When Whitney Gilbert and Shadese “DeeDee” Griffith started relationship greater than a yr in the past, neither may have anticipated that they and their household would discover themselves on actuality tv.
A household dance, posted to social media, confirmed off their blended, nine-person household. Greater than 298,000 likes and hundreds of feedback later, they discovered themselves in talks with a manufacturing firm that needed to point out their lives on tv.
“So all of us wore pleasure shirts after which all of our children had been in a line behind us and it ended up going viral,” Gilbert mentioned.
And with the premiere of the particular “Our 2 Mothers” Tuesday evening (Oct. 25) at 10 p.m. on TLC, they’ll inform their story to the world, with all its ups and downs.
The preview for “Our 2 Mothers” on TLC is as follows: Newly engaged, Whitney and DeeDee juggle elevating seven youngsters and planning their dream marriage ceremony. Between ex-husbands, opinionated households and small-town attitudes a couple of same-sex, interracial couple, getting down the aisle is perhaps more durable than anticipated.
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Gilbert mentioned she was faraway from her reward and worship workforce at an area church after she and Griffith started relationship and that their giant, interracial household typically catches glances in public. She was married for a decade to a person earlier than relationship and ultimately changing into engaged to Griffith, a part of why many had been stunned when the 2 turned a pair.
“Lots of people had been like, ‘Whoa, Whitney simply went from good, godly, Christian lady to with a feminine,’ so I felt like nobody understands me,” Gilbert mentioned.
And whereas there may be drama within the couple and household’s lives, she mentioned they hope to point out the positives and the negatives of life in Statesville with their household.
“One factor that the present actually needs to point out is that you already know it’s actually laborious to like who you like and be in a really conservative city. They wish to present that it’s not as open right here and it’s not as straightforward to stay the approach to life that we’re we’re residing, however they’re additionally hoping that this may convey consciousness and assist folks to know that we’re similar to everybody else,” Gilbert mentioned.
Gilbert, a trainer at Iredell-Statesville Faculties, and Griffith, a psychological well being therapist, hope the present will assist folks perceive them and different LBGTQ folks. She mentioned there are steps in the best path, certainly one of which was how Statesville has begun within the final two years to host Pleasure occasions.
“I really feel like we’re lastly, getting there, getting someplace. Even in a yr, it has modified tremendously,” Gilbert mentioned.
The particular premieres on Tuesday evening on TLC, and will be considered the subsequent day on the Discovery+ app.
The 2 will be discovered on social media on Instagram at whitney_ourtwomoms and shadese_ourtwomoms, and on Tiktok at @whitneyrebecca2020 and @shadede5.
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