A 75-year-old woman has married her ex-son-in-law after her daughter decided to kick him out; the news has sparked controversy across Russia as many can’t get over the bizarre love triangle.
Galina Zhukovskaya, 75, from St Petersburg, Russia, has married her ex-son-in-law Vyacheslav Zhukovsky, a man who is 23 years younger. However, it hasn’t been the age gap which has led the couple to controversy, as many have found an issue with the fact Galina has married her daughter’s ex-husband after she kicked him out.
Vyacheslav, 52, was married to Galina’s daughter Elena for three years. After a stint in prison, it is believed the relationship ended due to suspected infidelity on Elena’s part.
Seeking comfort, Vyacheslav found refuge in his mother-in-law and ever since, they have remained together. Although it sparked anger from Elena, the couple tied the knot in 2010. Ever since the couple claim that Galina’s daughter has been envious and tried to sabotage the relationship.
Galina told Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda: “My daughter is probably jealous that mom is not alone. I have someone to talk to and she doesn’t.
“She wants us to separate. She often sends her 30-year-old daughter, born from another man, to seduce him.”
Vyacheslav reportedly met his ex-wife whilst serving time in a Murmansk prison for killing his former employer after a disagreement over wages.
Despite being in prison, Vyacheslav found love when he shared a dating ad in his local newspaper. When Elena paid a visit to see her friend who was also in prison she decided to meet the mystery man she had been writing to and immediately, the pair hit it off.
In 2007, the couple exchanged vows in the prison Vyacheslav was based at and as soon as he was released three years later, he joined her at her home. Yet it wasn’t long before the cracks began to show in their marriage.
Shortly after her husband’s release, Elena allegedly had an affair and kicked her husband out of the house. Essentially homeless, Vyacheslav had nowhere to turn.
However, Galina suggested to her ex-son-in-law that he stay at hers until he sorted himself out. She admitted that initially, it wasn’t out of lust for him but rather that she felt pity. Over time though, she found that she was developing feelings for him.
Having formed a relationship with her ex-son-in-law which is based on love, trust and respect, Galina said the first few years of marriage were difficult as they faced so much judgement.
Regardless, the couple yearned for a child of their own. Eventually, they found a woman who was willing to be a surrogate yet were left devastated when she took their one million ruble payment and ran away. It was determined that the woman was pregnant, yet it turned out to be not biologically theirs.
The couple has revealed in local media interviews that although they’ve overcome so much, there have been difficult times for the pair. Vyacheslav has admitted that he’s looked at other women and sometimes wanted to pursue further, yet Galina has found it in her heart to forgive him – she blames his flirtatious, mischievous nature.
Galina said that if Vyacheslav was to ever want someone else in that manner, she would force him to leave. Yet he has decided that deep down, she is the woman for him.
The pensioner claims that her daughter has not helped the difficult times in their marriage, as she always trying to find ways to break them up. The couple claims Elena even sent over her 30-year-old daughter in an attempt to seduce Vyacheslav. They believe that she is envious of their relationship and what she threw away. Additionally, Vyacheslav is expected to inherit Galina’s apartment, which has been something her daughter has been left furious about.
Earlier this month, the story went viral in Russia after the couple were guests on a popular Russian TV show to share their side of the story.