Tennessee congressman Steve Cohen was caught tweeting during the State of the Union Address with a swimsuit model. He then revealed that Victoria Brink was really his long-lost daughter.
But then the family reunion took a surprising turn, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.
"Overwhelming, crazy, stressful, emotional, a roller coaster," says Victoria Brink.
That is how she describes her life the last few months. She is the woman who had a Twitter conversation with Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen during this year's State of the Union speech. It was this conversation that forced the congressman to admit this was no "tawdry tete-a-tete," reports Marquez. "Victoria Brink – aspiring model – was in fact… his daughter."
The Congressman had already taken her to high profile events like the White House Christmas party where she was introduced as a friend of the family. But in a single Tweet during the State of the Union the then 23 year-old's life turned inside out.
"What was out on the internet was that me and Steve Cohen could have been lovers or we had some kind of relationship and he really wanted to come out and tell everyone that I was his daughter but I said I had to tell my dad first," says Victoria Brink.
Enter Houston oilman John Brink… who always assumed Victoria was his daughter.
"How tough has this been for you?" asks Marquez.
"Holy (BLEEP). Excuse me. Honestly the most difficult thing I've done," says John Brink.
Victoria and the Congressman had kept their secret from everyone for three years. Until State of the Union Tweet-gate forced her to come clean. But amazingly enough Congressman Cohen had only ever deduced the relationship.
"I knew her mother a long time ago," says Cohen. "I Googled her one night, and saw that she had given birth to a beautiful young lady, and I kind of went back to nine months before, and that was a time when we were involved."
CNN obtained DNA from Victoria, and John Brink- the man who raised her- and from Congressman Steve Cohen who didn't want to appear on camera for the story.
"The results show that Steve Cohen is not my father, biological father and this is just some crazy thing that happened to me," says Victoria Brink.
In a statement the congressman said "I was stunned and dismayed" at the result when DNA tests disproved what Victoria and I believed about our relationship. I still love Victoria, hold dear the time I have shared with her and hope to continue to be part of her life.