Fans of “Big Rich Texas,” now airing its third season on the Style Network, know her as Bonnie or “Botox Bonnie” and part of the mischief making mother-daughter pair with daughter Whitney Whatley; yet there is so much more to Dr. Bon Blossman (Dr. Bon) as detailed in her autobiography “From GED to PhD.” She was a teen mom, teen wife, and high school dropout who persevered from not only attaining her GED but also working her way up to a PhD in Biology (Developmental Physiology), marrying the love of her life, owning several businesses, and starring in a hit reality TV series. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Bon talks about being a part of “Big Rich Texas” and offers advice to other teen moms.
Ife (Examiner): When I think of ‘Big Rich Texas’ I think of ‘Botox Bonnie,’ so as I’m reading, I was wondering when you would get to the part where you describe getting your boob job or botox…You sort of mention it briefly, but considering that you’ve undergone so much media scrutiny about it…why not just set the records straight in your autobiography?
Dr. Bon: You’re right. I probably should have. I just felt it was so over-played…When I said, ‘I could probably pay our mortgage with all of this [money spent on] botox’…I was joking…I didn’t even start [getting plastic surgery and botox] until my mid-thirties.
Ife (Examiner): You are very apologetic to your parents in the book, in general, especially when describing your earlier years. Why did you feel the need to write so apologetically to them?
Dr. Bon: I don’t think they ever knew how bad I was…My mom is very sensitive, and she would anything to heart. I don’t blame them for my decisions.
Ife (Examiner): I enjoyed reading about your teen years and what you shared about becoming a teen mother the most…What advice do you have to other teen mothers out there?
Dr. Bon: Stay at home, take advantage of being a child, and live with your parents…You can get married later. I don’t think that old line of thinking that you have to get married when you have a child out of wedlock…is right…That’s one of my huge regrets is not staying home [after I had Whitney].
Ife (Examiner): You were pretty ballsy back then to ask your parents to sign you away because you weren’t 18 yet…How old were you when you got married?
Dr. Bon: 17.
Ife (Examiner): And it seems that you worked very hard to keep Whitney in her father’s life, even when the marriage didn’t work out. Do you have advice for other teenage mothers about that decision?
Dr. Bon: I can’t speak for every scenario, but in my case, I don’t think it was the right thing for me to do. I should have lived for me and Whitney and not be so concerned because it didn’t end up mattering.
Ife (Examiner): Does Whitney have a relationship with her father today?
Dr. Bon: It’s very minor. I think her relationship is more with his parents, and that’s kind of how it always was.
Purchase copies of Dr. Bon’s “From GED to PhD,” in hard copy or online formats, visit the “Published Non-Fiction Titles” section of Dr. Bon’s website. Follow Dr. Bon on twitter @bonblossman, and watch season 3 of “Big Rich Texas” on Sundays at 8/7c on the Style Network.