A Brazilian woman got the shock of her life on live radio this week when she discovered that the father of her child is actually her brother.
39-year old Adriana and 37-year old Leandro have been searching for their mothers – who had abandoned them when they were babies. The abandonment happened at separate times, so the two siblings never knew each other. Adriana moved away from her town of birth to search for her mother, while Leandro remained behind.
Adriana later got married and had 3 kids, but after 15 years it broke down and she returned to her hometown. 10 years later, she met Leandro and they started dating.
Adriana, still determined to find her mother, sought the help of local radio station Radio Globo, who managed to locate her and reunite them live on radio last week.
But the reunion turned sour when the mother, name Maria, disclosed that she also had a son she’d never met called Leandro. Turned out that the mother Leandro was looking for was also named Maria … and the math was done after Leandro’s surname matched Maria’s.
Adriana could be heard weeping uncontrollably after it became clear that she had married her brother. Until then, both had thought that it was just a coincidence that their mothers bore the same name.
‘I don’t believe that you’re telling me this. Leandro is my husband,’ she sobbed.
Adriana and Leandro – though not legally married – have been living as husband and wife for seven years and have a 6-year old daughter together.
Despite the shocking discovery, the couple have vowed to remain together even though their union will never be recognized under Brazilian law.
‘Only death is going to separate us. All this happened because God wanted it to happen,’ Adriana said on radio. ‘Of course it would have been different if we had known all this before, but we didn’t and we fell in love.’