Alex Lanchester’s heart skipped a beat when she saw a foreign phone number flash up on her cell, as she hadn’t spoken to her American fiance Tucker Blandford in several days.
She had been waiting to tell him about the wedding gown she had found as well as the arrangements she had been tirelessly making for the big day. But Alex’s life changed when the phone call was actually from a man who said:
“Alex, this is Tucker’s dad. There’s no easy way to say this… I am sorry to say that Tucker is dead.”
Alex was shocked to hear that Tucker had been secretly suffering from depression, and had made the decision to take his own life by throwing himself in front of a car. So devastated was Alex, understandably, that she decided to call Tucker’s mother to ask what had happened. When she did, his mother had no clue what Alex was talking about.
It turned out that the whole story was a big lie, and that Tucker had faked his dad’s voice in order, simply, to get out of marrying Alex.
Alex, who was obviously heartbroken, told reporters: “All I ever did was love him, after this I’m not sure I can trust a man ever again.”
She continued that: “He was such a gentleman. He showered me with jewellery. We would go out for a posh dinner on the 10th of every month to celebrate the day we got together. I’d never been in love like that before. I met his family and they treated me like a daughter. His mum and I became so close.”
Alex explained how hard just being apart from Tucker was, and how it affected her studies at college: “Life back at home was really hard. I went back to uni but found it hard to concentrate because I missed him so much.”
The bride-to-be was supposed to pay for flights, even though she had not much money, and forked out $1000 on wedding invitations and other deposits that needed to be paid.
Alex said: “His parents didn’t even know we were getting married. They thought we had broken up when I left America. Then it hit me, that voice on the other end of the phone had sounded eerily familiar. I realised it was Tucker pretending to be his dad. My whole world crumbled.”
Even though Tucker sent Alex a text a few days later admitting that he had faked his father’s voice and was, in fact, alive and well, she could not forgive him for doing what he did and told him she never wanted to speak to him again.