My birth mother died three months before I started my search – I'm devastated reveals Long Lost Family star | The Sun

My birth mother died three months before I started my search – I'm devastated reveals Long Lost Family star | The Sun

LONG Lost Family viewers were left in floods of tears after a man discovered his birth mother had died just three months before starting his search.

Roy Sibblies, 52, was 17 when he discovered that the woman who had brought him up wasn’t his mother.

His real mum Janet had been forced to leave him with his Jamaican birth father Eccleston, because, back in 1969, she believed her parents “would not accept a black baby in the family”.

The truck driver, from Greater Manchester, said he started the search for his biological mum after Joan passed away, out of "respect" for the woman who raised him.

But unfortunately show experts discovered that Janet had died in West Sussex in 2019, just a few months after Roy started to look for her.

Roy was heartbroken that he was never able to meet her – but was delighted to find out he had step-siblings Jo and Dan.


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They told Roy that Janet had told them all about him and never stopped thinking about him. 

They said their mum would always say she was a "mother-of-three" and wished him a happy birthday on the day every year.

"I had no inkling that anything was wrong and certainly this lady I called my mum, I had no reason to believe she wasn't my mum," Roy told the Express about his mum Joan.

Roy, who waited six years before starting the search, explained that he felt he had left it "too late".

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"I'm very upset that when I did start my search, I left it too late," he said.

"From my mum's passing to searching for my birth mother, there was a six-year gap.

"I could have potentially tried during that time but I didn't because of respect."

He said he was thrilled to meet his step-siblings and excited for what the future holds.

Roy added: "Yes I have now found I have siblings and we are in contact every day.

"But the real person I wanted to get to know and have a relationship with wasn't here anymore.

"And what made it all the more painful was she passed away in April 2019.

"I started my search in July 2019 so I missed her by months."

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