In the hot seat. Controversial couple Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau gushed about their daughters like other parents would during Barbara Walters’ 20/20 special on Friday, April 10. They joked about their different parenting skills, and even answered that one burning question: How would they react if their children were romanced by a much older teacher?
Letourneau, of course, famously began an affair with Fualaau when he was her sixth grade student in 1996. After serving jail time, the couple wed in 2005 and continue to reside in Seattle with their daughters Audrey, 17, and Georgia, 16.
“Probably why I was so excited to be married was knowing what a good father he was,” Letourneau, 53, said. Fualaau, 31, added: “She’s a very good mom. Couldn’t be happier to have her as the mother to my children. She’s very good with them.”
Indeed, despite the couple’s scandalous past, the family of four appear to be very close. Audrey and Georgia are in their school’s choir, and they are close to Letourneau’s four older children, whom she had with ex-husband Steve. “When we were first married they were very involved in our home. They had rooms and all of our holidays were always together,” Letourneau said. “They are very close to our girls.”
In addition, Letourneau said that Audrey and Georgia’s peers have never teased them and that they actually attend the same school district where she once worked.
During the interview, Letourneau and Fualaau also discussed how they discipline their teen daughters. “When the girls get in trouble, I wouldn’t handle it they way she would,” Fualaau said. “It will be a two-hour talk. I’ll be sitting there thinking, ‘When will this be over!’ A lot of the time I’ll give her a hard time about it but actually [it] works in the end.”
Letourneau laughed: “He told them a few years ago they are not permitted to have a boyfriend.”
Walters was taken aback by the comment, based on the couple’s unconventional relationship. But they surprisingly agreed on one thing — how they would react if one of their daughters began a relationship with a teacher.
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“‘What?'” Fualaau exclaimed, imagining exactly what he would say. “I think it would be the same reaction that any parent would have if they said I’m sleeping with my teacher.” Letourneau added, in a more serious tone: “There wouldn’t be something going on behind my back that I don’t know about.”
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