A 12-year-old girl in Britain has given birth to her 13-year-old boyfriend’s baby and her dad says that the family is “proud.”
According to reports, the girl has been dating her boyfriend for over a year, starting when she was just 11 years old in seventh grade.
In an interview with a radio station, the girl’s father said “There’s plenty of routes kids this age can go down. She’s brought something beautiful into the world. That little girl does not bring shame to me at all, I’m so proud of her.”
He then added that the child would not be brought up on welfare, saying “I come from a working background. We’re not scrounging off the social, like other people are suggesting. I work, I own my own business. I’m fully going to support them with my own money. We’re not scroungers. I will sit there and I will support this baby as best I can with my own money.”
When asked how his other children, aged nine and three, felt when they first learned their sister was pregnant, the father said “It’s shocking at first but I don’t think they understand the fact that she’s a mum. It won’t be happening again. Now we will be keeping an eye on people. I don’t want this to happen again. Maybe we could have done more.”
According to The Sun, “both sets of grandparents are incredibly supportive. It’s a very difficult situation because the parents are both so young but their families are right behind them. The baby’s mum and dad have been in a relationship for more than a year, so this isn’t a fleeting romance. They intend to stick together and bring their daughter up together. They’re very into each other, totally in love. She is obsessed with him. She sees this as true love. They want to get married.”
To that, the father replied “They’re not going to get married but I couldn’t say that in six years, I’d like to think they’re going to turn out to be one happy family. We’ve spoken to them, kids at this age when they have boyfriends, they sometimes become besotted with people. What’s happened has happened. We can’t bury our kids forever, they do need a life.”
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