Brink and Cohen’s relationship went public when the Tennessee Democrat tweeted and then deleted a series of messages during the State of the Union that were meant to stay private. The tweets wished Brink a happy Valentine’s Day and said “I love you” using Twitter shorthand.

Cohen explained the tweets by saying he had discovered Brink was his daughter three years ago.

But the CNN paternity test showed Brink is actually the daughter of Texas oilman, John Brink.

“I still love Victoria, hold dear the time I have shared with her, and hope to continue to be a part of her life,” Cohen said in a statement.

“It's been a roller-coaster ride these last three and a half years from which I have learned something about parenting and some more about love, life, and heartache.”