Mary Kay Letourneau Has Reportedly Separated From Husband — And Former Student — Vili Fualaau

Mary Kay Letourneau, who first met Vili Fualaau when she was his teacher and he was her 12-year-old student, was convicted of child rape more than 20 years ago. 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Mary Kay Letourneau, the former school teacher who went to prison in the ‘90s for raping a 12-year-old student, has reportedly parted ways with him after 14 years of marriage.

Letourneau and Vili Fualaau — now 57 and 35, respectively — attended a private arbitration hearing some time before August 1, PEOPLE reports, citing an unnamed source. The purpose of the hearing was to give an arbitrator the opportunity to make a decision “on all issues needed to resolve a legal separation,” according to court documents filed with the King County Superior Court and obtained by the outlet.

Everything is now “split up” and they are moving on with their separate lives with no animosity between them, according to the outlet’s anonymous source.

“Basically, what’s hers is hers, and what’s his is his. She has her assets and debts; he has his assets and debts. And going forward, any debt that each of them accrue is theirs alone. Everything is split up,” they said, later adding that the two “don’t hate each other” but are “looking forward” to moving on.

Mary Kay Letourneau And Vili Fualaau

Letourneau, who is still a registered sex offender in Washington state, first met Fualaau when he was in middle school and she was his teacher, according to ABC News. Letourneau, who was married with four children at the time, bonded with Fualaau as she helped him develop his talent as an artist, but the relationship soon turned sexual. By the time she was arrested in 1997 — after her then-husband discovered a love letter she’d written to her student — she was already pregnant with their first child.

Letourneau went to prison twice, first for second-degree child rape, and again for ignoring the court’s orders to stay away from Fualaau, according to the outlet. She gave birth to their second daughter while serving out her sentence.

The couple married in 2005, after Letourneau was released, and spent more than a decade together before Fualaau filed for a legal separation in 2017. The separation came after the couple had been having “issues” for some time, an unnamed source told PEOPLE.

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