The family of an 81-year-old former preacher who left his 27-year-old Romanian toy boy husband over £ 250,000 accused his young lover of being a ‘prospector’ who wanted to rob him from the moment they met. “
Philip Clements, a retired minister of the Church of England, died alone on May 31 in a hospital room in Bucharest that was closed to visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Widow Florin Marin – who is 54 years younger than his husband – said he was upset after Mr. Clements passed away, but two days of mourning is “enough” and the late his husband doesn’t want him to be sad.
Instead, he now looks forward to enjoying £ 150,000 on life insurance, a £ 100,000 house that was credited to him before Clements died, and a pension of £ 2,000 a month for life.
In contrast, Phillips younger brother Anthony left behind two ‘favorite family photos’.
Unlike the £ 150,000 widow, Florin Marin will receive a life insurance policy, a £ 100,000 house that was credited to him before Mr Clements died, and received a pension of £ 2,000 a month for life – Phillips brother Anthony two favorite photos of the family (photo)
Florin Marin, a 27-year-old Romanian model, has revealed that his 81-year-old British husband – retired pastor Philip Clements – has passed away and will now inherit his legacy
Mr. Clements, 71, hit back at Mr. Marin and told MailOnline that all he wanted from his relationship with Phillip was money.
“I have often said this to my brother. Florin is nothing but a prospector who wanted to rob my brother from the moment they met. And now he has what he wanted.
“The man is a disgrace. I have often expressed my feelings to Anthony. What happened is self-explanatory. Florin cashed in and did very well with my brother. ‘
Mr. Clements, a retired postman, added, “The whole family feels the same. I also talked to my other brother Brian about it, and he’s also not happy with the way Florin took advantage of Phillip.
“We would inherit Philip’s estate, but now it’s all gone to Florin. But it’s not about the money, because I prefer my brother to be alive. What angers us is the way he was treated by his husband. ‘
A favorite family photo of Anthony Clements, 71, brother of deceased former vicar Philip Clements, pictured with his brothers on their mother’s 90th birthday, Dover, Kent
Mr. Clements revealed that he was arguing with Phillip shortly after starting his relationship with Florin. He said he last spoke to him four years ago when he came to visit him after the two had temporarily split up.
He said, “They were always fighting and broke up. About four years ago, I went to comfort Philip because he was confused. I supported him because of that, but I also told him that Florin was not good for him.
“But he wasn’t listening. Philip was a very intelligent man, but not very street-wise and it was easy to pull the wool over his eyes and take advantage of him. I could see what was going on, but unfortunately he couldn’t. ‘
Mr. Clements said he had been informed of his brother’s death on a phone call from Florin on Sunday evening.
He said, “I had never spoken to Florin before because I was not happy with his relationship with my brother. I was too upset to say something to him on Sunday evening, but if I get the chance again, I will. I want him to know how I feel. ‘
In the photo: Anthony Clements, Phillip’s brother, who died alone on May 31 in a hospital room in Bucharest that was closed to visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Clements added that Florin then called him again on Monday evening and told him Philip had left him two of his favorite photos.
He smoked, “Florin told me he was going to send them to me. I didn’t have a long conversation with him because I don’t like him and I’m not happy with what he did. ‘
During the conversation, he was also told that once Philip’s funeral takes place in Romania, his ashes will be dispersed in a lake in Bucharest that he liked to visit.
Philip was the oldest of three brothers raised in the village of Shepherds Well in Kent. Mr. Clements, who has four adult children and 15 grandchildren, revealed that he and the rest of the family were aware of his sexuality while still a practicing minister.
He added, “It never bothered me and it wasn’t something we talked about as a family. We are very open-minded people and like him were happy with Philip. My grandchildren loved him. It is just a pity that he never found a good, honest relationship. ‘
Mr. Clements revealed that after Philip sold his Eastry, Kent home, he was so concerned that he was abusing it financially that he reported the case to the police.
“Most of the money just disappeared and you can guess where it went. The police said I had to provide evidence and that there was nothing they could do because my brother had common sense.
“But I was concerned about what was going on from the moment he got to Florin,” he added.
Rhona partner Rhona, 66, who has been with him for 24 years, said: “Philip was a nice man and the whole family will miss him. Unfortunately, we cannot go to his funeral and are not interested in talking to Florin. ‘
Mr. Marin (right) said that Mr. Clements (left) contracted a fever last month after running out of medication during the coronavirus lock before being taken to hospital. He tested negative for COVID, but died overnight on May 31
Philip Clements, a retired pastor of the Church of England, died overnight on May 31 in a hospital room that was closed to visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Widow Florin Marin – who is 54 years younger than his husband – said he was upset after Mr. Clements died, but two days of mourning is “enough” and the late his husband doesn’t want him to be sad.
Instead, he now looks forward to enjoying £ 150,000 on life insurance, a £ 100,000 house that was credited to him before Mr Clements died, and a pension of £ 2,000 a month for life .
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Mr. Florin (left) said he cried “two days” at the death of Mr. Clements (right), but “that’s enough” and he is now determined to move on with his life and enjoy the legacy that it has been given to him
Mr Marin said that he would declare exactly what he received in the will, and that he would receive £ 150,000 from life insurance, a £ 100,000 apartment in Bucharest to his name and a £ 2,000 life-long British pension – unless he remarries
Florin revealed how Mister Clements had become ill during the coronavirus blockage after not being able to visit his GP in the UK and being out of medication.
He emphasizes that Clements refused to go to the hospital for several days – he developed a fever and became disoriented – before insisting on taking the older man himself.
Once in the hospital, Florin said he was separated from his husband because he was placed in a quarantine ward of the coroan virus for fear of having the disease.
The tests came back negative, and Mr. Clements was transferred to a heart ward instead, but fell into a coma and received life support.
Florin said he received a call from the hospital at around midnight on May 31 to confirm that his husband had died.
“People will think I’m a widow with a black hat crying, and I did cry, but two days is enough,” Mr Marin revealed in an interview with Mail Online that took place from his £ 100,000 Bucharest home that Mr Bought Clements and put it to his name.
“Philip didn’t want me to cry, he wanted people to be happy no matter what.
“I don’t want to show people my feelings because my husband died, because some people take advantage of that and there are people who are happy because of your grief,” he added.
“I’m 27 years old and I’m not challenged.”
Mr Marin will enjoy a British widower’s pension of £ 2,000 for the rest of his life, unless he remarries.
“He was my husband and this is my right,” he said.
Mr Marin also gets £ 10,000 from life insurance to organize a funeral, but said it will be a simple ceremony with no wake or party – and Mr Clements’ ashes will be scattered in a park in accordance with his will.
In addition, Mr Marin will receive approximately £ 150,000 from Mr Clements’ life insurance policy.
Mr Marin also revealed that he will receive £ 10,000 to arrange a funeral – but in accordance with Mr Clements’ wishes, he will spread his ashes in a park without a wake or a party
Mr. Clements (left and right) lived and worked as a pastor before meeting Mr. Marin on dating site Gaydar four years ago when he decided to leave his past life and move to Bucharest so they could be together
Mr. Clements is depicted among the crowds meeting Prince Charles in a glimpse of his life before moving to Romania
Left behind at a gay pride parade and home, Mr. Clements briefly separated from Florin after disapproving of his nightly club visits and rumored affair with a man named Jesus, but the pair eventually reconciled
They lived together in an exclusive community called Cosmopolis (photo) on the outskirts of the Romanian capital
“My dear people, it is not my fault that I left this money,” said the 27-year-old.
He added that the amount was “not that big, it’s not like saying wow, it’s one or two million pounds.”
Mr. Marin says he will “always remember Philip” but has not ruled out future relationships.
The couple met on the online dating site Gaydar and married in Kent three years ago, but their relationship had not been easy.
They experienced turbulence early on when Mr. Clements tried to live in Bucharest.
Rows about Mr. Marin going out until the early hours and an alleged affair with a Spaniard named Jesús saw the former preacher return to England after only a few months, despite selling his house to live in the Romanian capital.
However, they were able to keep their romance alive with Whatsapp messages while Mr Marin went to work in Spain.
The couple reconciled in March this year after the ex-vicar said he was happy that Mr Marin was visiting gay clubs on weekends with people his own age.
Mr. Clements is pictured on the left in his previous life as a priest. Shown to the right is a book he wrote about his struggle with depression
Early in their relationship, Mr. Florin lived and worked in the UK, but as their relationship progressed they split their time between the UK, Spain and Romania before settling in Bucharest
Mr. Clements fell ill during coronavirus blockage after running low on medication and initially refused to go to hospital (photo left not long before he died), but was eventually taken there by Florin (photo right in ward) where he was brought in isolation before death
Florin (right) says that his husband didn’t want people to be sad when he died, but that he would move on and enjoy life – which is exactly what he plans to do. He has not excluded future relationships, but does not intend to remarry
Mr. Clements had used his church and his educational pension to help pay the cost of living in their two-room apartment in Bucharest before he fell ill.
Mr. Marin had previously said he wanted to be Mr. Clements’ healthcare provider and didn’t mind the negative opinions people might have.
During the interview, Mr. Marin recalled the last days he spent with his husband.
He said that Clements suffered from a number of health problems and was unable to see his GP in the UK due to lockdown measures to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
Disruptions caused by the outbreak also prevented him from receiving his medication from the UK, which may have worsened his condition, Mr Marin said.
He began to worry about his husband’s health after developing a 40-degree fever.
“I thought it could be Covid-19, but I said immediately, no, because we don’t go out, we don’t meet people. We stayed on the balcony with the mask. ‘
Mr. Marin called an ambulance who rushed Mr. Clements to Elias Hospital in Bucharest.
“The last thing I saw of him was when he was removed from the ambulance,” said Mr. Marin, who was not allowed to come because of the restrictions imposed to curb the pandemic.
He handed the nurses a letter to give to Mr. Clements and “told him that everyone who loved him in England prayed for him and that the cat was all right and missed him.
“I told him I loved him and everything would be okay, but I don’t know if he read the letter.”
Mr. Clements is cremated and his ashes are spread in “a park with a lake in Bucharest,” as stated in his will.
Philip Clements and Florin Marin on their wedding day three years ago in Kent. After a breakup, the couple reconciled in Bucharest earlier this year, but Mr Clements has now died after a period of ill health
Clements and Mr Marin are pictured on their wedding day in Kent before moving to the Romanian capital, Bucharest
Mr Clements (right) sold his house in Kent for £ 214,750 before moving to Romania and buying a flat in Bucharest. He returned to England shortly afterwards as the couple experienced turbulence in their relationship, but Mr Clements says they have now reached an agreement and are living together again
Mr. Clements (left) is pictured meeting Princess Anne (right) during his past life as a priest before meeting Mr. Marin
“He didn’t want people to be sad, but to be happy, to be themselves,” added Mr. Marin.
Mr. Clements requested a private funeral attended only by his widower and a handful of relatives and friends, as well as a simple religious ceremony in his memory.
Mr. Marin said he will find an Anglican priest to lead the ceremony, as opposed to an Orthodox priest from the socially conservative and anti-gay marriage Romanian Church.
He said that he kept Mr Clements’ British family and friends regularly informed of his husband’s ill health.
Although Marin was rejected by one of the brothers, he said he is willing to “forgive what happened in the past” for the sake of his husband.