For most of her childhood, Debby Zutant lived within walking distance of a half-brother she had no idea existed. Debby had been adopted as a baby, and brought up in New York by a family who loved her.
It wasn’t until she was 36 that she decided to find her birth parents. It led her to her father, Danny, who had been in a car accident and had an intellectual disability. When she finally met him, however, he remembered her, and had been carrying a photo of her around in his wallet ever since she was born.
After breaking up with Debby’s mother, Danny had gone on to start a relationship with another woman. Together, they had a son named Joe, who was fourteen years young than his half-sister.
Speaking to Daily Mail, Debby described the first time she met Joe in 2002. “We just looked at each other and it was like instantaneous, the attraction,” she said. “It’s not even about the sex. It’s a bond unlike anything. Nobody can understand this bond it’s so strong.”
They decided to have dinner together, to get to know each other, and later, Joe visited Debby at her home. It was at this point that they started having sex.
“I freaked out. I was like, ‘What is wrong with you?!'” Debby told Daily Mail. “We were both like, ‘What have we just done?'”
At first, they kept their relationship a secret. Despite Joe moving in with Debby, and the two continuing to have sex, they didn’t tell family or friends.
“Joe wasn’t comfortable with people knowing about it,” Debby said. But over the years, she started telling close friends, who were overwhelmingly supportive.
A decade into their relationship, Joe and Debby moved to Florida together, and forged an identity as a typical couple. Then, three years ago, they were married in Cuba.