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Inter-family relationships have long been a source of fascination and controversy. But the rise in TikTok stepsibling couples has added a whole new element to the debate...

Inter-family relationships have long been a debated issue.

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But a recent TikTok couple have begun dominating headlines around this very issue.

Though most of us recoil at the idea of being intimate with our family members...

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There are some people out there who just can't help but fall in love with their own flesh and blood.

Incest relationships have long been a taboo topic.

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Incest is defined as "sexual intercourse or relations between people who are very closely related."

And, as you probably know by now, incestuous relations are frowned upon in most countries and cultures. Obviously.

In most states in the U.S. the marriage between 2 related people is illegal.

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Incest is widely seen as a sex crime that is punishable by prison time or money fines.

But, there are some parts of the country that don't see anything wrong with a little bit of incest...

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In the states of New Jersey and Rhode Island, incestuous relations between criminal adults are completely legal, though marriage is not.

And in other states, the marriage between related persons is permitted.

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In New Jersey, incest is permitted as long as each person involved in the relationship is at least eighteen years old and, in the state of Ohio, incest is legally allowed provided that one party is not a parental figure to the other party.

Sounds reasonable...

But there's another element to this complicated issue.


When it comes to step-siblings, the lines are even more blurred.

And weirdly enough, it seems to be oddly prevalent on one app in particular.


The home of strange online trends, TikTok.

Scarlett Vas is a TikTok star who loves doing public polls.

But she's also known for another reason - her controversial love life.

She currently dating her step-brother Tay Ricci.

He's a musician and social media influencer, too.

And to make matters even weirder...

Scarlet used to date Tayo's best friend - for seven years.

Scarlet recently revealed her new love to her followers.

Posting a video of the pair smooching and complimenting each others abs.

The best friend is also in the vid.

Scarlet even caption the video "I fell in love with my bf's best friend... who happens to be my step bro."

There's further proof that the stepsiblings are very much together.

When asked what he would do on his last day on earth, he replied "I would impregnate you."

Scarlett then reportedly replied "Erm, you're my step-brother. That's kind of effed up."

Tayo then replied "Why are you laughing? I know what I want and I get what I want."

"I think everyone grilling us online for being in love..."

"It doesn't matter if we have the same mum."

Understandably, there have been some mixed reactions online.

""I was smiling until you said he was your step brother," wrote one commenter.

"This is in all ways weird," and "That's just wrong," echoed two others.

Although some are doubtful of their story and believe the pair may just be trying to get attention.

"I don't think they're actually step-siblings," wrote one person.

​While another pointed out that having "the same mom" doesn't make them step-siblings, but half-siblings - and their relationship actually illegal.

Do you think this is a legitimate relationship?

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