Sunday, May 22

Television. At 50, this Ligerian discovers that the one who raised him is not his biological father

Patricia remained married for 31 years with her husband whom she had met very young, at 17 years old. For a long time, she had a deep desire for motherhood, but her spouse did not want children. However, two years ago, she discovered that he had had a daughter with a mistress. This resident of Étang-sur-Arroux, in Saône-et-Loire, told her story to Olivier Delacroix in the unpublished documentary “When the truth bursts…”, broadcast this Monday evening at 10:55 p.m. on France 2.

He never wanted to have children with her.

“They say that love makes you blind, I think I was really blind,” she confides, moved. Her husband has always categorically refused to have a child. Also, when one day she got pregnant, he had almost no reaction. Then, when she had a miscarriage and learned at the same time that she was expecting twins, he did not understand the period of mourning she had to go through. She spoke to him several times about adoption, without his giving it the slightest interest. Patricia had to resign herself to transferring to her nephews and nieces the love she would have liked to have for her own child.

So, two years ago when her companion, who suddenly seems nervous one evening, confesses to her his affair which has lasted for several years with a colleague, she falls from the top. She knows that this lady has a young daughter… Her husband does not try to hide the fact that he is the father.

Now that she has separated from him and is rebuilding herself thanks to psychological support, Patricia sees in a different light the relationship she had for years with this man with whom she shared her life, whom she trusted. His brother and sister testify to tell the doubts they had about him for years, without daring to share them with Patricia.

Three more stories of family secrets

A feeling of betrayal after the revelation of a family lie is the red thread of all the stories told in the documentary. Olivier Delacroix went to meet three other people who discovered a heavy truth hidden by their relatives:

  • Christelle lost her 16-year-old daughter four years ago. This resident of Yvelines had no idea that her daughter had become addicted to codeine, a drug derived from morphine that she bought without a prescription in pharmacies. Her mother discovered the teenager’s deep malaise by reading her diary after the overdose that cost her her life.

In “When the truth comes out…”, Olivier Delacroix manages with the right words to free the words of people who have had the feeling of being victims of a gigantic family plot. The documentary is touching and the stories are sometimes very harsh. But beyond the tears, it is above all the courage of these witnesses that we remember.

“In Olivier’s eyes: When the truth comes out…”, presented by Olivier Delacroix, this Monday, January 24 at 10:55 p.m. on France 2.

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