Angelina Pivarnick is a reality TV star who rose to fame as one of the original cast members of Jersey Shore, a show that followed the lives of eight young adults living together in a beach house. She later returned to the spotlight as a regular on Jersey Shore Family Vacation, a spin-off series that reunited the old crew for more adventures and drama.
Angelina’s personal life has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, from her tumultuous marriage and divorce to Chris Larangeira, to her on-and-off engagement to Vinny Tortorella, one of her co-stars. But nothing prepared her for the shocking revelation that the man she thought was her dad was not her biological father, and that she had a secret family she never knew about.
In this article, we will tell you the story of how Angelina hired a genealogist to find her real family, and how she met her biological dad and sister for the first time on the season premiere of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
Angelina’s Search for Her Biological Father
Angelina always had a strained relationship with her dad, who she believed was named Frank Pivarnick. She said he was abusive and neglectful, and that he abandoned her when she was young. She also said he had another daughter with another woman, who he favored over her.
Angelina’s mom, who raised her as a single parent, never told her the truth about her dad. She only revealed it to her when Angelina was 33 years old, after she saw a DNA test that Angelina had taken online. She confessed that Frank was not her biological father, and that she had an affair with another man when she was married to him.
Angelina was shocked and hurt by her mom’s betrayal, and she decided to find out who her real father was. She contacted Pamela Slaton, an investigative genealogist and private investigator, who agreed to help her locate her biological father.
Slaton faced many challenges and obstacles in her search, as she had very little information to work with. She had no photos, contact information, or records of Angelina’s dad. She only had his name, which was Alfred William, and his approximate age, which was 60.
Slaton used various databases, websites, and sources to trace Angelina’s family tree. She was able to find out that Alfred lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and that he had a criminal history. She also discovered that Angelina had a grandmother, an aunt, and a half-sister on her paternal side.
Angelina’s Emotional Reunion with Her Family
Slaton arranged for Angelina to meet her aunt Corinne and her cousin Victoria at a restaurant, without telling them who she was. She also called Angelina’s half-sister Michelle, who was unaware of Angelina’s existence, and asked her to join them.
Angelina and Michelle were shocked by how much they looked alike, and how they felt an instant connection. They both had the same dark hair, brown eyes, and facial features. They also had similar personalities, interests, and experiences.
“I love every part of this,” Angelina said. “I feel like I’ve known you my whole life.”
“We could have had some good childhood memories,” Michelle said. “We missed out on a lot.”
Corinne, who was Alfred’s sister, was also stunned by the resemblance between Angelina and Michelle. She said she always wondered if Alfred had another child, and that she was happy to meet her niece.
They also FaceTimed Alfred, who was at home. He was speechless when he saw Angelina, and he asked her if she was his daughter. He said he had no idea that he had fathered another child, and that he was sorry for not being there for her.
He also said he wanted to meet her in person, and that he would drive to the restaurant as soon as possible. He shaved, put on a tracksuit, and got in his car.
Angelina and her family waited anxiously for his arrival. When he walked in, they all stood up and hugged him. Angelina and Alfred cried as they embraced, and they told each other that they loved each other.
Alfred expressed his regret for not being a part of Angelina’s life, and he said he wanted to make up for the lost time. He also offered to walk her down the aisle at her next wedding, as she was planning to marry Vinny.