unique because it’s not like a girlfriend/best friend dynamic. You would think that because we’re only 13 or 14 years apart,” the California native said. “But something that my mom has always said to her friends and to our family is, ‘I’m her mother and not her best friend.’ That was a way to keep me on a straight and narrow path to success. She was like, ‘You’re the child. I’m the mother. You’re going to listen to everything I say. Don’t get it twisted.’”
As Bachelor Nation will recall, Bri’s mother made an appearance on “The Bachelor” during Bri’s Hometown Date with Matt James. A “very skeptical” Lauren made an indelible impression on viewers with the comforting words she offered Bri before her breakup with Matt: “Worst case scenario, we are mending a broken heart together, but we’ll survive.”
These days, Lauren is nearing the age of 40 and raising a baby girl with her fiancé. Though 25-year-old Bri said her mother’s new beginning initially made her feel “isolated,” she has since learned to embrace her unconventional family.
“My feelings about it have evolved over time,” she said. “For almost 25 years of my life, it has just been the two of us living together. Even whenever I went home, my mom always told me, ‘Home is where your mom is.’ So, whenever I went home, it was wherever my mom was.”
Bri elaborated, “I remember saying it was really isolating because none of my friends, none of my family members can relate to being 25 and your mom wants to start a family. It was really selfish of me to think that it was an isolating experience because the fact is that I did have family everywhere. I wasn’t losing my family. In a moment of panic, it felt like I was losing my family, which was my mother. In reality, I have family in all pockets of the country, and I have family who will take me in at any point in time. My friends have grown into my family.”
Elsewhere, Bri noted that she is “so happy” to be able to act as a role model for her sister.
“It just makes me so happy to have a young girl who has the two of us to look up to,” she said. “It makes me think, ‘Wow, [she] is going to be in an even better position than I am right now.’ And that is what I’m really most excited about. So, I’ve grown to really embrace the feeling of my mom starting a new family at this age because I’m now a part of it — so I can help it be an even bigger family and give [my sister] something that I never had.”
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