Everybody has a past—but would you ever date someone knowing they're already married? What if they've been married five times?
43-year-old Wayne Harper was in a relationship with Emily Horne, considered Britain's worst female bigamist, despite knowing she's already been married five times. However, he broke things off after 18 months when he found out she was cheating on him.
In a recent interview with The Sun, Harper revealed that they first met 13 years ago at a hospital, with Emily in for a minor operation, while he was recovering from a cycling accident.
He later learned his new girlfriend at that time had already said "I do" to five different men, but still stood by her. Wayne drew the line when he grew suspicious of cheating.
"I split up with her, it was my doing because I found out she was cheating on me," Wayne told The Sun. "I was only with her for 18 months and it was not a happy ending. I have nothing left of her in my life, no picture, nothing."
Emily, an ex-adult movie star, moved in with Wayne's family after she was discharged. According to the man's father, Dennis Harper, Emily lived with them for six months.
"She seemed quite intelligent but could be a bit odd at times and got depressed. They were together for a year or more but my son ended the relationship before the s**t hit the fan and he found her going with other blokes," the father said.
'I'm standing by her'
According to Wayne, Emily told him about being a bigamist a couple of weeks after they met. He still stood by her in spite of this.
"I was a bit shocked when she told me she was married to five men," he said. "She also told me she'd done adult movies and I was a bit stunned about that. But I can understand why she didn't want to tell me the whole gory details."
"I'm standing by her. She is good looking, slim, sexy, and intelligent—what more could a man ask for?"
During their hospital courtship, Emily said she couldn't have been a seductress due to the state they were both in and knew that there was a possibility of becoming part of Wayne's life.
"I told him, 'I've got a past that is going to make you run!' But Wayne accepts everybody has a past," she said.
Emily's string of relationships
Emily has been convicted of bigamy twice and has been jailed and suspended over it. She never legally divorced any of the men she married.
When she was 18, she married Paul Rigby in 1996 but split up after three months. Marriage number two came three years later with Sean Cunningham. She later left him for his friend, Simon Thorpe, who gave her away at their wedding.
While she was engaged for the third time, Emily married two other men, Chris Barrett and James Matthews.
She also began working as an adult model and was exposed of bigamy when husband number four called the cops on her. When she got out of jail, she married salesman Ashley Baker in May 2007, and as they were going on their honeymoon in Scotland, she confessed her previous marriages. He stood by her for another 10 months.
Later, she met IT worker Stuart and agreed to marry him in 2010. Emily, however, left the country to marry US policeman Fred Miller, but a few days after their honeymoon, the relationship ended.
The bigamist married her seventh husband Craig Hadwin in Scotland after meeting him on a dating website. Addicted to sleeping pills, Emily would dress up as a man and pose as Craig to get prescription drugs.