My Stepdaughter Called Me a Golddigger for Funding Her Wedding

I never thought my stepdaughter would accuse me of being a gold digger, especially after I tried so hard to connect with her. The tension peaked when we discussed her wedding budget, exposing deeper issues in our blended family.

My name is Emily, and I’m married to John. We’ve been together for four years, and his late wife passed away a year before we met. We dated for two years before tying the knot. John has one daughter, Sophie, who is 28 years old.

She doesn’t see me as her stepmom, just as her dad’s wife, which I understand since I didn’t raise her. Despite my efforts to be kind and generous, Sophie remains distant. As a child of divorce myself, I try not to force a relationship and let things develop naturally.

Recently, Sophie got engaged, and we were all excited about it. One sunny afternoon, we gathered in our cozy living room, with sunlight streaming through the large bay windows. Sophie asked about our contribution to her wedding budget.

John, sitting next to me on the couch, told her we could give $10,000. Sophie was disappointed as she had bigger plans for her wedding.

She kept pressing for more, but John explained he was still rebuilding his savings. Before his late wife died, John had to deplete his savings, cash out his 401k, and even take a small mortgage on his house to cover medical and living expenses.

He eventually had to switch to a lower-paying job with more flexible hours. Given these circumstances, $10,000 was a generous offer from him.

When John went out for an errand, it was just me and Sophie in the room. She turned to me and asked if I would contribute more on top of what John was giving. I told her we discussed it as a couple and decided that $10,000 was reasonable.

Sophie’s face twisted with anger. “Sure, OBVIOUSLY you married an older man for HIS MONEY, not for what you could give,” she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm.

I took a deep breath while almost on the brink of tears, staying calm despite the sting of her words. I told her that the money was from our joint account and that it was what he could afford. Afterward, I dropped a bombshell on her.

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