A British father-of-two has dumped his wife after falling in love with a 22-year-old Ukrainian refugee who came to live with them to escape the war in her country.
According to Mail Online, Tony Garnett, 29, and his partner Lorna, 28, took in Sofiia Karkadym at the start of May, but just 10 days later their seemingly-happy marriage packed up when he ran away with the refugee.
The security guard, who lives in Bradford disclosed that he has fallen in love with the 22-year-old and wants to spend the rest of his life with her.
Sofiia, who fled the city of Lviv in western Ukraine, said she ‘fancied’ Tony as soon as she saw him and that the pair are living their very own ‘love story’.
On the pain this will cause Lorna, Tony said he has ‘discovered a connection with Sofiia like I’ve never had before’, adding that they ‘know this is right’.
The family had taken Sofiia in an effort to do their bit to help Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion, with Tony telling The Sun he ‘wanted to do the right thing’ and that she was the first person to get in touch on a Facebook page where he offered to house a refugee.
Sofiia flew into Manchester on May 4, after waiting for weeks in Berlin for her UK visa to be approved.
Tony said he and Sofiia quickly developed a connection and also claimed that his six-year-old and three-year-old daughters were pretty cool with her except for his partner of 10 years.
According to the father of two, who speaks Slovakian, he would communicate with his future lover while she spoke Ukrainian, as the two languages are mutually intelligible.
‘We were getting on brilliantly but at that time it was no more than that although I can see why Lorna started to feel jealous and resentful of her,’
As the days passed Sofiia would join Tony at the gym and they would talk in his car, while at home they grew physically closer.
At home I realised we were finding excuses to touch and brush against each other, it was very flirtatious but nothing more than that happened at that stage,’ he said.
As the pair got and closer, Lorna became ‘very jealous’ Tony says, and began to question why Sofiia was following him around.