Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau, her husband Vili Fualaau and their two teenaged daughters Georgia and Audrey are seen posing in Times Square over Easter weekend.
They said it wouldn’t last.
Mary Kay Letourneau, the ex-Seattle teacher who bedded then wed her former sixth-grade student, toured the Big Apple with her now 31-year-old husband and their two teenaged kids, appearing as a typical American family.
The 53-year-old, who became pregnant with Vili Fualaau’s child when he was just 13-years-old, is seen glowing on the streets of Manhattan after surviving a storm of controversy and nearly seven years in prison for child rape.
“They are two people who got together on extraordinary circumstances and have remained together under extraordinary circumstances,” the family’s long-time friend and photographer Mark Greenberg told the Daily News.
The family of four is seen strolling Central Park arm-in-arm as horse-drawn carriages roll by.
“This is lasting love. Their normal is normal,” said Greenberg, who accompanied them on their recent visit and snapped their 2005 wedding,
The teacher-turned paralegal arrived arm-in-arm with her DJ husband and their two daughters — Georgia, 16, and Audrey, 17 — for two action-packed days last week, which included Fualaau spinning at Alphabet City lounge, Revision.
The family of four resembled any ordinary family touring New York City while seen frequently stopping for family photos and selfies.
Letourneau’s two daughters are seen snapping photos of Times Square’s Naked Cowboy after their initially rattled mother was informed that he’s not a ‘predator.’
They appeared to be like any other family visiting New York City — eating pizza and taking endless selfies while exploring such sites as Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square, the Park Plaza Hotel and climbing Central Park’s exposed bedrocks.
Though no one appeared to recognize the family — whose story inspired a 2000 docudrama and was referenced in the 2012 Adam Sandler comedy “That’s My Boy” — things momentarily did get hairy when Letourneau locked eyes with Times Square’s “Naked Cowboy.”
At night Vili Fualaau took over the DJ booth at Alphabet City’s Revision lounge. His attentive wife is seen standing by.
Letourneau, a protective mother of her daughters, had never heard of him and feared he was dangerous, Greenberg said.
“Funny enough, she was appalled that there was some guy running around in his underwear,” said Greenberg, who said Letourneau initially tried to shoo her two girls away.
A photo taken of Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau on their wedding 2005 day shows them playfully covering their faces with cake.
The festive occasion included the couple’s two daughters who wore matching white satin dresses.
“She thought this was a real predator!”
The family’s big adventure came ahead of a sit-down interview with Barbara Walters that is set to air Friday on ABC News’ “20/20.” It also came on the eve of the couple’s 10-year wedding anniversary.
Letourneau is seen surrounded by family while meeting her grandchild for the first time in 2010. The baby was born to a son from her first marriage.
“I don’t think there’s ever a full 10 good years of marriage,” Fualaau told Walters in a sneak-peak of their upcoming interview.
“You have your ups and downs in marriages. But, you know, what matters is how you pull through all the bad times.”
That includes Letourneau remaining a registered sex offender for her illicit relations with Fualaau.
Letourneau, who in 2010 became a grandmother from one of her four children from her previous marriage, is hoping to amend that and possibly teach again, Greenberg said.
“Her major next goal, now that 10 years have gone by, she can apply to have that title removed from her name,” he said.
He believes it’s something she deserves.
People try to comparing Letourneau to other educators caught in similar sex scandals with underage students but those teachers, he said, are “sour grapes.”
“I know there are people out there who find it to be nothing other than this woman broke the law and she’s a rapist, and yet there are others who see it as ‘love is something that’s pure’ and here’s two people who are enjoying the fruits of that,” he said.
Speaking of the girls’ upbringing, Greenberg described them as well-disciplined and unfazed by their parents’ critics.
The couple’s full interview with air Friday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
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