Mother who raised her daughter in the circus defends herself against critics

Her life is a circus – and she loves it.

A mother-of-one has hit back at critics who slammed her decision to raise her daughter in a circus, saying her little girl loves her unorthodox upbringing.

Keyla Remake, 29is a professional hula hoop player who lives on the street, accompanied by her husband Liam Millichap, 33, and their three-year-old daughter Arwen Millichap.

UK-based Remache takes her family from town to town on a weekly basis, but says traveling with her has given her daughter the “best start in life”.

Despite facing “motherhood” online after sharing her lifestyle on TikTok, Remache is adamant she’ll continue raising her toddler on tour, declaring that her peers are just like her family.

“I was born and raised in the circus, that’s all I know,” she told Kennedy News. “Even by the time I was six I was wearing glitter on my face and wearing a pretty costume, and I was exercising, traveling and performing a lot.”

Keyla Remache and her daughter Arwen Millichip.
The professional hula hoop player grew up in a circus and loved it.
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Baby in pink at the circus.
Arwen loves her life on the road.
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Man, woman and baby in small room with cot.
The family lives in a trailer, although they recently bought a house.
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“The circus is like a big family and the circus is my life while for others it might just be their job,” added the hoola-hoop.

Remache, who has been performing in the circus since she was 10, said of her own positive experience growing up with her family circus This is partly why she wanted to raise her daughter the same way.

“For me, that’s all I know, and it was all I knew as a kid,” the actor explained. “Life in a circus is exactly the same [as other people] but only with wheels at your house.”

The mother admitted that the downside of not having a permanent address was that Arwen ended up in a daycare.

Old photo of circus performers.
Remache, 29, grew up in a circus and wants her own daughter to have a chance to do the same.
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The family loves their circus life.
Keyla is shamed by her mother for raising her daughter Arwen in the circus.
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“We had some problems finding kindergartens for them as they change every week [because we move around so often]she explained, recalling a time when she tried to book her toddler but was turned down.

“When I said I was in the circus, she [the nursery worker] “She stopped looking at her computer screen and immediately told me the nursery was full now,” she said, dismayed.

To ensure stability for their little girl, the couple have bought a house and will be performing part-time at the circus on weekends and bank holidays rather than constantly moving.

“I want my daughter to be happy,” the caring mother explained. “I felt very comfortable in the circus and if she finds happiness in it, I will be there for her. But I will show her both worlds and then she can choose.”

As for those who shame her as a mother, Remache says, unfortunately, that’s tied to the territory.

“People will always have an opinion,” Remache quipped. “It’s not about changing their opinion of you or your lifestyle, it’s about accepting that haters will hate.”

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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