Imagine your worst nightmare, then multiple it by 100 and you might be close to having the same feelings that a woman on TikTok did when she discovered she had been dating her cousin.
A woman called Matilda (or by her username @mattilathehun) explains that her now ex-partner had brought her a DNA test back in September.
“My ex got me one of those DNA kits - my mom is adopted and I never really knew my biological father,” she adds, “So I was mostly interested in the health info to see if there was anything to watch out for.”
Apparently, the boyfriend had also brought himself a DNA test too. So far so good until they got their results back a month later.
She adds that the only person she knows for certain that she is related to is her mother. This is when she noticed something curious on the results: “I scrolled down and turned to my boyfriend at the time and said, ‘hey this is pretty nifty, I’m related to someone with the same name as you.”
Then she drops the bombshell: “AND THAT’S HOW I I FOUND OUT I WAS DATING MY COUSIN.”
The video has since gone viral but it would appear that both the clip and the profile have since been removed from TikTok.
It has since been reported that she shared a follow-up video where Matilda revealed that she had done extra research into the matter on her father’s side of the family tree which revealed that they were second-cousins.
She said: “Based on that info from that research as well as the percentage of DNA that my ex and I shared (that was a little too high to be third cousins), I’m actually pretty sure we’re second cousins related through my paternal great-grandmother.”
“My ex is a great guy and I care about him deeply but... yeah”, she added.
The TikTok was said to have been viewed more than 50,000 times before being taken down and amazingly, people had similar experiences. “Lol same girl - I dated a cousin and went to college with one for two years before knowing,” one person wrote with another saying: “My aunt and uncle didn’t find out they were cousins until they had been married like 10 years.” Yikes!
However, the overwhelming sentiment was along the lines of “I would die on the spot.”
Of course, this would seem like an extreme situation and the probability of it happening regularly seems rare but you just don’t know who you could be dating... sometimes.