A Romanian widower who was married to an 81-year-old British vicar 54 years his senior has said that he is now ready to collect the £150,000 life insurance and find ‘new love’.
Florin Marin, 27, also banned his late husband Philip Clements’ family from attending his funeral and cremation in Romania after they called him a ‘gold digging leech’.
Mr Clements, who moved to Bucharest to be with Marin, died on May 31, 2020, and left all of his fortune to his toyboy.
In addition to the life insurance, Marin will receive a £100,000 flat in Bucharest that was put into his name before his husband died, and a £2,000-a-month-for-life pension.
In contrast, Mr Clements’ older brother, 71-year-old Anthony, was left with just two ‘favourite family photographs’.
Mr Marin (right) said that Mr Clements (left) became sick with a fever last month after he ran out of medication during the coronavirus lockdown, before being taken to hospital. He tested negative for COVID, but died overnight on May 31
Detailing exactly what he received in the will, Mr Marin said he will get £150,000 from a life insurance policy, a £100,000 apartment in Bucharest that was put into his name, and a £2,000-for-life British pension – unless he remarries
In an interview with The Sun Online, Marin – a model – said he was now looking to the future, and plans to scatter his late husband’s ashes at a local lake next week.
‘My plans for my future – I will get in love with someone else,’ he said, speaking outside the crematorium in Bucharest. ‘I am only 27-years-old. The life, it’s in front of me. I hope to find someone nice.’
He added that he did not expect to find someone like Mr Clements again, saying ‘Phillip will remain in my heart all my life.’
Marin explained that he did not invite his late husband’s family to the funeral because they had accused him of being a ‘leech’.
Another of Mr Clements’ brothers, 76-year-old Brian, was the one who branded Mr Marin a ‘leech’ who ‘got what he always wanted’.
In contrast to the £150,000 Widow Florin Marin will get from a life insurance policy, a £100,000 house that was put into his name before Mr Clements died, and a £2,000-a-month-for-life pension – Phillip’s brother Anthony has been given two family favourite photographs (pictured)
A favourite family photo Of Anthony Clements (71), brother Of Deceased Former Vicar Philip Clements, pictured with his brothers on their mother’s 90th birthday, Dover, Kent
At the time, Mr Marin hit back at his late husband’s family. During an interview with ITV’s This Morning he insisted: ‘All the time people are thinking when someone marries a woman or a man, more old than him or her, it’s just about money.
‘No it’s not like that. It’s not like that. No. No. It wasn’t,’ he said. ‘Yes, he left me in the will and I’m married to him, he’s my husband. What his family said, I want to tell them to mind their own business, and best wishes in their lives.’
Mr Clements, who had only recently moved to Romania this year, fell ill in May and was taken to a hospital in Bucharest after running out of medication during the coronavirus lockdown.
While he tested negative for Covid-19, he passed away overnight on May 31 in a room unable to receive visitors due to coronavirus restrictions in place.
Mr Marin said this morning that ‘It’s not like that’ when asked if he had married Mr Clements for his money
Florin said he then received a call around midnight on May 31 from the hospital confirming that his husband had passed away.
‘My darling people, it is not my fault that left me with this money,’ the 27-year-old said.
He added the the amount was ‘not that huge, it’s not like saying, wow, it’s one or two million pounds.’
The couple met on the online dating site Gaydar and got married three years ago in Kent – but their relationship hadn’t been plain sailing.
They experienced turbulence early on when Mr Clements tried living in Bucharest.
Rows over Mr Marin’s clubbing into the early hours and an alleged affair with a Spaniard named Jesús saw the former vicar move back to England after just a few months, despite having sold his home to live in the Romanian capital.
They even appeared on the Jeremy Kyle show together.
Mr Clements (right) sold his home in Kent for £214,750 before moving to Romania and buying a flat in Bucharest. He returned to England shortly after because the pair experienced turbulence in their relationship, but Mr Clements said they reached an understanding and were living together again, before he was admitted to hospital
The couple rekindled their relationship, and Mr Clements sold his house in the UK and moved out to Romania where the pair lived off his teaching and church pension.
Prior to his death, Mr Clements had said of Marin: ‘I love him to bits, if we were permanently separated, I would be the most unhappy person in the world.’
The furious relatives of Mr Clements have been quite adamant in their belief that Marin had ulterior motives.
Brother Anthony said: ‘I told my brother this many times. Florin is nothing but a gold digger who set out to rob my brother from the moment they met. And now he has got what he wanted.
‘The man is a disgrace. I made my feelings clear many times. What has happened speaks for itself. Florin has cashed in and has done very well out of my brother.’
Pictured: Anthony Clements, brother of Phillip, who passed away alone on May 31 in a Bucharest hospital room that was closed to visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The retired postman added: ‘The whole family feels the same way. I’ve spoken to my other brother Brian about it too and he’s not happy either about the way Florin has taken advantage of Phillip.
‘We were supposed to inherit Philip’s estate but now it’s all gone to Florin. But it’s not about the money because I would rather have my brother alive. What angers us is the way he’s been treated by his husband.’
He claims the pair were ‘always fighting and breaking up. On one occasion about four years ago I went to console Philip because he was in bits. I supported him through it, but I also told him that Florin was no good for him.’
Mr Clements fell ill during the coronavirus lockdown after running low on medication and initially refused to go to hospital (pictured left at home not long before he died) but was eventually taken there by Florin (pictured on the ward right) where he was put in isolation before passing away
He described his his late brother as ‘a very intelligent man but not very street wise and it was easy to pull the wool over his eyes and take advantage of him. I could see what was going on but sadly, he couldn’t.’
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline after Mr Clements’ death, Mr Marin said: ‘People will think that I am a widow with a black hat who is crying, and I did cry, but two days is enough.
‘Philip didn’t want me to cry, he wanted people to be happy whatever happened.
‘I don’t want to show people my feelings because my husband died, because some people take advantage of that and there are people who are happy because of your sadness,’ he added. ‘I am 27 years old and I’m not challenged.’