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My Parents Have Always Favored My Younger Brother, So I Made Them Apologize Publicly

Ayesha Muhammad
Nov 15, 2023
01:00 P.M.

After noticing his parents favored his younger brother too much, a boy decided to confront them. He recorded the conversation and posted it online, after which his grandparents and other family members visited their house. There, he discovered some secrets his parents had kept from him.

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On October 28, 2021, an anonymous male poster penned his story in the "AITA" subreddit. The 18-year-old boy always felt that his parents favored his younger brother. However, he had never asked them why until he heard their conversation.

At first, he stood outside their room and quickly opened the camera app on his phone to record their video. He barged into their room a few moments later and asked them why they favored his younger brother.

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Although Redditor Just-a-Big-Brother never felt unloved, he could see his parents were more concerned about his brother. He struggled to get what he liked, while his brother received the same things from their parents as a gift.

He shared that he worked part-time to buy his first car, but his parents gifted his brother a brand-new model of the exact vehicle. He could never understand why his parents treated both their children differently.

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One day, the boy overheard his parents talk about paying for his younger brother's tuition fee. It boiled his blood because he had taken a gap year to work full-time to save money for college.

The original poster decided it was high time to confront his parents. He quickly took out his phone, tapped on the camera app, and pressed the record button. After recording their conversation from outside their room, he barged inside.

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At that moment, the boy also learned about a secret his parents had kept from him.

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"I secretly recorded the conversation from around the corner and then came out asking my parents why they were gonna pay for my brother's college, but not mine," recalled OP.

His parents explained that his younger brother needed more help because he wouldn't get any scholarships. The young man was shocked to hear their answer because they never helped him despite knowing he had never received any scholarship.

Furious, OP asked his parents why they had always favored his younger brother all his life. He desperately wanted them to answer his question because it bothered him greatly.

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"[My parents] got mad and my father told me that perhaps it's time I moved out because they are sick of keeping a roof over my head," recounted OP. He reminded them that he paid rent, but it seemed they didn't care.

After that, OP stormed out of the room and uploaded their video on his social media accounts. He wanted to expose them because he was done with their unfair treatment.

A few hours later, OP heard someone banging on his door. He opened it and saw his parents fuming because he had tarnished their image in front of the other family members. OP felt they deserved it, so he didn't delete their video.

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Meanwhile, his grandparents immediately contacted him after seeing the video. They came to his house with more family members the next day. "There was a huge family intervention, and my parents were made to sit on the couch and look at their feet while being told off," OP revealed.

At that moment, the boy also learned about a secret his parents had kept from him. OP's parents received a fixed amount from his grandparents every month because it was challenging to manage the expenses alone. He did not know about the money, nor did his younger brother.

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After the intervention, his parents were forced to apologize, but they stopped talking to him when the family left. OP's grandparents also offered him to live with them and said they would cut off the monthly payments to his parents.

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Feeling confused, the boy wrote a Reddit post asking other users if he was at fault for exposing his parents. "Go live with your grandparents. They sound awesome with how quickly they backed you," Redditor Ok-Mode-2038 suggested.

The Redditor stated that OP's parents weren't hurt because he exposed them. They were furious because they lost the free monthly income from his grandparents.

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"It's so good to hear that the rest of the family supported OP," Redditor Msbhavn69 replied. StarvinPig agreed and pointed out that it was shocking that OP's brother supported him even though the money benefited him.

Athenas_Return believed OP's younger brother did not side with him out of support, but he did it because everyone else was against his parents. The Redditor assured OP he wasn't at fault.

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On November 2, 2021, OP wrote another Reddit post to keep the readers updated. He decided to live with his grandparents because that was the only suitable option.

When he asked his grandparents why they sent money to his parents every month, they said managing their expenses was difficult because his mother had quit her job to stay home full-time. Upon further investigation, he discovered that his parents saved that money for his brother's tuition and bought a car for him using the same money.

The truth hurt OP, so he confronted his parents one last time because he suspected he was adopted. To his surprise, his parents said he was their biological child, and it was just that they admired his younger brother more than him.

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However, when OP's grandparents arrived at their house with a truck, things turned differently. OP's father interrupted him when he brought the boxes inside to pack his stuff.

"My father got in our way and I reminded him how he said that I should move out, so I am," OP recalled. Just then, his mother started crying and confessed they needed OP's rent money to pay his brother's tuition.

OP's grandfather intervened and told his father how disappointed he was. He also warned OP's parents not to retaliate against their son. Otherwise, he would disown them.

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Upon packing his belongings, OP said his goodbyes and hopped into his car to go to his grandparents' place. After reading OP's post, Redditor AngelicaIsMyName replied: "Good luck. I'm glad you have nice and sympathetic grandparents."

Meanwhile, Ghost-Music asked OP if he would maintain a relationship with his brother. OP said he would, but he planned to stay away from him for a while.

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The Online Response

Most Redditors who read OP's story believed he did the right thing by moving in with his grandparents. They thought his parents were at fault because it seemed like they were only interested in his money. Besides deeming him "NTA," here's what the Reddit community had to say about his situation:

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What do you think about this story? Do you think it is wrong for parents to favor one child? Do you believe it was right of OP's parents to support his younger brother financially?

Click here to read another story about a wealthy family who tried to take two brothers away from their poor widowed dad. However, years later, one of the brothers ruined their reputation at a wedding.

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