In this day and age, marriages rarely last “’til death do us part”.
But this hardly means that people have become disillusioned by the concept of getting hitched.
Indeed, remarriages are as common as ever before. And they’re pretty much proof that, if at first you don’t succeed, simply try again and hope for the best.
However, if you are hoping to marry for a second time, you might want to wait until you and your former flame have officially parted ways.
Bigamy is illegal in many countries and so it would be pretty dimwitted of you to intentionally commit the crime – with a few forged documents to help you along the way.
But although bigamists are usually found out sooner or later, most of them aren’t caught redhanded on national television.
However, one bigamist was found out when one of his wives saw him on a televised UK game show.
The game show in question was Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and after this debacle, I’m sure a lot more people will be tuning in.
51-year-old Helen Gundry who works as a retail manager thought that her 39-year-old estranged husband, Daniel Gundry, was working abroad in Dubai.
However, one evening when she turned on the television, she was horrified to see her own husband, whom she thought was living in the Middle East, with another woman, later revealed to be 44-year-old Sue Brooker.
Watch the moment in all its glory in the video below:
The couple were featured on the show as guests to the surprise wedding of Brooker’s sister.
After the show was broadcast on television, Helen Gundry left a comment on game show’s Facebook page, and soon enough that very comment went viral:
“I loved the wedding and the surprised guests – I didn’t love the sight of my husband who’s supposed to be working in Dubai (first off the coach Daniel Gundry) arriving on the arm of another woman, a woman he’s supposed to have split from last year. We have a 15-year-old daughter who’s in absolute bits.”
It was later revealed that Daniel Gundry, who works in audiovisuals, had married Brooker in a lavish wedding ceremony in the stunning Emirati city of Dubai.
Sounds like an absolute dream, doesn’t it?
After the astonishing revelation, both women decided to leave the husband they unwittingly shared and reported him and his deceitful behavior to the police.
Gundry was subsequently jailed for six months for his crime, and against all odds, his scorned wives actually became friends.
Gundry married his first wife, Helen Gundry, in 1998 and they went on to have a daughter, Daisy now aged 16.
And although the pair separated and dated other people, they never went through any divorce proceedings.
Warrington Magistrates’ Court confirmed that Daniel Gundry was indeed being deceitful when his first wife confronted him about photos of his wedding to Brooker which had been plastered over social media in 2014.
In order to subdue her understandable suspicions. Gundry told his wife, who is a mother-of-four, that the wedding was not official but was only intended as a “blessing”.
However, a year later in April 2015, it turned out that he forged certain documents so that he could ‘legitimately’ marry Brooker, who has a son from a previous relationship.
Helen Gundry, who is originally from Cheshire, told the courts that her husband then claimed he and Brooker separated, and even tried to get back together with his first wife.
And so imagine her shock when, in March 2016, she and their daughter Daisy saw him with the same woman he had apparently separated from. A woman whom he called his wife.
“I choked,” Helen Gundry recalled, “Daisy yelped, ‘Oh my god, it’s Dad, he’s with Sue.'”
“I had to walk out so I didn’t break down. Daisy virtually collapsed,” she continued. “I came back downstairs and we just cuddled, I think we both went into shock.”
“I don’t think I cried until the day after. I was so angry and went on Facebook.”
As she left the court with her daughter Daisy, Helen Gundry expressed her bitter disappointment that her estranged husband “had been lying for a long time” but that she is “glad that finally he’s been found out.”
And it’s safe to say that those of us who don’t practice bigamy (i.e. pretty much everyone) are also glad he’s been found out. What a ridiculous thing to lie about…