A Glimpse into the Future?




Dr. Phil asks Bridget to describe her childhood. 


"I was actually Leilah, exactly," she says. "My mother was making very similar choices that Alexandra has made and as a result, she lost custody of me and my two siblings. And she was also pregnant with a fourth child, and she lost that child as well."


Dr. Phil says to Alexandra, "This does happen. It can happen, and it did happen here. It's a very similar situation." He asks Bridget who raised her. 


"My grandparents raised the three of us, and then my younger brother was raised by his other grandma," she says.


Dr. Phil points out the similarity, in that Nathan is being raised by his other grandmother, and Erin and Marty are raising Leilah.  


Bridget shares an emotional message with Alex and Erin.


"When you hit 21, you were kind of a party girl," Dr. Phil says to Bridget. "And your mother was kind of like an aunt."


"Yeah," Bridget confirms. "When she first came back into the picture, she wasn't a mother. For so many years of my life, she was not my mother. I had a relationship with her like I have with my aunts."


Dr. Phil notes that Bridget's oldest sister does not have a relationship with her mother. He asks Alex, "What would you say to Nathan if he said, 'Why can I not be with you?'"


"I've thought about that a lot. I've toyed around with different ways to answer that, and the simplest way I can tell him is that I made a mistake. I did something dumb, and unfortunately, he suffered from it," she says. "I'll never be able to tell him how sorry I am, and that's why I'm working so hard now to make things right."

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