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Friday, 30 December 2011

Man, 99, dumps wife over 70-year-old affair


A 99-YEAR-old man is set to unofficially enter the record books after filing for divorce from his wife of 77 years in Rome this week.

The man, known in court papers only as Antonio C, is divorcing his wife Rosa C, 96, over an affair she had in the 1940s.

The affair went undiscovered for more than 50 years until Antonio was browsing through a chest of drawers at the couple’s home just days before Christmas, the Daily Mail reported.

According to lawyers he uncovered a trove of Rosa's love letters dating back to the affair which occurred about ten years after they were married.

Antonio immediately demanded a divorce after a regretful Rosa came clean about the affair.

Although more than half a century has passed since the infidelity, and they had five children and a dozen grandchildren together, Antonio was determined to call it quits.

According to divorce papers, the marriage had already had its share of difficulty with a split ten years ago when Antonio briefly left the house to stay with his son.

The Italian press have attributed the separation to the couple's southern blood – he is originally from Olbia in Sardinia, while his wife was born in Naples.

They met when Antonio was posted to Naples as a young carabinieri officer in the 1930s.

Previously the previous oldest couple to divorce were UK couple Bertie and Jessie Wood, both aged 98, who cut short their 36-year marriage in 2009 when they were both two years away from their 100th birthdays.
Antonio C, 99 years of age, Italian, divorcing his wife of 77 years over infidelity

Antonio C met his wife back in the 1930’s when he was a young Carabineer Officer assigned to Naples and Mussolini. Antonio would later ask Rosa to be his bride. Rosa accepted and they have been married for 77 years.

While cleaning out a chest of drawers just before Christmas, Antonio stumbled upon what would be old love letters, dating back to 1940′s from Rosa’s forbidden lover. Angry and upset, Antonio confronted Rosa about the details of the love letters between her and her alleged lover. Rosa confessed and begged for Antonio’s forgiveness.

Heartbroken and feeling betrayed Antonio has filed for divorce after five children, a dozen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

If Antonio decides to go through with the divorce, they will be the oldest couple in history to divorce at ages, 99 and 96, respectively.

Should the courts deny the petition for divorce on the grounds that Rosa C. has proven to be a good wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother for 70 years?

Antonio, Antonio, can you truly walk away from the only life you’ve known for 70+ years? While I don’t condone infidelity, surely Rosita has proven herself to be worthy of your love.

Antonio! Give Rosita another chance and don’t break up your marriage over something that happened a lifetime ago.


Anonymous said...

Hi Rosita,bring Antonio to Phuket Thailand for a week,let him test young crab legs and tropical punchy (< from Sanskrit Pancha = five ingredients drink),may be Antonio will forgive your sin!
Then come to Angkor,have Khmer monk make magic potion for both of you,it help erase all bad memory and you can enjoy your great-grand kids.

Asian tour promoter.

Anonymous said...

To the above comment,

You're heartless and don't know what is love. Hope you'll feel the same scenario.

Anonymous said...

2 January 2012 5:16 AM

You're may be right that the 1st commentator is heartless and doesn't know what love is. But was it not a false love or love outside marriage that Rosita had for another man half a century ago that caused this heartache for Antonio? Infidelity or lust if one wants to use a different name to distinguish different type of the same activity dictates by the same mechanism of excess sex hormones. The point is they all are old now and Rosita has begged for forgiveness. May be a good vacation, church going or temple visiting might alleviate such pain for Antonio.Forgive her to reflect the unconditioned of God's love and spared the pains onto the offspring.