Fiancé fakes death to avoid marriage

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19th Aug 2014
Written by: Will Jones

Bride-to-be devastated after spectacular fib from groom-to-be

Alex Lanchester, a 23-year-old bride-to-be, has been left heartbroken after finding out her fiancé, 23-year-old Tucker Blandford, pretended to have died in a car accident so that he could escape their impending wedding.

They were due to be married last Friday but a few months ago Alex received a devastating phone call from a man claiming to be Tucker’s father, who told her his son had been suffering from severe depression and killed himself by jumping in front of a moving car.

However, after calling Tucker’s parents to offer her condolences, Alex discovered her fiancé was in fact alive and well, and that it was he who had called her, pretending to be his own grieving father.

Alex met Tucker in 2012 in Connecticut during a year studying abroad in America and they quickly became inseparable.  Speaking to the Mirror, she said:

He was such a gentleman. He showered me with jewellery. I’ve never been in love like that before.

Before she returned back to the UK Tucker proposed and they became engaged, and they set about planning their wedding in Connecticut. As the months passed, Alex’s excitement grew: she bought a dress, hired a photographer and began sending out invitations. She was spending every penny she was earning on the wedding, and even paid for Tucker to fly to the UK to help with the planning.

Speaking to the Daily Mail she said:

I went all out even though I hardly had any money. In the weeks running up to his visit I was mad with excitement.

But a week before Tucker was due to board his plane to the UK, she received that phone call.

Tucker has since been contacted and quoted as saying:  

I’m a terrible, awful person. I know I shouldn’t have told her I was dead but I didn’t know what else to do. I got scared and wanted to get out of the relationship. It was moving extremely fast and with us being in different countries it was really hard.

In Tucker’s defence, he has sent Alex a text message to apologise, so it’s probably about time we gave the guy a break.


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