Meet the Manchester mum and daughter who are mistaken for sisters - despite their 21 year age gap17th Apr 18 | Real Life
At 43, Sarah still looks so youthful that pals struggle to distinguish her from her daughter Holly, 22 - and she even gets asked for ID on nights out.
A Manchester mum has revealed that she and her daughter are so alike they are often mistaken for sisters – just like Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones and her daughter Carys, who looked like a mirror image of the actress at a Dolce and Gabbana event last week.
With their long blonde locks and perfectly made up faces, Holly and Sarah Niblock always turn heads when they hit the town together – despite their 21-year age gap.
At 43, singleton Sarah looks so youthful that she says even their friends struggle to tell her and Holly, her 22-year-old daughter, apart, adding: “When we’ve been out together, I’ve even been asked for ID a couple of times, which is hilarious. I’m a forty-something mum-of-three – I haven’t thought about ID for years!”
Also mum to students Milly, 20, and Harvey, 18, while she has always been well-groomed – having her hair and nails done regularly – events coordinator Sarah admits her girls have influenced her appearance as they’ve matured, and started using makeup and following fashion.
“The girls love showing me off. They’ll show their friends pictures of me, and nobody can believe I’m their mum. We get people mistaking Holly and me for sisters all the time,” she said.
“A few times friends have said to me, ‘That’s a really nice picture of you on Facebook or Instagram,’ when it isn’t me at all – it’s Holly.”
While she loves hitting the town with her daughters now they are older, Sarah has never encouraged them to grow up too soon.
She continued: “I tried to keep them as young as possible for as long as possible. I hate it when kids look older than their years.
“I only let them get into makeup when they were around 16-17, but watching them and having them teach me their tricks made me more interested too.”
Having such a young-looking mum has not always made life easy for showjumping groom Holly, who was often “wound up” as a teenager by boys her age, who told her how much they fancied Sarah.
On one occasion, when a date picked her up from her house – where he briefly met the rest of the family – he then spent most of the evening asking about Sarah and marvelling at her good looks, rather than focusing on Holly.
“Back when I was younger, it would wind me up. Boys of my age would go on about Mum, calling her a MILF,” said Holly.
She added: “Once, a mean girl said to me, ‘Your mum is so pretty – how does she have such an ugly daughter?’ which obviously hurt. But Mum told me not to listen, and that they were just trying to get a rise out of me.
“Now, though, I find it quite funny and I’m really proud of Mum. She gets chatted up everywhere – once a bloke even shouted, ‘What’s your number?’ out of his car window at her, as we were driving down the motorway.”
When she reveals her true age – which is around 10 years older than people guess – Sarah says they assume she has had extensive plastic surgery.
But, apart from having Botox injections every six months for the past four years, she is completely natural.
“About three of four times a week, people ask about my lips,” she said. “Nobody ever believes it, but they’re completely natural.
“If you look at the girls and Harvey, they’ve got the same big lips too. “
Sarah’s glamorous looks have attracted cruel jibes on dating sites, where she says men have been very judgemental.
Despite preferring to focus her spare time on her children, meaning she has not been on a date “in forever,” she admits to occasionally swiping through apps like Tinder.
“I get called fake and plastic, or people assume I’ve got this massive ego,” she said. “But, just because I have blonde Barbie hair, it doesn’t mean I’m a fake or nasty person.”
She went on: “I like to look after myself, it makes me feel more confident and it isn’t hurting anyone.
“I know I can’t look like this forever and that the long blonde hair has to go at some point, so I can grow old gracefully, but I’m happy for now. I do this for me – not anyone else.”
Leaping to her mum’s defence, Holly added that she believes the nastiness is down to jealousy.
And, while Sarah enjoys socialising with her girls, she is keen to stress that she still maintains firm mother daughter boundaries.
“It’s not like we go clubbing every weekend. They’d never get me in a club,” she explained. “We just go to nice bars for cocktails, or dinners together. We are all very close, but at the end of the day, I know I’m their mum first, not their mate.
“In the past, I have tried to tone down my look, but I just felt frumpy, and not myself. Deep down, I think I am uncomfortable with ageing, but getting a bit of Botox now and then is no more than other women my age are doing.”
Echoing her mum’s sentiments, Holly said she loved going out as family.
She added: “My friends will ask, ‘What you up to this weekend?’ and laugh when I tell them I’m heading out with my mum and sister. I’m sure Harvey will join us too, one day – though he’s a lot more sensible than us three.
“I love the way she is, and I hope if I ever have a daughter we have a relationship like mine and Mum’s. She’s still a mum at the end of the day and has those boundaries – she just looks more glam.”
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