Vili Fualaau — the husband and victim of the late Mary Kay Letourneau — speaks out about their controversial relationship.
In a clip from an interview airing Wednesday, Dr. Oz asked Fualaau what he would do if he found himself attracted to a minor.
When Letourneau was 34, roughly the age that Fualaau is now, she engaged in a sexual relationship with Vili, who was a student in her second-grade and sixth-grade classes at Shorewood Elementary. He was either 12 or 13 at the time of the crime.
“I’d probably go and seek some help,” Fualaau told the host. “I couldn’t look at a 13-year-old and be attracted to that, because it’s just not in my brain. It’s nothing that I’m attracted to. I mean, we all have our preferences, and that’s just not something that I would go towards.”
After pleading guilty to child rape in 1997, Letourneau served seven years in prison.
Letourneau twice became pregnant with Fualaau’s children before he was 15, resulting in the births of their daughters, Georgia and Audrey.
When Letourneau was released from prison in 2004, Fualaau, an adult, petitioned the court to allow them to see each other.
The two were married in 2005 and their separation was finalized in 2019.
In July, Letourneau died from stage 4 colon cancer at age 58.
Her lawyer David H. Gehrke told TMZ that she had previously been in hospice care, and that Fualaau was by her side during her passing.
People also reported that Letourneau had been losing weight and was feeling constantly tired before her death.
In a statement provided to writer Danielle Bacher, the Letourneau and Fualaau families said, “Mary fought tirelessly against this terrible disease. Mary, and all of us, found great strength in having our immediate and extended family members together to join her in this arduous struggle. We did our very best to care for Mary and one another as we kept her close and stayed close together.”
Earlier this month, a source told People that Letourneau left her entire estate to Fualaau and their two daughters.
“She loved Vili to the end,” the insider said. “She had built a life with him, and he deserved to inherit what little she had.
“He got the photos, the memories, a lot of sentimental things,” the source continued. “They didn’t have a ton of money, but he and the girls are going to divvy that up. They’re more interested in the sentimental things, though.”
Letourneau also shared four children with her ex-husband Steve.