Vili Fualaau is a Samoan American DJ who came into limelight for an illicit sexual relationship with his married 6th-grade teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau. Fualaau was a victim of sexual harassment when he was a middle school student by his then-teacher and late wife, Mary Kay Letourneau.
His liaison with his teacher became a national scandal after the then-34-year-old teacher pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape. However, they got divorced in 2019 after 14 years of marriage and on July 6, 2020, Mary died of cancer.
What is Vili Fualaau Famous for?
- Famous for his relationship with then-teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau when he was in just third grade.
Everything To Know About Mary Kay Letourneau
Where was Vili Fualaau Born?
Vili Fualaau was born on June 26, 1983, in Burian, Washington, United States. His birth name is Vili I. Fualaau. His nationality is Samoan American. Fualaau belongs to Samoan ethnicity while Cancer is his zodiac sign.
Vili was born as the son of Luaiva Fualaau(father) and Soona Vili(mother). His father, Luaiva is a businessman while his mother, Soona is a housewife. He grew up in his hometown along with his 3 siblings where he attended Shorewood Elementary School and consequently he made his way out to a world with a lot of chaos.
After he joined the high school, he became a student in Mary Kay Letourneau’s second-grade class which was his first time meet with her.
When Vili turned 12, he became Letourneau’s sixth-grade student, at the time which she was a married woman of 4 children. She took Fualaau under her wing and started helping him develop his artistic skills.
He spent the most time at her house and developed a friendship bond with her oldest child, Steve, who was only a year younger than him.
Relationship with his then-teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau
During the summer after his sixth-grade year, Fualaau celebrated his 13th birthday shortly after, he became sexually involved with Letourneau. The same year, the police catch them in a van allegedly involved in a sexual act. The two were arrested however, they were released after they proved their innocence. Even Fualaau’s mother said that it was okay for him to be there with her.
Both Fualaau and Letourneau wanted to keep their relationship secret. Mary at that time didn’t realize that her relationship with the minor would be considered as rape. On March 4, 1997, Letourneau was arrested on account of two counts of second-degree child rape and ordered to spend three months in jail.
Following 6 months later in September 1997, Letourneau became pregnant with Fualaau’s child, and with the birth of a daughter, Audrey Fualaau became a father at age of 14. Fualaau’s mother received temporary custody of the child.
She was then released from a sex offender treatment program after six months, in a condition that she will make no further contact with the boy, but she refused to stay away from Fualaau, despite a court order. The two were soon caught together by police in her car, and Letourneau went back to jail for the rest of her sentence in 1998.
During their brief time together, Letourneau became pregnant with their second child, another daughter Georgia who was born while Letourneau served her sentence. After then, Fualaau finally went public by selling his story to television and news outlets, and even tried to explain their unusual relationship in the 1999 book, “Un suel crime, l’amour(Only One Crime, Love)”.
Vili Fualaau went through a very difficult time over the course of these incidents and soon dropped out of school.
Vili Fualaau’s Wife
Vili Fualaau got married to Mary Kay Letourneau at the age of 21 on May 20, 2005, following the release of Mary from prison to a community placement program on August 4, 2004. They got married at a grand wedding held at the city of Woodinville, Washington, that was attended by around 250 guests including their daughters and two of Letourneau’s children from her first marriage.
Exclusive access to the wedding was given to the television show, “Entertainment Tonight”.
However, after almost 12 years of marriage, on May 9, 2017, Fualaau filed for separation from Letourneau but later withdrew the filing. They didn’t care about others and began living their lives then, however, in August 2019, their legal separation was finalized.
Fualaau even said that he was not a victim, and was unashamed of the relationship and was also said that he had started to see things clearly after their divorce and had realized that it was’;t a healthy relationship from the start.
Just after 11 months of divorce, Letourneau died from colorectal cancer on July 6, 2020, at her home in Des Moines, Washington, with Fualaau at her side.
Vili Fualaau’s Career Highlights
Vili Fualaau currently works as a professional DJ and also works at a home improvement store. After being head topic of a national scandal, Fualaau was on every TV news show, and interviews that he actually had started to be a social media personality.
He also used to perform regularly and post about his professional gigs on social media back then.
Vili Fualaau’s Net Worth
Vili Fualaau must have a healthy fortune from his professional career as a DJ. His net worth is estimated to be around $350k.
Vili Fualaau’s Height
Vili Fualaau is a good-looking man in his 30s. He stands tall with a height of 5ft. 9inch.(1.75m) while his body weighs around 72kg(154 lbs). He has a body measurement of 40-32-35 inches with 13 inches as his bicep size. He has a light brown complexion with black hair and brown eyes.