Bri Springs' Mom Was a Teenager When She Became a Parent
Bri Springs is one of the women competing for Matt James' heart on 'The Bachelor.' She spoke at length about her mom on their one-on-one date.
We're finally down to hometowns on Season 25 of The Bachelor, so, as we get ready to meet the families of the final four, let's get to know Bri Springs' mom. Fans have gotten to know Bri from her caring nature and her dedication to following her dreams, things that she learned from her mother growing up.
Bri went on the very first solo date of the season, and fans loved her maturity and her easy-going nature. After riding ATVs around the Nemacolin Resort, Bri shared details about her family, including her mom.
In addition to discussing their strong bond, Bri opened up about the difficulties her mom faced as a teen parent.
Bri Springs' mom, Lauren Stoppelbein, was a teen when she became a parent.
The 24-year-old communications manager was raised by her mom and her grandmother.
Bri's mom is Lauren Stoppelbein, an Aesthetic Practice Manager with particular experience in dermatology and plastic surgery. Lauren currently works in the greater Boston area, but she is originally from Texas.
On the show, Bri told Matt that it was just her and her mom for most of her life.
"My mom raised me as a single mom. She got pregnant with me when she was 13. So her priority was me her whole life," she told Matt during the dinner portion of their date.
But, Bri learned during the COVID-19 pandemic that her mom was building a life with someone.
"In quarantine, I learned my mom was pregnant and she was going to have a baby and she has a fiancé and she's going to start this new family that I'm not, like, physically a part of," the San Francisco-based contestant shared. "There was a moment in time when I was like, 'I don't feel like I have a home to go to anymore.'"
That's part of the reason why Bri wants to find someone who feels like family, and why she's on The Bachelor in the first place.
As for Lauren's growing family, not much is known about her fiancé or her baby.
Lauren goes by LaLa Bri on Instagram, but she has a private profile. It's unclear who her fiancé is. Her bio reads, "Feminist raising feminists," which could indicate that she has given birth to her second child. However, Bri has not spoken about this yet.
Unlike many of the other Season 25 contenders, Bri infrequently posts on her Instagram account.
To commemorate her mom's birthday in April of 2018, Bri shared three photos with Lauren.
"Always and forever a mommy’s girl," she wrote. "You deserve to be celebrated everyday, happy birthday mama."
Bri Springs said she had "somewhat of a relationship" with her dad.
While Bri's relationship with her mom is strong, she did tell Matt that things weren't exactly the same with her dad. When Matt asked her about her "pops," she said that he wasn't around much when she was growing up.
"We have somewhat of a relationship, I would say," she told the lead on the Jan. 11 episode of the show. "He was absent most of my life and whenever I was younger, I would find myself waiting for him. Growing up, everyone would always ask me, 'Where's your dad? Don't you love your dad? But you still love your dad, right?'"
Matt then discussed how this was similar to the relationship he had with his own father. The two bonded over how they both gravitated toward friends with big families growing up.
Unsurprisingly, Bri secured a rose after her date with Matt, and many are expecting her to continue getting roses until the end of the season.
But, will she get Matt's final rose? You'll have to tune in to find out.
The Bachelor airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.