Mary Kay Letourneau Wants to Teach Again

She and husband discuss tabloid-friendly marriage with Barbara Walters
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2015 3:24 PM CDT
Mary Kay Letourneau Wants to Teach Again
A 1998 photo of Mary Kay Letourneau as she listens to testimony during a court hearing in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Alan Berner, Pool, File)

The mother of all teacher-student sex scandals is returning to the national spotlight—just ahead of the 10th wedding anniversary of the two people involved. That would be Mary Kay Letourneau and husband Vili Fualaau, whose interview with Barbara Walters airs on ABC tomorrow night. Letourneau is 53 and Fualaau 31, but their relationship made national headlines when Letourneau became pregnant with Fualaau's child when he was all of 13. She had been his sixth-grade teacher. Letourneau spent nearly eight years in jail, but the couple stayed together and now have two teenage daughters, Audrey and Georgia. ABC is providing a few teasers, including the nugget that Letourneau wants to teach again, presumably only after getting her status as a sex offender lifted.

Fualaau, meanwhile, will discuss his struggles with alcoholism and depression, notes Us Weekly. "It was a huge change in my life, for sure," Fualaau recalls of the scandal. "I don't feel like I had the right support or the right help behind me ... from my family, from anyone in general. I mean, my friends couldn't help me because they had no idea what, what it was like to be a parent, I mean, because we were all 14, 15." Letourneau says they did the interview in part because they figured they'd be deluged with attention ahead of their May 20 anniversary, like it or not. "So it's about doing the most responsible thing to protect our girls for the inevitable." (More Mary Kay Letourneau stories.)

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