Vili Fualaau is reeling over the lack of his former sixth-grade instructor turned ex-wife, Mary Kay Letourneau .

As you may know, the pair infamously began an illegal relationship when he was obviously a student in her course — at just 12 years of age. Mary was sentenced to seven years in jail for child rape; right after she was released, the set got married in 2005 plus Fualaau filed for lawful separation in 2017.

A detailed friend of Vili’ ersus told Individuals that while the particular pair had been broken up for three years, the father associated with two (Letourneau became expecting twice before Fualaau switched 15, despite court purchases aiming to keep them apart, plus welcomed daughters Georgia plus Audrey ) felt like he “ lost a piece of himself” whenever his educator-turned-ex died of malignancy this week.  

According to the insider, Letourneau taken home Fualaau in the loop on her health insurance and the former couple “ still had love for every single other. ” The source said:

“ They didn’ t speak each day, but she would update him on her cancer treatment. At the start, the talk was that she was going to beat it, that even though the prognosis wasn’ t good, that she’ d fight with everything she had, and that she had a go of surviving it. ”

But by June, Letourneau’ s cancer had “ spread so much” that “ she started saying her goodbyes, ” according to the friend.

The source added:

“ She’d talk to Vili or he’d call her to observe how she was doing. The marriage had split up, nevertheless they still had love for every single other. They had children together and he would always say that she was his first love. So needless to say he is sad at losing. He’ s sad for the girls, but he’ s also sad for himself. ”

The friend shared of the former teacher’ s death:

“ He lost a piece of himself. He understands how f**ked up every thing was in how they got together. He’ s maybe not stupid. But he can’ t turn off his feelings completely, and it’ s a big loss for him. He talked to her right before she passed, plus they said everything they had a need to say. ”

The families of Fualaau and Letourneau previously released a statement saying they’ re “ deeply saddened” by her passing. It read:

“ Mary fought tirelessly against this terrible illness. Mary, and all of us, found great strength in having our immediate and extended family members together to join her in this arduous struggle. We did our best to care for Mary and something another as we kept her close and stayed close together… We are endlessly grateful for the care and kindness received from the amazing professionals involved in Mary’ s care. Likewise, the kindness and compassion of friends and others who learned of her condition as you go along proved an uplifting gift to us all… It’s in that spirit that we require privacy and respect for the desire to focus on the road ahead for all of us who make up Mary’ s collective family. We ask that our boundaries and need for privacy be honored with continued kindness and understanding. ”

Our thoughts go out to her nearest and dearest during this difficult time.