Meet 11-Year-Old Kordeza Zhelyazkova: The World’s Youngest Mother
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This is a damn shame….An 11-year-old girl from Slive, Bulgaria has entered the history books after becoming the world’s youngest mother.
Kordeza Zhelyazkova went into labor on her wedding day and was still wearing her gown and tiara as she was rushed to hospital, where she gave birth to a healthy 5lb 8oz girl Violeta, according to News of the World.
“It feels strange to be a mom and have a baby,” Kordeza, who became pregnant by her 19-year-old fiancÃ¨, Jeliazko Dimitrov two weeks shy of her 11th birthday. “I used to play with my toys but now she is my new toy. Violeta is the child and I must grow up. I am not going back to school – I am a mother now.”
Jeliazko now faces six years in prison for having sex with a girl under the the age of 14; he says he thought she was 15.
“She didn’t tell me she was 11….I was walking past the school when I saw some boys mocking her and I told them to leave her alone,” he said. “Then she arranged to meet me and asked me out on our first date. We didn’t plan to have sex or a baby, although I fell in love with Kordeza the moment I saw her,” Jeliazko said.
“I didn’t want to say in case he wouldn’t fancy me,” says Kordeza, who acknowledges that she lied to her husband about her age. “I didn’t know I was pregnant until my grandmother saw I had put on weight,” she added. “I just thought I’d eaten too many burgers.”
“It’s normal for our girls to have babies young,” said Kordeza’s grandmother Dida, 55. “It’s our tradition. But I didn’t want it for my Kordeza – I felt she was too young.”
Violeta’s grandmothers will be her guardians, and Kordeza and her daughter will receive about $115 a month in state benefits.
“I’m not going to play with toys anymore – I have a new toy now…”