Best-selling author Fay Weldon's husband said today that his marriage breakup was "sudden, confusing and very sad".
Nick Fox denied claims by his 89-year-old wife that his controlling behavior was responsible for the shock split, saying, “I want her back. I thought we had a good marriage.
"We have known each other for 40 years and have always had a very good relationship," he told MailOnline. "It's just so sad."
Weldon amazed her friends and the literary world when she left her 74-year-old husband after 26 years of marriage.
In an email to friends, she accused him of "coercive control and financial mismanagement" and added that she was planning to divorce him.
What follows is a terrible year for the author, who lost one of her four sons to cancer, suffered a stroke, and broke a bone in her back.
She left the sprawling house she had shared with Fox in a quaint north Dorset village a few months ago to live with her son Nic, who said the death of son Tom had put her on a "spiral of mourning."
Best-selling author Fay Weldon's husband said today that his marriage breakup was "sudden, confusing and very sad". Nick Fox dismissed claims by his 89-year-old wife that his controlling behavior was to blame, saying, “I want her back. I thought we had a good marriage. & # 39;
Admitting he hasn't spoken to his wife in months, Fox said, “I feel like I've been hung up to dry.
“Marriages break up, but not when someone is 89 years old. I know Fay hasn't written a book in 18 months and it's like turning fiction into real life. & # 39;
He said he wondered if her recent health problems had played a role in her decision.
& # 39; She is 89 and not in the best of health. I'm not a doctor, but what happened is completely atypical for someone I've known for 40 years. & # 39;
When asked if he controls the marriage, he said, “I don't see that.
“I only did what she asked me to do. When she wanted me to do the housework or the secretarial work and business-related things. It's all very confusing and terrible. & # 39;
Fay proposed to me and wanted to be with me. I did what she wanted me to do, otherwise I would have done something different in the last 30 years of my life. & # 39;
Weldon's eldest son Nic spoke at his home in Northamptonshire about the death of his brother Tom in April of last year.
He said, “It all happened very quickly. He had esophageal cancer. He was only 48 years old and died within three weeks of being diagnosed.
“Mom has had a terrible time since then and it really started. Losing a child got her into a kind of spiral of grief.
What follows is a terrible year for the author, who lost one of her four sons to cancer, suffered a stroke, and broke a bone in her back
Admitting he hasn't spoken to his wife in months, Fox said, “I feel like I've been hung up to dry. “Marriages break up, but not when someone is 89 years old. I know Fay hasn't written a book in 18 months and it's like turning fiction into real life. & # 39;
“Tom was very reconciled to that. We had a nice family reunion when he knew he only had about a week to live. We've all tried to be positive and say things like, "If you get chemo, you'll be fine" and he said, "No, I'm really damned." I am confused.
“I think it was less than a month after he was told he died. He had dealt with the digestive problems so many people have.
“It was terrible for mom to lose a son her age. She was a little weak anyway, but letting a son die was terrible for her. "
Fox is Weldon's third husband. She was 60 and Fox 45 when she married in 1994, the 15 year age difference shocking many of her friends.
He was a poet and bookseller but became their manager and they moved to his late mother's house not far from downtown Shaftesbury.
Fox became responsible for managing her money, arranging transportation, and advertising. The author of books such as "The Life and Love of a Devil" admitted that she and her husband had "terrible arguments."
In her email to close friends and family, the writer said, “I haven't been in touch for a long time, for which I apologize. I've been hospitalized for much of last year, first with a broken bone in my back and then with a stroke, hence my silence.
“I have largely recovered, encouraged by the thought of Andrew Marr who had a stroke and is now back to normal. Of course, he has the advantage of comparative youthfulness.
Weldon's eldest son Nic (center) said his brother Tom's death in April last year hit the author hard. He said, “It all happened very quickly. Mom has had a terrible time since then and it really started. Losing a child has put her in a kind of spiral of grief. & # 39;
Fay introduced herself with her husband Ron Weldon, who died in May 1984. They had three sons together
In the meantime, I have left my husband and divorced him. I complain of coercive control and financial mismanagement.
“Considering everyone's problems this year, my problems are just hiccups. I am safe with my family now. & # 39;
Weldon became a single mother when she was only 23 years old.
After Colyn Davies gave birth to her first son Nic, in 1957 she was forced to marry Ronald Bateman, a divorced schoolteacher from Acton, 20 years her senior, for lack of alternatives. It took two years.
At 29, she met the antique dealer Ron Weldon. They had three sons and remained married for 30 years before they separated painfully.
He left her in 1992 for his "astrological therapist", but died of a heart attack eight hours before the final divorce.
Weldon once said: "My only ambition has always been to be married."
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