A TRAVELLER girl, 19, spoke about the difficulties she faces as a result of the stigma and her relationship with her husband who pays for everything.
Kathleen Johnson, who posts on TikTok as @Kj17, shows followers inside her small but homely dwelling, which is spotlessly clean and kitted out all in grey.
Posting on TikTok, Kathleen answered a question from a fan about the hardest thing about her lifestyle.
She said: “The hardest thing about being a gypsy is, no matter what you do, no matter what you wear, literally anything, you’ll always get judged.
“You can be the quietest person in the world and not do anything to the person and you’d still get judged.”
She also explained that running errands and hitting the shops can be a struggle too.
Kathleen said: “It is hard. When you go to the shops too, you’ll see some people and they’ll whisper: ‘Oh there’s gypsies.’
“Or they’ll pull a face and walk away. It is hard. And if you say anything to them, you’re in the wrong.”
Kathleen is married to her husband, who is not a traveller. She said: “I was 17 when we first met.”
The pair first met in a car park, with her husband asking for Kathleen’s Snapchat where they spoke every day and became “best friends”.
Speaking of their marriage, Kathleen said her husband is in charge of paying for their lives.
She explained: “In the gypsy and traveller community, the mum and dad pays for everything, like for your wedding.
“And obviously when you are living and married to the boy he pays for everything.”
Kathleen regularly gives fellow TikTok users a tour around her caravan.
She said: “Every cupboard is literally all my clothes.”
In her videos you can see that her sofas are covered in their original plastic.
Speaking about this, she said: “I’ve seen this question on most of my videos.
“The reason why we put the plastic on our seats is obviously they are not leather and if anything spilt on them it gets destroyed.”
She added that her seats do have zips so you can take off the fabric to wash, but she still puts the plastic on “in case”.
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