Two men, one woman, and a baby. Sounds like a cute ’80s movie, but in actuality, it is the base of many soap storylines over the years. Figuring out the paternity of a baby seems like a rite of passage for some characters. In fact, if a woman gets pregnant on a soap opera, more often than not, she’s either in danger of losing that baby, having it swapped with another, or not knowing the child’s true paternity. Below is a list of the top six most shocking paternity scandals in soap opera history.
6. John Black – Days of Our Lives
For almost thirty years now, ever-popular Days of Our Lives (DOOL) character John Black has been everything under the sun. He’s been a priest, an art thief, super spy, police officer, mercenary, and so much more. In his age old quest to find out his true identity, in early 2008 it was revealed that he was in fact part-Brady, and ironically, part-DiMera. It turned out that John was the love child of Colleen Brady (Shawn Brady Sr.’s sister) and Santo DiMera (Stefano’s dad). The child was originally named Ryan Brady, therefore making John a bona fide DiMera, and half-brother to Stefano. In 2014 it was revealed that John Black was not Colleen’s baby boy after all. It seems that in the end, Ryan Brady died at the orphanage where he was left, leaving John Black’s identity a mystery once again!