Mary Kay Letourneau & Vili Fualaau's Daughters Speak Out About Their Parents' Sex Scandal
The adult daughters of Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau have spoken out about growing up and finding out about their parents’ notorious affair that shocked America during the 1990s.
The couple’s daughters, Audrey, 21, and Georgia, 19, spoke to the Sunday Night show in Australia.
“I think I understand about it, just like how it was surprising to people,” Audrey said about her parents’ relationship. “It’s been feeling different because it’s not really been brought to our attention, just because we grew up with it, so we’re adapted to it.”
Letourneau met Fualaau when she was his sixth-grade teacher in Burien, Washington in 1996. She was 34. He was 12.
Letourneau, now 56, gave birth to Audrey while she was waiting to be sentenced for second-degree rape of a child. She ended up being sentenced to six months in prison with three months suspended, so only served 90 days behind bars.
Just two weeks after she was released, she was caught by police having sex with Fualaau in a car and was sentenced to another seven years in prison.
She gave birth to Georgia while incarcerated. While she served her time, the girls were raised by Fualaau and his mother. In 2004, she was released again — and a judge agreed to dissolve a no-contact order at Fualaau’s request.
Letourneau has repeatedly referred to Fulaau, 35, in the past as her “soulmate” — and continues to maintain that she did not know that beginning a sexual relationship with a child of his age was illegal.
“If someone had told me, if anyone had told me, there is a specific law that says this is a crime,” she said. “I did not know. I’ve said this over and over again. Had I’d known, if anyone knows my personality. Just the idea, this would count as a crime.”
Georgia remembered Letourneau as a strict parent who forbade push-up bras. Audrey added that her mom “literally cut the padding out of my bra once.” The girls say that, by contrast, their father is more like a “friend dad,” especially now that they are older.
The couple got married in Washington state in 2005. They have had their ups and downs: Last year, Fualaau filed for separation, but later rescinded the order.
Letourneau is now a legal clerk at the same courthouse where she once appeared as a defendant. She also has four other children with ex-husband Steve Letourneau.
Fualaau was reflective during the interview. He’s now just a year older than his wife was when they began the affair, and he stated that he could not imagine himself doing the same thing. However, he also said that despite the sometimes difficult situation, he is determined to stay together and give his daughters the stability he feels that he never had.
When asked if he had any advice for his 12-year-old self, Fualaauu said: “Don’t do it.”