A woman, Kate Mason, for 21-years deceived her ex-husband, Richard Mason, into believing he was the father of her three sons.
Mr. Mason learned Kate Mason had lied about the paternity when doctors diagnosed him with cystic fibrosis and told him he had been infertile since birth in 2016.
A court has ordered Mrs. Mason to pay him £250,000 following a legal case that has allowed her to keep the identity of the real father a secret.
DNA and other tests later revealed beyond reasonable doubt that the businessman has no biological link to his wife’s eldest son, now 23, and 19-year-old twins.
Mr Mason truly believes that the same man fathered all three boys during a four-year affair his wife Kate, 54, embarked on in the late 1990s.
She only admitted 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 has three sons from the unstable relationship.
The case was revealed when Mr Mason launched a legal bid to collect l some of the £4 million his wife received in their divorce settlement, as well as suing her for paternity fraud.
As a result of his action, two of the boys have since broken off contact with him.