A large majority of guys in their early 20s are nobodies. Clothing is an excellent way to set the image of who you are. It's not clothes that define who you are, it's who you are that define the clothes you wear.
When Franklin Roosevelt caught polio, his mother told him to quit Politics, yet his relatives and friends said otherwise, and he later went on to win 4 terms and is considered to be one of the most successful US Presidents alongside Washington and Abraham.
The attitude in her statement too, she says "Because I know my baby will be fine here [UK], healthwise at least", yeah all about the NHS, forget about the culture, the freedom, nope, you just want to mooch off the healthcare system.