I wanted to end the secrets and lies & # 39 ;: Money Supermarket magnate who told me how his wife led him to faithful sons over the course of 21 years, includes critics in him & # 39; narcissist & # 39; calling it because he had brought boys through a trauma of seeing my mother's charges
- Richard Mason, 55, discovered in 2016 that he could not be the boy father
- He continued his ex-wife Kate for paternity fraud and won £ 250,000 out of court
- He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which makes 98% of male patients infertile
Nick Craven for The Mail on Sunday
The businessman who was misled by his ex-wife to believe that he was the father of three sons for 21 years, has defended himself against critics.
The Mail on Sunday last week broke the exclusive story of how Richard Mason, 55, discovered in 2016 that he could not be the boy father when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, making 98 percent of male patients infertile.
He continued his ex-wife Kate for paternity fraud and won a $ 250,000 settlement in November.
After our story was picked up by hundreds of newspapers and other media around the world, some commentators accused Mr. Mason of & # 39; Narcissistic & # 39; and & # 39; selfish & # 39; to be and to have little regard for his sons.
Richard and ex-wife Kate with the children Willem in the middle and a twins Joel and Edward in red
Mr. Mason has openly admitted that his wounded man was proud of the deception of his concerns for the boys. when he decided to go public.
But Moneysupermarket.com's co-founder of Moneysupermarket.com said last night that he would not have taken legal action or would not be public if the three were still children, but that because they were adults, he hoped they would eventually understand .
Asked if the blow of his pride after being misled had exceeded his concern about the well-being of the boys, he confessed: "It may not be the answer you want to hear, but yes, I think it did happen. .
& # 39; However, neither to launch the case nor to go public, were steps that I undertook without thinking about it. To begin with, the boys are now adults and if they were children I had not spoken to The Mail or other media on Sunday.
Richard Mason and his new wife Emma. he arranged outside the court with his ex for £ 250,000
& # 39; I deliberately did not mention the boys in the story last week and I made sure that all published photos were published at least ten years ago.
& # 39; But I also wanted to be honest and end all secrets and lies. They are very clever guys and because of the way I cheer them up to do the right thing, I hoped that they would understand – now grown-ups – that I had to make that decision. & # 39;
Mr. Mason insisted that he would show the boys, William, 23 and 19-year-old twins, Joel and Edward, a better example than his ex-wife Kate, 54, who had lied to them from the father all their lives. & # 39; The boys have heard their mother lie for years and years, whether it is the affair or their fatherhood, & # 39; he said.
I wanted to give them a better role model. & # 39;
He pointed out that it was vitally important to prove whether or not he was the father because of the nature of cystic fibrosis, a condition that dramatically limits the lives of sufferers.
& # 39; I have a genetic disease and until two months ago my ex-wife insisted that the boys were biologically involved with me, which made them carriers, or possibly even patients with cystic fibrosis, & # 39; he said.
Mr. Mason's remarks came after Joel accused his father of & manipulation & # 39; to be. The nineteen-year-old student added that he did not share Mr Mason's desire to know the identity of his biological father.
In response, Mr. Mason said: "Every parent of a teenager will know that you get a different opinion from them, depending on your question in the morning, afternoon and evening.
"Joel is a cheeky sniper and I sent him a message to tell him. When the dust has settled, I am confident and the boys will get our relationship back on track. & # 39;
Kate Mason declined to comment.