27-Year-Old Who Married 81-Year-Old Vicar Says He's Not A Gold Digger
The 27-year-old husband of an 81-year-old priest who died last month, has appeared on This Morning to defend himself against accusations of being a 'gold digger' after having taken possession of his late husband's money.
Florin Marin spoke to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford about his relationship with Philip Clements, a retired Church of England vicar that he married three years ago.
Marin told the presenters that he was incredibly sad when Clements passed away alone in a hospital in Bucharest, but added that two days of mourning 'is enough', and that Clements would not want him to be sad.
Speaking from his Romanian home, Marin said: "I thought Philip was a great gentleman - a man with respect, manners - I learned a lot of things in five years from Philip.
"I learned to be a gentleman, like most English people are, and that was attractive.
"In a relationship, the age doesn't matter. If there's that chemistry, you know, you can't pass that. If there's something, I want to stay with that man, I want to have a life with that man. I loved him, and I still love him.
"Philip was a very happy man in this time with me, and I looked after him very well, and I made him happy in five years."
After Clements' death, Marin stands to inherit £150,000 from a life insurance policy, as well as a £2,000 per month pension and a £100,000 house that has been left in his name.
The pair did initially split back in 2017 after just five months of marriage, but resumed their relationship - with Florin allowed to date other people - some time afterwards.
Clements was also reported to have been left homeless after selling up his house to be with Marin.
Many people over the years they've been in the public eye have suggested that Marin's motives are not pure, but when pressed on this issue, he defended himself.
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Marin continued: "All the time in this life - because I am not of course the first one or the last one who married with a gap - people are thinking when someone marries a woman or man with someone older than him or her, it's just about money.
"No - it's not like that. Yes, he left me the will, and I am married to him, I'm his husband.
"What Philip's family said - I want to tell to mind their business, and best wishes in their lives, and don't try to make a row about this.
"He told me what [gold digger] means, and I don't care. I respect myself, I respect my husband, I love my husband. He was a nice guy, a gentleman, and I don't care what they say."
Clements' younger brother Anthony also appeared via telephone on the show, and said that he only ever heard from Marin the day his brother died.
It's fair to say that he doesn't agree with Marin's argument.
He said: "[Florian and I] have never met.
"The last time I actually spoke to him was on the Monday after Philip had died, he phoned me up to tell me he had passed away.
"Things have been built up out of all proportion. All my family want to do now is to grieve my brother - because like many people at this terrible time, they've had to put up with losing their loved ones and they can't go to the funeral and things like that.
"I did [call him a gold digger], I don't like the word 'branded' him a gold digger, but yes I did say that, and I believe he is. And I think a lot of people will believe that listening to him just then.
"The reason I've agreed to come on this programme, is to my family's record straight that as far as I'm concerned, we are not pursuing anything,
"We just want it put to rest and let Philip rest in peace, and let's all get on with our lives."
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