A woman whose new husband ditched her to move in with their 16-year-old babysitter has spoken of her disgust.
Sammie Marshall, 36, from Wales, thought she had met her soulmate when she married Andy Telford, now 48, in 2010, 12 years after they first met.
The mother-of-three dismissed warnings from her new husband’s ex that he would leave her for a younger model, and was horrified when the prediction came true and he left her for Beth Yearsley, 28 years his junior, just a few years after their wedding.
Shockingly, Sammie only found out about the affair when her young son caught the pair kissing behind the living room door whilst she was upstairs.
Controversially the pair, who appeared on Channel 5’s Age Gap Love in November, married in 2016 when Beth turned 18, and went on to have two children.
Sammie Marshall, 36, from Wales, seen above with her son Tyler, has told how her new husband ditched her to move in with their 16-year-old babysitter has spoken of her disgust
Recalling her traumatic story, Sammie said: ‘It’s just wrong on every level. It’s disgusting.
‘I felt humiliated and embarrassed but more than anything I was furious that I had let him into my life and my children’s lives.’
The couple, who both had three young children from previous relationships, first met on a dating site in 2006 and hit it off.
‘We chatted online for three weeks before we met. He seemed like a real gentleman, he was polite and charming’, Sammie remembered.
‘I had three kids from a previous relationship, my youngest, Ruby, was just a baby.
‘Andy was a driving instructor and he would take me and the kids on days out. He even bought a car seat for Ruby. We didn’t go out much socially – it was all focussed on the kids.
Andy Telford, now 48, and Beth Yearsley, 28 years his junior, who appeared on Channel 5’s Age Gap Love in November, married in 2016 when Beth turned 18, and went on to have two children
‘When we got serious, Andy’s ex got in touch and warned me that he would soon leave me for a younger model but I just thought she was being spiteful.’
The couple married and moved to Llandudno, North Wales, in April 2010, where Beth Yearsley began babysitting for them.
Sammie said: ‘We were happy at first. But Andy was very controlling and quite authoritarian. I didn’t like the way he spoke to my kids but I found it hard to stand up to him.
‘By now, Andy was running a removals firm and he met Beth and her family when he helped them move house.
‘Beth seemed like a nice girl and she would babysit and call round.’
But when Beth began having problems at home, Andy suggested she should move in with them for a while.
Sammie remembered: ‘I was very busy with my three children, but I didn’t mind Beth staying. I got on well with her mum, Claire, and I could see that she and Beth were clashing – it was typical teenage stuff.
Sammie Marshall, 36, from Wales, thought she had met her soulmate when she married Andy Telford, now 48, in 2010, 12 years after they first met
‘I thought a break might be good for them both.’
The arrangement seemed to work well. But one morning, Sammie’s son, Tyler, came rushing upstairs to say he had seen Andy and Beth kissing behind the living room door.
Sammie says: ‘I was dumbfounded. It was a ridiculous suggestion but something told me he was telling the truth. I confronted Andy and he told me not to be silly.
‘Beth was just a teenager – 28 years younger than him – and I felt sick at the thought.
‘I confided in a friend who told me she thought there was something in it; she had noticed the way Beth followed Andy everywhere like a lap-dog.
‘I was torn – I didn’t want to believe it. I decided to keep a close eye on them, to look for proof. And one day, Andy left his Facebook open and I saw a string of flirty messages between him and Beth. Other messages had been deleted which said it all.
‘I felt totally betrayed and humiliated. We had a life together; a marriage and we were raising my children. I couldn’t believe he could throw it away. She was young enough to be his daughter and it really creeped me out.’
After a series of rows, Andy eventually agreed to leave the family home – and Beth followed. After receiving backlash from the community, the couple moved away to start a new life together.
They were married when Beth was 18 in 2016 and have since had two children.
The couple, who both had three young children from previous relationships, first met on a dating site in 2006 and hit it off before marrying several years later
Sammie says: ‘The local community was disgusted. Someone sprayed: ‘Pedo’ on the side of Andy’s van.
‘They were a laughing stock, they were outcasts. More than anything, I felt annoyed and embarrassed that I had let him into my children’s lives.
‘I haven’t seen Andy since and I don’t miss him one bit. What he did was wrong on many levels.
‘I would like to warn Beth that he will leave her too. He’ll always be looking for someone younger.’
Sammie added: ‘I was disgusted when I saw them on TV. Why does he want to rake it all up again?’
Addressing Sammie’s interview, Andy said: ‘She is a disgruntled ex who has nothing better to do than continue to cause issues.
‘She has continuously slated myself and Beth and even reports us to police to which no action was taken due to no evidence so this shows I did nothing wrong and neither did Beth.
‘We married when she was 18 – perfectly legal – and I’m fed up with the word paedo being thrown about when nothing of the sort ever happened.’
Beth added of their relationship: ‘I immediately fancied Andy. He was a proper gentleman.
‘He was my mum’s friend and twice my age so I was worried what people might think. But I couldn’t control my feelings for him.
‘I love being with someone mature because he treats me like a princess. He opens doors for me and runs me baths with candles. We have a date night every Saturday and go for meals and he is so loving and caring.’
Sammie, seen, was relieved when after a series of rows, Andy eventually agreed to leave the family home – and Beth followed. After a backlash from the community, the couple moved away to start a new life together