A young woman identified simply as Ria has shared a remarkable tale.
24-year-old Ria’s remarkable discovery about why her father has worn the same shirt for 20 years has melted hearts around the world.
The Twitter user shared the heartbreaking reason online by posting photos of her dad wearing an old polo t-shirt which had been weathered from two decades of use.
After clearing out her grandfather’s place after his death, the Japanese-born woman found a blissful snap of her parents on their honeymoon – and her father was in the very same shirt she had grown up watching him wear.
And in that moment everything suddenly made sense, Ria revealed.
Her mother had passed 18 years beforehand and her grieving father kept the shirt as a precious reminder of the woman he loved.
Ria shared two old pictures of a young couple wearing matching t-shirts, and another picture of her father – now in his 60s – wearing the very same polo.
‘I wondered why he kept on wearing that old polo shirt,’ Ria told Buzzfeed News.
‘Why didn’t he just buy a new one? I never imagined that the polo shirt would contain such a special memory for him.’
After her father’s heartwarming story became an overnight sensation, Ria told her followers more adorable details about the beloved polo shirt.
‘Even if there was a hole he would sew it by hand himself,’ she said.
‘He wears it for any special occasion, be it a work study event or a trip out with the family.’
She also pointed out her love-struck father never remarried, instead devoting himself to raising Ria and her younger brother.
Thousands of people have since responded to Ria’s heartbreaking story with amazement and praise, with many admitting her confession made them cry.
‘I am surprised by everyone’s reaction as my first tweet was about a disgusting father who continues to wear the same clothes forever,’ she added.