Romanian widower, 28, moves on with a new boyfriend a year after 81-year-old vicar husband’s death


A Romanian widower who was left £250,000 by his elderly British vicar husband has moved on with a new boyfriend.

Philip Clements, 81, passed away in May 2020 leaving his husband – 28-year-old male model Florin Marin – with £150,000 from his life insurance policy, £100,000 worth of property and a £2,000-a-month pension he will receive for the rest of his life.

Now, Marin has reportedly found a new partner in Spanish businessman Jeronimo Jesus de Vaga, 51, who is funding his playboy lifestyle despite his hefty inheritance.

Philip Clements (left), 81, passed away in May 2020 leaving his husband – 28-year-old male model Florin Marin (right) – with £150,000 from his life insurance policy, £100,000 worth of property and a £2,000-a-month pension he will receive for the rest of his life

Now, Mr Marin has reportedly found a new partner in Spanish businessman Jeronimo Jesus de Vaga (pictured), 51, who is funding his playboy lifestyle despite his hefty inheritance.

Now, Mr Marin (pictured) has reportedly found a new partner in Spanish businessman Jeronimo Jesus de Vaga, 51, who is funding his playboy lifestyle despite his hefty inheritance.

Now, Mr Marin (right) has reportedly found a new partner in Spanish businessman Jeronimo Jesus de Vaga (left), 51, who is funding his playboy lifestyle despite his hefty inheritance.

M Clements, originally from Eastry in Kent, moved to Romania to be with his toyboy lover after the pair married in 2017.

When the vicar – 55 years Marin’s senior – passed away, it sparked a bitter and public row between Mr Clement’s family and the model over the fortune, with the model banning his late husband’s family from the funeral.

Speaking from a Spanish villa, Marin told The Sun that he has moved on to an even wealthier man in the form or Mr de Vaga, a father of one.

‘For the holidays my Spanish man Jeronimo Jesus de Vega is paying,’ he told the newspaper. ‘I don’t spend my money on holidays – my lovers pay for it.’

He added that he still had the money from Mr Phillips ‘because I’m not stupid to spend the money from my husband on little things. I’m just putting the money in a bank saving there.’

He said that since he inherited his late-husband’s money, he had been chased by hopeful suitors hoping to get their hands on some of the fortune.

Pictured: Florin Marin hold up an urn containing his late husband's ashes in Romania

Pictured: Florin Marin hold up an urn containing his late husband’s ashes in Romania 

But despite the advances being made over social media in which some people have made grand promises of life-long romance, Mr Marin said he turns them down.

Mr Marin and Mr de Vaga have dated before, having met while Mr Clements and the male model were on a break, according to The Sun.

After just five month on marriage, the pair separated over arguments about Mr Marin’s late-night clubbing.

While Mr Clements returned to the UK and lived with a friend, Mr Marin reportedly struck up a new relationship with Mr de Vaga.

The married couple rekindled their relationship, however, with the vicar moving to Romania so that they could be together. 

Mr Marin told told the newspaper that he expected to marry again, but that he would not rush into anything, saying he had only been dating Mr de Vaga for a couple of months.

‘Of course I think about Philip every day because he was my husband and still is watching me from the clouds,’ he added. 

Mr Clements had served as a priest with the Anglican church but he retired before marrying Mr Marin. 

The couple met on the online dating site Grindr and got married three years ago in Kent (pictured outside Philip's Kent home)

The couple met on the online dating site Grindr and got married three years ago in Kent (pictured outside Philip’s Kent home)

Mr Clements had only recently moved to Romania last year before he fell ill in May and was taken to a hospital in Bucharest after running out of medication during the coronavirus lockdown.

While he tested negative for Covid-19, he passed away overnight on May 31 in a room unable to receive visitors due to lockdown restrictions.

Florin then banned Philip’s family from attending his funeral and now only speaks to one of his brothers.  

The couple met on the online dating site Grindr and got married three years ago in Kent – but their relationship hadn’t been plain sailing.

They experienced turbulence early on when Mr Clements tried living in Bucharest.

Rows over Mr Marin’s clubbing into the early hours and an alleged affair with a Spaniard named Jesús saw the former vicar move back to England after just a few months, despite having sold his home to live in the Romanian capital.

They even appeared on the Jeremy Kyle show together.

The couple rekindled their relationship, and Mr Clements sold his house in the UK and moved out to Romania where the pair lived off his teaching and church pension.

Prior to his death, Mr Clements had said of Marin: ‘I love him to bits, if we were permanently separated, I would be the most unhappy person in the world.’

The furious relatives of Mr Clements have been quite adamant in their belief that Marin had ulterior motives.

Mr Clements

Mr Clements

Mr Clements fell ill during the coronavirus lockdown after running low on medication and initially refused to go to hospital (pictured left at home not long before he died) but was eventually taken there by Florin (pictured on the ward right) where he was put in isolation before passing away

Brother Anthony said earlier this year: ‘I told my brother this many times. Florin is nothing but a gold digger who set out to rob my brother from the moment they met. And now he has got what he wanted.

‘The man is a disgrace. I made my feelings clear many times. What has happened speaks for itself. Florin has cashed in and has done very well out of my brother.’ 

The retired postman added: ‘The whole family feels the same way. I’ve spoken to my other brother Brian about it too and he’s not happy either about the way Florin has taken advantage of Phillip.

‘We were supposed to inherit Philip’s estate but now it’s all gone to Florin. But it’s not about the money because I would rather have my brother alive. What angers us is the way he’s been treated by his husband.’

He claims the pair were ‘always fighting and breaking up. On one occasion about four years ago I went to console Philip because he was in bits. I supported him through it, but I also told him that Florin was no good for him.’

He described his his late brother as ‘a very intelligent man but not very street wise and it was easy to pull the wool over his eyes and take advantage of him. I could see what was going on but sadly, he couldn’t.’

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline after Mr Clements’ death, Mr Marin said: ‘People will think that I am a widow with a black hat who is crying, and I did cry, but two days is enough.

‘Philip didn’t want me to cry, he wanted people to be happy whatever happened.

‘I don’t want to show people my feelings because my husband died, because some people take advantage of that and there are people who are happy because of your sadness,’ he added.



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