Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau’s daughters, Audrey and Georgia Fualaau, didn’t exactly have a normal childhood. After all, Audrey was born while her mom was on trial for sexually assaulting her father — and Georgia was born while Letourneau was serving even more time for violating her plea agreement.
Back in 1997, the then-teacher began a relationship with Fualaau when he was her sixth-grade student. At the time, she was 34. He was 12 or 13. Letourneau was arrested in March 1997 and later pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape. After giving birth to Audrey, she was sentenced to six months in a local jail. However, half of her sentence was suspended, meaning she was released in January 1998.
Though her plea agreement barred her from seeing Fualaau, Audrey, any of her four children from her first marriage or any other minors, Letourneau was once again caught with her former student just two weeks after she got out of jail. The one-time teacher was sent back to prison for violating her plea agreement. While she was behind bars, she gave birth to the couple’s second daughter, Georgia, in October 1998.
Despite the fact that their mom was behind bars until they were 7 and 8 years old, Audrey and Georgia told Australia’s Sunday Night show in 2018 that it never really occurred to them how strange their parents’ relationship was. “I think I understand about it, just like how it was surprising to people,” Audrey explained. “It’s been feeling different because it’s not really been brought to our attention, just because we grew up with it, so we’re adapted to it.”
Unusual upbringing aside, Audrey and Georgia seem like normal 22 and 21-year-old women. Their Instagram profiles are both private, but Georgia’s Facebook shows she’s in what seems to be a happy, health and age-appropriate relationship. The girls both appear to live in Des Moines, Washington, where Audrey studied at Highline College.
Neither girl has yet shared a public tribute for their mother since Letourneau’s death on July 6, but they opened up about how their parents raised them on Sunday Night. Fualaau’s young age made him into more of a “friend dad” than an authoritarian, but Letourneau was a strict mom with rules against clothing items like padded bras. “She literally cut the padding out of my bra once,” Audrey recalled.
Despite being a fun dad, Fualaau didn’t want to see his daughters follow in his footsteps by getting involved with an authority figure. During a 2015 interview with Barbara Walters, he admitted he warned them off dating altogether. “A relationship could lead to something that you think you wanted back then. You don’t really want it, maybe, years later,” he said. “I don’t support younger kids being married or having a relationship with someone older. I don’t support it.”