November 30, 2023

: ‘I married my cousin’: Couple’s shock find 17 years after wedding and three children later

: 'I married my cousin': Couple's shock find 17 years after wedding and three children later

A happily married couple who share three children together has revealed how they discovered they’re cousins following a shocking DNA test.

Celina and Joseph Quinones from Colorado had been married for 17 years when Celina decided she wanted to learn more about her lineage. 

She took a DNA test and didn’t have to search far to discover her husband Joseph was also her cousin. 

She posted her discovery on TikTok under the handle @realestatemommas, captioning the video: “Married my husband in 2006. Not thinking anything of it we had three kids. Come to find out we’re related and cousins.”

She caused further controversy when sharing that she and her husband would remain together.

The clip quickly went viral and has since amassed four million views with thousands of comments telling the couple to break up. 

“That is revolting why are you still together!?” one person commented. 

Another added, “throwing up just thinking about this”. 

In a book Celina wrote about the experience, she joked the news was “a good ice breaker” but still urged other couples to check their heritage just to be safe. 

Celina described the moment she realised her husband was her cousin in her book, saying the news was “devastating” but that the couple’s relationship is stronger than ever. 

She also shared that she would not divorce her husband over it just because people online want her to. 

“This was three kids in that I found out we were related. I did my DNA test I think in 2016 and yeah it was devastating because I was like, ‘Babe we’re related are we even supposed to be together? This is weird,'”. 

She caused further outrage when she referred to her husband as her ‘cousband’ – an apparent portmanteau of cousin and husband – and told viewers: “I ain’t gonna let a little bit of blood destroy what we created, this beautiful family.”

Responding to negative comments, she said her family will never be influenced by what others think and maintains they had no clue about the blood link until the test.  

“No, thank you we will just be staying cousins, spouses and lovers forever. Now go throw up in your mouth some more.”

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