18 Jul 2013
- Written by CNN Correspondent Miguel Marquez
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"Overwhelming, crazy, stressful."
That's how Victoria Brink describes her life the last few months. She's the woman who had a Twitter conversation with Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee during this year's State of the Union speech.
The back-and-forth forced the congressman to admit this was no tawdry tete-a-tete with a much younger woman. Victoria Brink – an aspiring model – was in fact his daughter, he said.
The revelation forced their new relationship into the public. But in a single tweet during the State of the Union, the then-23-year-old's life turned inside out.
"What was out on the Internet was that me and Steve Cohen could have been lovers or we had some kind of relationship," she told CNN in an interview that aired on "New Day."
Enter Houston oilman John Brink, who always assumed Victoria was his daughter. Victoria and the congressman had kept their secret from everyone for three years.
"It was very hard to keep a secret like that," Victoria Brink said.
Until the State of the Union Tweet-gate forced her to come clean.
"We met up and I told my dad. We cried and he said, 'No matter what, I love you. You're my daughter.'"
But amazingly enough, Rep. Cohen never had proof that Brink was his daughter.
"I knew her mother a long time ago," Cohen said. "I Googled her one night, and saw that she had given birth to a beautiful young lady, and I kind of went back to nine months before, and that was a time when we were involved."
Victoria's mom took no part in this story, but says she has a good relationship with Victoria. But there was never any hard proof – like a DNA test – that Cohen was her father until now.
CNN obtained DNA from Victoria, and John Brink – the man who raised her – and from Rep. Cohen, who didn't want to appear on camera for this story.
The results showed that Cohen was not Victoria Brink's father – and that John Brink was.
In a statement, the congressman said, "I was stunned and dismayed" at the result.
"I still love Victoria, hold dear the time I have shared with her and hope to continue to be part of her life," he said.
("New Day" Exclusive: CNN)