A teenager from a children’s home in a poverty-stricken region of Thailand made an astonishing decision to turn down an offer from reality TV star Kim Kardashian to adopt her into a life of wealth and glamour overseas, the Daily Mail reports.
The 13-year-old called Pink said she shook with excitement when she heard the multi-millionaire wanted to adopt her, but insisted she wanted to study in Thailand instead then help her impoverished homeland and the orphans she has grown up with.
The girl with a sunny smile stole Kim’s heart when she visited the ramshackle children’s home in Thailand’s Phang Nga province, a region where more than 4,000 people perished in the 2004 tsunami.
Pink, an outstanding scholar whose mother sent her to the home because she was too poor to care for her and fund her education, immediately bonded with Kim and gave her a bracelet in a visit in April filmed for her hit show Keeping Up with The Kardashians.
But after being told the reality TV star wanted to adopt her, Pink said: ‘Everyone wants to have a different or a better life, I suppose. But when I thought about it I realised it wouldn’t be good for me, because I would have to leave so much behind. I wasn’t ready for that.’
After the visit, Kim declared on camera: ‘When you meet someone that you really connect to like this, you can’t help but think like how you could change their life. And I think that looking into adoption would be amazing.
‘I literally cannot stop thinking about her. I told (husband) Kanye, I was like, honestly, this girl is so sweet and so cute, like, I would honestly adopt her.’
She then appeared to abandon the idea after being chided by her mother for treating adoption like a shopping trip and then told by her resort manager that adopting children from Thailand is ‘very, very difficult’.
But Mail Online found that Pink was taken aside and told by the home’s supervisors about Kim’s adoption wish in the show which went out in August and, although delighted at the offer, immediately said a polite but firm ‘no’.
At evenings and weekends, she does chores and helps look after younger children in the home which was set up eight years ago to care for orphans and children from families devastated by the human and economic impact of the tsunami.
Pink plans to go to university in Thailand then work as a tour guide or a teacher. ‘I want to help my country,’ she said. ‘I want people to come and learn about Thailand and understand more about my country. That is why I am thinking of being a tour guide.’
Pink’s mother Rose, lives in a nearby village with Pink’s younger brother and comes to the home every day to help cook and clean for her daughter and the other 24 children at home.
Asked if she would like to see Kim again, Pink smiled shyly as she replied: ‘I would like to see her again one day if it’s possible. But not just Kim – I’d like to meet her husband and her daughter as well. I’d like to meet the whole family.’
When she visited the home, Kim appeared unaware that Pink was not an orphan and that her mother, Rose, 44, was present throughout the visit.
‘I was very proud when I heard that this famous lady wanted to adopt Pink but at the same time I didn’t want her to go away with the Kardashian family. She is only young and I would miss her very much,’ she told Mail Online.