Former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau seems determined to stay with her partner and former student, Vili Fualaau.
Letourneau, 56, and Fualaau, 35, began an illicit relationship decades ago when Letourneau was a teacher and Fualaau was her student — she was 34 years old, while he was only 12.
The pair now has two daughters together, but Fualaau filed for separation last year after 12 years of marriage, prompting break-up rumors. The two have since gotten past the relationship hurdle, however, and are back on again, according to People’s anonymous sources.
“They’re back together,” an anonymous source told People in a report published Wednesday. “They’ve worked through a lot of issues in the past year. They just needed to take a step back and realize what they mean to each other. Of course there are still issues, like all marriages, but they’re very much together.”
Letourneau was married with four children and living comfortably in Seattle, Washington when she first began having a sexual relationship with Fualaau, then a middle school student that she had taken a particular interest in due to his artistic talent, according to ABC News.
Letourneau’s husband eventually discovered his wife’s illegal affair and informed the police, but by then, she was already pregnant with Fualaau’s child. She gave birth to their first daughter before pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape in 1997 and receiving a prison sentence of a little more than seven years, according to ABC News.
Despite having to register as a sex offender, Letourneau seemed unwilling to keep away from her former student.
She was released from prison after serving six months of her sentence, but quickly violated the conditions of her parole by seeing Fualaau again, ABC News reports.
She was caught having sex with him a car, according to People. She was imprisoned yet again and gave birth to her second daughter with Fualaau while serving out her sentence, according to the outlet.
The two then got married in 2005, less than a year after Letourneau was released from prison, People reports.
The controversial couple has been steadfast in their defense of their relationship over the years, and the two published a book together, the title of which translate to “One Crime, Love,” in 1998.
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