Viewers of Long Lost Family were crying when a woman was rejected by her birth mother and finally reunited with her biological father.
Ann Melbourne failed to form a bond with her birth mother after she was tracked down a decade ago and left feeling “rejected”.
Ann, 52, was adopted as a child and told the show that her birth mother had agreed to meet her when contacted, but then failed to show up.
She said: “I found out I was a secret. My heart sank to know that it was true. She didn’t want me to know. And I was rejected.”
Despite this heartbreak, Ann continues to search for her biological father, Leslie.
She said: “It’s my birth father who loved football and my boys loved football. It’s almost like he’s been in my life.
“I can picture her and make her look real. I want to find her.”
The mother-of-three Ann lost her eldest son, Blake, at just 14 years old after a battle with cancer in 2011.
She continued: “You want a sense of belonging from someone. I’ve lost a lot. Life is short, so I need to find it. It’s something I have to do for myself.”
The Long Lost Family team helps Ann find Leslie, who lives just 12 miles away with his wife, Don.
twists and turns
However, Leslie suffers from dementia and doesn’t remember much about Ann’s birth mother.
Don told Zoom presenter Nikki Campbell that Leslie was thrilled to have Ann, although she didn’t know she existed.
In another twist, Leslie had been approached by another daughter – Jenny – just six weeks earlier, with no information about her again.
Don reveals that if he had known, he would have raised both the girls.
When Davina McCall told Ann the news and shared a letter from Jenny, she said: “Oh wow! I can’t believe it. You know? It’s more than I want.”
The story brought tears to viewers’ eyes, with one writing on Twitter: “I’m so happy for Ann, especially after losing a precious son and being rejected by his birth mother. He’s got more good family in his life. deserves.”
Another tweeted: “Every week I say I’m not going to cry and every week I’m ugly crying #longlostfamily.”
A third added: “God above heaven… when Leslie said “I love you” to Anne on the telephone… broke me down.”
Long Lost Family airs on ITV and is available on ITVHub.