Cyber love leads Down Under
A Welsh woman told her husband and son she was going to the shop, then boarded a flight to Australia to be with a man she met on the internet.
Margaret Fiore, 40, has now been granted permanent residency status in Australia and says she has no regrets about leaving husband Chris, 53, and son Sam, 13, for an Adelaide factory worker called Steve. “Life with Christopher was dull,” Mrs Fiore, who has had her lover’s name tattooed on her shoulder, told British newspaper the Daily Mail. “We never talked, which is why I spent most evenings on the internet. “Steve was a rebel like I used to be and Adelaide was so much more glamorous than Cardiff. “Life’s too short to settle for misery.”
The Fiores had been married for 18 years when Mrs Fiore began spending up to 18 hours a day talking to strangers in internet chatrooms. Mr Fiore said he did not see her seven-month friendship with Steve as a threat, as he was on the other side of the world and was himself married with a young daughter. On the day his wife left, he suspected something was wrong but his son had no idea.
“Sam was having his breakfast in front of the TV and Margaret said she was nipping down to the shops,” he said. “She just walked out of the house and never gave him a backward glance. “I was gutted and shocked but worst of all was trying to explain it to Sam. It was hard telling him his mother had abandoned him for a stranger on the other side of the world. “I hope she finds happiness, although I can’t honestly say that she deserves it.” Steve has left his family and the pair plan to marry, the paper said.
Mrs Fiore said she did not tell her son she was leaving because she could not face it. “I couldn’t drag him with me to the other side of the world but I couldn’t face saying goodbye to him either,” she said. “Sam says he’s OK about things now and has promised to visit me.”