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Reunited After 15 Years: Venice and Lorin Bektas Tearfully Reconnect With Dad Yilmaz In Turkey
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  • It finally happened. Ruffa Gutierrez generously shared on TikTok a major moment in her daughter’s lives: Venice and Lorin Bektas reunited with dad Yilmaz in Turkey.

    The video follows Turkish businessman Yilmaz who surprises his daughters from behind while at the airport. All three were in tears as they hugged each other.

    Ruffa captioned her video which she also posted on Instagram, “The greatest love story of all time is between a father and his daughters. A beautiful and heartwarming reunion after 15 years of being apart.

    The same video also shows photos of their daughters in a car ride home and a photo of Lorin, Venice and their half-sister Ilknaz Bektas.

    The day before Ruffa already shared that she brought her daughters to the airport at 5:30 AM to catch a flight to Istanbul. “The girls are super looking forward to reuniting. With their Baba and Turkish loved ones after more than a decade.

    “My cuties, have a meaningful, memorable and fun trip! Take lots of pics & videos, said Ruffa. “Better yet, vlog!" she teases. 

    Yilmaz, Lorin, and Venice hug and cry at the airport.
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    Since their reunion, Ruffa and members of the Bektas family have shared on their socials snippets of their reunion and adventures.

    Lorin shared a video of Venice jumping and hugging their sister Ilknaz while Ilknaz shared a photo of the sisters having some good old fashioned girly bonding: salon day.

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    Lorin captures Venice and Ilknaz in a big hug.
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    The Bektas sisters bond at the salon.
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    Ruffa says Lorin and Venice are off to reunite also with their "Turkish loved ones".
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    Reuniting with an estranged parent is important to navigate, especially when the relationships are complicated. 

    Ruffa marked 10 years from her annulment with Yilmaz and she’s also talked about her history of domestic violence.

    For parents who have custody of their children like Ruffa, here are a few reminders:

    3 reminders when reuniting with an estranged parent

    1. Start fresh.

    If your family and your child have made the decision to reunite with an estranged parent, be sure that leaving the past behind is a decision all parties have made. Very Well Family says, “While every estranged relationship is complex, it is important to be prepared to start fresh when reuniting.”

    It adds, “Whatever negative experience might have occurred have probably changed him [the estranged parent] as well.”

    2. Be realistic.

    A fantasy around the estranged parent may have been created by a child, especially when they have been separated at an early age. A child may create a reason acceptable to him, and later on convince themselves that it is the truth.

    “Most frequently, disaffected children have created a fantasy around their estranged fathers, says the same article by Very Well Family. Talking to your child before and in the immediacy of reuniting can help you see where your child is in terms of their expectations and feelings.

    RELATED: ’Maybe It’s Time To Reconcile’: Ruffa Gutierrez Is Ready For Daughters To Reconnect With Estranged Dad Yilmaz

    “If they were separated at a young age and the child has a fond memory of a father, the fantasy might be a glowingly positive one.]

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    As the parent, remain neutral when processing with your child. Refrain from sowing negative thoughts you might personally have. Similarly, avoid building up the estranged parent if it is not true.

    3. Be open to a new dynamic.

    “Father and child reunions very seldom start off where they stopped years before,” explains Very Well Family. If many years have passed since parent and child have connected, realize that both parties have grown and changed.

    “You both need to start connecting where you are rather than where you left off.

    Much like Yilmaz and daughters Lorin and Venice’s reunion, “the first child reunion opportunity can be an opportunity for healing and reconnection, says Very Well Family.

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