A woman has revealed that a birthday present she got for her boyfriend inadvertently uncovered a huge family secret which led to his parents seperating.
She explained that her boyfriend has always wanted to learn more about his ancestry as the family’s surname is thought to have links to royalty.
For his birthday she bought him an ancestry DNA kit so he would be able to trace his family tree and learn more about its history.
After he had done the test and the results came back, her boyfriend discovered he had a match to two people in their late teens and early twenties, which would most likely be half siblings.
She said: “He made contact with the two half siblings, did a little digging and it turned out that their father and my boyfriend’s mother went to university together.
“They had seen each other since but communication lapsed over time. My boyfriend looks suspiciously like this man, and the timelines add up.
“I’ve inadvertently revealed that his mum had an affair and the man he grew up thinking was his biological father is not related to him at all.
“They’re now getting divorced.”
She added that her boyfriend had always wanted to do one of the tests, but his family “pretty much all hate me now”.
“His family very much blame me,” she added. “If I hadn’t bought the test and encouraged him to take it, none of this would have happened.”
But others jumped to her defence, with one writing: “Not your fault, just the truth coming back to bite her in the a** – but upsetting for everyone involved. I’m sorry that happened.”
Another said: “How is this your fault? Sure, ignorance is bliss but she’s the one who is lying and trying to hide it.”