You may remember Paris Bennett as an American Idol finalist. Paris was just 19 when she became pregnant with her first child Egypt. Bennett, now 21, says although it’s hard being a young mom, “it’s fun”.
“If I was to give advice to young moms, I’d say wait unless you have a lot of support to help with the baby,” she tells Usmagazine. “I’m still young and it’s fun… I don’t feel like I missed out on things.”
“Sometimes, I’m just like, ‘Geez, Egypt… maybe if mommy would have had you a little bit later…. [But] she is my motivator,” continues Paris, who performs seven times a week in the Minneapolis production of Rent. “Now when I hit the stage, I’m not only living for myself, I’m living for another human being.”
Egypt is now 17 months old and can already walk.
“She walks, she talks, she loves Dora the Explorer. She’s very, very smart. We’re potty training right now,” Paris says of her daughter, whose first word was “Hey!”
So what about Egypt’s father?
“Finding out I was pregnant made me become more mature. It takes guys awhile to grow, and I don’t think his maturity level grew,” Paris reveals. “It felt like I was teaching him as well as trying to learn on my own how to be a parent. That was hard.”
“They still have a good relationship. “I would never want her not to see him, or not be around him. Every child needs their dad,” she adds.