Ashley Thomas and Latoya Wimberly were best friends for 17 years before learning that they’re biological sisters. They shared similar interests and people often told them that they look like sisters. However, it wasn’t until Wimberly held a party to celebrate her engagement that the pieces of the puzzle began to come together.
According to CNN, when Thomas shared pictures from the celebration on Facebook, a friend of her deceased mother reached told her that she and her mother knew Wimberly’s father, Kenneth Wimberly, from back in the day.
“Ashley’s mom’s best friend told her she had no idea my dad was Kenny,” Latoya said. “She said she and Ashley’s mom used to hang around him back when they were young. When Ashley told me, I knew something didn’t click. So I asked her to send me a picture of her mom’s best friend and showed it to my dad and asked him if he recognized her.”
Not only did Kenneth reveal that he knew both women, but he also shared that he had shared a brief romantic relationship with Ashley’s mother. During this time, Kenneth also learned that Ashley did not know who her biological father was. When she was 15, she learned that the man whom she grew up believing to be her father was not. And when her mother died 11 years ago, she didn’t give her any clues as to who her father could be.
The trio decided to split the cost of a paternity test and when the results came back, it was confirmed that Kenneth was Ashley’s father.