Dad learns sons were not his after 21 years – and he'd been infertile since birth

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Millionaire MoneySupermarket.com co-founder Richard Mason had no idea he wasn’t the boys’ biological dad until he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis
Richard Mason discovered his three sons couldn’t possible be his(Image: Facebook)

A devoted dad has discovered the three sons he had raised for more than 20 years were not his when doctors told him he had been infertile since birth.

Now Richard Mason’s ex-wife has been ordered to pay him £250,000 to him but is allowed her to keep the identity of the real father a secret.

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Devastated Mr Mason had no idea he wasn’t the boys’ biological dad until two years ago when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

The inherited disease prevents male sufferers from fathering children naturally and DNA tests confirmed beyond doubt that he had no biological link to his eldest son, now 23, and his 19-year-old twins.

Mr Mason believes that the same man fathered all three boys during an on/off four-year affair his wife Kate, 54, embarked on in the late 1990s.

But she only confessed to the adultery in 2016, ten years on from their divorce, when he confronted her about the children’s paternity.

It is not known if Mrs Mason’s former lover is aware he is the real father.

Devastated Mr Mason had no idea he wasn’t the boys’ biological dad until two years ago when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis(Image: Facebook)
DNA tests confirmed beyond doubt that he had no biological link to his eldest son, now 23, and his 19-year-old twins(Image: Liverpool Echo)

The case, reported in the Mail on Sunday today, came to light when Mr Mason launched a legal bid to claw back some of the £4 million divorce settlement his wife received, as well as suing her for paternity fraud.

As a result, two of the boys have since broken off contact with him.

Mr Mason, now happily remarried to Emma, launched a legal bid to claw back some of the £4 million divorce settlement from his wife(Image: North Wales Live WS)

Last night, Mr Mason, 55, a co-founder of internet comparison site MoneySupermarket.com, said that discovering the boys were not his own left his life in pieces.

“You don’t know what’s real and what isn’t – it’s as if I’m living in The Matrix,” he said

His solicitor Roger Terrell said: “We understand that it’s a legal first because there has never been a divorce financial settlement set aside in such emotive circumstances.”

How I lost my legs to husband beating – Woman

One Riskat Abdulsalam, a mother of two, on Thursday asked a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage with her husband, Taiwo Abdulsalam for wife battering.

Narrating her ordeal, Riskat who lived at Bodija area of Ibadan, said that her husband had become so used to beating her to the extent that he rendered her incapacitated as she could no longer walk.

NAN quoted her as saying, “Taiwo has subjected me to untold physical, psychological and emotional torture and the latest is the reason why I chose to part ways with him.

“After I left his home on Sept. 8 2017, he met me at Molete area where he violently pushed me into a ditch and I lost my two legs to that singular push.

“Medical doctors told me that I might never be able to use my legs to walk normally again and that is why am on clutches now.

“Taiwo beats me every now and then on simple matters and even starved the children and I of food.

“Whether he is responsible or not, I pray this honourable court to give me custody of the two children, because he has not got what it takes to cater for them.”

The respondent, who accepted the divorce suit, however, denied all the allegations levelled against him.

Taiwo, a businessman, said that his wife lacked patience, adding that she was the sole cause of her predicament.

“My lord, Riskat is not ready to endure with me in any bad situation. Whenever there is little or nothing, she comes with her problems.

“However, I give her more than enough anytime I am buoyant, including the children.

“In fact, I have pleaded with her over and over not to leave me, but Riskat cursed herself that she would prefer to be afflicted with tragedy than to come back to my house.

“I even invited some Islamic clerics to intervene, but she remained adamant,” Taiwo explained.

Chief Ademola Odunade, President of the court, advised the duo to consider the implication of their action on their children by allowing peace to prevail.

Odunade adjourned the case till Aug. 16 for judgment.