Project Runway star Michael Costello is celebrating after an emotional reunion with the longlost daughter he last saw when she was just two years old.
The designer, 39, shared a picture to Instagram of the moment he met his daughter after 15 years apart.
He said: "For the past 15 years, I have cried dreaming of this moment. Finally reunited with my long-lost daughter Coco next to my daughter in law monica with my son Gio next to me. Holding my grandson baby Dean… Thank you, God for this moment. This was all I ever wanted [heart emoji] happy new year to everyone."
Openly gay, Michael surprised Project Runway viewers in 2010 when he revealed that he had two children from a previous marriage to a woman.
At the time he explained he'd had an arranged marriage while still just a teenager himself, but after the couple welcomed two children in quick succession they split – each left with one child to raise.
The designer, who has dressed numerous stars from Beyoncé to Paris Hilton, since finding fame in 2010's Project Runway and 2012's Project Runway All Stars told LogoTV: "I come from a culture that believes in arranged marriages, so I was married when I was 18. We had two children, a boy and a girl, thirteen months apart."
Following his divorce from his wife, Michael's son continued to live with him and his partner Richard Galvin, while his daughter moved to Texas with her mother.
In the same interview, he explained that he had no contact with his daughter as his ex-wife had remarried into “a really difficult culture" adding: "[she] doesn’t even call to wish our son a happy birthday or merry Christmas.
"And they don’t want me to call my daughter, or let me know where they live. I send presents and get updates through her grandmother, but it’s really sad. It breaks my heart."
In April 2022, Michael shared that he and his daughter had reconnected, writing on Instagram: "As some of you may know, I recently reconnected with my daughter, whom I have not seen since she was 2.5 years old.
"She has been out of my life for the last 15 years and now that we are developing a relationship, I feel like I am trying to do as much as I can to make up for lost time. I am so happy that she wants to follow my passion in fashion! I hope she can share her gift with the world one day."
Friends and fans alike commented on Michael's post, with one writing: "Omg babe! This is so wonderful! I couldn’t be happier for you! God is good!"
Another added: "I remember your endless posts and I know you prayed! We prayed and God always hears prayer. What a blessing!"
While a third commented: "OMG, so happy for you Michael, I remember you sharing and praying for this day via your social media. May 2023 bring continued blessings."
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