Mother and Son Emotionally Reunite after 58 Years Apart, their Adorable Photos Light up the Net

Mother and Son Emotionally Reunite after 58 Years Apart, their Adorable Photos Light up the Net

  • A 64-year-old man who had not seen his mother for 58 years emotionally reunited with her through the help of his daughter
  • Calvin Barrett's mother, Molly Payne, moved to the US after marrying his father but moved back to the UK
  • Since his father's passing in 1984, Barrett has been looking for his mother, and his daughter finally reunited them

A mother and son who lived separately in different countries have emotionally reunited after 58 years.

Calvin Barrett and his mother Molly Payne.
Calvin Barrett reunited with his mother, Molly Payne, after 58 years. Photo credit: Martin Giles for BBC.
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Speaking to BBC, Calvin Barrett said growing up without a mother was tough, and he longed for the day they would be reunited.

Barrett last saw his mother when he was six, and his grandparents raised him and his brother.

The 64-year old from the US searched for his 85-year-old mother, Molly Payne, from the UK for almost 40 years.

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After Barrett's daughter did an ancestry DNA test that matched with Payne's nephew, they were finally reunited.


Payne met Barrett's dad while he was in the American army base in the UK, and they got married in 1955. After that, they moved to the US, but she returned to the UK two years later.

Payne explained:

"I had a complete breakdown and could not even take care of myself, let alone my children."

She planned on returning to the US, but it never happened. Payne said she did not just leave Barrette and his brother, adding that they were taken from her.

Looking for mum

After his father died in 1984, Barrett started looking for his mother, saying he missed her.

When his daughter informed him she had found Payne in April, he was stunned.

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He said:

"It was amazing, it brings tears to my eyes now."

Emotional reunion

Calvin Barrett and his mother, Molly Payne.
Calvin Barrett and his mother, Molly Payne after their reunion. Photo credit: Martin Giles for BBC.
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Mother and son started chatting on Facebook in May before he flew to the UK in early September.

Barrett narrated:

"I ran right up to her and gave her a big hug. Then, I started crying like a baby."

According to Barrett, reuniting with his mother filled an empty spot in his heart.

Grandparents who were apart for a week reunite

In other news, the reunion video of two old lovers after they had stayed apart for just a week has stirred massive reactions on social media.

It was disclosed that the grandparents could not see each other because of health issues.

In the short clip posted on Instagram, they both got emotional like lovers who have not seen each other in decades.


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