In an intriguing case of age-defying genetics, a mother and daughter from Abertillery, Wales are often mistaken for sisters due to their remarkably similar features. Despite the fact that the mother, Abi Donald, is 16 years older than her 15-year-old daughter T’mia, the two share such a close bond that people often confuse them for siblings.
Abi, who looks like she is in her early 30s, frequently gets asked for identification while shopping due to her youthful appearance. T’mia and her mother have such a strong connection that the mother-daughter duo have become best friends, with a shared love for singing and dancing.
“I believe people can tell how close we are to one another,” said Abi. “We’re simply both crazy. We dance and sing together all the time. I think there are times when T’mia prefers to stay home with me over going out.”
Despite the unusual circumstances, Abi is grateful for the compliments and recognition she receives for her youthful appearance. She attributes her skincare regimen, which includes Estée Lauder moisturizer, and Botox injections for helping her maintain her looks.
“I’ve always taken care of myself, but now that T’mia uses it as well, the cost is twofold,” she said.
Abi admits that being a young mother was tough, as she raised T’mia alone along with her two younger children. However, she believes that the experience brought her and her daughter closer together.
“I did it all by myself so I think that’s why we’re so close now as she doesn’t have a dad,” she revealed. “It’s us against the world, and we all share a remarkable kinship.”
The mother and daughter duo’s close bond has not gone unnoticed by T’mia’s friends, who are often amazed by Abi’s youthful appearance and fun-loving attitude. “Your mother is so young,” they often tell T’mia.
The two often attend concerts together, with T’mia sharing her mother’s love for dance music. “Our relationship has mostly been built by singing together, and now that she’s grown to like dance music, it reminds me of my younger years,” Abi said. “We went to see N-Dubz together.”
While the mother-daughter duo’s remarkable similarity may be rare, Abi cherishes their bond and is grateful for the compliments she receives. “More than anything, it’s a compliment, and we’ve become used to it,” she said. “I believe it’s because we are so similar.”