16 years after being separated, Beyoncé's songwriter Diana Gordon has been reunited with her long-lost brother after finding him sitting alone at a bus stop in L.A.—3,000 miles away from home.
According to The Daily Mail, Gordon, who famously wrote the line “Becky with the good hair” for Beyoncé's Lemonade album, hasn’t seen her brother in 16 years.
Gordon had long since given up hope of finding her brother, David, who vanished from their home in New York after years of taking care of their whole family.
“After the first decade went by, I lost hope of ever finding him,” she said. “These last few years, I accepted the fact that we were never going to find him... in my heart I had put him to rest.”
But somehow, David made it all the way to L.A. and wound up homeless just a few miles from his sister’s home.
Although the pair hadn’t seen one another in nearly two decades, Gordon, 28, instantly recognized her brother.
“My heart was beating, the tears had already begun to pour down my face. You see, after the first decade went by, I lost hope of ever finding him,” she wrote on a GoFundMe page. “Los Angeles has a population of nearly 10 million people. How is it that he was sitting alone at a bus stop less than a few miles from my home?”
Although David smiled at Gordon when she approached him, he did not recognize her as his sister.
“When I said hello, he beamed his old megawatt smile that is now missing two teeth and gave me a light-hearted, childlike ‘hey, how are you?’ he did not recognize me as his sister,” Gordon wrote. “As I continued to talk to him, I quickly realized my brother who had once built computers and gadgets out of spare parts has suffered severely in ways I have only begun to understand.”
“His memory is fragmented. His spirit defeated. He has only had his own thoughts to comfort him during this long stretch of time and because of that, a form of mental illness has set in,” she continued.
Gordon immediately took her brother in and gave him a warm bed and some food, but she says he has a very long road to recovery ahead of him.
“I convinced him to come back with me to my house with the promise of a warm bed and food. He was hesitant, thinking it was a trick. He is not used to any sort of kindness,” she wrote. “I will do everything in my power to see him through to healing. He needs a break in his life...he has never had a single one.”