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Man who was left in bin as baby discovers former classmate was actually his half-brother

Published Jul 6, 2023, 9:10am|Updated Jul 6, 2023, 9:11am

A man who was left in a bin when he was a baby has discovered that he went to school with his half-brother on the latest episode of Long Lost Family.

Airing since 2011, the programme, which is presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, aims to reunite close relatives after years of separation.

On the series return this week, the subject was Paul Connolly from East London.

Born in 1962, Paul spent his entire childhood in care after his mum suffered a breakdown that led to her putting ‘him out with the rubbish’.

Just a few weeks old at the time, a neighbour heard him crying and called social services, with Paul subsequently put into care.

During the episode Paul said he was looking to find out more about his father’s side of the family, also explaining he only ever had brief contact with his mother’s Irish relatives.

Paul Connolly found out he went to the same school as his half-brother he never knew existed (Picture: ITV)

While he managed to find out the identity of his dad, Philip Psaila, it emerged he died all the way back in 1968.

After finding out some more details about his father’s life, attention then turned back to his mother, whom Paul explained was ‘embarrassed that I was illegitimate’.

‘She had a tough upbringing and she had to do what she had to do to survive. It was probably the best thing she could have done really,’ he said.

However, Paul was left stunned when it emerged that he not only had a half-brother through his father, but they had possibly met years earlier.

Frankie and Paul were reunited on the latest episode of Long Lost Family (Picture: ITV)

It turned out Paul and his brother Frankie Peroni had attended the same school in London at the same time.

After meeting, the men started chatting about their backstories, before discovering they had each spent time living in Dagenham as children.

A question about what school they attended in the area came up, with Frankie leaning back in shock after discovering Paul had also been at the same school as him at the same time.

‘I can’t believe that,’ he said.

‘You went to the same school as me. Oh my God, that is just freaky isn’t it. I can’t believe that!.’

The two men then joked, asking each other how it possibly took them this long to discover the other’s existence.

Later speaking to the camera, Paul said he ‘couldn’t have wished for more’ meeting his brother.

‘It will be wonderful to be part of each other’s lives and for our families to get to know each other,’ he said.

‘Of course, it is later in life that we’ve found each other, but at the same time, I think you’ve just got to be grateful for every day,’ he continued.

‘I started out looking for my father and instead I found a brother.

‘So the future is bright as they say.’

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