What would you do if you suddenly realized that your ancestry hid a surprising secret? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Julia Roberts.
Julia Roberts Just Discovered That Her Real Last Name Is ‘Mitchell’
It all started when Gates Jr. noticed a gap within Roberts’s family tree. As it turns out, her great-great-grandfather, Willis, died long before her great-grandfather was born. This means there was another man involved in her lineage.
“Oh, wait,” the actress said. “But am I not a Roberts?”
Gates Jr. proceeded to explain that her great-great-grandmother, Rhoda, must have been with another man after Willis’s passing. And according to the report, that man was Henry McDonald Mitchell Jr.
“So, we’re Mitchells?” Roberts asked. And Gates Jr. confirmed her suspicions, saying, “You’re Julia Mitchell. You are not a Roberts, biologically.”
As expected, Roberts was speechless. “On the one hand, I—truly—my mind is blown,” she said. “And it is fascinating. And on the other hand, there’s part of me that, when I’m calmer, can still wrap my arms around the idea that my family is my family. And I do prefer the name Roberts!”
She added, “This was a very unexpected turn.” Amen to that.
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