Meeting your partner’s family is a big step in a relationship since it means introducing the most important people in your life to one another.
In 2012, 2 British men decided to take the next step in their relationship by meeting each other’s parents. During the first meeting, however, 1 man’s mother noticed something familiar about her son’s boyfriend. When she did a little investigating, however, she realized something sickening about who her son had been dating…
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When 2 British men met on a dating website about a decade ago, they didn’t expect anything to come from the chance online encounter. However, when they got to talking, they both were amazed at how easy the conversation flowed and how much they had in common.
Talking To A Stranger
Over the following months, Paul and Lee slowly got to know each other better. Soon enough, they both started developing feelings for each other, but both were conscious of the fact that they were still talking to a complete stranger on a computer…
Fears Of Being ‘Catfished’
Both had heard horror stories about people being ‘catfished’ by strangers online and were wary to jump into anything too soon. As time passed, however, both Paul and Lee started connecting on a deeper level and started developing feelings for each other.
A Powerful Connection
Lee and Paul felt like they had known each other for years and had a connection that was stronger than they shared with any other past partner. However, they had never even met in real life and were nervous that finally meeting would ruin everything…
2.5 Years Later
Lee and Paul maintained their online relationship and spoke nearly every single day. But after 2 and a half years, they decided it was finally time to meet in real life to see if they could possibly share a future together in real life like they often spoke about.
The Risk Pays Off
Paul and Lee hoped their online relationship and connection would translate into a real-life relationship and when they first met, they weren’t disappointed. “We met in November of last year. It was emotional because we’d been talking for so long,” Paul said about their first meeting in 2011…
Things Get Serious
After that first meeting, the relationship quickly progressed and Paul and Lee introduced each other to their friends. The couple spoke about getting married and building a life together, but before they could do that there was 1 more thing they needed to do to make sure they were right together.
Meeting The Parents
Paul and Lee were sure they had finally found their soulmate, but agreed that they still needed to meet each other’s families to make sure they approved of their relationship so they could move forward together as a couple…
A Huge Relief
Soon after Lee told his family that he wanted to introduce him to his new boyfriend and told them how serious he was about Paul. Lee brought Paul over to meet everyone and was thrilled to see how well everyone liked Paul and got along with him.
A Familiar Face
Not only did it confirm his feelings for Paul, but Lee was relieved to see his family approved since he cared about what his family thought. However, during that first meeting with the family, Lee’s mother, Ena, couldn’t help but notice something strangely familiar about her son’s new partner…
An Uncanny Resemblance
“When I saw Paul for the first time I instantly thought he looked like my ex-husband Ron,” said Ena, who wasn’t the only person to see the resemblance between Paul and Ena’s former husband. The rest of Lee’s family couldn’t help but comment on how familiar Paul looked.
Just A Coincidence
At first, Paul and Lee thought it was just a funny coincidence. But when Lee’s family started asking Paul some questions about his family and his past, they both started to get the sickening feeling that maybe it wasn’t just a random coincidence…
Paul’s Biological Family
Not only did Paul look like Ena’s ex-husband, Ron, but Paul and Ron shared the same last name. Paul explained that he had never known his biological family and had no memory of them since he had been adopted when he was just 3 years old.
A Vivid Memory
At that point, Paul and Lee just hoped it was all a strange happenstance. However, they really started to panic when Lee’s mom, who had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, revealed a part of her past that she could still remember vividly…
The Secret Son
According to Ena, she had a secret son that Lee never knew about. While still married to Ron, Ena explained that she gave birth to a baby boy. At the time, she and Ron were struggling to support themselves since they already had 3 other children together.
An Impossible Decision
As heartbreaking as it was, Ron and Ena decided to give their baby boy up for adoption when he was just 18 months old so that he could have a chance at a better life with parents that could give him things they couldn’t. It also would ensure that their other 3 children wouldn’t get taken away from them…
The Jeremy Kyle Show
While they hoped it was all just a coincidence, Lee and Paul couldn’t ignore the fact that they may be half-brothers so they reached out to “The Jeremy Kyle Show”, which is a British tabloid talk show, to get help figuring out if the lovers were really related.
A Disturbing Possibility
“You are having a physical sexual relationship with a man that you love and want to marry and at some point somebody might tell you that he could be your half-brother – what does that do to you?” Jeremy Kyle asks the couple during the episode. “It makes me sick. It makes me basically horrible. I can’t describe it,” Lee replied. “I’m hoping that it’s not true because I love you so much it’s unreal,” Paul added. “I’m the same. It’s hard to describe how much I love you,” Lee agreed…
The Moment Of Truth
During the show, Kyle received the results of a DNA test and finally broke the news to Lee and Paul. “The test results show that you two … you’re half brothers,” Kyle said. The 2 men were visibly horrified by what they just learned. Not only did it mean that they had been in an incestuous relationship, but it also meant that they could no longer be together. While the news was devastating for them, Ron and Ena were excited that they were reunited with their secret son.
3 Years Later…
“It’s going to take time to process that and you’ll need to do it at your own speed,” said the show’s psychotherapist, who offered to counsel them. In an update 3 years later, both Lee and Paul confirmed that they had both moved on with their lives and now have a close relationship as brothers.