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Beyoncé's 'Becky with the good hair' songwriter finds her missing brother living 3,000 miles from home on the streets of LA - after recognizing him at bus stop 16 YEARS after he vanished

Beyonce's songwriter finds missing brother living on the streets of LA

  • Diana Gordon, 28, discovered her long lost sibling David while she was driving home in Los Angeles, California
  • Even though he had been missing for 16 years from their family home in Queens, New York, she saw him sitting on a crate at a bus stop and recognized him
  • Diana showed old pictures of him with the family on her and convinced him to come with her to her home, which was 'a few miles' away
  • He is the oldest of six children but has no recollection of his life with his family after developing a mental illness while living on the streets
  • Singer-songwriter wrote the now-infamous line 'Becky with the good hair' on Beyonce's album, Lemonade

Beyoncé's songwriter Diana Gordon has been reunited with her long-lost brother after a remarkable chance encounter when she recognized him sitting, homeless, at a bus stop 3,000 miles from home.

The singer -  who wrote the now-infamous 'Becky with the good hair' line and co-wrote on the album Lemonade - had given up hope of finding her brother David after he left their home in New York, 16 years ago.

Writing about the moment she found her older brother sitting on two crates on the street in Los Angeles, Diana, 28, said: 'After the first decade went by, I lost hope of ever finding him.

‘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.'

He was living rough only 'a few miles' from her home in LA.

The moment they were reunited: Diana Gordon was driving in Los Angeles, California, when she saw her homeless brother David - who had been missing for sixteen years - sitting on two black crates at a bus stop only a few miles from her LA home

The moment they were reunited: Diana Gordon was driving in Los Angeles, California, when she saw her homeless brother David - who had been missing for sixteen years - sitting on two black crates at a bus stop only a few miles from her LA home

Worlds apart: Diana - who was the middle child in their home in South Jamaica, Queens - pursued a successful music career and landed her first record deal when she was just 19 years old

Worlds apart: Diana - who was the middle child in their home in South Jamaica, Queens - pursued a successful music career and landed her first record deal when she was just 19 years old

The siblings were raised along with four other brothers and sisters by a single mother in Queens who struggled to take care of her six children abandoned by their father. 

In the face of these challenges, David filled in for the absence of his father and would pack bags at the supermarket - before he was old enough for a real job - so he could raise money to help his sisters.

The siblings' paths couldn’t have been more different. Diana - who was the middle child in their home in South Jamaica - pursued a successful music career and landed her first record deal when she was 19 years old.

She's gone on to write hit songs for Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez and Ciara, as well as Beyonce and is a successful singer and performer in her own right.    

Of the moment she recognized him and stopped the car, she wrote: ‘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.

Back in the day: David and a Diana grew up in a family of seven in Queens, New York.  David (pictured right) was the oldest of the six siblings and Diana was the middle child 

Back in the day: David and a Diana grew up in a family of seven in Queens, New York.  David (pictured right) was the oldest of the six siblings and Diana was the middle child 

‘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?’ 

Disheveled in a black hoodie and a pair of pajamas, David smiled at Diana when she introduced herself but it was clear the last 16 years away from home had taken a toll.

‘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.

‘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.’  

‘I remember when we were kids, all of the little things that took away the sting of the pain inflicted on him: a movie, a certain cereal, a comic strip. Those small, little pleasures that children enjoy are the only things he has been gently asking me for.

‘I guess that was the only way for him to survive all these years. His happy place.' 

Family ties: Diana convinced her brother to go home with her and organized a birthday gathering for him last month to make up for the many years of birthdays he had missed

Family ties: Diana convinced her brother to go home with her and organized a birthday gathering for him last month to make up for the many years of birthdays he had missed

Diana (left) and Beyonce (center) photographed together at an afterparty for the Formation World Tour

Diana (left) and Beyonce (center) photographed together at an afterparty for the Formation World Tour

Living hope: The Beyonce songwriter had given up on finding David 10 years into her search, and was overwhelmed with emotion when she saw him

Living hope: The Beyonce songwriter had given up on finding David 10 years into her search, and was overwhelmed with emotion when she saw him

Diana still has hopes of merging paths with David and has since connected him with his other sisters via FaceTime and has also shown him several old photographs of the family together.

‘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.

‘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.

The singer-songwriter is hoping to create a new normal for her brother and even organised a birthday bash for him last month. 

Diana has since reached out to hospitals, counselors, social workers and friends to plan David’s next chapter and has set up a Gofundme page to help raise money for her brother to get back on his feet.

‘What has become apparent is that it is going to take a lot of care, time, nurturing, and a fair amount of money to gain some stability and consistency in his life, and to once and for all show him that he is not alone and that he is loved and worth loving.

‘Our goals are to get him medical care, psychiatric help, and assisted living.

‘I am in the process of gaining a conservatorship lawyer. So I can be the one to make important decisions on his behalf.’        

Star power: The musician - who was one of the masterminds behind the infamous line, 'Becky with the good hair' has helped to write hit songs by Beyoncé, Mary J Blige, Ciara and Jennifer Lopez

Wendy Williams weighs in on Beyonce using 'Becky' in new song

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Comment by letrece jackson on January 12, 2017 at 8:36pm
I think you guys,are very UNDERSTANDING....Mental Illness,is REAL...#BIPOLAR #DEPRESSION,#ANXIETYPICKER, all of it,is a battle.
Comment by Reynaldo Morgan on January 7, 2017 at 10:58am
May God bless her and guide her intentions but most importantly may this young man receive the love and blessings that he deserves.
Comment by Lu on January 7, 2017 at 12:53am

And lots and lots of LOVE....

Comment by Lu on January 7, 2017 at 12:50am

Mental illness is nothing to play with, especially if you have loved ones that suffers with this condition. Support and prayers that's all that is needed to do.

Comment by Pamela Keys on January 6, 2017 at 4:22pm

WOW!!! THIS IS AMAZING THAT SHE FOUND HER BROTHER AFTER ALL OF THESE YEARS!!!!! I PRAY FOR HER AND HER FAMILY

Comment by nnovative Soundz on January 6, 2017 at 12:22pm

What a remarkable story.

Comment by mr1stroke on January 6, 2017 at 11:05am

how did he vanished , but thats a good thing, hope he becomes a blessing to her life

Comment by BlackMan on January 6, 2017 at 12:37am
Nice
Comment by conscious1 on January 5, 2017 at 2:20pm

Too bad about the mental illness, but none-the-less there are happy endings after all.  I wish them all the best of luck.  A family that sticks together is the foundation for nation building.

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