Jordan Turpin is entering 2024 with big dreams.
In a new interview with People, the aspiring model — who helped her siblings escape the so-called “House of Horrors” in January 2018 — reflected on recovering from a tough year, finding happiness with her new four-legged furry family members. Told people about and his hopes for the future.
Turpin recently marked her 23rd birthday by launching a merchandise line aptly named Braveness, “Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about mental health and everything. It was a really tough year. ” “The last few months have been really great because I’ve really learned a lot about mental health (and) why everything has affected me the way it has affected me.”
By turning to therapy, Turpin has gained tools to help him through his toughest times. “[These]coping skills help motivate me to get out of bed,” she says. “I’m sleeping really well, eating really well. I’m three times a day. “Eating. I’m waking up early, sleeping early. I’m feeling healthy. I’m feeling good.”
When she has “bad days” or nightmares, “I take out my journal, and I’ve really learned to work with my pain. And I have friends and siblings I can talk to and their I can get closer,” she adds.
While 2023 wasn’t easy, Turpin also made new joyful memories and connections — which gave her hope.
At the beginning of the year, she met Demi Lovato for the first time, and she was “so sweet,” says Turpin, who was also accompanied by her sister Janetta at the time. “We went to lunch together, and she was really there for me. The beginning of the year, it was tough, and she was the one person who was there for me.”
In September she also visited the sets of America’s Got TalentWhere he met Howie Mandel – whom he had seen while incarcerated.
“I had my ideals Now and i have my ideals First, when I was younger,” explains Turpin. “When I meet someone like Howie, who I was a fan of a long time ago… it makes it even more surreal when you never thought it could possibly It is possible It’s really emotional, in a good way. It’s (like), ‘This is real freedom.'”
With the “best team” around her — and “now” role models including Selena Gomez, who has been open about her struggles with mental health — Turpin feels ready to tackle big projects in the new year. Do it.
Turpin says of Gomez, “I’ve always looked up to her because I’ve always seen how big a heart she has. She’s always been humble, she’s always been herself and she’s very connected to her fans. Is.” “I just feel like she appreciates a lot of things. I could talk about Selena Gomez all day. She’s given some little speeches (about mental health), and she helps me help others too.” Inspires to do.”
Turpin also hopes to follow in Gomez’s footsteps by entering acting in 2024.
“I think it’s easiest for me to do (a) tragic (role) because I can relate to it. I think it would be good to act in a film like this so that I can help others. When I do a film When I see (that way), it helps me because I know I’m not alone,” she says.
But Turpin – whose favorite shows include Charmed And the Vampire Diaries – There’s no denying comedy: “Once you get to know me, I joke a lot and I have a funny personality.”
Still close with her 12 siblings, Turpin has also found healing with her beloved pets. “I have a lot of animals,” she says, laughing.
She is not joking. Earlier this year, she moved to a new house — mainly so her four guinea pigs and four dogs (she added her new pup, Buddy, to the family over the summer) had room to roam.
She says of her pups, “I want my dogs to have big open spaces. I have such a bond with them. I can just look at them and they’ll know what I’m talking about. They’re so funny. Are.” , who likes to “cuddle” with him. “When I found Buddy, he was there for me when I needed him. He’s my best friend and he’s given me so much.”
Now feeling “healthy and well”, Turpin is looking forward to building stronger relationships with his supporters.
“I think Bravery is perfect for this name because I really want to help others. All my friends, fans describe me and say, ‘You’re an inspiration to me and you’ve helped me, ”She gushes about her “Doing My Best” hoodie (available through November 27). “Everyone can do what I did. I want everyone to know that we are all brave, and there is hope. I’m hoping to find a way to communicate more with my fans. A lot of things are what I want to share, and I’m really hoping that next year I’ll be able to help as much as I can.”