When the man received a letter from a 16-year-old boy claiming to be his son, his past life flashed before his eyes and he decided to take a DNA test with him. The test results shocked both the man and the teenager’s mother.
After seeing the results, the man decided to share his story on Reddit, as many people around him thought he had made the wrong choice.
The 40-year-old (whom we’ll call Phil) wanted to see how strangers on the Internet would react to his post. Some users claimed that he was not at fault, while others felt bad for the teenager.
The man revealed he was a “wild child” when he was 18, as he enjoyed hanging out with random girls. He dated one girl, then left her to find the next one. He explained:
“I was going through a lot of damage, to the point where I don’t even remember most of those years.”
He told his wife everything he had done in the past and she decided to marry him anyway. He believes his wife is one of the reasons his mental health has improved dramatically.
Phil dated many girls when he was young | Source: Unsplash
Phil thinks he has many children who don’t know he is their biological father, as he dated many women in his youth.
He asked the boy to meet him outside his hometown where they could chat and take the DNA test.
As a precaution, Phil’s wife saved money in case they had to pay child support in the future. The man also revealed that he had decided not to have children as they did not want any.
Phil’s wife had saved up child support money: Unsplash
One day Phil received a letter from a boy who claimed to be his son. The 16-year-old says his mother is a former classmate of Phil’s and told him about the man.
He adds that his mother didn’t want to “cause trouble,” so he never contacted Phil. On the other hand, the boy continued to search for his alleged father on the Internet until he found him.
Even after finding his contact details, the boy didn’t have the courage to send him a message. It took him a long time to make up his mind and contact Phil.
Boy Searched for Phil on the Internet | Source: Unsplash
Phil isn’t sure if the boy is telling the truth and the only way to confirm his claims is to take a DNA test. He asked the boy to meet him outside of town to talk and take the DNA test. He explained:
“We met after the kit arrived, he spit it out, gave it back and we sat, talked, had lunch and went home.”
Phil received the results after arriving home. To his surprise, the results reveal that the boy is not his son. He then sends her a copy of the test results and kindly apologizes.
Phil sent the results to the child | Source: Unsplash
When the kid read Phil’s message, he broke down. He wasn’t ready to accept the DNA test results because he idolized Phil and always thought he was his biological father. Phil explains:
“He begged me to have a relationship, but I’m not entirely interested in building one with a random guy. I apologized again, but I left him like that.”
After Phil rejected the boy, his mother contacted him, saying she was sure he was her son’s father. She also begged him to accept the baby as he felt devastated.
The baby’s mother begged Phil to accept him as her son | Source: Unsplash
Phil apologized to the woman and told her he couldn’t build a relationship with the boy because he didn’t have “the father doing stuff”. When he told his friends and family about the incident, their reactions surprised him. Phil explains:
“Some say it’s good, others say it was cruel to abandon a child who has spent his entire life believing he was mine.”
After hearing what people around him were saying, he decided to post his story on Reddit to ask users if he was at fault. A user named SlytherClaw3 replied that Phil was right not to want to be a part of this boy’s life since he wasn’t his son. However, the user also felt bad for the baby.
Other users shared their opinions | Source: Unsplash
Inappropriate woman thinks the baby’s mother is at fault because she lied to him. Another user agreed with her comment, saying the woman shouldn’t have allowed her son to contact Phil.
Most users agreed that Phil was not at fault.
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