World

Belgian man shocked to learn wife of 19 years is a man

Photo of Neil Munro
Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

An elderly Belgian man has discovered that his 48-year old wife is a surgically-altered male.

After 19 years of marriage, “I feel I’ve been assaulted,” he told a Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad.

“I thought she was an attractive woman, all woman… [and] even during sex, I never noticed anything,” said the 64 year-old man.

The deception unraveled after the transsexual began frequenting nightclubs and getting emails from other men.

“I pushed her against the wall and said. … ‘Are you a man?’ She then announced that she was born as a boy and that she had been operated on. She was now a woman, and so she did not need to tell me about her past as a man,” the husband said.

“My world collapsed. That evening came to blows. The police came.”

He’s now trying to annul his marriage to his 48-year old male “wife,” but a local court has yet to decide the case. They’re still living together.

The pseudo-wife underwent a sex change before he entered Belgium illegally, and worked as a nanny for the man and his first wife.

The man fell for the nanny, divorced his wife and got a marriage license for the male-nanny, and then fought Belgium’s immigration authorities to win residency for his new “wife.”

Immigration authorities initially refused, because they though the immigrant’s documents were fake.

“The Belgian courts had serious doubts about the authenticity of her birth and her identity papers, but eventually they accepted it anyway,” he told the newspaper.