A man was devastated after his wife left him for the 17-year-old homeless girl his family took in as their own.
Wayne Gardiner said he felt compelled to welcome Tamsin Beezer into his home after learning she was homeless, The Sun reports. His wife, Sarah, worked with Tamsin and received a phone call from the teen after she was kicked out of her family home.
“I told my wife we could pick her up and let her stay with us to ensure she was safe,” Gardiner said. “It wasn’t ideal, but I didn’t mind. I was pleased we could help and she seemed a pleasant enough kid. We’re a large family anyway, so having an extra person in the house wasn’t a big deal."
Tamsin quickly made friends with the Gardiners’ daughter, Chloe, and became like another daughter to the family. Their oldest child, Lucy, had recently moved out, and the four other younger children enjoyed having someone else around.
However, things soon became strange as Sarah and Tamsin began staying up late drinking.
“Sarah was behaving like a teenager herself, rather than a mother and grandmother," Gardiner told the Daily Mail. "I noticed she had started smoking again. She said she hadn't, but I could smell it. I was confused and didn't really know what to think, so I just got on with looking after all the kids and left her to it.”
One morning, Gardiner woke to find his wife’s side of the bed empty. He then found her sleeping with Tamsin on the sofa where she’d been staying.
One month after the teen moved in, Gardiner’s wife told him she was moving out with her.
“She got up, went upstairs and started packing a case," he said. "I ran after her, begging her to tell me what was going on."
Soon after the pair moved out of the house, Lucy called her father and told him her mother had announced a relationship with Tamsin on Facebook.
“I was in utter shock and disbelief," he said, The Sun reports. "I thought it must be a joke. How could my wife be in a relationship with a girl, let alone one younger than our own daughter?”
Sarah and Tamsin soon got engaged.
“I thought I was doing the right thing by a teenage girl who needed a place to stay," Gardiner said. "I never in a million years imagined they would get together."
“My wife has left us for a girl young enough to be one of her daughters," he continued. "We are all horrified by what she has done. The kids are in bits. We have been married years and I never once thought she had a thing for women.”
In a statement, Sarah defended her relationship with Tamsin, claiming it did not begin until she moved out.
“Tamsin came to stay after a row with her [mom], so I said she could live with us,” the statement read. “We didn’t actually get together officially until weeks after I left Wayne. I moved in with a friend, nothing went on Facebook until we were officially together.”