Is it possible to ever truly know yourself if you don’t know where you come from? For those who have never met their real parents, this question can haunt them for the entirety of their lives.
Even after meeting the love of her life and starting her own family, 1 Brazilian woman couldn’t help but be haunted by the questions about herself that had gone unanswered ever since she was abandoned as a baby. However, when she finally got the closure she needed, she also learned something about herself and her husband that she never saw coming…
A Missing Parent
As a baby, a Brazilian woman named Adriana was abandoned by her mother when she was just a 1-year-old. According to Adriana, who didn’t reveal her last name to the public, all she knew was that her mother’s name was Maria and that she left her to be raised by her father.
As a child, Adriana’s father didn’t tell her much about the woman who left them both behind. So while Adriana was growing up, she always wondered why her mother left and if she would ever get to meet her 1 day so that she could finally get some answers…
When Adriana was a teenager, it became clear to her that she would most likely never hear from her mother ever again so tried to move on from her past and focus on the future. While she was still a teenager, Adriana decided the best way to move on was to leave home.
A New Beginning
Adriana had been born and raised in Sao Paulo in southeast Brazil and left home for the first time to live and work in another city. After getting a job as a housemaid, Adriana ended up meeting a man that she quickly married after thinking he was the love of her life…
A Family Of Her Own
Shortly after getting married, Adriana and her husband fell pregnant and gave birth to their first child. After that, the couple had 2 more children together, and for a while, they were happy together as they raised their 3 young children and built a life together.
15 Years Later
For the next 15 years, Adriana and her husband happily raised their kids together, but sadly, the domestic bliss didn’t last. After 15 years, Adriana ended the marriage and decided to move back to her hometown of Sao Paulo, the most populated city in Brazil, and start over…
While the cosmetics saleswoman was settling back into her hometown, she met a man name Leandro and the 2 started dating soon after. Adriana didn’t expect to fall in love so soon after ending her first marriage, but she couldn’t deny her feeling for Leandro, who worked as a truck driver.
An Unbreakable Bond
Even though the relationship was so young, Leandro and Adriana decided to move in together. Not only was there a strong physical and emotional attraction to 1 another, but Adriana had never felt so connected to anyone in her life…
A Unique Understanding
Part of the reason for their connection was the fact that they had a lot in common and could understand and relate to each other in ways that they had never experienced. After Adriana revealed she had been abandoned as a baby, Leandro told her that he too had been abandoned by his mother when he was born.
Haunted By The Unknown
According to Adriana, Leandro had grown up thinking his step-mother was his biological mother, but found out the truth when he was 8 years old. Like Adriana, Leandro couldn’t help but wonder about his real mother and spent years trying to track her down…
An Unofficial Marriage
Adriana and Leandro finally felt they had met someone who understood what it was like to grow up knowing their mothers, who were both coincidentally named Maria, had abandoned them. Soon after falling in love, the couple unofficially got married and started a family together.
Over the next 7 years, Adriana and Leandro have been busy building their life together and raising their daughter in Sao Paulo. Adriana finally felt complete, however, she couldn’t deny that meeting Leandro had opened up old wounds and questions about why her mother left her…
Looking For Closure
Adriana, who is now 39 years old, was once again inspired to find her mother to finally get some closure about what had happened all those decades ago. Since she had never had much luck on her own, Adriana decided to get some professional help.
The Time Is Now
Adriana reached out to a local radio station that did a program known for finding long-lost relatives. After getting in contact with Radio Globo’s “The Time Is Now” program, which is all about reconnecting separated relatives, they agreed to help her search for her mother…
The Search Is Over
The radio station managed to track Maria down and convinced her to come on ‘The Time Is Now’ to meet the daughter she left behind 39 years ago. When Adriana found out that she was finally going to meet her birth mother and get closure, she was ecstatic.
The Emotional Reunion
When Adriana finally went to the radio station to record her episode and meet her mother, it was everything that she hoped it would be. After the emotional reunion, Maria finally opened up and answered all the questions Adriana had for her. But before the show was over, Maria told her daughter there was something she needed to say…
A Long-Lost Brother
Maria told Adriana that she also had a son, Adriana’s brother, who didn’t know her either. Adriana was blown away by the thought of having a brother after only having her father as her family. However, she was horrified when Maria told her that her brother’s name was Leandro.
A Controversial Decision
“I don’t believe that you’re telling me this. Leandro is my husband,” Adriana said as she burst into tears at the end of the on-air interview. “Now I’m scared to go home and find out that Leandro doesn’t want me anymore. I love him so much.” When Adriana went home and talked everything over with Leandro, the couple made the controversial decision to stay together since their feelings for each other had not changed…
“Only death is going to separate us. All this happened because God wanted it to happen,” Adriana said. “Of course it would have been different if we had known all this before, but we didn’t and we fell in love… We have so many plans together, nothing’s going to break us up, nothing.”
Moving On As A Family
“We thought it was funny that both our mothers had the same name, but it is a common name so we just thought it was a coincidence,” Adriana added. “At first we were really knocked by it all. But we had a family meeting and told everyone that we are going to stay husband and wife, whatever anyone might think.”