Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau first made headlines nearly 20 years ago as the 31-year-old teacher and 13-year-old student, respectively, who had an affair that landed Letourneau in jail.
The two sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20, where they talked about the scandal that surrounded them all those years ago, being married now for nearly 10 years, and raising two teenage daughters, Audrey and Georgia.
The oldest, Audrey, was born while Letourneau was free on bail in 1997 (when Fualaau was just 14 years old), while Georgia was born during her prison sentence in 1998. Letourneau also has four children from a previous marriage, according to ET.
“I don’t know if enough time will ever pass where it will take away what the media did to our story, because it was so big and they ran with it so fast,” Letourneau told Walters. “There’s a story of us that has a life of its own; it’s not our story.”
Fualaau said that he wishes he’d had more guidance as a teenager; none of his friends could relate to being a father at such a young age, nor did they know what it was like to be carrying on the type of relationship he was. He also admitted to battling depression.
“It’s a feeling where there’s this hopelessness…like nobody understands you,” he said. “You can’t talk to anyone.”
He felt that Letourneau would have understood, but he wasn’t allowed to talk to her.
“I think the only person that I really… needed to talk to–I mean, if they gave me more options or choices to make instead of just saying, ‘Oh, you can’t talk to her anymore,’ and I was like, ‘I really do want to talk to her, though,'” he said.
“I don’t support younger kids being married or having a relationship with someone older. I don’t support it,” he replied when asked what his reaction would be if his daughters went down the same path.
The interview, a part of a series called American Scandal with Barbara Walters, airs tonight (April 10) at 10 pm EST on ABC.