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South Korean twins separated at birth reunited through Facebook

Both were put up for adoption

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LONDON -- A pair of twins separated at birth and placed with families in different continents are opening up about the events that led to their unlikely reunion, making rounds in the media as they promote their new book.

Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman were born in South Korea on Nov. 19, 1987, and both were put up for adoption. Bordier was raised as an only child in Paris and Brussels, and had moved to London to pursue a career in fashion. Futerman, meanwhile, was raised with two brothers and a half-brother in Verona, N.J. Adulthood led Futerman to Los Angeles, where her budding acting career brought her to the attention of her long lost sister.

In December 2012, a friend of Bordier's noticed Futerman in the trailer for the independent film 21 Over while browsing on Facebook. The at-the-time inexplicable resemblance was so uncanny Bordier began to "stalk" Futerman to determine if they were indeed related.

"I stalk her a little bit more, learn that she was actually born in the same port city in Korea, and yes, started looking through all her pictures," Bordier told CNN.

Confident in their connection, although still unsure if they were sisters or extended relatives, Bordier reached out Futerman, sending her a friend request and personal message.

"I don't want to be too Lindsay Lohan," Bordier wrote, alluding to the remake of Disney's The Parent Trap.

"Well ... but ... how to put it ... I was wondering where you were born"

"It's pretty strange to get a message from yourself on Facebook," Futerman said.

"It's a really weird experience."

After exchanging messages and information, the pair eventually met in London, and the connection was instant.

"We were 25 at the time, and it's like that quarter-life crisis thing when you think it's all downhill," Futerman said.

"I have to buy my health insurance. I'm getting kicked off my parents' (plan). There's nothing good any more, and then it teaches you that anything's possible."

"You have a very strong bond that you can't actually explain, but we understand each other without even really talking," described Bordier.

"I could see her body language ... We understand each other right away."

Although separated for 25 years, Bordier and Futerman communicate multiple times a day and are looking forward to remaining an active part of each others' lives.

"We will be able to have fun," Bordier told the Orange County Register.

"We can go on holidays together. We can celebrate at Christmas and continue this life how it should be. Like families."

Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited is available in bookstores now.Matt Bradwell

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