Last night A&EE’s Biography network aired A two-hour documentary called “Mary Kay Letourneau: Autobiography” about the controversial decades long relationship that began when May Kay was a 34-year-old teacher and her now-husband was a 12-year-old student in the sixth grade. “[It] sounds young, I get it,” the now 56, says about Vili Fualaau, who is now 34. “He was young, I get it. Am I sorry that he’s the father of my children? No I’m not.”
Oddly enough, Letourneau claims that the huge age difference between herself and a student, “wasn’t going through her mind,” at the time. They both recounted their very first kiss, which Vili, a child, initiated. He asked if he could kiss her, and according to him she replied “Only a coward would ask.”
“Twenty years later, people ask how it turned into romance,” Letourneau said. “Back in the day, I accepted the kiss, you know. I did. He wasn’t my student when that happened. For some reason, the kiss, it seemed very right.”
Vili was only 14-years-old when Letourneau gave birth to their first daughter Audrey. Letourneau was imprisoned for felony second degree rape of a child, but was released after only six months. She soon met up with Vili again and conceived their second daughter Georgia. Letourneau ended up spending seven years behind bars. When she got out in 2005, she married Vili.
Mary Kay and Vili’s marriage has had some rocky times in recent years. Vili has filed for divorce from Mary Kay, but the two still live together. He has cited his desire to start a legal marijuana business for the divorce, and not a loss of commitment. The documentary does not reveal what’s been happening with the status of their relationship.
Amelia Cunningham is a Starcasm writer and editor