The student who made headlines after he married the woman convicted of raping him as a child has spoken for the first time since her death.
Vili Fualaau was 22-years-old when he married his former teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau, however their relationship began years earlier when the then 34-year-old married mother of four began to abuse 12-year-old Fualaau.
Despite serving jail time, Letourneau would have two children with Fualaau, the first when he was 13, and the pair were married for 10 years before announcing their divorce in 2017.
Reflecting on their controversial relationship, Fualaau revealed on US talk show Dr Oz if he were in his former wife’s position he would have sought help.
When informed by host Dr Mehmet Oz that Fualaau was now around the same age Letourneau was when she began abusing him, he responded bluntly.
“Well, I’d probably go and seek some help,” Fualaau said with a laugh.
“I couldn’t look at a 13-year-old and be attracted to that because it’s just not in my brain, it’s nothing that I am attracted to.
“I mean, we all have our preferences and that’s just not something that I would go towards.”
Fualaau helped take care of his ex-wife as she battled cancer.
Fualaau said he was by his ex-wife’s side as she took her final breath and said the pair were discussing their two daughters, Audrey and Georgia.
“We were just talking about when they were kids and we were laughing, and I turned over and … I didn’t see her chest moving,” he said.
Letourneau’s solicitor David Gehrke told the Today show that although she and Fualaau were no longer married, they still loved each other.
“They were divorced and they had their spats, but they were always in love with each other,” Mr Gehrke said.
“Vili moved back from California, gave up his life there, and for the last two months of Mary’s life he stood by her 24/7 taking care of her,” he explained.
Letourneau left her estate to Fualaau and their two daughters.
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