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Adopted Siblings Share Emotional Embrace upon Meeting after One Searched for the Other for 10 Years

Lois Oladejo
Oct 13, 2021
04:30 P.M.
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Ashley and Reid, two biologically related siblings who each grew up with adopted families, finally reunited after a decade-long search. The siblings also discovered other shocking details about their real family.

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For ten years, music instructor Ashley Fredette searched far and wide for details that could link her to her biological family.

She finally stumbled upon one key player that opened the doors to more amazing discoveries. Topping the list was that she had an older half-brother who was also given up for adoption after his birth.

A picture of Ashley Fredette hugging her biological brother Reid | Photo: Youtube/HappilyOfficial

A picture of Ashley Fredette hugging her biological brother Reid | Photo: Youtube/HappilyOfficial

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THE SEARCH BEGINS

Ashley's search began when she was 16, as her maturity made her suddenly begin questioning her true identity. Born into closed adoption, the 30-year-old grew up knowing little detail about her birth mother.

Seeing her growing interest, her adoptive parents encouraged her to seek out her biological family to discover her roots. She tried for years with no luck until she stumbled upon a DNA match on the website 23andMe.

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A CLUE AT LAST

The email from the website claimed to have found her first cousin, rousing her attention. Ashley quickly reached out to the predicted relative, Amanda Clark.

The woman discovered Clark was her birth dad's niece. Her newfound cousin happily introduced the music instructor to her biological dad, Tim, and his son James, who was Ashley's half-brother.

Surprises not over yet, the singer/songwriter learned of the existence of another half-sister, Melissa, born and raised by her birth mom. She soon connected with her half-sister, who wasted no time linking her up with their maternal grandmother.

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A screenshot from the viral video of Ashley Fredette meeting her older brother Reid Gilfillan for the first time | Photo: Youtube/CBC NewsTheNational

A screenshot from the viral video of Ashley Fredette meeting her older brother Reid Gilfillan for the first time | Photo: Youtube/CBC NewsTheNational

MORE FAMILY SURPRISES

It was during the affectionate reunion with their grandma that the half-sisters discovered their mom had another child named Reid. Like Ashley, their mom also gave their half-brother up for adoption soon after his birth.

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However, since his was an open adoption, they easily uncovered details about him and his adoptive parents. The Winnipeg woman reached out to Reid on Facebook in March 2019, informing him he had two half-sisters, herself included.

At first, he disregarded Ashley's texts as a fluke. However, when he read through and saw the name of his biological mom mentioned, he knew he was on to something.

A screenshot from the viral video of Ashley Fredette meeting her older brother Reid Gilfillan for the first time | Photo: Youtube/CBC NewsTheNational

A screenshot from the viral video of Ashley Fredette meeting her older brother Reid Gilfillan for the first time | Photo: Youtube/CBC NewsTheNational

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FAZED BY THE PANDEMIC

Reid finally replied to his sister's message in May 2019, and they began chatting and getting to know each other as they anticipated their long-overdue physical meeting.

Before they could meet up, the coronavirus pandemic hit the world, forcing the siblings to suspend their union indefinitely. The trio waited for over a year, strengthening their familial ties via text.

A screenshot from the viral video of Ashley Fredette meeting her older brother Reid Gilfillan for the first time | Photo: Youtube/CBC NewsTheNational

A screenshot from the viral video of Ashley Fredette meeting her older brother Reid Gilfillan for the first time | Photo: Youtube/CBC NewsTheNational

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FAMILY AT LAST

Eventually, Ashley got double-vaccinated and fully prepared to meet Reid in person. She shared a video of their emotional first meeting, which happened in July 2021, at the Ottawa Airport.

The clip, which has since gone viral, shows the excited woman counting down to the D-day. When the date finally arrived, Ashley filmed herself throughout her flight and also captured the moment she sighted her brother waiting with open arms at the airport.

As soon as she saw her big brother, she rushed down the stairs and threw herself into his arms in a deep embrace that could make up for their decades apart. Ashley described their first meeting as good, weird, and magical all at once.

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A screenshot from the viral video of Ashley Fredette meeting her older brother Reid Gilfillan for the first time | Photo: Youtube/CBC NewsTheNational

A screenshot from the viral video of Ashley Fredette meeting her older brother Reid Gilfillan for the first time | Photo: Youtube/CBC NewsTheNational

She also admitted to feeling safe and connected the moment she hugged her brother, who was the one person on the planet who understood what she went through as an adoptee.

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