The one lesson I’ve learned from life: Sinitta, 58, says at 18 I discovered I had a twin sister
- Sinitta reveals that when she was 18 her twin sister flew to the UK to find her
- The singer, 58, says that she did not that she had a sister until this moment
- Sinitta hasn’t seen her sister Greta for 14 years and says that they are not close
Sinitta, 58, is a singer who rose to fame in the 1980s with her hit So Macho. She has appeared on The X Factor, Loose Women and I’m a Celebrity. She lives in London with her two adopted children, Zac and Magdalena, both 16.
When I was 18, I discovered I had a twin sister. She surprised me by coming to the UK to track me down. We didn’t grow up together because she was adopted by my mother’s aunt and uncle who couldn’t have children.
We were born in the U.S. but I moved to England. I never knew she existed until her adoptive mum died and she decided to search for me.
Singer, Sinitta, 58, (pictured) reveals that when she was 18 her twin sister flew to the UK to find her
My mother was 14 when she had us and understandably our family felt that looking after two children was too much for her to cope with.
My sister Greta first turned up at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, where I was in the musical Mutiny On The Bounty. My single, So Macho, was rocketing up the charts and I was starring in a movie with Sir Ben Kingsley. My career was exploding, which made it easy for her to find me. She even spotted me in a newspaper that the air hostess handed her on the plane to London.
I can still recall when the Tannoy made the announcement for me to make my way to the stage door, and as soon as I laid eyes on her, I could sense the family resemblance instantly. She stayed with me in London for a while and we talked. But it was difficult because it had always been my mother and I against the world until then, so it affected me quite badly.
I felt betrayed by my mother and wrestled with the realisation that all along she’d had this other child she had kept hidden from me. I turned to my exboyfriend Simon Cowell and my best friend Amanda for a shoulder to lean on during this rocky patch.
Sadly, I haven’t seen Greta in 14 years, when I flew her and her son — who is now an adult — to the UK for Christmas. Everyone assumes we must have this incredible bond, but we don’t.
There’s no animosity, it’s just that we haven’t grown up together. I do care for her, and she and my mum remain in touch, but we aren’t close.
- Sinitta is working with Debt Free London who have just launched their LGBTQIA+ bespoke community hotline: 0800 808 5664. debtfree. london/pride
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