Long Lost Family viewers in tears after woman reunites with her biological father’s Native American family

Long Lost Family viewers were in tears after a woman discovered the amazing truth about her biological father.

Paula Stillie, 51, from Buckie in Scotland, appeared on the ITV program last night and described how she struggled growing up with a different skin tone than her adopted white family.

She recalled covering her skin with talcum powder as a child to resemble her white adoptive mother and experiencing racism that made growing up even more difficult.

But Paula was left stunned after being told her biological father was Native American before meeting her paternal aunts and uncles on the show — leaving viewers in tears after the heartwarming introductions.

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Long Lost Family viewers were in tears after a woman (pictured) discovered the amazing truth about her biological father

Paula Stillie, 51, from Buckie in Scotland, appeared on the ITV program last night and met her biological father's Native American relatives (pictured)

Paula Stillie, 51, from Buckie in Scotland, appeared on the ITV program last night and met her biological father’s Native American relatives (pictured)

Speaking about her search for her biological family, Paula explained, “I don’t know where I’m from. What are my roots? Who do I look like?

“I don’t feel like I have an anchor in life, I could go anywhere in the world. I just do not know.’

Despite having a happy childhood with her adoptive parents Joyce and Jim Stillie, she confessed that she always wondered why she looked different from her family.

“When you’re adopted, you’re different, but also mixed race, that makes you even more different,” she explained. “Why did I have a different skin color than my mother and father?”

She continued: “I can remember covering myself from head to toe with talcum powder and Mommy came in and I said ‘I’m the same color as your mother, I’m white’. I think that broke her heart.’

Paula was left stunned after being told her biological father (pictured) was Native American before meeting her paternal aunts and uncles on the show — leaving viewers in tears after the heartwarming introductions

Paula was left stunned after being told her biological father (pictured) was Native American before meeting her paternal aunts and uncles on the show — leaving viewers in tears after the heartwarming introductions

Paula (pictured with her adoptive mother as a baby) described how she struggled growing up with a different skin color than her adoptive white family

Paula (pictured with her adoptive mother as a baby) described how she struggled growing up with a different skin color than her adoptive white family

Paula (pictured as a baby) recalled covering her skin with talcum powder as a child to resemble her white adoptive mother and experiencing racism that made growing up even more difficult

Paula depicted as a child

Paula (pictured as a baby, left and as a child, right) recalled covering her skin with talcum powder as a child to resemble her white adoptive mother and experiencing racism that made growing up even more difficult

Paula, who is now happily married to husband Euan and the owner of a bed and breakfast in Scotland, told her son Kyle, 26, that she experienced racism as a child.

She was desperate for where her roots came from, which led her to get in touch with the Long Lost Family team.

Investigators were soon able to locate Paula’s white British mother in England, but she refused any contact with her daughter – instead giving only some information about Paula’s father – an American man named Larry Smith.

“It is a very longing in me to find my biological father. There’s a whole other world out there that I don’t know about,’ said Paula.

Her father had traveled to England with the Navy for a short time, but he was difficult to track down, so the Long Lost Family team turned to DNA testing.

Paula (pictured as a youngster with her adoptive father), who is now happily married to husband Euan and the owner of a bed and breakfast in Scotland, told her son Kyle, 26, that she experienced racism as a child

Paula (pictured as a youngster with her adoptive father), who is now happily married to husband Euan and the owner of a bed and breakfast in Scotland, told her son Kyle, 26, that she experienced racism as a child

Speaking about her search for her biological family, Paula (pictured) explained, “I don't know where I'm from.  What are my roots?  Who do I look like?'

Speaking about her search for her biological family, Paula (pictured) explained, “I don’t know where I’m from. What are my roots? Who do I look like?’

They discovered a distant match with a man named Joe whose family tree, which was registered online, revealed that Paula’s paternal relatives were Native American.

The tree also featured a man named Lawrence – known in his family as John – who was Paula’s father. However, he died tragically in 1982.

Fortunately, investigators were able to discover Lawrence’s younger brother Joe, who lives in Montana with the rest of the family.

Joe revealed to co-host Nicky Campbell that his sibling, who had no other children, never knew he had a daughter but would have tried to find her had he known.

Response: The next of kin met for the first time via a video call, where viewers became emotional about the introduction

Response: The next of kin met for the first time via a video call, where viewers became emotional about the introduction

Paula’s Uncle Joe also explained that his grandfather George was part of the Comanche tribe in Oklahoma.

Paula’s aunts and uncles Joe, Mary Louise, Nancy and Richard were eager to meet and welcome their new niece, with Joe saying she would “bring John back to the family.”

The family members first met via video call, with viewers thrilled by the introduction, with one writing: “Tonight with the sisters and the aunts and uncles of Montana. I don’t cry, you cry.’

Another said: ‘Paula’s newfound relatives are such beautiful people. I’m so happy for Paula and knowing she’s loved.’

A third added: “Long Lost Family was excellent tonight. Especially the Native Americans. Really heartwarming.’

At the end of the episode, a beaming Paula said, “I can’t describe how happy I am. I belong to something. It’s the beginning of a new chapter and it’s going to be incredible.”

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