HBO’s ‘Love Has Won: the Cult of Mother God’ and NBC’s ‘Dateline: The Ascension of Mother God’ examine the disturbing passing of Love Has Won (LHW) religious movement leader Amy Carlson, with a particular focus on how such groups can affect more than just those individuals directly involved. After all, at one point or another, we hear from local officials, those closest to her, her mother, her followers, and even her children to get an in-depth look into the realities of this matter. From Amy’s journey to her beliefs to cults, in general, every aspect is covered. But if you are curious to find out more about her kids, we’ve got those details for you as well.
Who Are Amy Carlson’s Children?
As per an interview Amy Carlson’s family gave to Dr. Phil in the fall of 2020, she’d been married thrice “by the time she was in her early 20s,” and had “three children with three different dads” despite not ever being maternal. They are a son, a daughter, and then another son, respectively. Though, only her eldest, Cole Carlson, and her daughter, Madi, has come out to share his story with the world – ‘Dateline’ was the first time the latter did so. They mainly focus on how it felt like to have their mother leave them in the sole care of their fathers, never to return.
While Cole was roughly 10 when Amy abandoned them, her youngest was just 2 years old. And the former still remembers that he was preparing to spend Christmas in Houston, Texas, alongside her – he was already living with his father – when he heard the news. Amy had left right after Thanksgiving that year, so he’d been estranged from her for most of his life. “My life is normal, other than the fact my mum left to join a cult,” Cole admitted to BBC in early 2021. He then added, “She wasn’t the best mother, even when she was around. But I loved her to death.” But alas, she passed away in April 2021.
Where Are Amy Carlson’s Children Now?
When Cole Carlson heard the details of how his mother’s body was adorned and mummified following her demise by and for her disciples, he was stunned. Yet, one of the most stunning features was the fact that a 13-year-old and a 2-year-old were dwelling in the same house her corpse-turned-shrine was displayed. In an interview with KDVR, Cole stated, “It makes me mad, and I really don’t want to see this [cult] work continued, especially with [my mother’s] name attached, or in her honor.”
From what we can tell, even though Amy abandoned them at a young age and has since passed, her kids still loved and cared for her. Today, Cole apparently resides in Portland, Oregon, where the biology graduate hopes to raise awareness on cult-related matters. Moreover, he wants to help facilitate proper paths for former members and relatives of those still involved to attain damages from such groups. As for Madi, from what we can tell, she has received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work and is currently based in Savannah, Georgia, trying her best to move on with her life. Unfortunately, we do not know much about their younger half-siblings’ personal life, which is understandable considering he was still a minor when his mother passed away.
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