The husband of controversial figure Mary Kay Letourneau, Vili Fualaau, has started the process of separating from the former school teacher after 12 years of marriage, according to People.
Writers for the celebrity news-themed publication explain that Fualaau, 35, filed the legal maneuver earlier this month at King’s County Court in Seattle, to split from the 55-year-old Letourneau more than 20 years after the couple first met at Sherwood Elementary School in Burien, WA., as teacher (Mary Kay) and student (Vili).
“The two met when he was in the second grade and she was a teacher at [the] elementary School in Burien,” the Seattle Times reminds us of the start of Mary Kay and Vili’s relationship.
“Their relationship became sexual when he was 12 and she was 34, and a married mother of four.”
Following word of their illicit courtship being leaked out by a friend of Mary Kay’s husband, Steve Letourneau, in 1997, the 34-year-old was arrested on second-degree rape charges and ordered by a judge to refrain from contacting Vili, who by then, had impregnated Letourneau with their first child together, a girl (Mary Kay had four previous children from her marriage to Steve).
“She was paroled six months [after the arrest],” the Seattle Times continues, “but was again caught having sex with Fualaau, a violation of her parole conditions.”
While in prison the second time, Mary Kay gave birth to her second child with Vili; another daughter who, incidentally, was the “product” of Letourneau’s parole-violating tryst with Fualaau, in October of 1998.
To help pass the time and remain bonded to one another, the lovers worked on a pair of salacious books about their illegal love affair: Only One Crime, Love — or as it was titled in its only country of release, Un seul crime, l’amour — and If Loving You Is Wrong in 1998 and 1999, respectively.
“Wild love consumes you totally,” Letourneau emoted in the latter tome, as a past People post shares, to Vili’s still-not-fully pubescent-minded response, “It’s normal to f*** when you love so much (he was just 13 at the time of its release).”
Be that as it may, a supposed source attached to the couple tells People that the love has officially died between the pair.
“They’ve been having issues for a while now,” the insider shared.
“They tried to work through them, but it didn’t work. They’re still committed to being good parents to their children.”
The source also noted that despite certain comments some may make regarding Letourneau’s purported liking of “younger” men, there was no specific person of any age range who got in the way of she and Vili’s marriage.
“A reconciliation [also] seems unlikely,” the informant also told People.
Despite the public outcry surrounding Mary Kay and Vili’s continued relationship, the two went on to marry once Letourneau was released from prison in 2004 and Fualaau was successfully able to have the previously-ordered court appointed contact ban lifted.
The two officially tied the knot one year later, in May 2005.
“We’ve always planned [to get married],” Mary Kay relayed to Barbara Walters during a joint interview with Vili in 2015, as E! News transcribed.
“[That never] changed. If it wasn’t strong enough in the beginning, it wouldn’t have carried [on] through those years,” she added.
Nevertheless, as it turned out, Vili had at least once, lost his reserve and strayed outside of the relationship during Mary Kay’s sentence.
“He wasn’t faithful,” Letourneau expressed.
“[I was faithful] in heart and mind,” Fualaau claimed, in retort.
Be that as it may, Vili later admitted to dealing with two major adult issues, alcoholism and drug abuse, as a teenager, as he tried to deal with the pressure that came with being a young father.
“[That was a] really dark time,” the young man told Walters.
“I feel sad for a lot of parts of my life [but] when I start thinking about those things, I think about the beauty that’s come from it, where can I take that and run with it. [It’s a] happy feeling for sure. I feel very safe.”
In 2000, the USA Network released a film themed around Mary Kay Letourneau’s relationship with Vili Fualaau, All-American Girl, starring Penelope Ann Miller as the sex offender and Omar Anguiano as the teen boy.
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