Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau now 53, and her husband an ex-student, Vili Fualaau now 31, are sitting down with Barbara Walters on Friday, to talk about the ups and downs of their 10 year marriage. The couple has had to overcome unbelievable odds to manage to be together after all this time.
Letourneau and her husband did not start out their relationship like most people. Mary Kay was Vili’s sixth grade teacher when he was only 13 years-old. The two started an affair, at the time Letourneau was 34 years-old and married with children that were close to Vili’s age.
By the time Vili was 15 years old, the couple already had two daughters together, Audrey and Georgia. Letourneau’s life would become even more complicated when her husband divorced her, took custody of her four children, and she was sentenced to a 7 years in prison for her inappropriate relationship with young Vili.
Vili talks to Walters about the good and bad times during his marriage to Letourneau.
“I don’t think there’s ever a full 10 good years of marriage. You have your ups and downs in marriage, but, you know, what matters is how you pull through all the bad times.”
Fualaau goes on to discuss how difficult it was having children at such a young age, and trying to maintain a relationship with the woman he loved despite their age difference.
“It was a huge change in my life, for sure. I don’t feel like I had the right support or the right help behind me…From my family — from anyone in general. I mean, my friends couldn’t help me because they had no idea what, what it was like to be a parent, I mean, because we were all 14, 15.”
People reports that the couple is going to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on May 20, and they feel like now is the time to introduce their two teenage daughters to world. Letourneau and Fualaau have tried to keep a low profile over the years, but have decided that after being so successful in keeping their relationship together after all the adversary they faced, now is the appropriate time to go completely public.
Mary Kay plans on discussing her desire to get back into teaching, but says she will have to fight to get her sex offender status lifted before that could even be a possibility. Fualaau also plans on talking about his struggles with alcoholism over the years, and how he has managed to fight back against the disease.
Letourneau and her husband’s interview with Walters can be seen Friday on ABC 20/20.
[Photo courtesy of Mark Greenberg/AP]