Gay priest, 79, to rekindle romance with 25-year-old Romanian male model husband

An elderly priest who was left homeless after splitting from his young male model husband says the pair are set to rekindle their romance again.

Retired priest Philip Clements, 79, wed Florin Marin, then 24, at a low key ceremony in Ramsgate, Kent in April last year.

He said he was making a stance against Church of England rules barring clergymen from same-sex marriage .

But the pair split after just five months, which left Mr Clements penniless after he sold his £214,000 home to buy his younger lover a flat in his native Romania, reports KentLive .

But despite a rocky start to married life, the pair have decided to embark on a make or break relationship – with Mr Clements declaring he will write his younger lover into his will if things go to plan.

The 79-year-old explained: “I have got to be realistic. I am 80 in August and I want to see him secure.



“He is the only one I can leave things to. I don’t see much of my brothers, and they wouldn’t need it.

“If it goes well, he will be in my will."

After moving to Bucharest to settle down with his new husband, Mr Clements found himself miserable and lonely when his younger partner would go out clubbing with his friends.

The 79-year-old then returned to England without a roof over his head after selling his home, and was forced to live in the annex of a friend’s house.

Shortly after they split, the heartbroken ex-priest then discovered Mr Marin to be dating a new boyfriend called Jesus after he appeared on a Romanian TV show.


“Due to the fact I had left him, they (the TV producers) arranged for him to meet this man.

“The story was invented. He is not with him now, even if he was with him.

“I’m pretty sure he wasn’t with him, and it was a made up thing.”

Despite going their separate ways, the pair never divorced and Mr Clements has since admitted they remained in contact almost everyday.

After celebrating their first wedding anniversary in Elche, Spain – where Mr Marin now lives – the pair have since made plans to test the relationship again.


Mr Clements said: "We have learned. We have both had to adjust. There were rumours he was with somebody else, but he has denied that.

"We are planning to spend September and Christmas together, and hopefully it can go from there. But we don’t want to jump too far just yet.

"He is young, and has plans ahead of him. But I don’t think I’m going to die just yet, there is a few years left in the old boy."



Should the relationship go to plan, Mr Clements hopes to travel to Spain and back for the remainder of their relationship.

He added: “I’m pretty determined it will work out. We laugh a lot, we are very relaxed around each other, I think this was a phase we needed to get out of our system.

"…..He is my husband. I want him to feel secure. I haven’t got much to leave him at the moment, as I sold the house.

“But he is not in it for the money. He knows I don’t have a lot."

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