Of course we don't do it any more. Me and my twin lesbian sister
Kayleigh are far too grown up for that, but we've certainly had our
moments. As an identical twin, you feel somewhat compelled to punk
people now and again. Some people might think this is unfair but
it's the by-product of having something that feels like a
It's kind of hard to explain but sometimes when you're a twin
you feel that people don't notice what's special and unique about
us as individuals so we kind of join together to become a stronger
force. And when you're a kid, that's a pretty good way to get one
over on teachers and other people who tend to make your life harder
than it should be.
Let's take school. When we were teenagers we thought it would be a
great idea to play a joke on our form tutors, so we hung around
with quite a few of the same people at school and looked very
similar. We told all our pals about our plan so they were in on it
as well. Oh the power!
So off we trotted after lunch, back to each others' form group,
just down the hall from each other. In we went, grinning from ear
to ear. My (well, Kayleigh's) tutor's nose was stuck in his
register calling out names. "Jack? Rachel? KAYLEIGH?"
"Yes!" I shouted back for some strange reason. He looked up at
me and turned round and said, "Natalie please can you collect
Kayleigh and ask her to come back to form?"
So I walked out only to see Kayleigh walking down the hall
towards me - the same thing had happened to her! We just both cried
with laughter and went back to class. Our friends thought it was
brilliant and our dad had a good old laugh too!
But that's not all we've done to capitalise on how similar we
look. Back in the day, before we started seeing girls, we dated the
same boy. That's probably more duplicitous than it sounds. Kayleigh
dated him first them when they were on a "break" we started dating.
It really hurt Kayleigh's feelings and it just put a bad omen on
our relationship so I have learnt never to do that again.
With girls we both have really different tastes, so we've never
really had any problems there. Girls have sometimes come up to me
in bars and started chatting away to me thinking I'm Kayleigh and I
have to turn around and just say...."do I know you?" And then they
say "You're Kayleigh, right?" Then I have to explain to them that
I'm not and they spend the rest of the night apologising! I
normally get a free drink out of it, so it's not all bad.