A woman went viral TikTok for sharing her first text message with her father after believing him dead for 31 years.
Sharni thought her biological father had died after being led to believe so by her family from a young age. In fact, he turned out to be alive and well.
A mother from Christchurch, New Zealand, spent “years and years” of research before she came across a man named Noel on Facebook who she thought was her father.
She shared a recording of their message screen on Facebook Messenger on TikTok.
“Hi, this is a random question and [I] sorry for the intrusion. Did you go to New Zealand in 1990? she started the first message.
“Hello how are you?” The Welshman replied. “Yes, I’ve lived there twice, Sharni.” Who are you?”
After some conversation, Hinge asked how he spent his time in Christchurch in the 1990s, admitting that her question seemed “strange” and “personal” to him.
“When you lived here in Christchurch/New Zealand. Have you slept with women? “What is?” she asked. “My mother, who I love deeply and dearly, gave me your name, so I spent years and years and years of research and you fit all of these descriptions.
“I’m really sorry this all seems very strange!” she added.
Noelle said she found the message “intriguing” and asked if her mother’s name was Dale. He then confirmed that he remembers Sharni’s mother, sharing details about her that only Sharni probably knows.
“Everything is so crazy, so crazy. I’m shaking, I’m crying. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time. Yes, Dale is my mother! Holy prayers, she replied.
When asked if he knew anything about her existence, Noel replied apologetically “no” before the video cut out. The clip went viral with 12.2 million views and TikTok users hoped in the comments that they would meet soon.
Sharni has since started fundraising, trying to raise enough money to finally meet her alleged biological father, who she says has spoken to her every day since they met.