Traveller, 18, who met her husband in a car park explains he’s expected to ‘pay for everything’

An 18-year-old traveller who met her husband in a car park has revealed she is financially dependent on him and he ‘pays for everything’. 

Kathleen Johnson, who lives with her husband in a caravan near Cardiff, has racked up more than 67,000 TikTok followers by sharing candid videos of what life is like inside the traveller community. 

Speaking in a recent video, Kathleen, 18, explained she met her husband, who is not a traveller, when she was 17 after he asked her friends to introduce them in a car park. 

Kathleen Johnson, who lives with her husband near Cardiff, has racked up more than 67,000 TikTok followers by sharing candid videos of what life is like in the traveller community

Kathleen Johnson, who lives with her husband near Cardiff, has racked up more than 67,000 TikTok followers by sharing candid videos of what life is like in the traveller community

Kathleen Johnson, who lives with her husband near Cardiff, has racked up more than 67,000 TikTok followers by sharing candid videos of what life is like in the traveller community

Speaking in a recent video , Kathleen, 18, explained she met her husband, who is not a traveller, when she was 17 after he asked her friends to introduce them in a car park

Kathleen shares photos of her husband but does not reveal his name or what he does. 

The pair exchanged Snapchat details and quickly became ‘best friends’ before their relationship turned romantic. 

Kathleen explained her parents paid for their wedding but that after she married she became her husband’s financial responsibility. 

‘In the gypsy and traveller community, the mum and dad pays for everything, like for your wedding,’ she explained, in response to a question from a follower.

‘And obviously when you are living together and married to the boy he pays for everything.’

The couple live together in a modest caravan that also features in Kathleen’s TikTok videos. In one she revealed how her impressive clothing collection takes up almost all of the available storage. 

Kathleen explained her parents paid for their wedding but that after she married she became her husband's financial responsibility. Pictured, the happy couple on their wedding day

Kathleen explained her parents paid for their wedding but that after she married she became her husband's financial responsibility. Pictured, the happy couple on their wedding day

Kathleen explained her parents paid for their wedding but that after she married she became her husband’s financial responsibility. Pictured, the happy couple on their wedding day

‘Every cupboard is literally all my clothes,’ she told fans, before pointing to two small cupboards by the ceiling and adding: ‘My husband’s is just them two.’

The teenager also opened up about how people discriminate against her for being a traveller and said that while she refers to herself as a ‘gypsy’ she prefers to be referred to as a ‘traveller’ by people outside the community. 

‘The hardest thing about being a gypsy is no matter what you do, what you wear, literally anything, you will always get judged,’ she said.

The couple live together in a modest caravan that also features in Kathleen's TikTok videos. In one she revealed how her clothing collection takes up almost all of the available storage

The couple live together in a modest caravan that also features in Kathleen's TikTok videos. In one she revealed how her clothing collection takes up almost all of the available storage

The couple live together in a modest caravan that also features in Kathleen’s TikTok videos. In one she revealed how her clothing collection takes up almost all of the available storage

‘You can be the quietest person in the world and not do anything to a person and you’d still get judged.

‘It is hard and when you go into some shops and you’ll see some people who are not gypsies, and they’ll whisper “oh there’s gypsies” or they will pull a face and walk away.’

Kathleen’s fans regularly post messages of support in the comments section and thank Kathleen for shedding a light on what it is like to be a traveller. 

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