Big Brother’s Jason Cowan has had an emotional reunion with his mother after almost three decades of separation, it emerged today.
Jane Astrauskas said she had been “terrified” about meeting the Scots muscleman she gave birth to when she was 16 years old.
She gave him up for adoption when he was only two and had not seen him since, despite living only six miles away in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.
The 30-year-old ex-binman, from Hamilton, told Closer magazine, who arranged the meeting: “It’s overwhelming to finally meet my mum.
“I’ve always felt something was missing from my life. People say a mother and her son never lose their bond. I hope that, over time, we’ll find ours.”
Ms Astrauskas, 46, said: “I recognised him instantly on Big Brother – I only needed to see his face to know he was my son.
“I was beginning to think I’d never get to meet him. When he walked through the door, I thought I was going to pass out.
“I’ve been bottling up emotions for so many years and everything just welled up inside me. My love for Jason has always been there and I’m so proud he’s grown up into such a wonderful man.”
Jason, who finished runner-up to Portuguese transsexual Nadia Almada, spoke on the Channel 4 show of his wish to meet his natural mother.
He left school in Wishaw to join the Royal Navy and qualified as a submariner, spending most of his six years at bases in Faslane on the Clyde and Portsmouth.
The bodybuilder is bidding to cash in on his fame by charging up to a reported £1,500 (€2,219) an hour for a personal appearance.
His agent was unavailable for comment today.