60-year-old woman who spent her life savings on Sri Lankan toy boy says she 'feels stupid'
Diane De Zoysa, a 60-year-old woman from the UK, has returned home heartbroken this week after spending her life savings on a 26-year-old man she met while on holiday in 2011.
Priyanjana De Zoysa, a former hotel worker, started up an intense relationship with the pensioner seven years ago and, within a matter of months, the pair were married. Over the course of their relationship, Diane sold her house and used up her £90,000 savings in order to relocate to her husband's home country of Sri Lanka and help him out financially.
Tragically, however, the young man was killed by gangsters last year, leaving Diane with his family - who apparently would not let her leave.
Now, after mourning his loss and escaping back to Scotland, she says she "feels stupid" and realises that their relationship was "all about the money".
"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 told The Daily Record.
"I thought he did really love me but obviously he didn't."
During the last few years, Diane spent £57,000 on building a new house for herself and Priyanjana near his family in Ahungalla. She also spent a further £31,000 on a minibus for her husband, which he needed for work.
Almost as soon as she moved there, though, Priyanjana turned on her.
"My husband's family virtually had me under house arrest for two years," she explained. "I couldn't go anywhere – not even to the beach."
After Priyanjana was killed, his family refused to help Diane sell her house, and even demanded more money from her when she made it clear she wanted to move home.
"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."
But Diane was adamant that she wanted to make 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."
In the end, it was her husband's greed that led to his death.
"[A gang] blackmailed him," Diane said. "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 the family and staying with some friends before returning to the UK, Diane has revealed that she is totally broke. She can no longer survive on her pension, and currently owes £4000 in credit card debt.
However, she believes that Priyanjana may have defrauded her, as she suspects that he may have had another wife. She is currently seeking legal help for her situation, and hopes that she can retrieve some of the money she funneled into her impulsive marriage.