A devastated woman claims she was contacted by her husband’s lovechild after he got a parental DNA match on an ancestry tracking website.
The heartbroken wife said she and her husband of 34 years submitted their DNA to the site to help track down long lost family members.
But then a man claiming her husband was his father got in touch.
Unsure of what to do next, she took to Mumsnet to explain the situation and get some advice.
She said: “I am in shock and I don’t know what to do.
“I have just been contacted by a young man who has done an [ancestry website] DNA test.
“He says the site indicates that there is a parental match to my husband.
“I know we have done these so they have our DNA on the system but I must say my husband was not keen on it at all at the time.
“I am absolutely in shock. He is at work right now and I don’t know how I will face him later.
“Could this be wrong? Could this man be lying to get money?
“Has anyone had a similar experience and got to the bottom of this?! I’m literally shaking with worry and anger.”
She added: “The man is 25 so would’ve been nine years into our marriage. I was pregnant with our third child too at the time! I am so angry because of the potential that he has had an affair.”
Fellow Mumsnet users were quick to jump in with their thoughts.
One said: “I’m so sorry that you have been put in his situation. I would tread very carefully for now so that you can get to the facts.
“Your head must be absolutely reeling. But you do need to discuss this with your husband. Tonight.”
Another said: “A few years ago a friend, who up until that point believed he was childless, was contacted by a young man who said he was his son.
“It was pretty undeniable when they met as he looked just like him and friend had had a relationship with the mum nearly two decades before – and had never been told he had a son. So it does happen that some fathers never get told.”
While a third said: “My grandchild’s father attempted to make my daughter sign a NDA stating she would never name him as the father.
“There are men who completely and deliberately deny their child’s existence.”
Another said: “I can’t even imagine how you must be feeling.”
This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced here with permission.