In 1998, Mary Kay Letourneau was incarcerated for having a romantic relationship with her 12-year-old student Vili Fualaau. The affair made headlines and the pair became synonymous for illicit relations.
The couple eventually wed in 2005, but the controversial relationship is now over as Fualaau has filed for separation from his former teacher.
According to TMZ, 33-year-old Fualaau filed for separation from the 55-year-old Letourneau earlier this month.
"I’m convinced they were totally in love,” David Gehrke, Letourneau's former divorce attorney tells People. “But sometimes, people who are totally in love have trouble staying in love. They slowly drift apart. One day, you wake up and realize that things are different with your partner."
Letourneau and Fualaau began their relationship in 1996, when he was her sixth-grade student in Seattle. Letourneau was married at the time. She pled guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape when the relationship was discovered. In 1998, she defied a court order to stay away from Fualaau, which sent her to jail for seven-and-a-half years.
Following her release from prison, the couple married in 2005. They have two children together.
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