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J.K. Rowling's tears during family tree show
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling wept during
a recent taping of genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? after
discovering she stems from a long line of single mothers.
The author famously wrote her early wizarding
books while living on state handouts in Edinburgh, Scotland with
her baby daughter after the breakdown of her first marriage.
J.K. Rowling, now happily married and with
two more children, traced her roots on an upcoming episode of the
British TV show - and she was stunned to learn she wasn't the first
of her family to be a lone parent.
She broke down in tears as she discovered her
great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and
great-great-great-grandmother all raised their children
J.K. Rowling tells Britain's Radio Times,
"What I'm very struck by is how many single mothers I'm descended
from in this line of the family. There's a definite parallel
"Twenty years ago, I was teaching and writing
in my spare time and was very skint (poor). And then not long after
that, I became a single mum, so I feel the connection. There was a
point where I really felt I had 'penniless divorcee lone parent'
tattooed on my head."
But the writer has no regrets about learning
about her ancestry: "It was very emotional. I don't regret a moment
of it. I loved the experience. I now have a far greater sense of
where I've come from."
J.K. Rowling's episode of Who Do You Think
You Are? will air in the U.K. later this month (Aug11).