Long Lost Family’s Paula Stillie says shes in regular touch with Native American family
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There’s no doubt Long Lost Family viewers were wiping away tears last night, as they watched Paula Stillie finally discover the truth about her heritage.
After years of wondering where she had come from and why she had always looked so different from her white adoptive family, Paula found out that she is Native American and her grandfather was an elder of the Comanche tribe in Oklahoma.
The 51-year-old, who lives in the North East of Scotland, was later reunited with her late birth father’s four siblings – her new aunts and uncles – via video call in very emotional scenes.
Now, Paula has opened up about the “life-changing” moment and how they are all still in touch today and can’t wait to meet one another face to face as soon as they can.
Speaking during an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine, Paula explained they have remained in close contact since filming the show where they made the “mind-blowing” discovery.
She said: “[My birth father] passed away sadly in 1982, which is heartbreaking that he didn’t know that he had a child, but I’ve kept in regular contact.”
Paula continued: “We email and video call with my newfound family in America, which is great!”
Lorraine’s presenter Ranvir Singh then surprised Paula with a video message from one of her aunts and one of her uncles officially welcoming her to the family and saying they couldn’t wait to meet in person.
After it aired, Paula said: “Ah, they are such a nice family, so happy and really welcoming. It’s amazing.”
She continued that it was lovely that they were able to find each other and continue to keep her birth father’s memory alive despite sadly losing him.
Paula said: “They say, ‘it’s a link to him, we’ve got a bit of him back.’ This must be incredible for them as well. Really amazing for them.”
During the chat, Paula also opened up about how she felt a huge relief to have found out the truth about her family’s roots.
She continued: “I’ve always wondered who I looked like and about where I come from so it kind of all just made sense when we found out because I do look native American.”
Paula also reflected on what being part of Long Lost Family meant to her own son Kyle, who had been similarly keen to find out more about their bloodline.
Speaking about her 26-year-old, Paula explained: “He’s done a lot of travelling around the world and has met a lot of people, so it’s good to know where you come from, and where your roots are.”
“Because obviously when you go travelling and you meet people, they ask about you, so he’s always been really interested and has this side where he wants to travel. It’s interesting for him as well.”
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