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24th Sep 2022

Mum constantly gets mistaken for 15-year-old daughter’s twin and once got asked for ID to buy hamster

Steve Hopkins

Nina Dixon was once forced to drive home to get her ID to buy a glue gun

A mum has told how she is constantly mistaken for her 15-year-old daughter’s twin and looks so young she got asked for ID to buy a hamster.

Nina Dixon, 31, said people are stunned when they find out she is a mum of three. As well as Millie, 15, she has a 11-year-old son, Keaton and a 10-month-old baby, Harmony.

The student nurse – who had Millie when she was 16 – said people constantly think the pair are siblings rather than mother and daughter.

Her youthful looks mean she has to take her ID on every night out and has even been asked for identification when trying to buy a hamster.

At parents’ evenings she said she’s even been mistaken for one of the pupils. Nina, from Darwen, Lancashire, said: “People think I’m Millie’s sister all the time and now my son has shot up it’s happening with him too.

“I went to buy a hamster for my son a few years ago and the assistant asked if a parent was with us.

“I laughed it off saying I was their mum, but he persisted to ask me for ID as he didn’t believe me.”

Nina said she had to drive back home to get her ID just to buy a glue gun: “It is frustrating but other times it can be flattering to know I still look young.

“My mum has always looked great for her age, so I think it runs in the family.”

Nina struggled with negative comments after she fell pregnant and had her daughter in May 2007. “People said that I wouldn’t amount to anything,” she said.

“It was hard to hear and stayed with me a long time.”

But Nina took to being a mum and had her second child, Keaton, in February 2011.

Now Nina has a baby girl, Harmony Nelson, with her partner, Jacob Nelson, 27, a business development manager.

“People are always shocked when I say I have a 15 and 11-year-old as they say I look in my early 20s,” she said. “When Keaton was just seven and in year three other parents thought I was a pupil too.

“I think people think I’m young because I’m very petite – I’m a size six, 5ft 1ins and have size two feet.

“I do look like a little girl sometimes.

“When I’m with my mum, Caroline, 68, and the kids, people think we’re all her kids. “It can be frustrating but mostly I see the positives.”

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