Everyone has met someone who has been affected by a bad relationship. Everyone has an ex that did them wrong at some point and (even for a short time) you paint them as the worst person in the world.
No one has experienced that to such an extreme extent more than businessman and the co-founder of moneysupermarket.com whose life was turned upside down after getting back some test results when he learned the truth behind the lie his now ex wife had been keeping from him for 21 years.
It is devastating and has changed his life going forward in more ways than one.
55-year-old businessman and the co-founder of moneysupermarket.com, Richard Mason discovered when getting some medical results in 2016, that he had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease which, eliminates the possibility of having children naturally for men with it. This made it clear that without a doubt his three sons (a 23 year-old Named Will and two 19 year old twins named Joel and Ed) were not biologically his.
Richard had been divorced to his ex wife Kate for 10 year when he discovered this heartbreaking truth. He said that the revelation changed his life. As part of the divorce a settlement was reached of $7.15 million. He was also made to pay monthly amounts of about $5,300. When talking about the impact the revelation has had on him he said:
"You don’t know what’s real and what isn’t – it’s as if I’m living in The Matrix," he told the Daily Mail. "Someone says to you, 'All that you know and everything you thought to be solid and true is not real, and never did exist. You are not a father, you are not able to have kids, your name will not continue.'"
After discovering this he sued his ex wife for paternity fraud and offered a reward to find out who the boys biological father really is. Two of his sons have stopped talking to him. This news has had a negative impact on Richard.
"I still see what the boys are doing on Facebook and it’s heart-wrenching because we saw the graduation of the eldest on there, but I wasn’t invited," he said.
"I walk past a toy store and it reminds you of buying Christmas presents for them and other family occasions.
"And when friends post things on Facebook about their own families like their first grandchild or saying they’re proud of their boy for something, I just think, 'My God, that’s all been taken away from me.'"
Richard’s ex-wife has been ordered to pay £250,000 to him but is not required to reveal the identity of the real father.
At this time none of the sons wish for their biological father to come forward. Richard is having to deal with the news that he has a condition that took his sister, news that his sons are not biologically related to him and that he is unable to have sons of his own. Additionally he has had to relive this sadness every time he recounts it to his mum with Alzheimer's. Hopefully good news comes his way soon as he did not deserve the heartache he must be feeling.