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DNA To Be Submitted By Conjoined Twin Abby Hensel’s Husband After Being Sued Over Paternity
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DNA To Be Submitted By Conjoined Twin Abby Hensel’s Husband After Being Sued Over Paternity

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Since the famous conjoined twin Abby Hensel tied the knot with army veteran Joshua Bowling, the husband has been embroiled in a paternity case filed by another woman. The scandal follows the recent response where Abby and her sister Brittany fired back at trolls.

34-year-old Joshua, who now works as a medic, was dragged into a lawsuit filed in October 2023, almost two years after he and Abby secretly wed in November 2021.

The paternity case was filed by Joshua’s ex-wife, 33-year-old Annica Bowling, against Joshua and another respondent, Gavin Vatnsdal, in a Minnesota court, The New York Post reported.

Us Magazine reported that Joshua and Gavin have been requested to submit their DNA to determine paternity.

Joshua Bowling, who married conjoined twin Abby Hensel, is now embroiled in a paternity case filed by his ex-wife, Annica Bowling

Image credits: Heidi Bowling

As per The Post, court records showed that a “genetic test report” had been added to the file on March 7, 2024, but the details and results are still not publicly available.

Annica and Joshua married in 2010 and have one daughter together, eight-year-old Isabella, whom they share joint custody of, according to court documents obtained by The Post.

Nevertheless, the court documents state that Isabella is the former spouses’ only shared child, who was born while they were still married.

In 2019, the parents broke up, and Annica subsequently gave birth to another daughter in 2020. She is now three years old.

Image credits: Joshua Bowling

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According to The Post, it is the three-year-old child whose paternity is currently being contested. However, court documents did not make this detail available, as she is a minor.

Moreover, in Annica and Joshua’s 2022 divorce papers, the younger daughter is referred to as “Isabella’s half-sister.”

Joshua and the conjoined twins reportedly have a close relationship with Isabella, who was a guest at the wedding and has appeared in a handful of photographs on social media with both sides of her family.

There have also been pictures showing the now-stepmother Abby laughing with Isabella and hugging her.

Joshua was dragged into the lawsuit filed in October 2023, almost two years after he and Abby secretly wed in November 2021

Image credits: abbyandbrittanyhensel

The 34-year-old Minnesota twins work as fifth-grade teachers in their home state. They first shared their story in 1996 on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

However, it was on the TLC reality show “Abby & Brittany” that the public got to know more details about their daily lives.

The TV series followed them as they prepared to graduate from Minnesota’s Bethel College and later traveled to Europe.

The sisters are dicephalous-conjoined twins, which means they were born fused together at the torso.

Annica and Joshua married in 2010 and have one daughter together, eight-year-old Isabella

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Image credits: Annica Bowling

Abby and Brittany have separate spinal cords, brains, hearts, and other organs but share those located below the waist. While Brittany controls the left side of their body, Abby controls the right.

“People have been curious about us since we were born, for obvious reasons,” the twins said in the first episode of the reality show.

“But our parents never let us use that as an excuse. We were raised to believe we could do anything we wanted to do,” they further explained.

The sisters have always kept low profiles and were never interested in revealing information about their love lives.

“The whole world doesn’t need to know who we’re dating or what we’re gonna do and everything,” Brittany said in the 2006 documentary “Joined for Life: Abby & Brittany Turn 16.”

“She’s trying to sabotage their marriage,” a reader speculated

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Makabert Abylons
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yey more tabloid c**p from Andy! Was wondering there for a while were she was

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Libstak
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2 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People asking, why now? I mean he SECRETLY married 2 years ago. There's a good chance he kept it on the down low to avoid being found and having to pay child support. He is playing here pure and simple. I'm betting the conjoi Ed twins have some financial security and he would be banking on outliving them to boot.

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The older daughter was a guest at Josh and Abby's wedding and has a relationship with the twins. So obviously Annica knew about the marriage, given that she and Josh share custody of said daughter. There's nothing to indicate Annica and Josh were out of touch. Sounds more like Annica passed the kid off as Gavin's, and then he did some math and started asking questions, so she wants proof so she can keep getting child support.

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Kathy O'Sherry
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really wish they would tell you who the author of these garbage posts were so we wouldn't have to click on them. 👎🗑️

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danielnilssonpeking avatar
Makabert Abylons
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yey more tabloid c**p from Andy! Was wondering there for a while were she was

libstak avatar
Libstak
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People asking, why now? I mean he SECRETLY married 2 years ago. There's a good chance he kept it on the down low to avoid being found and having to pay child support. He is playing here pure and simple. I'm betting the conjoi Ed twins have some financial security and he would be banking on outliving them to boot.

karenhann avatar
Insomniac
Community Member
2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The older daughter was a guest at Josh and Abby's wedding and has a relationship with the twins. So obviously Annica knew about the marriage, given that she and Josh share custody of said daughter. There's nothing to indicate Annica and Josh were out of touch. Sounds more like Annica passed the kid off as Gavin's, and then he did some math and started asking questions, so she wants proof so she can keep getting child support.

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loutitia79923 avatar
Kathy O'Sherry
Community Member
2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really wish they would tell you who the author of these garbage posts were so we wouldn't have to click on them. 👎🗑️

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