Last year, the unusual (and at one point, illegal) couple made headlines when they decided to split, but now a source tells People they’re uh, dating?
“They’re back together,” a source told the outlet. “They’ve worked through a lot of issues in the past year. They just needed to take a step back and realize what they mean to each other. Of course, there are still issues, like all marriages, but they’re very much together.”
It started when she was 34 and he was her 12-year-old sixth-grade student. They first met, however, when he was in her second-grade class.
Still, Letourneau never felt like their relationship was a “crime.” She said in an interview on Sunday Night: “If someone had told me, if anyone had told me, ‘there is a specific law that this is a crime’ — I don’t know. I wouldn’t have done it,” Mary, who is not 56 years old, said.
In 1997, Mary was arrested and charged with child rape after her husband, Steve Letourneau, discovered she was having sex with the pre-teen. While awaiting the conclusion of her trial, she gave birth to the couple’s oldest daughter, Audrey. Shortly thereafter, she was found guilty and sentenced to six months in jail and three years of sex offender treatment.
However, two weeks after her release, she was found having sex with Fualaau in her car and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years behind bars. Once again, she became pregnant and gave birth to their daughter, Georgia.
Back in May, however, a few people close to the former teacher snitched that the two were actually working on their marriage. “When the news came out that he filed for separation, people were stunned,” friend Anne Bremner said during A&E’s Autobiography. “They’d been together all this time.”
Another longtime friend, Mark Greenberg, added: “I’m gonna tell you why she refuses to speak about it,” he said. “It’s because she doesn’t know the answer to it. She’s living in hope. Mary wants this relationship to work. Vili’s in his mid-30s and Mary’s in her mid-50s, and you just have to relate it to anyone else you know and their relationship issues.”
“Mary’s hopeful,” Greenberg concluded. “She loves Vili. There’s absolutely no question about that.”