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Man Learns His Sister Is Actually His Mother | TODAY


ADOPTED, AND IT WASN’T UNTIL HE WAS 18 THAT HE FINALLY LEARNED WAS 18 THAT HE FINALLY LEARNED THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH.>>ON MY FAMILY’S FARM IN>>ON MY FAMILY’S FARM IN KANSAS, I FOUND OUT EVERYTHING I KANSAS, I FOUND OUT EVERYTHING I KNEW ABOUT MYSELF WAS A LIE. KNEW ABOUT MYSELF WAS A LIE.>>Reporter: STEVE GREW UP IN>>Reporter: STEVE GREW UP IN KANSAS, SURROUNDED BY A LARGE KANSAS, SURROUNDED BY A LARGE FAMILY. FAMILY.>>THIS IS MY FAMILY.>>THIS IS MY FAMILY. MY DEVOUTLY CATHOLIC PARENTS MY DEVOUTLY CATHOLIC PARENTS RAISED EIGHT KIDS IN THIS TINY RAISED EIGHT KIDS IN THIS TINY FARMHOUSE BEFORE I CAME ALONG. FARMHOUSE BEFORE I CAME ALONG.>>Reporter: STEVE KNEW HE WAS>>Reporter: STEVE KNEW HE WAS ADOPTED BUT ALWAYS FELT LOVED, ADOPTED BUT ALWAYS FELT LOVED, ESPECIALLY BY HIS SIBLINGS, ESPECIALLY BY HIS SIBLINGS, INCLUDING HIS BROTHER, DENNIS. INCLUDING HIS BROTHER, DENNIS.>>YOU WERE PARADED AROUND LIKE>>YOU WERE PARADED AROUND LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. WE WENT EVERYWHERE. WE WENT EVERYWHERE. WE WENT TO EVERY FAMILY REUNION, WE WENT TO EVERY FAMILY REUNION, EVERY CHURCH EVENT. EVERY CHURCH EVENT. MOM HAD A BIG COMMITMENT TO MOM HAD A BIG COMMITMENT TO PUTTING YOU OUT THERE. PUTTING YOU OUT THERE.>>Reporter: BUT THERE WAS A>>Reporter: BUT THERE WAS A SECRET THAT EVERYONE KEPT FROM SECRET THAT EVERYONE KEPT FROM STEVE, A SECRET ORCHESTRATED BY STEVE, A SECRET ORCHESTRATED BY HIS FAMILY SINCE BIRTH. HIS FAMILY SINCE BIRTH.>>IT WAS AN OPEN SECRET.>>IT WAS AN OPEN SECRET. EVERYBODY KNEW ABOUT IT, BUT EVERYBODY KNEW ABOUT IT, BUT NOBODY TALKED ABOUT IT. NOBODY TALKED ABOUT IT.>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>Reporter: IT WASN’T UNTIL>>Reporter: IT WASN’T UNTIL STEVE WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN HE STEVE WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN HE FINALLY LEARNED THE TRUTH. FINALLY LEARNED THE TRUTH.>>I WASN’T SOME RANDOM CHILD.>>I WASN’T SOME RANDOM CHILD. EVEN THOUGH I FULLY BELIEVED I EVEN THOUGH I FULLY BELIEVED I WAS ADOPTED BY STRANGERS. WAS ADOPTED BY STRANGERS. DON AND MARY JANE WEREN’T DON AND MARY JANE WEREN’T STRANGERS. STRANGERS. THEY WERE REALLY MY THEY WERE REALLY MY GRANDPARENTS. GRANDPARENTS. JONI, WHO I BELIEVED WAS MY JONI, WHO I BELIEVED WAS MY OLDEST SISTER, WAS MY MOTHER. OLDEST SISTER, WAS MY MOTHER.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>STEVE’S STORY IS SHARED IN>>STEVE’S STORY IS SHARED IN THE NEW PODCAST “FAMILY THE NEW PODCAST “FAMILY SECRETS,” HOSTED BY DANNY SECRETS,” HOSTED BY DANNY SHAPIRO. SHAPIRO. HE STARTED THE PODCAST AFTER HE STARTED THE PODCAST AFTER DISCOVERING HER OWN FAMILY DISCOVERING HER OWN FAMILY SECRET, THAT THE MAN WHO RAISED SECRET, THAT THE MAN WHO RAISED HER WAS NOT HER BIOLOGICAL HER WAS NOT HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER. FATHER. STEVEN AND DANI ARE BOTH WITH STEVEN AND DANI ARE BOTH WITH US. US. GOOD MORNING TO YOU. GOOD MORNING TO YOU.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING.>>I WAS LOOKING AT THE PICTURES>>I WAS LOOKING AT THE PICTURES WITH YOU AND YOUR OLDER SISTER, WITH YOU AND YOUR OLDER SISTER, WHO IS ACTUALLY YOUR MOM. WHO IS ACTUALLY YOUR MOM. DID YOU EVER HAVE ANY IDEA OVER DID YOU EVER HAVE ANY IDEA OVER THE YEARS THAT SOMETHING WAS THE YEARS THAT SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT? DIFFERENT?>>WELL, IN HINDSIGHT, I WAS>>WELL, IN HINDSIGHT, I WAS LIKE, OF COURSE, BUT NO, I LIKE, OF COURSE, BUT NO, I DIDN’T. DIDN’T. IT JUST SEEMED NORMAL. IT JUST SEEMED NORMAL. THE STORY WAS SO LOCKED IN. THE STORY WAS SO LOCKED IN.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>NO, I NEVER REALLY SUSPECTED>>NO, I NEVER REALLY SUSPECTED ANYTHING. ANYTHING.>>HOW WAS THE STORY SO LOCKED>>HOW WAS THE STORY SO LOCKED IN? IN? HOW DID EVERYONE KNOW AND IT HOW DID EVERYONE KNOW AND IT NEVER LEAKED TO YOU? NEVER LEAKED TO YOU?>>PART OF IT WAS THE TIME OF>>PART OF IT WAS THE TIME OF THIS. THIS. IT WAS THE EARLY ’70s OR MID IT WAS THE EARLY ’70s OR MID ’70s, AND ALSO A SMALL TOWN. ’70s, AND ALSO A SMALL TOWN. TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY. TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY. THE PEOPLE WHO KNEW, THE THE PEOPLE WHO KNEW, THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO KNEW WHO COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO KNEW WHO DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING WERE TRYING DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING WERE TRYING TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS. TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS.>>NOT GET IN YOUR BUSINESS.>>NOT GET IN YOUR BUSINESS.>>PROTECT YOU.>>PROTECT YOU.>>HOW DID YOU ULTIMATELY>>HOW DID YOU ULTIMATELY CONFRONT JONI, YOUR MOTHER, AND CONFRONT JONI, YOUR MOTHER, AND YOUR GRANDPARENTS? YOUR GRANDPARENTS?>>WELL, I DIDN’T FIND OUT UNTIL>>WELL, I DIDN’T FIND OUT UNTIL I WAS 18. I WAS 18. MY TWO BEST FRIENDS TOLD ME FROM MY TWO BEST FRIENDS TOLD ME FROM HIGH SCHOOL. HIGH SCHOOL. THE NIGHT BEFORE MY HIGH SCHOOL THE NIGHT BEFORE MY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. GRADUATION. I HELD IT IN FOR ANOTHER MONTH I HELD IT IN FOR ANOTHER MONTH AND A HALF. AND A HALF. THEN I CONFRONTED MY PARENTS THEN I CONFRONTED MY PARENTS ABOUT IT, GRANDPARENTS. ABOUT IT, GRANDPARENTS. BEING AN 18-YEAR-OLD AND ANGRY, BEING AN 18-YEAR-OLD AND ANGRY, I RAN AWAY. I RAN AWAY. GOT IN A CAR AND DROVE TO THE GOT IN A CAR AND DROVE TO THE NEWEST TOWN, 20 MILES AWAY. NEWEST TOWN, 20 MILES AWAY. RENTED A MOTEL ROOM, GOT DRUNK RENTED A MOTEL ROOM, GOT DRUNK WITH MY FRIENDS. WITH MY FRIENDS. THEN, OF COURSE, MY MOTHER, IN A THEN, OF COURSE, MY MOTHER, IN A SMALL TOWN, TRACKED ME DOWN. SMALL TOWN, TRACKED ME DOWN. JONI CALLED ME THAT NIGHT AT THE JONI CALLED ME THAT NIGHT AT THE MOTEL. MOTEL. WE HAD A MOMENT OF, YES, THIS WE HAD A MOMENT OF, YES, THIS HAPPENED. HAPPENED. I’M SORRY. I’M SORRY. I WAS MOSTLY SILENT. I WAS MOSTLY SILENT. WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT IT AGAIN WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT IT AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 15 YEARS. FOR ANOTHER 15 YEARS.>>REALLY?>>REALLY?>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>WHY WAS THIS EVER A SECRET IN>>WHY WAS THIS EVER A SECRET IN THE FIRST PLACE? THE FIRST PLACE? WAS IT TO PROTECT JONI AT THE WAS IT TO PROTECT JONI AT THE TIME? TIME? I MEAN, YOU’D THINK AT SOME I MEAN, YOU’D THINK AT SOME POINT THEY’D WANT TO PROTECT POINT THEY’D WANT TO PROTECT YOU. YOU.>>PROTECT JONI.>>PROTECT JONI. PROTECT THE FAMILY NAME. PROTECT THE FAMILY NAME. PROTECT EVERYONE. PROTECT EVERYONE. PROTECT MY — IT WAS REALLY PROTECT MY — IT WAS REALLY ABOUT THE NAME OF THE FAMILY, ABOUT THE NAME OF THE FAMILY, AND IT WAS EMBARRASSING. AND IT WAS EMBARRASSING. THIS WAS A CATHOLIC FAMILY. THIS WAS A CATHOLIC FAMILY. TO HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER GO AWAY TO HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER GO AWAY SOMEWHERE AND THEN BECOME SOMEWHERE AND THEN BECOME PREGNANT AND COME BACK HOME WITH PREGNANT AND COME BACK HOME WITH A SHAME. A SHAME.>>WE SHOULD POINT OUT, YOU ARE>>WE SHOULD POINT OUT, YOU ARE A COLLEAGUE, AS WELL, NBC NEWS A COLLEAGUE, AS WELL, NBC NEWS EMPLOYEE. EMPLOYEE.>>I AM, YES.>>I AM, YES.>>HOW IS IT NOW?>>HOW IS IT NOW? I MEAN, LET ME BRING YOU IN I MEAN, LET ME BRING YOU IN HERE. HERE. IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE ONCE YOU START TALKING TO ONCE YOU START TALKING TO PEOPLE, IT SEEMS LIKE MORE PEOPLE, IT SEEMS LIKE MORE PEOPLE THAN YOU MAY THINK HAVE PEOPLE THAN YOU MAY THINK HAVE HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE OR KNOW HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE OR KNOW SOMEONE. SOMEONE.>>OH, MY GOODNESS.>>OH, MY GOODNESS. I THINKS THEN SS SIT IS AN EPIDE I THINKS THEN SS SIT IS AN EPIDE SINCE MY BOOK CAME OUT, I’VE SINCE MY BOOK CAME OUT, I’VE BEEN TRAVELING AROUND THE BEEN TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY. COUNTRY. MY EVENTS ARE PACKED WITH PEOPLE MY EVENTS ARE PACKED WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE DISCOVERING MASSIVE WHO ARE DISCOVERING MASSIVE FAMILY SECRETS. FAMILY SECRETS. I THINK IT IS A COMBINATION OF I THINK IT IS A COMBINATION OF THE ERA WE’RE IN, THE ME TOO THE ERA WE’RE IN, THE ME TOO MOVEMENT IN PART, DNA TESTING, MOVEMENT IN PART, DNA TESTING, AND THE INTERNET. AND THE INTERNET. DNA TESTING HAS BECOME THE MOST DNA TESTING HAS BECOME THE MOST POPULAR HOLIDAY GIFT IN AMERICA. POPULAR HOLIDAY GIFT IN AMERICA. THESE STORIES ARE POURING OUT. THESE STORIES ARE POURING OUT. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING THESE DISCOVERYIES EVERY WEEK. THESE DISCOVERYIES EVERY WEEK. GOING BACK TO WHAT STEVE WAS GOING BACK TO WHAT STEVE WAS SAYING, I THINK THAT IT IS SAYING, I THINK THAT IT IS BELIEVED, AND ESPECIALLY BACK IN BELIEVED, AND ESPECIALLY BACK IN THOSE DAYS, IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THOSE DAYS, IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE CHILD WOULD NEVER KNOW. THE CHILD WOULD NEVER KNOW. WHAT WE DON’T KNOW ISN’T GOING WHAT WE DON’T KNOW ISN’T GOING TO HURT US. TO HURT US. LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE. LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE. WHAT’S NOT UNDERSTOOD ARE THE WHAT’S NOT UNDERSTOOD ARE THE DEEPER PSYCHOLOGICAL AND DEEPER PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF HAVING EMOTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF HAVING SOMETHING AS FUNDAMENTAL AS YOUR SOMETHING AS FUNDAMENTAL AS YOUR IDENTITY HIDDEN FROM YOU. IDENTITY HIDDEN FROM YOU.>>FOR SOMEONE WHO IS HOLDING A>>FOR SOMEONE WHO IS HOLDING A SECRET, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS NOT SECRET, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS NOT THEIR SECRET BUT THEY’RE HOLDING THEIR SECRET BUT THEY’RE HOLDING IT FOR SOMEONE ELSE, I MEAN, DO IT FOR SOMEONE ELSE, I MEAN, DO YOU RECOMMEND THEM JUST KIND OF YOU RECOMMEND THEM JUST KIND OF HAVING A SIT-DOWN AND TALKING IT HAVING A SIT-DOWN AND TALKING IT OUT? OUT? I MEAN, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND I MEAN, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND JUST FROM SEEING THIS SO OFTEN? JUST FROM SEEING THIS SO OFTEN?>>I THINK THE SECRETS NEED TO>>I THINK THE SECRETS NEED TO BE HANDLED WITH GREAT CARE. BE HANDLED WITH GREAT CARE. I DON’T THINK THAT THEY SHOULD I DON’T THINK THAT THEY SHOULD EVER JUST BE BLURTED OUT, YOU EVER JUST BE BLURTED OUT, YOU KNOW, AS AN UNBURDENING. KNOW, AS AN UNBURDENING. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT, ULTIMATELY, I ALSO BELIEVE THAT, ULTIMATELY, JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING ISN’T JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING ISN’T SPOKEN DOESN’T MEAN IT DOESN’T SPOKEN DOESN’T MEAN IT DOESN’T EXIST. EXIST. IT IS LIKE ALMOST A TOXIC FUME IT IS LIKE ALMOST A TOXIC FUME THAT’S LEAKING INTO EVERYTHING. THAT’S LEAKING INTO EVERYTHING. ULTIMATELY, PEOPLE DO HAVE A ULTIMATELY, PEOPLE DO HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW AND FEEL LIBERATED RIGHT TO KNOW AND FEEL LIBERATED BY KNOWING THE TRUTH. BY KNOWING THE TRUTH. THE SECRET KEEPERS ARE CARRYING THE SECRET KEEPERS ARE CARRYING A BURDEN, BUT THE QUESTION IS A BURDEN, BUT THE QUESTION IS NOT SO MUCH WHETHER THEY SHOULD NOT SO MUCH WHETHER THEY SHOULD SHARE THE SECRET BUT WHEN THEY SHARE THE SECRET BUT WHEN THEY SHOULD. SHOULD.>>WHEN.>>WHEN.>>STEVE, HOW IS YOUR>>STEVE, HOW IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MOM RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MOM TODAY? TODAY? I KNOW YOUR GRANDPARENTS HAVE I KNOW YOUR GRANDPARENTS HAVE PASSED. PASSED.>>THEY HAVE PASSED.>>THEY HAVE PASSED. IT IS — I WOULD SAY IT IS NOT IT IS — I WOULD SAY IT IS NOT THE BEST, BUT IT IS HORRIBLE THE BEST, BUT IT IS HORRIBLE EITHER. EITHER. IN FACT, WE EXCHANGE VOICE YND V IN FACT, WE EXCHANGE VOICE YND V MAIL MESSAGES AROUND THIS TIME. MAIL MESSAGES AROUND THIS TIME. WE HAVEN’T TALKED DIRECTLY IN A WE HAVEN’T TALKED DIRECTLY IN A WHILE. WHILE. SHE SENDS BIRTHDAY CARDS TO MY SHE SENDS BIRTHDAY CARDS TO MY CHILDREN. CHILDREN. WE ARE BUILDING SOMETHING OVER WE ARE BUILDING SOMETHING OVER TIME. TIME. IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET TO IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET TO ANOTHER PLACE. ANOTHER PLACE.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>WE’VE JUST BEEN TRYING TO>>WE’VE JUST BEEN TRYING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN, BUT MAYBE A MAKE THAT HAPPEN, BUT MAYBE A LITTLE TOO SLOWLY FOR HER. LITTLE TOO SLOWLY FOR HER.>>SHE WANTS TO BE INVOLVED AS A>>SHE WANTS TO BE INVOLVED AS A GRANDMOTHER. GRANDMOTHER.>>I THINK SO, YES.>>I THINK SO, YES. I WANT TO GET HER THERE. I WANT TO GET HER THERE. IT’S BEEN HARD FOR ME. IT’S BEEN HARD FOR ME. I FEEL LIKE WE ARE ULTIMATELY I FEEL LIKE WE ARE ULTIMATELY GOING TO BE IN A GOOD PLACE. GOING TO BE IN A GOOD PLACE. I’M SO HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO HELP I’M SO HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE STORIES OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE STORIES LIKE THIS. LIKE THIS.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>YOUR LIFE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE>>YOUR LIFE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE DESTROYED OVER SOMETHING LIKE DESTROYED OVER SOMETHING LIKE THIS. THIS.>>WE’RE GOING TO LEAVE IT AT>>WE’RE GOING TO LEAVE IT AT THAT. THAT. GOOD MESSAGE. GOOD MESSAGE. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE AND SHARING YOUR STORY. AND SHARING YOUR STORY. AGAIN, DANI’S POD CAST IS AGAIN, DANI’S POD CAST IS “FAMILY SECRETS,” AVAILABLE ON “FAMILY SECRETS,” AVAILABLE ON ANY PODCAST PLAS FORMTFORM. ANY PODCAST PLAS FORMTFORM.>>SHE ALSO WRITES ABOUT

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66 COMMENTS

  1. pinkfreud62 Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Ted Bundy was told his mother was his sister and we all know how he turned out!

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  2. Brendan Murphy Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Lol that happened to jack Nicholson

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  3. Araceli Gaeta Martinez Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I remember that Jack Nicholson also mentioned that the woman who believed was his sister, was actually her mother,

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  4. Helen Annie Hillyer Posted on August 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I have a cousin who was supposedly adopted from another family. We were a big Catholic family, shameful to get pregnant in those days. My cousin looked like my sister so much. Found out from his sister before she died that he was of our family .
    Sad and ridiculous how much control the catholic church had on people then

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  5. Mary Budde Posted on August 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I find it interesting that they initially told him he wasa random adoption. My family knew of a similar situation, but they told the child he was adopted from an unnamed relative.

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  6. PHILLIP LE BOA Posted on August 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    SANE THING IN MY FAMILY. BUT, AS SOUTH AFRICANS, DON'T MAKE A SCENE OR EVENTUALLY A MOVIE OF OUR LIVES… ALL IN THE NAME OF FORTUNE, FAME, MONEY AND GLITZ. THIS IS PATHETIC. AND IT HAPPENED IN THE EARLY 70'S AS WELL… WRITING A BOOK ABOUT IT, ETC… WHAT PEOPLE WON'T DO FOR A SECOND OF FAME. IT'S STUPID !!!

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  7. Debbie Smitherman Posted on August 19, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I was amazed when I heard this story. His sister actually turned out to be his Mother. The shock he must have felt. Also all the secrets that were kept. These days anything is possible.

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  8. S C Posted on August 19, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    This happened to Jack Nicholason, the actor said he never gave his Grandmother and Mother [Sister] for deceiving him.

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  9. lee benjamin Posted on August 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Man reconcile with your mom..
    You on the news arent you not?..let that feeling go…
    trust me there are families out there with worse secrets than that…dont put blame on the church either…God is always good.

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  10. JanusAtTheGate Posted on August 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    To this day religious families do this.

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  11. sunnylilme Posted on August 19, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    My roomie got pregnant by a cab driver who drove her from the bar in 1998. Her mom took, raised the baby. Over the years, dying to tell her. She's tight with "sister", who's her mom. the cab driver was positive he was sterile, but yearned for a child. It's always grated my conscience.

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  12. Holly Noelle Posted on August 19, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    He LOOKS like his FAMILY..I understand why they did it, but now it sounds ridiculous. It was different time then.

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  13. Quantum resonance Frequencies Posted on August 19, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eeKZSz_w-Pk&feature=youtu.be

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  14. BratBusters Parenting Posted on August 19, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Secrets imply shame … that's never good.

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  15. Almudena Carnero Posted on August 19, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Incondicional. Prince royce digo. Aqui. Te envíe una postal. Te. Call me espage. Alo saludos personal mundo no. Vi noty ok grc grc grc. Suena así la vida

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  16. E B Posted on August 19, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I wonder if he has contacted his biological father? My own family has 3 big secrets.

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  17. Lisa Burton Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:21 am

    The dna test should be outlawed. Some people do not want to to be found.

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  18. Lee West Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Yup, real common. I was eighteen when I found out my eldest brother was biologically a half brother from my mother’s former marriage. Her former marriage and my brother’s biological father’s identity were well buried family secrets though I later found out several cousins knew this before me or my middle brother. Eldest brother also didn’t know until he was around eighteen.

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  19. Lisa Jayne Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:52 am

    My life was destroyed by the same thing. I had a "sister" who was my mom. the thing is what am I? do I go by adoption papers or biological speaking? I am a generation behind the brother and sisters I was raised with which really my little brother is my uncle!!? like my granddad is his REAL dad but he is younger than me. so anywho. Yeah I started joking that my brothers are my bruncles and I am not sure if I am cousins with some of my family or if I am their Aunt? It is like the ray stevens song. I'm my own grandpa.

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  20. Leslie Ludwick Posted on August 20, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Secrets are never good.

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  21. Jilly Girl Posted on August 20, 2019 at 3:58 am

    This happens often

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  22. Zee Posted on August 20, 2019 at 6:51 am

    this happened to my friend. her mother was the sister she knew.

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  23. Debra Schott Posted on August 20, 2019 at 7:12 am

    He should get past whatever is holding him back and be grateful he wasn’t aborted like he probably would have been if conceived today.

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  24. flon57 Posted on August 20, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Same thing happened to Bobby Darren

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  25. Gladys Aviles Posted on August 20, 2019 at 11:05 am

    My family also keep a secret from me and that hurts a lot.

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  26. Kelli Sue Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    This happened to my grandfather. He was the youngest of six children and it turned out his older sister was in fact his mother, and his parents were his grandparents. He did not find out until much later in life when his sister/mother had already passed.

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  27. RM Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Tell us why Hoda gets so much time off, for adopting?

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  28. maddy kalell Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Found out my grandpa is not my biological family. He passed away before my grandma told my dad. My last name is Lebanese but we found out my biological grandpa has an Irish last name. Its weird because I have always identified as Lebanese because my mom's dad was also Lebanese.
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  29. Ms. SFDk Posted on August 20, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I hope Mr. Lickteig can get to point where he looks at the situation from his real mother's shoes. I am from South and born in late 50's. I know about family secrets and the pressure and power the parents and times had on us to keep secrets. It is hard to understand if you did not live in those times. I can only imagine that there has to be and have been a part of your mother who was damaged so deeply by knowing that to continue to be apart of this "Loving" family and her only stability in life at the time she had to keep and living daily with this secret. Somehow knowing inside her that it was judgement being placed on her, knowing everyone who knew and loving you as her child. I am sorry for Mr. Lickteig's pain in this situation. But I break inside myself knowing the pain in your mother that she will never be able to let go of and to live her whole life knowing she was secretly considered an embarrassment and not good enough to do the one thing all mother's want to do. Have their child view them as the number one human in the world. She will die one day with that damaged part inside her. Yet, she loved her son enough (a real mother's love) to keep the secret in order to have her son safe and still be a part of his daily life. So said what we as humans put one another through some times.

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  30. Andreanna Posted on August 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    it is s big deal you thought it was your sister and she turned out to be your mother, but get it together and love your mom. In some family, not following what you’re told can be dangerous, who knows. Your mom had her own psychological issues because of the religion and stuff…as long as you weren’t hurt, abused, neglected by your “sister” try to forgive and make a relationship.

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  31. MrRamazanLale2 Posted on August 20, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Average family in the south

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  33. Kathleen Nelson Posted on August 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I am quite sure my previous mother-in-law was the daughter of her oldest sister. I mentioned this to her when she was in her 90's, just asking if she had ever considered that. It was all that l said.

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  34. Niroki Itisme Posted on August 20, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Wasn’t that the same with Ted Bundy…?

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  35. Kayla Babbitt Posted on August 20, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    andi mack, who is she?

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  36. Hondalover3000 Posted on August 20, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    A friend mentioned something similar. Her mother had a lot of them, however as big sister she had to take care of every one so they believed she was the mom. It was in adulthood that they learned that she was big sister.

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  37. Yvonne Adonis Posted on August 20, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    my grandmother gave up her baby girl for adoption around the same time. Seattle Wa. area. I have a DNA test that I hope will lead me to my aunt.
    She loved you and always wanted you… but felt that she gave up her right to pursue a relationship. she waited for you until her dying days.

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  38. Neta Shtein Posted on August 20, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Andi Mack anybody?

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  39. Mandy Last Posted on August 20, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    😯 OMG. That has got to be so painful. I cried when he said how he found out.

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  40. jaynee sutton Posted on August 20, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    better than foster care.

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  41. Reshia Imlay Posted on August 20, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Why is this so "hurtful"? He was loved and taken care of. He wasn't abused he had food. I would just find it interesting and want to learn more. But everyone has to make it a drama thing….

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  42. Mickey Andres Posted on August 20, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    It was a different time and place, I’m sure there are countless,,,,,,
    I know it was to keep family’s together, it happened to mine.

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  43. Aarya S Posted on August 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I don't understand – what is the point of lying about this?

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  44. Chris Harrison Posted on August 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Did you notice that Dani is wearing the evil eye necklace?

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  45. pcooper1tgl Posted on August 21, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Make it happen. She was a victim as well.

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  46. 4daluvofnikki Posted on August 21, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I truly think he wouldn’t be as hurt if someone in the family had told him first and not his friends. Can you imagine the shame and humiliation he must have felt to hear about such a secret regarding your identity from your schoolmates? Everyone in his school knew but him.

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  47. Sarah Stewart Posted on August 21, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Every family has secrets, even mine.

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  48. Lisa B. Posted on August 21, 2019 at 2:24 am

    I found out in my early 20s that my Dad was not my biological Dad…its shocking…I feel for this man.

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  49. Jessica LT Posted on August 21, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Sir! It’s time to get over it! It was a different time and imagine how hard it was for the mother (“sister”) too. You are comfortable going all over being interviewed about this and making money BUT continue taking your time. Seems very self-absorbed. Lost time can’t be found. Of course it was traumatic for you, but you are languishing in this offense constantly. Forgive and move on. She could have aborted you then we would not be listening to you. It’s tough for both of you AND the whole family. Learn to meditate and then forgive and move on. Talk about healthy ways to do this and share.

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  50. Teela Tequila Posted on August 21, 2019 at 4:41 am

    It was a very shameful thing for a girl to have a child out of wedlock back in the day they normally send the girl off she had the child and she returned she would only go visit her aunt have the baby they were adopted out. You are fortunate you got to be raised with your biological family they didn't want to bring shame to the family and also your biological mother I'm sure you were raised with love and kindness and I'm sure you were very special to your biological mom you've probably heard her as well as it did you please forgive her there is no greater love than a mother's love

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  51. Alta Vermaak Posted on August 21, 2019 at 5:45 am

    At least they kept you in the family.Those years were different to now.It was wrong for a young girl to get pregnant your parents will send you to another town so no one will see that you are pregnant.And the baby will be adopted.At least you grow up in your family.

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  52. Shellina Musa Posted on August 21, 2019 at 7:24 am

    People often talk about "simpler times" but the truth is that they were just more secretive times.

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  53. JabaarVLOGS Posted on August 21, 2019 at 7:48 am

    My mother had me when she was 13, I grow up in the household where my mother’s bothers are calling my mother sister, and I started calling her sister without knowing, so every time she used to introduced me to her new men or boyfriends, as baby sister.

    When my grandmother died, I was 11, everyone outside my family was feeling extremely sorry for me, and that lost was so devastated, because she raised me.

    Cut the story short; my mother didn’t wanted to be labeled old. And she was happy with it.

    I discovered it to my uncle or brother, who told me that my sister, she’s my mother, I had so many questions WHY? and so confused, at that time we were separated for 4 years in different states, and when I had a chance to meet up with her again, i was 19, I confronted her, she didn’t answer but she started crying, she eventually apologised

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  54. Fillory Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:57 am

    He was clearly nervous. He told the whole story. Now who’d buy the book?

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  55. CarriUSA Posted on August 21, 2019 at 9:26 am

    A better question…did he find his father?

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  56. Sirry Sim Posted on August 21, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Learning about family secrets from OUTSIDERS!!!-How hypocritical people can be!!

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  57. Leslie Boozer Posted on August 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Why is it hard for him?  She may have been young and that is what they did back then.  Maybe he wanted her to abort him.

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  58. Sarah Ventura Posted on August 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I think this happened to Eric Clapton too…

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  59. reesa V Posted on August 21, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    This happened to my lil sister. Her aunt adopted her told her she was her mom and my sisters dad was her "uncle" messed her up emotionally she found out in her teens. I was adopted and always knew from day 1.

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  60. Bill DeSmet Posted on August 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Ted Bundy and Jack Nicholson also!!!

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  61. halfpiint Posted on August 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I strongly believe what his Mom (aka sister) & Grandparents did they did out of LOVE. They could have allowed him to be adopted which was common back then. Glad he found out and has the chance to work things out with his Mom. Keep in mind, She wont be around forever, but regrets can last forever, so open your heart and enjoy her while she's here. You can't get too much Love❣️

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  62. halfpiint Posted on August 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I strongly believe what his Mom (aka sister) & Grandparents did they did out of LOVE. They could have allowed him to be adopted which was common back then.

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