Conjoined twin Abby Hensel confirms marriage to army veteran Josh Bowling

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Abby and Brittany Hensel, who documented their lives in a US reality series, have transitioned from a duo to a trio.

Abby, the left-side conjoined twin, married Josh Bowling, a nurse and United States Army veteran, in 2021, it’s now been revealed. They live in Minnesota, where the Hensel twins were born and raised, The New York Post reports.

Abby and Brittany, 34, have been living private lives since their eight-episode show Abby & Brittany aired in 2012. But it’s been a happy life for them.

According to the Today show, which obtained marriage records for the spouses, the sisters are both fifth-grade teachers in their home state.

Abby and Josh kept their marriage under wraps from the public eye until 2023, when they shared photos of the wedding ceremony on their TikTok, @abbyandbrittanyhensel.

A wedding guest’s resurfaced clip has now revealed an intimate moment from the lovebird’s wedding on Facebook. In the 20-second video, posted on Heidi Bowling’s account, the couple are seen dancing and kissing at the reception.

Abby and her sister wore an all-white, sleeveless bridal gown and laced-back dress, while Bowling wore a grey suit.

Bowling is seen staring into his blushing bride’s eyes while Brittany supports her sister.

The duo originally appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996, explaining their lives as conjoined twins.

They were born as dicephalous conjoined twins, a rare condition when two heads are on a single body with one genital system; two, three or four arms, two hearts and two legs.

The Hensel twins share a bloodstream and all organs below the waist. Abby controls their right arm and leg and Brittany controls the left side.

When Abby and Brittany were born in 1990, their parents, Patty and Mike Hensel, opted out of separation surgery because doctors said there was a small chance the girls would survive the operation, Today reported.

“How could you pick between the two?” their father, Mike, said, during a 2001 interview with Time Magazine.

Although they battle complications of life as conjoined twins, they haven’t let it slow them down from achieving benchmark goals such as passing their driver’s license test at 16, graduating from college, travelling to Europe and becoming educators.

So far, there’s no word if they plan on expanding their family.

But, in the 2003 documentary, Joined for Life, Abby and Brittany discuss the possibility of raising children one day.

“Yeah, we’re going to be mums,” Brittany said.

“We haven’t thought about how being mums is going to work yet. But we’re just 16 – we don’t need to think about that right now.”

And the couple doesn’t have to rush adding children into their life because Abby’s husband has a child from a prior relationship, according to the Daily Mail.

Bowling’s Facebook page reveals how the blended family embraces each other with family photo shoots, ice cream outings and celebrating the holidays.

This article originally appeared on The New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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