Friday 4 January 2019

'Can't help feeling a bit weird that an 18-year-old got a 13-year-old pregnant'

A mother of 21 children shocked TV viewers when it was revealed that she was just 13 when she became pregnant to the man who is now her husband, who was 18 at the time.

Sue and Noel Radford appeared on Channel 4's 21 Kids and Counting on Thursday, as she told how they were welcoming their 21st child, daughter Bonnie Raye, into their family. 

At the end of the episode, it was revealed that she had successfully given birth to their latest child after just 12 minutes in labour.

But many viewers were distracted over a revelation earlier on in the programme that Sue had actually given birth to her first child with husband Noel when she was 14-years-old and he was 18.

One viewer, Paige O'Neill, said: 'I can't get over the fact that an 18 year old got a 13 year old girl pregnant, I mean that's a crime!'

Another viewer Nina Marshall complemented the children and 'how lovely' they were but said the situation was 'weird'. 

She said: 'They are lovely kids but I can't help but feel a bit weird about the fact when he was 18 he got a 13 year old pregnant.'

Another, called Rebecca, said: 'So he first got her pregnant when she was 13 and he was 17/18? Disgusting. Also, no way his pie shop can fund all that'. 

Another exclaimed: 'Did he really have a kid with her when she was a child!?#21kidsandcounting.'

The couple have previously said they were determined to keep the first child, Chris, because they had both been adopted at birth. They were married four years after his birth in 1989, and moved into together and got married. Their second child, Sophie, was born when Mrs Radford was 17. 

In last night's programme, family of the couple were shocked at the revelation of the latest pregnancy, with her children appearing on camera to state that they hadn't believed their 43-year-old mother when she had first revealed the news.

Daughter Chloe, joked that 'she had obviously stopped taking her contraception', while son James, aged 15 said he had always wondered what went through his parents' minds and said they 'didn't know when to stop'.

The show highlighted the financial plight the family is set to face with another child on the way and showed Mr Radford working in the pie shop that he runs with the help from his daughter Chloe.


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