(WMC-TV) - "You're getting the exclusive. And that's gonna be it."
Congressman Steve Cohen says he is only telling the story once. It is the story about the woman who was first introduced as his "secret daughter" after he was seen tweeting the 24-year-old Texas model during President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.
In February, Rep. Cohen dropped a bombshell when he announced that Victoria Brink was his daughter.
He became part of her life after he learned the news, but that all came crashing down when Brink told CNN that DNA results prove Cohen is not actually her father.
With that stunning DNA revelation, Congressman Cohen lost the only child he has ever had.
"I was really proud to be her father," Rep. Cohen said in an exclusive interview with Action News 5's Lindsey Brown. "Really happy to have a daughter, who I could share things with. Now I don't, so that's difficult."
The story was already like a made-for-TV movie. Congressman Cohen was first accused of tweeting a romantic interest during the SOTU address only to announce days later she was instead, his secret daughter.
Following those accusations, he revealed that he only found out about Victoria Brink three years ago, when he friended her mother, a former love interest, on Facebook.
"Then I had my staff look at her pictures on Facebook where I'd friended her," he said. "My staff said she looks like your daughter. I think she's yours."
None of this was a surprise to Victoria, whose mother told her Steve was her father one year earlier.
"Do you feel hoodwinked in any way whatsoever by anyone involved in this?" Brown asked Cohen.
"No, I think it was a mistake without any bad motives," Cohen answered.
John Brink had always thought he was Victoria's father. In fact, in March, not long after the tweets went out, Cohen says John asked Victoria for a DNA test. When that test came back positive, Cohen paid for his own paternity test, which came back negative. Cohen says from there, he let Victoria take the next step.
"Did she say this is what she wanted to do? It was very high publicity?" asked Brown.
"I think she wanted the opportunity to tell her story. I don't know," Cohen said.
But why wait this long to take a DNA test?
Cohen's answer: "Well, because I didn't want Victoria to think in any way that I wasn't embracing her as her father."
"Is this humiliating? Or just heartbreaking?" Lindsey asked.
"It's difficult. It's emotional. It's like a semi death."