*Be careful what you ask for.
Adriana, a 39-year-old Brazilian woman who went looking for her long lost mother, and decided to get a local radio station to help her, got the shock of her life when the mum was located; and shared the amazing news that she also had abandoned a son…who turned out to be Adriana’s husband!
Adriana and Leandro, 37, have been together for seven years and have a six-year-old daughter.
Withholding their surnames on purpose, the couple had been abandoned by their respective mothers when they were children, and spent their lives trying to locate a woman named “Maria” (yes, ironically, their mother(s) had the same name).
But never in a million years did they imagine that they were searching for the same woman.
Adriana, a cosmetics saleswoman, was raised by her dad and hadn’t seen her mum since she was one years old.
Meanwhile, truck driver Leandro, who was brought up by his stepmother, knew his mother had also abandoned him in his hometown of Sao Paulo when he was eight years old.
Leandro stayed in Sao Paulo, but Adriana left their hometown to work as a housemaid, married for 15 years and had three children.
The couple met ten years ago after Adriana’s marriage went sour and she returned to Sao Paulo.
They soon fell in love and moved in together.
Still desperate to find her mother, Adriana reached out to a local radio station to ask for help and the station, which has a reputation for being successful in reunions, found “Maria,” who was reunited with her daughter live on air.
But at the end of the interview on Radio Globo’s The Time Is Now programme, the mother revealed she also had a son who didn’t know her called Leandro.
Upon realizing her husband is also her brother, an emotional Adriana said: “I don’t believe that you’re telling me this. Leandro is my husband.”
She added: “Now I’m scared to go home and find out that Leandro doesn’t want me anymore. I love him so much.”
The couple, though never legally married, told Radio Globo that they would stay together, despite the bombshell that they are actually brother and sister.
Adriana said: “Only death is going to separate us. All this happened because God wanted it to happen.
“Of course it would have been different if we had known all this before, but we didn’t and we fell in love.
“We thought it was funny that both our mothers had the same name, but it is a common name so we just thought it was a coincidence.
“At first we were really knocked by it all, but we had a family meeting and told everyone that we are going to stay husband and wife, whatever anyone might think.
“We have so many plans together. Nothing is going to break us up. Nothing.”
The couple, who said they didn’t blame their mother for leaving them, have spoken with her a number of times and plan to meet up soon.