The infertile father who discovered his three children were not biologically his has revealed the anger he felt towards his ex-wife.
MoneySupermarket.com co-founder Richard Mason, 55, spoke earlier this week of his shock when doctors told him in 2016 he had been infertile since birth due to the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.
This meant that his eldest son, 23, and 19-year-old twin boys were not his biological children.
Speaking on today’s Good Morning Britain, Richard confessed he wanted to "get a hammer" to confront his ex-wife Kate.
Instead he received £250,000 after a two-year legal case, which current wife Emma described as a "small thump to the stomach".
Richard admitted he was furious after discovering the shocking truth
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Talking about his emotions towards his ex, Richard said: "The price of taking her to court was a necessary one.
"When something like that happens to you, you suddenly feel this betrayal, this bitterness and sort of anger you can’t explain. I’m still their dad.
"Rather than get a hammer and go and confront her, I thought ‘what can I do? We’re a civilised country’.
"I’ve always taught them to be straight forward and honest. What you should do is go to the law."
Richard got close to tears as he spoke about his diagnosis
Richard was close to tears and struggled to speak at the start of the interview.
He said: "It was like being hit by a hammer. It was like the world had just fallen away.
"I felt like on the one hand I’d just been told I had a terminal illness, on the other, finding out the boys weren’t mine was just very, very hard."
Richard made an emotional plea to his sons
Two of Richard’s sons are no longer in contact with him after he sued their mum.
Making an emotional plea to his children, he said: "Boys, I haven’t done anything wrong at all.
"I love you and my door’s always open. I’ve got the kettle waiting to go on, a six pack of beer, just come round, you’ll get the biggest hug ever. Let’s have a cry, let’s just hug, let’s just get back to where we were before.
"And just have a word with your mum, tell her to stop being so daft."
Good Morning Britain viewers took to Twitter with their thoughts.
One viewer said: "This whole story is absolutely heartbreaking and just got a whole lot worse- I want to sit and sob for them both"
"This poor guy Any woman who treats a man like this needs to sort her life out and learn how to treat men properly," added another.
A third said: "To be honest I feel really bad for the children. I don’t understand why he’s taken her to court. Sorry."
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am
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