A guy who tied the knot with his mother-in-law four years after he and his initial wife finalised their divorce has described his 30 year affair with his new wife as “magic.”
65-year-old Clive Blunden first met his wife, 77-year-old Brenda when he was married to her daughter Irene in 1977, the Mirror reports.
Clive and Irene had two children together, Sarah and Tanya and got divorced in 1985.
Four years on, Clive and Brenda began seeing each other secretly after they “ended up kissing” after going for a drink.
They both stated they “fell in love” immediately and people expected the relationship “wouldn’t last”, but Brenda and Clive still say there’s “magic” to their relationship after 30 years being together.
Clive told the Mirror: “People thought we wouldn’t last but we are stronger than ever.
“We’re together 24/7 and there’s a magic to it.”
Brenda also said: “We fell in love, One night, he took me for a drink and we ended up kissing.
“Clive is a gentleman and he looks after me. I can get a bit argumentative but he quietens me down.”
Brenda and Clive have been partners for 30 years but have been married for only 13 as it had previously been illegal for a person to get married to their mother-in-law.
Clive first proposed in 1997, but only a few days after they put their arrived at the register office in their hometown of Warrington, Cheshire, Clive was arrested.
He was informed there was a legal consequence to marrying his mother-in-law and warned he could be put in prison for up to seven years if they went ahead with it.
They both thought they could get married because Brenda’s first husband, Richard, had died and Irene was now remarried.
Clive went on to campaign for the 500-year-old law to be altered as he believed they were being “stopped unfairly” and “wanted to change it”.
And 10 years on, a European court ruled a ban on in-laws marrying was a violation of human rights, and Clive and Brenda were free to marry.