Truly, no one can predict what life has in store for any of us. Fair enough, it can be a little funny when things do not turn out the way that we expected them to. Even though we all have to deal with surprises in some way, this man went through something that he could not have expected at all…
A Loving Father
After hearing the news, his tears just would not stop coming. He was in disbelief after listening to what the doctor had to say. He could not believe that he would ever hear such a thing. This man was the father of three, but he just found out that his sons were not his own. But how on earth did such a thing even happen?
Businessman And Millionaire
He was a millionaire and businessman, but this piece of news pretty much marked the end of his happiness. Eventually, he realized that he had been living a lie the entire time. However, he was not going to take it all sitting down. It was time for him to do something about his current situation. But what did he plan to do?
Richard Mason hails from the United Kingdom. It is safe to say that he has seen a lot of success over the course of his life. At the age of 55, he felt ready to bring this up with the woman who did this to him.
Among other things, he is the co-founder of a price comparison website called MoneySupermarket.com. When he was starting his career, he had been married to a woman called Kate. They met in the ‘80s.
The Day Everything Changed
Together, the couple had three sons. Will was the eldest at the age of 23. There were also the twins, Ed and Joel. They are both 19 years old now. However, the marriage started to go downhill back in 2007.
Richard and Kate hit a rough patch and decided to lead lives of their own. Their divorce was made official in 2008. Even though the relationship did not end on good terms, he did regret his decision. As a matter of fact, he knew that this was the right choice.
While the couple decided to split up, Richard did not abandon the boys. He felt determined to give them everything that he could give them. As a matter of fact, Kate ended up getting financial aid worth $5 million from him. Among other things, this money was meant to pay for the schooling of their kids.
Not For Long
Richard said that his ex-wife continued to ask him for more money in the years that have passed. He thought that their marriage was lifeless and terrible, but the boys made up for it. For him, the boys were one of the best things that life has given him.
Richard did not have any idea that there was a surprise that life had in store for him. He and Kate had been divorced for a long time already when he got some shocking piece of news in 2016.
Grasping At Straws
This rich and successful businessman had to go to his doctor for an appointment. Things changed for him by the end of the checkup. Truly, he did not expect that this visit was going to change his entire life.
The visit was only for a checkup. He did not think that this appointment was going to really change his life. It was a standard appointment for Richard, but his entire world got turned upside down when he heard about the results of the tests.
Almost 100% Sure
He took a number of tests. Everything changed when he heard about the results. Richard might have been a happy and successful man, but this news changed it all. His doctor said he had cystic fibrosis!
Looking For Answers
A person suffering from this condition will suffer from long term lung infections. In the future, their lungs will weaken, so they will no longer be able to function at top capacity. This also means that they will have breathing problems later on.
Deny It All
One important thing to know about the condition is that it is genetic. His sister died of it a couple of years before. He began to panic upon hearing the news. After all, he did not want the kids to get it!
However, the doctor would tell him something that would ease his nerves. Apparently, there was no way that he would pass it down to his kids. Richard could not help but feel relieved when he heard this. Sadly, this piece of good news was followed by something that shook him to the core.
Angry And Emotional
The doctor let Richard know that his sons would not inherit it. You might assume that this was good, but the medical professional was not done speaking just yet. After this, he told the patient, “You are infertile because of your condition.” What?
Lack Of Legacy
Richard initially thought that this meant that the boys were medical miracles. There must have been some kind of mistake here. He was confident when he told the doctor that he already had three sons.
Richard was happy because he thought that the doctor got the diagnosis wrong. Surely, this professional simply misdiagnosed him. He felt like there was no other way to explain the situation because he was already the father to three.
Into His Own Hands
However, he began to realize the other possibility as he waited in the clinic. It felt like he had just been slapped in the face! There was one way to explain this situation. But could this man handle the truth?
Always His “Dad”
After hearing the news, Richard started to look back on his past. He thought about Kate and the details of their marriage. The kids did not look like him, but it was the first time that he questioned their paternity. Of course, he felt heartbroken. It soon became replaced by anger. He had to call his ex-wife!
The Consequences Of Her Lies
Richard wanted to get answers to his questions, so he sent her a message. He informed her that he had just visited the Liverpool Chest Hospital. This man did not stop by telling her that he has cystic fibrosis…
The hospital informed Richard that they had never before seen a man with the condition who bore kids. He had three children, which made things even more suspect. Richard told his ex-wife that there was a 98% possibility that the boys were not his biological kids. Kate, however, did not reply to him right away.
An Empty Victory
He tried his best to stay calm and civil, but he did not get an answer from her. After this, he informed his ex-wife that he did not want to do more tests than he had to. Despite this, Kate still did not cooperate.
Richard knew that it was time to take things into his own hands. If she answered his questions, he was fine with letting her pick how to tell the kids. However, he was going to tell them the truth if she did not.
After this, Kate reassured him and said that the children were his. Even though he had no idea what to think about this, he knew that she was simply lying. It was a mistake for her to do such a thing. If she wanted to play a game, he was not going to back down.
Richard then spoke to Will, their eldest son, and explained the whole thing. The young man was calm even when he heard the truth. After his father said that he was suffering from cystic fibrosis, Will did not have a huge reaction to the piece of news.
Richard then told Will that there was a very low chance for someone with cystic fibrosis to bear kids. The young man figured out what this meant in no time at all. Will knew that Richard could not be his father.
Richard was truly heartbroken to hear that he was not the biological father of his sons. It was hard for him to talk about this, but it was a good thing that Will was understanding. The young man even told Richard that things were not going to change between them. They would always be father and son!
Richard felt very emotional to hear this. However, he was full of anger too. After all, he received two terrible pieces of news. We could see why he had a hard time dealing with the situation. Richard always thought that kids define you as a person, so it was a particularly difficult pill for him to swallow.
Not only did he find out that he had a terrible disease, but he also learned that he was unable to have kids. There was no way for him to leave such a legacy. For a man like him, it was the worst thing ever.
Will then confronted Kate, his mother, about what he just learned. Two days after she got Richard’s message, she finally responded. She called Richard to explain what happened in the past. She decided to come clean at last. Richard soon learned that she had been seeing someone else during their marriage.
Can you believe that Richard actually met the man in the past? The real father was an employee at a Barclays Bank. This guy used to meet up with Kate at a hotel in London when she went on business trips.
Even though Kate confessed that she had an affair, she refused to acknowledge the fact that Richard was not the real dad of the boys. He could not help but feel helpless, so he asked experts for help. Roger Terrell was the name of the paternity fraud expert that he got in touch with. He hoped that this professional would help him set the record straight.
Richard took a number of tests, and they all confirmed that he was infertile. When this much was clear, he wanted to get DNA samples from the boys to cement that this was the case. In the end, the tests said that he was not related to the twins by blood.
However, Will was not willing to hand over a sample of his DNA. He said that Richard was his dad, and that was that. It did not matter whose blood runs through him. Despite this, Richard still managed to legally take action against his ex-wife.
It was in December 2016 that the trial against her at the Birmingham County Court started. Sadly, Will told Richard that he would never speak to him again if he continued with this course of action.
An Empty Victory
Will was not lying when he made his threat and refuses to budge. It was devastating for Richard because he lost his son to Kate’s lies. The twins, however, chose to take a different approach to the situation.
Need To Know
The twins continue to think of him as their dad even though they do not have the same blood in their veins. One of them even sent Richard a lovely message. He assured Richard that they would always have each other despite everything. According to the young man, he did not plan to leave Richard behind.
Not Giving Up
In the message, the young man said that Richard was always going to be his father no matter what. He promised that they would stay in contact despite everything that has happened. On top of this, the young man said that he would always love Richard and be there for him.
Still His Sons
All the lies were exposed in court. Richard ended up winning the case, and Kate was ordered to pay him a fine of $300,000. She chose to settle but only on the condition that the identity of the real father of the boys would not be released.
This made Richard feel like he attained an empty victory. There were many things that he hoped to tell the birth dad of the boys. He hoped that the man would hear about it and reveal himself.
Richard said this because he thought that the boys deserved to meet their biological dad. Of course, he hopes that the boys will always consider him their dad. However, he thinks that it is important for them to meet their real father as well.
Despite everything that he has gone through, Richard refuses to simply give in. He was determined to find the real dad of his sons. He even put up a reward of £5,000 if anyone could help him find the man.
Breaking The Silence
Richard was doing this because the man had no financial contribution at all. Despite this, he did say that he continues to think of the boys as his own children. He also said that he missed them very much.
As the case went on, it was revealed that Mrs. Mason had a sudden interest in Judaism when she had been pregnant. As a matter of fact, she wanted the boys to have Jewish middle names. Richard believed that this was going to be useful in his quest to track down the biological father of the boys.
Richard felt like he was in the movie The Matrix. He had a hard time identifying which was real and which was not. Just like that, the whole world was no longer the same. He always thought of himself as a dad until he found out that he could not have children. To him, it felt like he had no legacy.
The Real Reason
Richard said that it was hard to watch his sons from afar. It felt like everything important has been taken away from him. He loves the boys with his entire heart, but he needed to see Kate own up to her lies.
When they divorced, he was ordered by the court to pay her a settlement of £4 million. He said that he chose to sue because she had lied to everyone for years. He wanted the boys to have a good role model.
Richard has described the boys to be very smart. He remains hopeful that they would see why he did what he did. The statement below was released a few days after one of the twins talked to the press.
Joel is one of the twins. He called Richard manipulative. On live TV, Richard pleaded with the boys to get in touch with him. However, the boys were not warned that this would happen. It was hard for them not to feel betrayed by what Richard did.
Holding Back Tears
Joel confessed that he had no plan of finding out who his biological father really is. Fortunately, both he and his mother have been able to maintain their relationship, regardless of what else was going on. Joel further explained, “It didn’t hurt me because he hadn’t been my dad for a few years”.
“I felt nothing. I haven’t asked mum who our real dad is, I’m sure she’d tell me but I don’t want to know.” He further added that Richard and himself have not been in contact for quite some time. However, he did also say that they were not “estranged”. What exactly does that mean?
Joel was unable to clarify as to why Richard was so desperate to know who their biological father is. In view of the fact that all three boys were not exactly phased by the whole situation, so what was the reasoning as to why Joel did not want to communicate with Richard? “I haven’t been speaking to him for several years because of his behavior.”
He continued to say this, “He’s a very manipulative man, not the kind of person you want to be with. I started noticing this when I was 15. But he’s still my dad and I’m not going to look for my real one.” Joel still had one very worrying question for Richard…
His twin brother, Ed was the only one out of the three that was on good terms with Richard and was also in contact with him. Joel then asked this question, “He’s known for two years that he’s not our real dad so why do all this now?” Richard then decided that he was going to broadcast his opinions which is then when some really firm claims were made…
“Boys, I haven’t done anything wrong at all. I love you and my door’s always open. I’ve got the kettle waiting to go on, a six-pack of beer, just come round, you’ll get the biggest hug ever. Let’s cry, let’s just hug, let’s just get back to where we were before.” This was only part of what was said on television…
And that was nowhere near the end of it, Richard had a lot more to say. “And just have a word with your mum, tell her to stop being so daft.” Richard later expressed how when the news was revealed he was so furious that he actually wanted to “get a hammer”. Oh no, by the looks of things this might not end so good…
Naturally, he was very emotional as this was an extremely sensitive issue for him. It was not long before Richard was brought to tears as he said, “When something like that happens to you, you suddenly feel this betrayal, this bitterness and sort of anger you can’t explain. I’m still their dad.” He was not done, there was a lot more on his mind that he wanted to express…
“Rather than get a hammer and go and confront her, I thought ‘what can I do? We’re a civilized country’.” He was not done just yet as Richard went on to say, “I’ve always taught them to be straight forward and honest.”
“What you should do is go to law. It was like being hit by a hammer. It was like the world had just fallen away.” “I felt like, on the one hand, I’d just been told I had a terminal illness, on the other, finding out the boys weren’t mine was just very, very hard.” Wow, it seemed as though things were getting quite heated.
It eventually came out that Richard was just so crushed that when he heard the news he wanted to end his life. He then went on to say, “Imagine being told you are going to die and your three sons are not your own – my life fell apart.” So much more was finally being exposed…
Richard continued to describe how his new wife, Emma was assisting him with moving past the trauma he had been through. Sadly, Emma cannot have children as she had some trouble of her own, she had previously battled cancer. But Richard said that that was not going to stop his love for Emma and the way he so strongly felt for her. He said, “she is my soulmate, and has got me through all this trauma.”
If you think that’s the end of it all, think again…Richard had also found out that he had cystic fibrosis. This was after his wife, Emma had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Needless to say, the couple was completely devasted, especially as they were both hoping and praying that they could have a baby of their own.
Sadly for Emma, she needed to undergo both radiation and chemotherapy treatments, which were extremely exhausting both emotionally and physically. Only after this process was she able to then go through with having a mastectomy. Emma also found out that she needed to endure yet another surgery as she has an “aggressive genetic cancer.”
As Richard told his story on TV, Emma was right next to supporting him throughout it all. Emma explained exactly how she felt that his behavior and actions towards the whole situation were completely valid. Emma said, “You just can’t get away with no consequences. All Richard did was give her a legal and financial thump in the stomach.”
Emma, being the supportive wife that she is continued to explain that she felt that the boys really needed to work on communicating again, and perhaps consider spending time with their dad, especially for the “years we have left.” Despite that, the boys did not seem so eager about everything especially after the events that had taken place up until now…
No Changing Their Minds
Even after what had happened, the boys were still not convinced by the emotional and touching words that were expressed by Emma and Richard. For those who are unaware, Cystic fibrosis is a disease that is passed on through genetics and directly affects the lungs and digestive tract and functioning.
Furthermore, the disease leads to a build-up of phlegm in the lung cavities along with other organs. Additionally, it can cause other major diseases such as diabetes and liver disease. Unfortunately, Cystic fibrosis can also cause a shorter life span for many individuals. However, it does affect each person differently.
The good part about it is that the disease is treatable, which means that one can live with it and manage it effectively all while improving their quality of life. However, as a precautionary measure, a treatment method that includes antibiotics are introduced regularly. Additionally, various other safety measures are encouraged such as washing hands on a regular basis.
But, there are also various other ways to try and reduce infections and the rate at which people are contracting diseases. Some of the main methods include receiving the annual flu shot, steering clear of people who are sick and maybe highly contagious such as the common cold as well as not smoking and or avoiding second hand smoke.