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Conjoined twin Abby Hensel, of TLC’s ‘Abby & Brittany,’ is now married to an Army veteran

Abby Hensel, the left-side conjoined twin, married Josh Bowling, a nurse and United States Army veteran, in 2021.
Abby Hensel, the left-side conjoined twin, married Josh Bowling, a nurse and United States Army veteran, in 2021.

Abby and Brittany Hensel, who documented their lives in a TLC reality series, have transitioned from a duo to a trio.

Abby, the left-side conjoined twin, married Josh Bowling, a nurse and United States Army veteran, in 2021. They live in Minnesota, where the Hensel twins were born and raised.

Abby and Brittany, 34, have been living private lives since their 8-episode show “Abby & Brittany” aired in 2012. But it’s been a happy life for them in Minnesota, where they were born and raised.

According to the “Today” show, which obtained marriage records for the spouses, the sisters are both fifth-grade teachers in their home state.

Abby Hensel from TLC reality series “Abby & Brittany” married her husband Josh Bowling in 2021. Joshua Bowling / Facebook
Abby Hensel from TLC reality series “Abby & Brittany” married her husband Josh Bowling in 2021. Joshua Bowling / Facebook

Abby and Josh kept their marriage under wraps from the public eye until 2023, when they shared photos of the wedding ceremony on their TikTok@abbyandbrittanyhensel. A wedding guest’s resurfaced clip revealed an intimate moment from the lovebird’s wedding on Facebook.

A 20-second clip posted on Heidi Bowling’s Facebook captures the couple dancing and kissing at the wedding reception. Abby and her sister wore an all-white, sleeveless bridal gown and laced-back dress, while Bowling wore a grey suit.

Bowling is seen staring into his blushing bride’s eyes while Brittany supports her sister.

The couple revealed photos of their wedding celebration in 2023. Heidi Bowling / Facebook
The couple revealed photos of their wedding celebration in 2023. Heidi Bowling / Facebook
Bowling and his bride shared a special dance during their reception. Heidi Bowling / Facebook
Bowling and his bride shared a special dance during their reception. Heidi Bowling / Facebook
Abby and Brittany Hensel, 34, were born as dicephalus conjoined twins. @abbyandbrittanyhensel/TikTok
Abby and Brittany Hensel, 34, were born as dicephalus conjoined twins. @abbyandbrittanyhensel/TikTok

The duo originally appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1996, explaining their lives as conjoined twins.

They were born as dicephalus conjoined twins, a rare condition when two heads are on a single body with one genital system; two, three or four arms, two hearts and two legs.

The Helsen twins share a bloodstream and all organs below the waist. Abby controls their right arm and leg and Brittany controls the left side.

Hensel’s parents refused separation surgery for the twins because it was too risky that one child wouldn’t survive. TLC
Hensel’s parents refused separation surgery for the twins because it was too risky that one child wouldn’t survive. TLC
The twins first appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1996 sharing their rare story. TLC
The twins first appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1996 sharing their rare story. TLC

When Abby and Brittany were born in 1990, their parents, Patty and Mike Hensel, opted out of separation surgery because doctors said there was a small chance the girls would survive the operation, “Today” reported.

“How could you pick between the two?” their father Mike said, during a 2001 interview with Time magazine.

Although they battle complications of life as conjoined twins, they haven’t let it slow them down from achieving benchmark goals such as passing their driver’s license test at 16, graduating from college, traveling to Europe and becoming educators.

The Hensel twins work as fifth-grade teachers in Minnesota. Joshua Bowling / Facebook
The Hensel twins work as fifth-grade teachers in Minnesota. Joshua Bowling / Facebook

So far, there’s word if they plan on expanding their family.

In the 2003 documentary “Joined for Life,” Abby and Brittany discuss the possibility of raising children one day.

“Yeah, we’re going to be moms,” Brittany said. “We haven’t thought about how being moms is going to work yet. But we’re just 16 — we don’t need to think about that right now.”

And the couple doesn’t have to rush adding children into their life because Abby’s husband has a child from a prior relationship, according to the Daily Mail.

Bowling’s Facebook page reveals how the blended family embraces each other with family photoshoots, an ice cream outing and celebrating the holidays.