Lauren Wall, 34, from Twickenham, said her world fell apart when she discovered her new husband was having an affair with her mum!
She had always wanted a fairy tale wedding and luckily her mum was willing to pay for the dream day, forking out £15k on Lauren and Paul’s wedding. Lauren said: “we hadn’t planned a family so soon and when our daughter was born we were all thrilled.
“Five months later we were getting married in a beautiful church ceremony with friends and family. “Mum looked on proudly as we exchanged vows.
“He told me that he wanted to be with me for ever, i must have been young and naive as I thought everything was going well. Lauren’s mum even came along to their week-long honeymoon in Devon. But, when they returned three weeks later, Paul was like a different person.
She says: “He went out for hours and became protective over his phone”. Not long after, Lauren’s sister discovered saucy texts between Julie and Paul when she borrowed her mum’s phone.
She eventually told a heartbroken Lauren who then confronted the pair. Lauren says: “Mum denied everything, saying, ‘You’re crazy!’ When I confronted Paul he went white as a sheet – and refused to let me see his phone.”
Days later, Paul walked out and Lauren was left heartbroken. Describing her anguish, she says: “I felt like my world had ended. I was a 19-year-old kid with a kid.”
Things moved quickly between Paul and Julie, one minute Lauren heard they had moved in together and the next she spotted her mum walking down the street, cradling a swollen belly.
Lauren says: “When I saw her in the street and noticed she had a bump, my mind raced. She clutched her stomach and told me, ‘It’s a cyst’. I felt so sick, I went home and destroyed all the photos of our wedding.”
“I couldn’t believe the two people I loved and trusted most in the world could betray me like this. It was sick. It’s one of the worst things a mum can do to a daughter.
“Paul may have been a gutless groom but she’s my mum. She’s meant to love and protect me above all others. Instead, she stole my husband, shattering my family and my dreams. For that, I’ll never truly forgive her.”
Lauren applied and obtained a divorce but incredibly, Lauren attended Paul and Julie’s wedding – for the sake of her daughter. She explains how her mum had tried to reach out a few times, once ambushing her in a car and another time writing her a letter, but Lauren couldn’t face it.
On Paul, Lauren says: “I speak to him as he’s married to my mum. I’ve asked him before to explain to our daughter and he just says it’s forgotten about now.”