'I was celebrating my engagement… and sleeping with my fiance's DAD!' Bride-to-be dumps her boyfriend to move in with his fatherEmma Schofield confesses how she broke her fiance Lewis Walker's heart when she revealed her love for his estranged father Darren
It was smiles all round at the family barbecue as Lewis Walker hugged his fiancee Emma Schofield and grinned at his father Darren.
But Lewis was unaware that Emma was hiding a terrible secret – for the past few weeks she had been sleeping with his dad.
Adding insult to injury, father and son had only recently reconciled after spending nearly eight years apart – and it was Emma who had engineered their meeting.
But just six months after meeting Darren, Emma found herself falling for the 43-year-old builder and into his bed.
Family affair: Lewis Walker and his fiancee Emma Schofield celebrate their engagement party in June last year. Unbeknown to Lewis, Emma was having an affair with his father Darren (left)
The 27-year-old from Blackburn, Lancashire, struggled with choosing between her fianc and her future father-in-law.
She said: 'Standing beside Lewis at that barbeque in June 2011 was torture.
''I felt such a fraud knowing that while I was on the arm of my fiance, it was his old man who I had fallen for.
'Sometimes I lie in bed and cry because it’s horrible what I did to him, but on the other hand I found it impossible to control the feelings I had towards his dad.'
It was in December 2009 that Emma first fell for labourer Lewis, 21.
Emma, who works in sales, said: 'When I met Lewis at a Christmas party he seemed lovely.
'He put his hand on my knee and said: “I think you’re the most beautiful girl in the world and I really, really mean that.” Moments later our lips had locked and we were kissing.
'After a few dates I realised he was special. He treated me with respect, was always the perfect gentleman and our sex life was fantastic.
'After two months of dating he’d all but moved in and four months later he proposed with the words: “I want you to say yes because I’ve never loved a girl as much as I love you, and I want to make you happy for the rest of your life.”
'My eyes filled with tears and I said yes.'
Ultimate betrayal: Emma and Darren, both from Blackburn, Lancashire, now plan to move in together
But thinking about their upcoming marriage made Emma realise she was yet to meet his whole family.
She said: 'The one person I hadn’t met was Lewis’s dad – they hadn’t been close since his parents split eight years earlier.
'I saw our engagement as a way of bridging the gap and bringing them together. I was determined our wedding would bring them closer.
'When we knocked on his door Darren answered and I was confronted by a man who looked ten years younger than his 43 years and was very handsome.
Ashamed with herself: Emma describes her split from Lewis as 'heartbreaking'
'He invited us in and was charming and confident. I was instantly attracted to him, not in a sexual way, but I fell in love with his personality.
'We all became very close after that meeting and went out for drinks and to clubs together.
'A year ago Lewis and I were at Darren’s house after a Saturday night out. Darren and I were drunk but Lewis was sober as he was on call for work, in case the alarm went off.
'We’d only been in five minutes when Lewis got a call out. He phoned from work ten minutes later to say there’d been a break in and he wouldn’t be home for a few hours.
'I told him I would sleep in the spare room at his dad's, as I didn’t fancy going home on my own.
iI sat with Darren on the sofa with a glass of wine, and suddenly he turned to me and said: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you looking this attractive.”
'I was shocked, told him to stop it and pulled my short skirt down as it had accidentally ridden up. But he put his hand on my thigh.
'I turned to him and suddenly we kissed, but then I thought about Lewis and stopped him, saying: “This isn’t right, it isn’t fair on Lewis.” His face dropped and he said: “You’re right.”
'I decided the best thing to do was go to the spare room, get undressed and into bed. As I lay under the covers the initial adrenalin rush had been replaced by fear.
'What was I playing at I loved Lewis, he was the perfect man for me.
'But underneath I knew I was attracted to Darren. I wanted him and not Lewis, and the thought made my blood run cold.
'How could I ever admit that to Lewis What sort of person would that make me I was scared, terrified of what the future held. That kiss had made me realise I was with the wrong person.
'Darren appeared at my bedroom door and sat on the bed: “I’m really sorry for what happened just now. Please don’t tell Lewis, he must never find out.”
'My emotions were all over the place, I pulled him towards me and we started kissing and minutes later we were having sex.
'When it had finished Darren went back to his room and I lay on the bed in a complete state of shock.
'There was no going back now. But I felt so guilty and ashamed, ashamed that I’d betrayed Lewis who was such a genuine person.
'I’d been cheated on in the past so I knew what it felt like, and now I was no better than them.
'But I couldn’t stop thinking about Darren, I couldn’t see a way of having him without causing massive heartbreak.
'I started to cry, I couldn’t see what I was going to do.
As they were: Lewis claims he will never speak to his father again while he is in a relationship with Emma
'An hour later Lewis came home, but I couldn’t look him in the eye. I’d betrayed the man I thought I loved.
'For the next three months I saw Darren when Lewis wasn’t around, and tried to carry on as though nothing had happened.
'I was an emotional wreck. I’d gone from wanting to spend the rest of my life with Lewis to being unable to be intimate with him because I didn’t love him.
'It was heart-breaking. I wanted to reset the clock and go back to how things were before all this happened, but I couldn’t.
'Telling Lewis the truth would mean he lost his dad again, and he’d be unable to forgive me. If Lewis and I ate tea together I’d suddenly well up and have to rush out of the kitchen so Lewis didn’t see me in tears.'
During all of this turmoil, Lewis was planning the couple’s wedding.
Emma said: 'He’d taken over planning the wedding because I was showing little interest.
'But I still couldn’t choose between
them. I loved Darren and could see a future with him but Lewis deserved
better than that, so I stuck it out.
'I took Lewis's hand and said: “I’m
really sorry, but for the past few months I’ve been seeing your dad. I
really like you but I don’t love you. I love Darren.”'
'After three months of this charade I became so exhausted I told Darren we had to come clean. Darren panicked and said: “You can’t, he’ll never speak to me again.”
'But I knew this was the right thing to do, I could never end things with Darren now.
'Darren and I met at his house and Lewis joined us. He knew something was wrong and asked: “Is everything OK”
'I took Lewis’s hand and said: “I’m really sorry, but for the past few months I’ve been seeing your dad. I really like you but I don’t love you. I love Darren.”
'Lewis laughed, thinking I was joking. But when I walked up to Darren, took his hand and started to cry, Lewis’ face dropped.
'He threw himself at Darren and they started fighting. Eventually Lewis marched to the front door and screamed: “I hope you two will be happy together, in hell!”
'The guilt and betrayal I felt towards him made me feel sick. I lost lots of weight, couldn’t eat, didn’t want to go out and sank into depression.
'But I think I have made the right decision by choosing Darren, my future is with him now.
'To drag things on with Lewis would’ve been crueller than doing what I did and I’ve come to terms with that now.
'Darren and I have been together, properly, for five months now and are hoping to move in together this year.
'Darren’s hoping to patch things up with Lewis but I’m not holding my breath. We haven’t spoken since the fight, but I hope one day we can all be friends again.'
Darren claimed the couple are 'really happy' together.
He said: 'It’s a shame what’s happened and I didn’t want to hurt Lewis, but at the end of the day I’ve found Emma and that’s what counts.
'Lewis will find someone else, he’s a good-looking lad and I hope one day we can be friends again.'
Lewis said: 'I’m getting over it. But I still think it’s a nasty thing to do.
'I feel quite embarrassed about it. I don’t know if I’ll ever be friends with my dad again, well definitely not while he’s with her.
'I’ve just got to get over it and I am.'