A 50-year-elderly woman who says she’s always mistaken with her 17-year-old child’s sister puts her youthful looks down to being single.
Shany Hagan has continually requested ID to shows her age when she requests drinks in a bar, attempts to purchase wine in a store or even watch the 18-rated film at the cinema. She’s given up dating since she’s constantly inquired as to whether she’s ‘out with her father’ and her high school child Tom has banned any of his friends coming to their house after they branded Shany an M*LF.
The appealing mum says she’s even caused a car accident as a 30-something driver was so busy gawping at her in a line of traffic that he pulled out in front of a lorry – who smashed into him. It happens to the best of us, Shany. Now the Emmerdale extra has declared she’s done with all men except for her son (phew), who is already worried that he looks older than her.
Shany said: “I haven’t aged a bit since I was 21 and people still think I’m that age when they meet me. It was a nightmare when I was younger as no one took me seriously but now I’m reaping the rewards as I look 30 years younger. Everyone is shocked when I tell them my age and they want to know my secret. It’s simple – I’m single. It keeps me young. I don’t have the stress of dealing with a man. I come and go as I please and that means I don’t have any wrinkles or worry lines.”
She continued: “I find people staring at me before asking if I’ve had botox or fillers, but I haven’t had anything done. You can tell if women have had surgery and I don’t like that look. I’m completely natural and am lucky to have great skin and happy life now. Blokes used to say I would be pretty when I grew up – but that was when I was 28. When I married and was pregnant strangers gave me bad looks assuming I was a teenage mum when in fact I was worried I’d left it almost too late because I was 32.
“No one spoke to me at the school gate when Tom was older because they thought I wasn’t old enough to look after him and even now when I have foreign students over to stay they ask where my mother is as they assume I’m the teenager. It’s funny now, but it was upsetting when I was younger. I didn’t have a lot of friends and was isolated as the other mums thought I was some kind of Lolita who would steal their husbands.”
She further added: “I would never want to be a cougar and go out with anyone younger as I want to feel secure and protected by an older man, but it’s hardly romantic when other people ask if the man you’re with is your dad. One time I was in a pub on a third date with a man I quite liked and a rugby team came in and some of the lads started pointing before one asked why I was out with my father and my date went berserk. They ended up fighting while I sneaked out of the back door. I never saw him again.”