In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, the 27-year-old said although many of her friends at the time struggled with the idea that she was pregnant, she persisted with the pregnancy and with her relationship with her son’s father, Joel.
However, perhaps more confrontingly, it was the response of strangers and their desire to judge her without knowing her that she recalls the most.
“I had women go up to my mum when we were in the supermarket, and they would be like, ‘Oh that is a real shame’,” she tells the publication.
“And my mum would be like, ‘No she is fine’.”
People also doubted her ability to make something of herself with a child entering her orbit at such a young age.
“I found that people who I would catch up with every now and then were saying, ‘She is throwing her life away, she won’t amount to anything’,” she recalls. (Post continues after gallery.)
“Even my mum’s friends were like, ‘Oh, what is she going to do with her life?'”