Two ladies who have been best friends since childhood, have discovered that they are biological sisters.
According to reports, Latoya Wimberly and Ashley Thomas have been best friends and inseparable for seventeen years. People often told them that they look alike. As kids, they had identical gaps in their front teeth, high cheek bones and the same complexion. They also wore the same shoe sizes. It was also gathered that, they share the same interests, including in fashion and music. At one point, they even dated brothers.
Even as the two of them were very close, they had never suspected that they could be biological sisters until in January 2020 when Latoya Wimberly, 29, make up a party to celebrate her marriage engagement. Ashley Thomas, 31, took to Facebook to share photos from the party. Some of the photos also included Latoya Wimberly’s dad, Kenneth Wimberly.
While viewing the photos on the social media platform, a friend of Ashley Thomas’ mother saw Kenneth and realized that she knew him.
“Ashley’s mom’s best friend told her she had no idea my dad was Kenny,” Latoya Wimberly said. “She said she and Ashley’s mom used to hang around him back when they were young. When Ashley told me, I knew something didn’t click. So I asked her to send me a picture of her mom’s best friend and showed it to my dad and asked him if he recognized her.”
Latoya’s father Kenneth immediately recognized the lady. And later, when shown a photo of Ashley Thomas’ mum he also recognized her, too. He went on to revealed that they had had a brief romantic relationship in the past.
When he was told that Ashley Thomas doesn’t know who her biological father was, Kenneth suspected that he might be her father and he volunteered to go for a DNA test with his daughter Latoya and her friend Ashley.
On 21st February 2020, the results where out and the girls discovered that they are indeed blood sisters.
“It was a Friday, and I was at work when I got the call,” Ashley Thomas said. “When Kenny told me he was my dad, chills went through my body. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t process it. I couldn’t even talk to them.”
According to reports, Thomas was 15 years old when she found out that the man who had raised her was not her biological father. Her mum, who passed away 11 years ago, never told her who her biological father was. Ashley’s family had also never came in contact with Latoya’s family, so they didn’t suspect anything since.
However, Ashley spent time a lot with Latoya and Latoya’s father Kenneth had also been playing a fatherly role in her life, without knowing she is his biological daughter.”
“Ashley was the only one of my friends who didn’t miss a single family event,” Latoya Wimberly said. “She was extremely close to my entire family on both sides. If my father is taking me out, Ashley’s coming with me. If someone asks who are those girls, he says ‘Those are my girls.’ If she has a car problem or any kind of issue, she always goes to my dad. But somehow our families never met.”
Ashley Thomas went on to described the discovery as “beautiful,” but also “extremely emotional.”
“I have so many questions for my mom and I will never have any of those answers. Did she know he was my father?”
“Big Kenny was like my dad. He was there for me the whole time and I had no idea,” she added.
CNN also reported that before the discovery, the 3 have always been very close and even regarded each other as family.
Ashley Thomas, who is a mother of two, said:
“It’s just a weird feeling. It’s definitely going to take some time. I’m still in disbelief. But I want him to be a part of his grandchildren’s lives.”
On Latoya Wimberly’s part, she said she is very happy that their sisterhood is now official, but also feels guilty that their father Kenneth was more involved in her life than Ashley’s.
“I watched Ashley go through so many things growing up and now all I can think about is that her father was here and he could have been there for her just like he was for me,” said Latoya. “So that’s very emotional.”
Kenneth states that he is looking forward to building a stronger relationship with his daughter Thomas and “loving her as his daughter.” He also said he wants to spend more time with his newfound grand kids.
“I’ve always seen the little ones around and this entire time they were my grandchildren and I didn’t even know,” he said.