Life has a way of taking some funny and unexpected twists and turns sometimes. That is perhaps what this man was thinking. He was forced to pay £4million ($5.09million) to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement and then turned around and sued her after he learned the 3 kids he raised were not his.
The 55-year-old co-founder of moneysupermarket.com, Richard Mason never would have imagined that the three sons he raised were not his. A medical diagnosis, however, uncovered the shocking fact that the 23-year-old and twin 19-year-olds could not be his.
Madon was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis 3 years ago. That disease is genetic and when it occurs in men, they are not able to have children. A DNA test was then given and it was discovered that the children were not his. He was heartbroken.
Mason didn’t learn the truth until he had been divorced from Kate for 10 years. He said that learning the truth was life-changing.
“You don’t know what’s real and what isn’t – it’s as if I’m living in The Matrix,” he told the Daily Mail. “Someone says to you, ‘All that you know and everything you thought to be solid and true is not real, and never did exist. You are not a father, you are not able to have kids, your name will not continue.'”
Once the truth was revealed, he sued his ex-wife for paternity fraud. Two of his sons no longer speak to him.
“I still see what the boys are doing on Facebook and it’s heart-wrenching because we saw the graduation of the eldest on there, but I wasn’t invited,” he said.
“I walk past a toy store and it reminds you of buying Christmas presents for them and other family occasions.
“And when friends post things on Facebook about their own families like their first grandchild or saying they’re proud of their boy for something, I just think, ‘My God, that’s all been taken away from me.'”
Mason was successful in his lawsuit and was awarded £250,000 ($318,250). It was decided that he was tricked by his ex-wife into thinking the boys were his. She was having an affair during that time and it is thought that the same man is the father of all 3 boys. During the first 7 years of their marriage, she was not able to get pregnant.
“I just didn’t know who I was any more,” he said.
“It’s like suffering a bereavement, it’s incredible, but in a way it’s even worse than that because it goes to the very heart of who you think you are. When someone asks you about your background, you tell them you’re the father of three children – it’s how you define yourself.
“In an instant I discovered I didn’t really have any children.
“You begin to question everything you thought you knew when such a fundamental pillar of your life is suddenly removed.”
Mason is not only dealing with this new development in his life, but he is also dealing with his cystic fibrosis diagnosis. This was the same disease that killed his sister. That isn’t even to mention that he still does not know who the ‘real’ father is. He hopes that someday it will come to light.