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‘I finally met him’: Miss Universe Belgium Kedist Deltour reunites with biological father in Ethiopia after 15 years

By AYIE LICSI Published Nov 10, 2021 5:32 pm Updated Nov 10, 2021 7:47 pm

Miss Universe Belgium 2021 Kedist Deltour got emotional on Instagram as she shared a heartwarming moment: she finally met her biological father who left her in foster care 15 years ago.

"I spent much of my childhood wondering how it would be to finally meet my biological father. Imagining how I would react in the given moment. Would be sad? Happy?" Deltour wrote on Instagram.

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The beauty queen reunited with her father in Ethiopia. After her mother died of cancer, Deltour and her siblings were left in an orphanage after their father remarried. When she was 10, Deltour and her siblings were adopted by a Belgian couple and moved to Westhoek in West Flanders.

"Much to my surprise, I couldn’t believe how overwhelmed I was with emotions when I finally met him," she said.

Deltour said that she has forgiven her father for leaving her in foster care at a young age. 

"This is a day I will never forget. I got to experience a part of me that I kept for myself for so long. I have forgiven him for everything. My heart is at peace. I feel like a new person," the beauty queen continued.

Miss Belgium Organization posted a photo of the family reunion, showing Deltour's father on his knees after meeting her.

Deltour was crowned Miss Universe Belgium 2021 in March and will represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant in December.