Beyonce Songwriter Diana Gordon Finds Missing Brother, Homeless After 16 Years on the Streets of L.A.

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Diana Gordon attends the 2016 VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night at Kings Theatre on Dec. 2, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 

Beyonce collaborator Diana Gordon has been reunited with brother after 16 years apart, finding him homeless on the streets of Los Angeles last month. 

The singer/songwriter who worked on Beyonce's "Sorry" discovered her long lost brother David on Dec. 19 when she saw him sitting at a bus stop. 

"My heart was beating, the tears had already begun to pour down my face," she wrote in a post on GoFundMe. "You see, after the first decade went by, I lost hope of ever finding him. These last few years, I accepted the fact that we were never going to find him. In my heart I had put him to rest."

David is the oldest of Gordon's mother's six kids, who are all from New York. So the musician was even more surprised to find him just miles from her house in Los Angeles. Though so many memories came flashing back in meeting David again, Gordon wrote, it was clear there was something different about her brother. 

"When I said hello, he beamed his old mega watt smile that is now missing two teeth and gave me a light hearted, childlike 'hey, how are you?' he did not recognize me as his sister," she wrote. "As I continued to talk to him, I quickly realized my brother who had once built computers and gadgets out of spare parts has suffered severely in ways I have only begun to understanding . His memory is fragmented. His spirit defeated. He has only had his own thoughts to comfort him during this long stretch of time and because of that, a form of mental illness has set in.

"I asked what he had been doing all these years and his one reply was, 'SURVIVING.'"

David did not remember Gordon at first, but she showed him old photographs and FaceTimed with her sisters in New York to help convince him to go home with her. Now, she wrote, she is going to do everything in her power "to see him through to healing."

Gordon wrote she is in the process of gaining a conservatorship lawyer so she can important decisions on his behalf, while working to figure out what sort of support he is going to need to move ahead with his life. 

"What has become apparent is that it is going to take a lot of care, time, nurturing, and a fair amount of money to gain some stability and consistency in his life, and to once and for all show him that he is not alone and that he is loved and worth loving," she wrote. "Our goals are to get him medical care, psychiatric help, and assisted living."

At time of publishing, she had had raised more than $6,100 of her $50,000 goal. 

See some of Gordon's social posts below. 

 

Hi friends, family, loved ones, and anyone who kindly takes the time to read this post. You have my sincere gratitude . A few days ago I experienced a true miracle. I FOUND MY BROTHER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING THE LAST 16 YEARS. He's ALIVE!!!!!!!! The last few days have been an emotional roller coaster. As pulled to side of the road and laid eyes on the homeless man sitting at the bus stop with only his 2 crates, my heart was beating, the tears had already begun to pour down my face . You see, after the first decade went by, I lost hope of ever finding him. These last few years, I accepted the fact that we were never going to find him. In my heart I had put him to rest . Los Angeles has a population of nearly 10 million people. How is it that he was sitting alone at a bus stop less than a few miles from my home? His memory is fragmented. His spirit defeated. He has only had his own thoughts to comfort him during this long stretch of time and because of that, a form of mental illness has set in.In fact, now that I have spent several days caring for him in my home and interacting with him, he truly seems to be stuck in a child like state. I asked what he had been doing all these years and his one reply was, "SURVIVING." In the last few days, while working on gaining his trust, I have made countless calls to hospitals, counselors, social workers and friends to figure out the next steps. What has become apparent is that it is going to take a lot of care, time and nurturing to once and for all show him that he is not alone and that he is loved and worth loving.

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❤️ THIS WAS THE VERY MOMENT WE FOUND MY BROTHER DAVID ALIVE !!!!! WE FACE TIMED OUR OTHER SISTERS IN . HE HAS BEEN MISSING FOR 16 YEARS ❤️. A few days ago I experienced a true miracle.---- As pulled to side of the road and laid eyes on the homeless man sitting at the bus stop with only his 2 crates, my heart was beating, the tears had already begun to pour down my face . You see, after the first decade went by, I lost hope of ever finding him. These last few years, I accepted the fact that we were never going to find him. In my heart I had put him to rest . Los Angeles has a population of nearly 10 million people. How is it that he was sitting alone at a bus stop less than a few miles from my home? His memory is fragmented. His spirit defeated. He has only had his own thoughts to comfort him during this long stretch of time and because of that, a form of mental illness has set in.In fact, now that I have spent several days caring for him in my home and interacting with him, he truly seems to be stuck in a child like state. I asked what he had been doing all these years and his one reply was, "SURVIVING." In the last few days, while working on gaining his trust, I have made countless calls to hospitals, counselors, social workers and friends to figure out the next steps. What has become apparent is that it is going to take a lot of care, time and nurturing, to once and for all show him that he is not alone and that he is loved and worth loving.

A photo posted by Diana Gordon (@dianagordonofcl) on


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