JIANGXI – A 45-year-old man divorces his wife of 16 years after discovering that the three daughters he raised are not his biological children.
The man, surnamed Chen, from Jiangxi province, filed for divorce from his wife, surnamed Yu, after finding out she had cheated on him during their marriage and the couple’s three daughters were fathered by another man.
Chen worked away from home to support his family, but said he never suspected his wife of infidelity initially, as they kept in close contact through frequent voice and video calls.
However, earlier this year he became suspicious when his wife started avoiding his calls, saying she wanted to work from home.
Chen decided to track Yu by tracking the GPS location of his cellphone.
On March 1, Chen followed Yu to a hotel where she was staying. The next morning, Chen saw his wife leaving the hotel with a man she was having an affair with.
Chen initially forgave Yu, but requested a paternity test, which revealed that his youngest daughter was fathered by another man. However, Chen chose to stay in the marriage to keep the family together.
That changed when further paternity tests revealed that the couple’s other two daughters were also not Chen’s biological children.
After this shocking revelation, Yu disappeared and Chen couldn’t find her. He then sought help from local media and was pictured crying with his head in his hands during an interview.
“None of them were my own child,” Chen said during the interview.
However, Yu remained unrepentant, arguing that her behavior was not infidelity.
“I don’t think I fooled him. Does biological fatherhood really matter? Infertile couples adopt children all the time,” Yu said in a phone interview.
She also criticized Chen for filing for divorce after discovering her three daughters were fathered by another man.
“Please try to put yourself in my shoes. The three kids called him ‘dad’ for many years, but now he says the girls aren’t his. What’s the difference between him and an animal?”
Chinese social media was full of comments criticizing Yu’s behavior and lack of respect for her husband.
“How upset the husband was! Is Yu mentally ill? asked one online commenter.
Another asked, “Chen could get compensation with the help of the courts. But how can he mend his broken heart after 16 years?