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“I remember her face”: Todd Sampson drops bombshell family secret

 “I remember her face”: Todd Sampson drops bombshell family secret

TV personality Todd Sampson has revealed a bombshell family secret in the latest episode of Anh’s Brush With Fame.

While discussing his upbringing with host and artist Anh Do while he painted his portrait, the Body Hack and Gruen presenter explained that he grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada with his working-class parents.

His mother worked the till at the local KFC.

Before he was even born, she had fallen pregnant at just 15.

“At the time and in the area, it was quite religious. She was basically told she had to give up the child. She gave up the child to her sister – and she was raised as my cousin,” he revealed.

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He recalled his mum’s decision to hide her daughter’s true identity which she labelled as “the biggest regret of my mother’s life.”

He also revealed the unbelievable circumstances that led to him finding out this his “cousin” Wendy was actually his older sister.

“I was such an investigative kid – also known as a little sh*t. I used to record my parents’ conversations when I would go to bed. I got a recorder for Christmas, and just before I’d go to bed, I would hit record under the sofa where my parents were, then go off to sleep.”

He said that each morning he’d listen back to what his parents had discussed.

“That day, I’m listening to the recording and I’m like, ‘Wait now, did they just say that Wendy’s my sister?’ They were debating at night whether they should tell us, and whether we were old enough to comprehend what had happened. But Wendy had been in and out of our lives as our cousin,” he said.

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Sampson shared the moment he confronted his mother to ask if Wendy was really his sister.

“I remember her face – it was just shock and relief. She said, ‘Yes, she is.’ Then, it was only as an adult, many many years later, that I reconnected with her as my older sister. Now I’m super-proud that she’s my sister, and all that she’s done in her life.

Do said he couldn’t imagine doing what Sampson’s mother had done.

However, Sampson responded by pointing out, “(You’re) not 15 in a convent situation. She had Wendy in a room by herself.”