EMOTIONS are running high for a Hucknall man who has been reunited with his father — after enlisting the help of controversial TV programme ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show’.
Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Haworth, of Maple Drive, says he “finally has closure” after results of DNA tests were revealed on the cult daytime programme to prove the identity of his biological dad.
Now father-of-two Michael is making up for lost time by building a relationship with his dad, David Taylor, who lives in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
He has even managed to put behind him a break-in at his Hucknall home — committed while he was on a visit to Wigan to stay with his dad and meet his half-brother and sister.
“I would recommend going onto the show, but only for something like this, which is very serious,” said Michael, who is known as ‘Mikey’ and is a former DJ.
“My relationship with my dad is brilliant. We are talking regularly on the phone.
“It was a surreal experience going on the show as I was on my own. I burst into tears when they revealed the results of the DNA tests.”
The plan to apply to the show was hatched after Michael was contacted by his brother, David Taylor jnr, who he had never met before.
He tracked Michael down on the social-networking site Facebook and the Hucknall dad visited David jnr (28) in Wigan where he lives.
Michael jokingly said he ought to contact ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show’ to find out if he and David jnr were brothers.
An e-mail was sent off, and within a week, show researchers were in touch. A week later, the trio — Michael, David snr and David jnr — were called in for the testing and filming — much to the dismay of David snr, who had never entertained the thought that he had another son.
But tests carried out by Alpha Biolabs in Warrngton showed that there was a 99.99% certainty that Michael and David snr were father and son. Tests on Michael and David jnr revealed a 99.81% chance they were brothers.
The chain of events that have unfolded in Michael’s life in recent weeks have left him dumbstruck.
“I can finally put the confusion to bed,” said Michael, who has two sons, Kenzi-Lee (five) and Jack (three).
“I went on there for the right reasons. The tests are something I wouldn’t have been able to arrange or afford myself.”
The edition of the show featuring Michael aired on ITV1 last week and was repeated on Monday.
Michael, who was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, has lived in Hucknall for seven years. He added: “This all started out at first as a laugh but I am glad I did it. I never even expected to get a reply from the show.
“The one advantage to the way my life has gone is that I have two brilliant sons and now they have been able to meet their grandad.”
Incidentally, during the break-in at Michael’s home, an XBox games console, games, controllers and some clothes were stolen.
It was reported to the police and the culprit was tracked down and brought to justice. The XBox was returned to Michael and his children.