It’s been an eventful 12 days for Ruffa Gutierrez’s daughters Lorin and Venice after spending that time with their Turkish father, Yilmaz, who they haven’t seen in 15 years.
On Thursday, June 23, Ruffa took to Instagram to share a video of Yilmaz wrapping their daughters in an embrace as they said their goodbyes at the Istanbul airport.
In tears, Lorin and Venice can be seen clinging onto Yilmaz before their flight home.
“12 days with their father after 15 years of not seeing each other was certainly a trip Lorin and Venice will never forget for the rest of their lives. I can’t wait to hear all about it when they get home in time for my birthday,” Ruffa captioned the post.
The “The Mall, The Merrier” actress also extended words of thanks for those who reached out to her with messages of support. She also took the time to acknowledge those who are also in similar family set-ups.
“To my friends and followers, thank you for your messages. I may not be able to answer to all but know that I am grateful for each and everyone of you,” she said.
“To families going through similar experiences, thank you for sharing your heartwarming stories with me. Reach out to your estranged loved one today and remember that as long as you’re alive, there’s always hope. May your past no longer block your view of the present,” she wrote.
Addressing her ex-husband and people who made Lorin and Venice’s stay in Turkey well worth the trip, Ruffa wrote “thank you for everything” in Turkish.
“To Yilmaz, Annem, Babam, Kesra, Nazo, Handan and to the Bektas family… her şey için çok teşekkür ederim. Till next time,” she added with the hashtag that read “In God’s Perfect Time.”
The video, which was captured by their half-sister Ilknaz Bektas, was reposted by Lorin on her Instagram Story with the caption, "Until we are all together again.”
Last February, Ruffa penned a tribute with “no regrets, just love” to mark 10 years since her marriage with Yilmaz was annulled.
“I now realize that not everyone is going to stay forever but I still have to keep on going and thank them for the life lessons that made me the woman I am today. No regrets, just love,” she wrote in the post.
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