60-year-old woman who spent her life savings on Sri Lankan toy boy says she 'feels stupid'
A heartbroken 60-year-old woman from the UK has returned home this week after spending her life savings on a 26-year-old man she met while vacationing in 2011.
Diane De Zoysa struck up a intense relationship with former hotel worker, Priyanjana De Zoysa, seven years ago, and within a few months, the pair were married. Over the course of their relationship, the pensioner sold her house and spent her £90,000 worth of savings in order to relocate to her husband's home country of Sri Lanka, and to help him out financially.
Tragically, however, the young man was murdered by gangsters last year, leaving Diane saddled with his family - who reportedly would not let her leave.
Now, after mourning the loss of her husband, and escaping back to Scotland, Diane says she "feels stupid", and realises that her marriage was "all about the money".
Over the course of several years, Diane spent £57,000 on building a new house for herself and Priyanjana - close to his family home in Ahungalla. She also spent a further £31,000 on a minibus for her husband, which he reportedly needed for work.
As soon as she relocated, however, Priyanjana turned on Diane.
"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," Diane said when speaking to The Daily Record.
"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," she continued. "I couldn't go anywhere – not even to the beach."
After Priyanjana was killed, his family refused to help Diane sell her house, and went so far as to demand more money when she announced that she wanted to move back to Scotland.
"I should have realised it was just about the money. My friends thought that he was just marrying me for the money," she said to the Daily Mail. "Once I came out here he wanted money all the time."
However, Diane was committed to making the relationship work.
"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."
Ultimately, it was Priyanjana's greed that lead to his untimely death.
"[A gang] blackmailed him," Diane explained. "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."
After finally escaping Sri Lanka, and crashing with some friends before returning to the UK, Diane has revealed that her finances are a mess. She cannot survive on just her pension, and currently owes £4000 in credit card debt.
Diane believes that her husband may have defrauded her, as she suspects he may have had a second wife. She is currently seeking legal counsel, and hopes that she can retrieve some of the money that she funnelled into her impulsive marriage.