Woman who spent her life savings on Sri Lankan toyboy returns to UK

‘I thought he loved me… but he didn’t’: British woman, 60, who spent her £90,000 life savings on Sri Lankan toyboy, 26, says ‘I feel stupid’ as she returns to UK thousands of pounds in debt

  • Diane De Zoysa, 60, has finally returned home after being stranded in Sri Lanka
  • The British woman married Priyanjana De Zoysa, 26, and moved to the country
  • But she had been stuck in Sri Lanka after her husband was murdered there
  • She admits that she doubts whether he loved her and says that she is now broke

A British woman who was left stranded in Sri Lanka after her toy boy husband was murdered has finally returned home – without a penny to her name. 

Diane De Zoysa, 60, spent her entire £90,000 life savings on her husband Priyanjana De Zoysa, 26, but now admits that he ‘obviously didn’t love her’.

She sold her home in Musselburgh, East Lothian, two years ago, using the cash to build a house in Sri Lanka and buy her husband a minibus in Ahungalla, south of the capital Colombo. 

Priyanjana was killed by gangsters last year, leaving Diane stranded in the country and she finally landed at Edinburgh Airport on Tuesday night after a 20-hour journey. 

Diane De Zoysa, 60, has finally returned to the UK (pictured at Edinburgh airport) after being stranded in Sri Lanka

Speaking about her husband’s death, Diane said that she was left stranded, with Priyanjana’s family keeping her ‘under house arrest’, refusing to let her sell her house and demanding cash from her pension. 

She told the Daily Record: ‘I just couldn’t stay there any longer. I kind of feel stupid now that I didn’t listen to my family and my friends because they said it was just about the money.


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‘I thought he did really love me but obviously he didn’t. 

‘My husband’s family virtually had me under house arrest for two years. I couldn’t go anywhere – not even to the beach.’

Diane paid £57,000 for the house, which was built close to her husband’s family home and a further £31,000 for a minibus for him to drive as employment.

She said she managed to get away from her husband’s family and stay with some friends.  

Diane spent her entire £90,000 life savings on her husband Priyanjana De Zoysa, 26, but now admits that he ‘obviously didn’t love her’

She added that she invested all she had into the move and still owes £4000 on her credit card. 

She now says that she will try and rebuild her life after returning to Scotland. 

Former council worker Diane admits she can’t live on her pension and will contact her local council and a lawyer to see if they can help her.   

She also suspects her husband had a second wife after she found some paperwork in his personal belongings. 

She said that she sold her home in Musselburgh, East Lothian, two years ago, using the cash to build a house in Sri Lanka and buy her husband a minibus

She initially met husband Priyanjana while on holiday in 2011, enjoying a whirlwind romance with the hotel worker.

Diane ended up marrying him after returning to Sri Lanka seven months later, before moving to the country full-time in 2015.

However, she has previously described how she believes that the marriage was all about the money.

Speaking to MailOnline, she said: ‘I should have realised it was just about the money. My friends thought that he was just marrying me for the money.

She had initially met husband Priyanjana while on holiday in 2011, enjoying a whirlwind romance with the hotel worker

‘Once I came out here he wanted money all the time.’ 

Diane revealed her family and friends were concerned about their relationship – but she wanted to ‘prove them wrong’.

She said: ‘All my friends didn’t think it was a good idea. But I really loved him and I thought he really loved me and I wanted to prove them wrong.

‘I’ve never loved anybody the way I loved him. He was always affectionate to me. He was desperate for me to move out here.’ 

Priyanjana died after being shot by gangsters last May and his family refused to help Diane sell the house that she had bought for him

Priyanjana died after being shot three times in May last year. 

Diane previously explained how she believes her husband was killed by men trying to extort him for cash.she said: ‘His friend told me they were jealous because he was rich. They were jealous because he had a nice a house, a minibus and a tuk-tuk.

‘They blackmailed him. He did give them some money but they wanted more. Because they didn’t give him more, they shot him. They must have gone looking for him.’

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