Gay Priest Who Married 24-Year-Old Model Says They Are Back Together
A 79-year-old priest who was left without a home after splitting with his 24-year-old boyfriend says that the relationship is back on.
Philip Clements, a retired priest from Kent, married model Florian Marin in Ramsgate last year to make a statement against the Church of England's unwillingness to let priests marry people of the same sex.
Their relationship took a turn for the worse after five months and the pair split up. This meant that Clements was homeless because he had sold his home in order to buy Marin a flat in his native Romania.
However, their romance has now been rekindled and Clements even plans to write Marin into his will so that he can enjoy security after he eventually dies.
He said: "I have got to be realistic. I am 80 in August and I want to see him secure.
"He is the only one I can leave things to. I don't see much of my brothers, and they wouldn't need it.
"If it goes well, he will be in my will."
After their marriage, Clements moved over to Romania to live in Bucharest with his new husband. It wasn't easy for him, though, as his much younger husband would go clubbing with his friends, leaving him lonely and sad.
After a short time, he returned to England, but found himself living in a friend's house to keep him off the streets.
When he returned, he discovered that Marin was dating a wealthy Romanian called Jesus - you couldn't make it up - and was the subject of a Romanian reality TV show.
Clements claims that this relationship was engineered by the TV company, and that it was never for real.
He said: "Due to the fact I had left him, they arranged for him to meet this man.
"The story was invented. He is not with him now, even if he was with him.
"I'm pretty sure he wasn't with him, and it was a made-up thing."
Despite the TV show, Clements and Marin never actually got divorced, which has turned out to be lucky or them, because now Clements says they are planning to give it another shot.
He said: "We have learned. We have both had to adjust. There were rumours he was with somebody else, but he has denied that.
"We are planning to spend September and Christmas together, and hopefully it can go from there. But we don't want to jump too far just yet.
"He is young, and has plans ahead of him. But I don't think I'm going to die just yet, there is a few years left in the old boy."
"I'm pretty determined it will work out. We laugh a lot, we are very relaxed around each other, I think this was a phase we needed to get out of our system.
"He is my husband. I want him to feel secure. I haven't got much to leave him at the moment, as I sold the house. But he is not in it for the money. He knows I don't have a lot."
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