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Retired Vicar, 79, Left Homeless After Buying Husband, 24, Flat Only To Split Days Later

Claire Reid

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Retired Vicar, 79, Left Homeless After Buying Husband, 24, Flat Only To Split Days Later

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A retired vicar has been left homeless after buying a new flat for him and his husband only for the pair to split up shortly after.

Seventy-nine-year-old Philip Clements married Romanian male model Florin Marin after they met on a dating site. Clements then sold his home in Kent so he could buy a £88,800 (€100,000) flat in Bucharest for his new husband and he to live in.

However, the pair ended up deciding to call it quits, leaving Clements with no where to live and strapped for cash.

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Clements and Marin wed in April this year at Ramsgate Register Office and moved to Romania shortly after.

Clements says things started off well, but he soon became unhappy, as he was in a country where he could not speak the language and didn't have many friends, meanwhile his friends back home begged him to return.

He said: "We went off in April and we had a great time. We used to go out to the cinema and shopping. He makes me laugh. We'd laugh a lot.

"I came over to England for some medical appointments for a fortnight in late August. When I returned, we had a disagreement.

"I thought he was unreasonable. I take some responsibility for it too but I decided there wasn't a future.

"I was very lonely, not knowing the language or having any friends.

"Florin would spend a lot of time going out. He used to go to bed very late, sometimes 5am in the morning having been out nightclubbing or watching films.

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"He said I wasn't allowed to go clubbing. It wasn't for old people. In my heart I didn't accept it but I trusted him."

The flat in Romania was originally in his name, but Clements put it into Marin's name because he 'wanted him to have security' when he died. Shortly after this the couple split.

Clements has been back in the UK since September but is now relying on his friends to put him up.

He said: "I left very sadly and very unhappy. My friends in England were telling me I should leave him but I left with a very heavy heart.

"He came with me to the airport. I've lost everything really. I've lost my house and was in a poor state.

"I stayed with friends on alternate weeks until I was given a granny flat attached to one of my friend's houses.

"I regret selling my house. I bought the flat. It was my suggestion to go to Romania and Florin liked the idea but I think we would have been better off if we'd stayed at my house in Eastry.

"I wouldn't have been so isolated and he would have had things to do."

But all might not be lost for the couple, because since their split, the pair have kept in touch, with Marin even flying over to the UK to visit, with Clement saying: "I don't want a divorce and he says he doesn't want anybody else."

Topics: UK News

Claire Reid
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