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‘Tan Mom’ 10 years after child endangerment charge – ‘I have always been a great mum and will continue to be a great mum’

Patricia Krentcil in 2012 when she became a household name.Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

  • Patricia Krentcil, dubbed “Tan Mom” ​​in 2012, said the constant media scrutiny had destroyed her soul.

  • Krentcil told Insider that she’s reformed her wild-child ways and is no longer disrespectful.

  • After losing her husband, Richard, she said she dated a bit but didn’t rush into anything.

Patricia Krentcil is well placed these days. And this place isn’t a tanning bed – for the most part.

The woman who was dubbed ‘Tan Mom’ a decade ago said she’s gotten rid of the personality that’s been harassing her ‘every day for 10 years’.

In May 2012, Krentcil went from a low-key life in suburban Nutley, New Jersey, to internet stardom for all the wrong reasons. She spoke to Insider about how this sudden notoriety on social media affected her life and that of her family, even years later.

The long-time drug addict was accused of taking her then 5-year-old daughter Anna to a sunbed with her; she was later arrested and charged with child endangerment. This landed her in jail for a week before she was acquitted of all charges. Krentcil has always insisted that she never took her daughter to a tanning bed or exposed her to harmful UV rays.

But social media had a field day, ridiculing the tanning fan and giving her the nickname that stuck as a discount self-tanner.

As Krentcil told Insider, the ordeal took a toll on his bank account as well as his psyche. “When ‘tan mom’ hit, I was a wreck,” she said, adding that attorney fees to defend against child endangerment charges “cost us almost $2. houses”.

She changed her life

Collateral damage hit her where it hurt. “I couldn’t tan – I was banned,” she said, referring to her banishment from several local tanning salons after her arrest.

Her life after the scandal had highs, like becoming a regular on the Howard Stern show, and lows, like getting dressed up by passers-by about her parenthood.

But the 54-year-old mother of five said she had turned a corner in her life. “I’m a totally different person today – I’ve changed my whole attitude towards life. I’ve changed my life,” she said. “I don’t get disrespected anymore. I don’t party anymore and I don’t splurge anymore.”

She said her husband, Richard, died last summer after being diagnosed with colon cancer, COVID-19 and pneumonia. “We had ups and downs, but he was my best friend,” she said in tears. He was Krentcil’s second husband, with whom she shared two of her five children, including Anna, now 16, and her youngest son, Addison, 13.

As she’s been casually dating since Richard’s death, she said she wanted to focus on her family: “I don’t rush relationships, it’s not the most important thing.”

‘Tan Mom’ 10 years after child endangerment charge – ‘I have always been a great mum and will continue to be a great mum’

Patricia Krentcil said she had turned her life around and was no longer “disrespectful”.Courtesy of Patricia Krentcil.

Krentcil said Richard was her support system during the media onslaught that tested the family’s mettle. “They took all my soul, they took my energy,” she said, recalling that paparazzi hid in the vegetation outside her New Jersey home and tracked her movements for years.

She just wants to be a super mom

She has since moved to Boca Raton, Florida – 1,000 miles from the center of the media storm that scarred her – she has had the space to process the fascination and disapproval she faces. “I have always been a great mom, and will continue to be a great mom. Anyone in my position at this particular time would have lost it, and I had the energy to stay strong in my worst hours.” , she said. , before bursting into tears.

Krentcil said the media circus had a psychological impact on her children. “We all have memories of it all,” she said.

As for her former favorite hobby which started at the age of 25, a cloud of remorse hangs over her. “I didn’t want to get that dark,” she said, telling Insider she was grateful she didn’t have skin cancer. “I’m here for a reason, and I have to make sure I’m here for my kids.”

The mother always had advice for her children: “I always told them to stand up in your life. I try to take my own advice.”

These days, she swears not to tan – especially. “I’m not gloomy anymore. I’m very happy. It’s exhausting to keep going like this.”

As a reformed tanner, Krentcil said she plans to sell the $5,000 home tanning booth that sits in her basement in Florida.

Read the original Insider article

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