Woman Learns She Married Her Brother

Brazilian woman hears shocking news on radio show

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 7, 2014 4:30 PM CDT | Updated Aug 10, 2014 10:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Brazilian woman got quite the surprise when she went on a radio show this week to reconnect with her long-lost mother, Gawker reports. Adriana, 39, who gave no last name, went on Radio Globo's The Time Is Now (which helps people find lost family members) and talked to her mother for the first time. The big news: Adriana had a brother who'd been given up as a child and raised by a relative, just like Adriana was. Bigger news: His name was Leandro, just like Adriana's husband. The two men, in fact, had the same last name. "I don’t believe that you’re telling me this," said a sobbing Adriana, the Daily Mail reports. "Leandro is my husband." The couple has a 6-year-old daughter.

Adriana was given up at the age of one and raised by her father, according to the show. Her husband Leandro, 37, learned at age 8 that he'd also been abandoned at a young age, then raised by his step-mother. By the time Adriana and Leandro met, each had spent years seeking their birth mother—without knowing it was the same person. "Now I'm scared to go home and find out that Leandro doesn't want me anymore," she said. "I love him so much." But she later said that the pair, who were never legally married, will stay together "whatever anyone might think." Their romantic connection isn't that unusual, according to experts who estimate that up to 50% of such reunions include at least short-term attraction and sometimes sexual obsession, reports an old Guardian article. (Read about twins who reunited after 78 years—a new world record.)

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