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We all know how tricky family secrets can be – which is why something's are better left in the closet.
But one woman decided to get all tangled in a little bit of scandal involving her boyfriend's past.
The anonymous female headed to Reddit to share the sticky situation after her partner's mum confessed a huge secret to her.
According to the post in the Am I The A**hole forum, the woman claimed her boyfriend was adopted when he was a baby.
And to really complicate things, the Reddit user also told how no one else knew the actual truth.
It all happened when the boyfriend was keen to do a DNA test to find out more about his family history.
As his mum was afraid of the outcome, she told her son's girlfriend the truth, in the hope she tells him instead of her.
However, the girlfriend refused to get involved, arguing that it's not her place to tell him.
She wrote: "My boyfriend and I visited his parents for a dinner about a week before Christmas.
"My boyfriend mentioned to all of us that he might like one of those DNA kits."
She added: "His mum told me that I shouldn't get him a DNA kit. I asked her why and she told me that he was adopted as a baby.
"His mum never told him because she didn't want him to feel different from his two other siblings, who are their biological kids.
"She was nervous that he'd buy a DNA kit for himself if he didn't get one for Christmas and that would reveal he isn't biologically related to several of his cousins who have submitted the test.
"She said she thinks he might be angry at her for not telling him earlier, so she's afraid to tell him he's adopted. Then, she had an idea: I could tell him he's adopted."
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The anonymous woman said the mum's reason was because her boyfriend "loves her" and that she's good at problem solving.
She continued: "I told her that I didn't want to take any part in any family drama and that I wouldn't do it. Then, my boyfriend and his dad came back so our conversation ended abruptly.
"My boyfriend did not get a DNA kit for Christmas, and like his mum worried, he went and bought himself one. I knew he had bought himself one, but I still was very firm about not getting involved in his family drama.
"And I didn't tell his mum he'd gotten one because really, she had 23 years to tell him and she didn't."
So the boyfriend did the test and got his results back – which as expected were different to his cousins'.
The woman revealed: "He spent a lot of time on the phone arguing with his parents and was downright furious that his parents never told him he was adopted.
"His mum called me and told me I could have avoided this by just telling him before he took the test or by telling her he was going to take the test, but I told her I wouldn't get in the middle of things and I stand by that."
Since the woman shared her dilemma, the post racked up over 1,200 upvotes and hundreds of comments.
One wrote: "You should tell him that you knew, and you should tell him what his mother tried to do. It won't be an easy conversation, but it's better that he finds out from you than anyone else – especially his mother."
Another warned: "She is almost 100% going to tell him, to throw you under the bus either to redirect his anger or to rationalise and say 'see, even she didn't think to tell you'."
A third agreed: "You've got to come clean ASAP."
While a fourth reassured: "I think the phrasing here is very important, especially if/when you decide to let your boyfriend know. It isn't that you knew and weren't going to tell him but that you were trying to protect him from finding out abruptly from the test."
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