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Olympian Gabby Douglas Talks About Deadbeat Dad

Gabby Douglas talks about deadbeat dad

Gymnast Gabby Douglas has captured the heart of America and the world this Olympics with her incredible performances and winning personality, but she’s also revealed that life hasn’t always been all smiles.

Douglas, 16, and her three siblings have been raised by her mother, Natalie Hawkins, who has often been seen rooting her daughter on from the stands. Less has been said though about her father, and the gold medalist Douglas has now spoken out a little bit about her relationship with her so-called deadbeat dad, Timothy Douglas, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

“It was really hard for us growing up — my dad had left us, so he wasn’t really in the picture anymore,” Douglas said according to the New York Post.“So my mom had to front all these bills. My dad didn’t really pay the child support. He was short (on money). It was definitely hard on her part, and she had to take care of me and the rest of my siblings.”

Gabby Douglas revealed that even after winning two gold medals, she had not been in touch with her father, though the Daily Mail reports Timothy Douglas is in London for the games. The Daily Mail, which in its headline deemed Timothy Douglas a deadbeat dad, also reports he has not seen Gabby perform there as she did not provide him with tickets.

Timothy Douglas did however appear at the U.S. Olympic trials in June, waving an American flag and cheering his daughter on.

“I’m like, “Who’s calling my name?” And then I look up, it was my dad and his friend, and I haven’t seen him in awhile,’ ” Gabby told the Des Moines Register. ‘They were holding up the flag. And I almost fell like bawling. I was like, “Oh, my gosh, Dad!’ ”

For his part, Timothy Douglas feels pride when watching Gabby Douglas compete, telling the Register, “There’s an exuberance. There’s a feeling that you can’t describe.”

Though he left Gabby’s mother, it doesn’t appear the gymnast harbors terrible feelings for her old man. When she saw him at the Olympic trials she told the Register, “Seeing him made my night, actually.”

Gabby Douglas’ Olympic run was a memorable one this year. While stories have surfaced about some negative reaction to her appearance, a poorly timed NBC commercial and her so-called deadbeat dad, it is fair to say Gabby Douglas will be remembered for capturing the public’s attention and for a striking performance as a gymnast at the London Olympics in 2012.

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10 Responses to “Olympian Gabby Douglas Talks About Deadbeat Dad”

  1. Vanessa Fleeton

    You have a special moment in your life and here come the haters to bring you down. This only shows that you can make it through all obstacles. I didn't have my dad growing up and it made me independent, resilient and strong. When you have lemons, you make lemonade. With the hair comments, people are used to having/seeing straight hair with tracks. They see it and they wear it. Many blacks are jealous & have no relationship with their hair so when they see a girl who focuses on the bigger things in life, they can't relate. I"m sure at this point, she can own any beauty salon she want, but she's more focused than that. I have locs, so I know how the edges will tighten up. People will talk, I don't care what you do. This is just a test to prepare the golden child for her bright future. Gabby, do your thang girl and don't let nothing/no one hold you back. Mom's, you should be proud, you've done a great job. May God richly bless you both for your sacrifices/hard work.

  2. Robert Chambers

    If her father is in the military the child support is taken out of is check automatically. So hearing this story I would like to hear his side.

  3. Clemencia Massiah

    Gabby I'm so happy and proud of your accomplishments, your pass experiences have made you strong. All the sacrifices paid off and you and your family will have a good future. Sorry your Dad was not there for you. Enjoy all that awaits you.

  4. Sue Tipton Clark

    I agree totally with Robert…the military does not put up with deadbeat dads! The money for child support is taken directly from their checks. Lets hear Gabbys Dad side of the story before condemning him!

  5. Sue Tipton Clark

    I agree totally with Robert…the military does not put up with deadbeat dads! The money for child support is taken directly from their checks. Lets hear Gabbys Dad side of the story before condemning him!

  6. Daniel Adams

    Woe is me. This girl is starting make everybody sick, it seems every black person has a ghetto sob story. A black kid raised without a father so what else is new. That is 70 percent of blacks kids today, tell us something we don't know. She was bullied, so what everybody has been bullied at one time or another. This girl has a lot of growing up to do.

  7. Justina Smalls

    People want to hear his side of the story.
    For what? When someone leaves the child(ren)'s mother or father, THERE IS NO EXCUSE to not be there – unless there are extenuating circumstances (verbal,mental, sexual abuse, neglect, bad divorce/break up and the kid(s) are affected negatively which hinders them learning and unfortunately lashing out in school and the parent raising the child(ren) are protecting the kid(s) )

    Many athletes and celebs have deadbeat parents and all of a sudden the absent parent wants to show up because the child they left years ago is successful? F*ck that! Her father had nothing to do with her success and positive impact on people: it was her mom, coaches, siblings and other family & friends who supported her and was in Gabby's corner at all times.

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