Never Too Late to Untie the Knot

Most folks assume that after three-quarters of a century as man and wife, Antonio and Rosa would be immune from divorce and set to enjoy their golden years and the passage into the great beyond. But unfortunately that’s not the case for the Italian couple that is divorcing at the ripe old ages of 99 and 96. After 77 years of marriage, a 99-year-old man (identified only as “Antonio C.”) filed for divorce in Italy on grounds of infidelity.

A few days before Christmas, he was searching through an old chest of drawers and found some letters that his wife, Rosa, 96, had written to a secret lover. He became so upset by his discovery — even though the affair had happened way back in the 1940s — that he immediately told Rosa he wanted a divorce. She tried to convince him otherwise, but there was no dissuading the cuckolded man.

The break-up upset to the couple’s five children, 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, who came to take their elders’ marriage for granted since it’s lasted for the better part of eight decades. Though they did have a small hint of trouble ten years ago when they hit a rough patch. Antonio briefly moved to live with one of his sons, but he moved back in with Rosa a few weeks later. This split –if it ends up going through — will beat the previous old person divorce record, which was held by a British couple, Bertie and Jessie Wood, who ended their marriage when they were 98. But they’d only been married for 36 years, which certainly pales in comparison to Rosa and Antonio’s 77-year union.

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