Spruill was sent to live with her grandparents when she was just 3 months old. She was told that her grandfather was her father and that her mother was a "family friend." Her biological mother was a "night lady" who was jailed on sex charges in 1980. Her biological father was Percy Spruill, who was 15 when he met Valerie's mother.
Valerie and Percy later married.
James and Maura, whose real names have been concealed, grew up 100 miles apart and met during a night out in Ireland in a town neither was from. They began dating; she got pregnant, and they moved in together.
After some time, Maura convinced James to contact his estranged mother, according to the BBC. When James visited his mother, and told her about Maura, pieces of the story led his mom to discovering Maura is actually his half sister.
In another case, it took Indian bride Minati Khatua of Rourkela six months to discover that she had married a woman and not a man, Telegraph India reported in 2010.
After suspicions arose, Khatua forced open the door as her "husband" took a bath only to discover he was a woman.
Biological mother = 亲生母亲
Adoptive mother = 养母
Half sibling = 同父异母
Step brother = 继兄弟