Traveller mum throws daughter, 10, a party so she can meet a husband – and is fine with her getting pregnant at 14 too

by pregnancy journalist

A TRAVELLER mum has thrown her 10-year-old daughter a party so that she can meet her future husband.

Lee Ann, from Philadelphia, brought shame upon her family when she married non-traveller Joe and is now trying to get back in their good books with daughter Mary.

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The mum is keen for her daughter to find a “good gypsy boy” to settle down with, but Mary is torn between what her mum and dad want for her.

Speaking on TLC’s Gypsy Brides US, Mary says: “They argue about it a lot.

“My mum wants me to clean and have children and take care of them. My dad wants me to become a writer.

“I want to have both, I don’t just want to have one.”

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And when the subject of Mary’s upcoming tenth birthday party is raised, it isn’t long before Lee Ann and Joe butt heads.

Lee Ann says: “Mary is about to turn ten and I planned her a birthday party.

“I think it needs to be for her to meet future husbands and for their families to get a look at her.”

Joe is horrified at the prospect arguing that his daughter is far too young to even be considering marriage.

Lee Ann argues: “What difference does it make if she’s 14 or 40, she has to carry on the tradition.

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“If you had it your way by the time you think she’s ready she’s never going to find a good gypsy boy.

“It’s important that she marry a gypsy to keep it going because I almost ruined it and if she waits longer than 18 she’s not going to be wanted anymore.”

Lee Ann admits that she would even be happy for Mary to have a baby as young as 14 – as long “if that’s what she wants”, but it doesn’t sit well with Joe.

“A 14-year-old having a baby? No way. She’s not a piece of meat,” he fumes.

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“It’s a party for a little girl. I’ll be damned if she’s going to be surrounded and hounded by guys all night.”

But on the day of the party, Lee Ann’s hopes of rekindling a relationship with her family are dashed when none of them attend, leading the mum to question her beliefs.

She says: “I don’t want anything to do with any of them, not a single one, and I’m no longer a gypsy.”

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