A 79-year-old British vicar was left homeless after he married a 24-year-old Romanian model, buying him a house in Bucharest, before being abandoned by him.
Retired reverend Philip Clements met 24-year-old Florin Marin on a dating website, they soon fell in love, got married, and then Philip sold his house in Sandwich, Kent.
Very soon after Philip used the funds from his house to purchase Florin a home in Bucharest, the pair had an argument and broke up, leaving Philip homeless and relying on friends.
The couple got married in April of this year and Philip was living in the house, which was purchased in Florin’s name, but felt isolated in Romania when he didn’t know anyone and didn’t speak the language.
Mr Clements said to the Metro:
We went off in April and we had a great time. We used to go out to the cinema and shopping. He makes me laugh. We’d laugh a lot. I came over to England for some medical appointments for a fortnight in late August. When I returned, we had a disagreement.
I thought he was unreasonable. I take some responsibility for it too but I decided there wasn’t a future. I was very lonely, not knowing the language or having any friends.
Florin would spend a lot of time going out. He used to go to bed very late, sometimes 5am in the morning having been out nightclubbing or watching films.
He said I wasn’t allowed to go clubbing. It wasn’t for old people. In my heart I didn’t accept it but I trusted him.
When things were going well, I wanted him to have security when I die. I’m 80 next year.
Mr Clements continued:
I didn’t want there to be any doubt about occupancy when I die. He appreciated me doing it but I didn’t know we were going to break up so soon.
I left very sadly and very unhappy. My friends in England were telling me I should leave him but I left with a very heavy heart.
He came with me to the airport. I’ve lost everything really. I’ve lost my house and was in a poor state.
I stayed with friends on alternate weeks until I was given a granny flat attached to one of my friend’s houses. I regret selling my house. I bought the flat.
I wouldn’t have been so isolated and he would have had things to do.
After the entire debacle, Philip explained that he has been in touch with Florin:
Florin started to contact me again. I hadn’t lost my feelings for him so I reciprocated. We started texting and speaking on video and we’re still in touch now.
Things were very amicable. It was as if he did regret what has happened. I believe in giving someone a second chance. There’s still something that binds us. We’re not enemies.
He’s not doing it for money because I haven’t got much money left. The two of us suggested that one day we would have a flat in a town – Dover or Canterbury.
He’s renting out the flat and he said he’d put part of that towards the rent. I don’t want a divorce and he says he doesn’t want anybody else.
I’ve asked him to tell me if he finds somebody else and I would understand.
Philip expressed his regret for buying the house in Bucharest, saying it was his ‘suggestion to go to Romania and Florin liked the idea but I think we would have been better off if we’d stayed at my house in Eastry’.
I hope it works out for them both.