Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau Introduce Their Two Teenage Daughters on '20/20'
By Antoinette Bueno
With their 10th wedding anniversary coming up in May and two daughters who are now teenagers, infamous former schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau and her one-time student-turned-lover-turned-husband Vili Fualaau have nothing to hide.
The controversial couple recently sat down with Barbara Walters for a 20/20 interview airing tonight on ABC, in which they introduce their two teenage daughters Audrey and Georgia for the first time. The interview is a part of a new series called American Scandal with Barbara Walters on Investigation Discovery, where you can see some of the most famous interviews Walters has ever done.
Audrey was born while Letourneau, now 53, was out on bail in May 1997, and Georgia was born while she was still serving her sentence in 1998. The girls are now older than Vili was when he conceived them -- Vili, now 31, was 13 years old when he began a sexual relationship with Letourneau, who was 34 at the time. She also has four children from her first marriage.
Vili says he now warns his two daughters about having boyfriends.
"The reason for me telling them that was just from, out of experience," he says. “A relationship could lead to something that you think you wanted back then. You don't really want it, maybe, years later."
When asked by Walters what they would say if either of their daughters -- who are actually in the same school district where Letourneau used to teach -- said they were sleeping with their teacher, Vili was adamant in his response.
"I don't support younger kids being married or having a relationship with someone older," he says. "I don't support it."
But Letourneau says the two never had to explain the origins of their relationship to their children.
"There was never a sit-down chat: 'Now is the time we're going to talk to our children about this,'" she says. "They seemed to already know ... because they grew up with it. ... There's just never been a, 'Wow, we better explain.'"
In the candid chat, Vili also admits going through a tough time dealing with the headline-making scandal.
"I'm surprised I'm still alive today," he says. "I went through a really dark time. ... I don't feel like I had the right support, the right help behind me ... from my family, from anyone, in general. I mean, my friends couldn't help me because they had no idea what it was like to be a parent, I mean, because we were all 14, 15."
He was also, of course, forbidden to talk to his now-wife.
"I think the only person that I really ... needed to talk to -- I mean, if they gave me more options or choices to make instead of just saying, 'Oh, you can't talk to her anymore,' and I was like, 'I really do want to talk to her, though,'" Vili recalls.
Still, Letourneau seemingly has no regrets.
"If it wasn't strong enough in the beginning, it wouldn't have carried through those years," she says about their relationship.