An Instagram influencer recently stirred up quite the controversy after she divorced her husband, and then went on to remarry his son.
And this week, she has revealed the lengths she has gone to to "make herself more attractive" for her considerably younger spouse.
Keep scrolling to read more about this bizarre relationship...
How close is too close?We've all heard of family members being a little bit too close for comfort - you know, second cousins falling in love, etcetera...
But what about family members who are <em>even</em> closer than this?Yes, believe it or not, there have been instances of relatives striking up somewhat inappropriate romances behind their family members' backs.
Inter-family relationships are a <em>huge</em> taboo in pretty much every culture...So, of course, the people who do embark upon them tend to keep their true feelings incredibly close to their chests.
But, there are some people out there who declare their love loud and proud...Despite the controversy surrounding it.
And the latest person to proudly show off her somewhat inappropriate relationship has a huge online following...And, let's just say, people are not impressed with her antics.
Marina Balmasheva has a lot of explaining to do.
The thirty-five-year-old Russian influencer became famous after she documented her dramatic weight-loss journey, and became well known for her lifestyle blogging... But, in the last year, she has become known for something else entirely.
Marina was happily married to her husband, Alexey Shavyrin...
Before she had her sights set upon someone else, that is.
Following her eventual divorce from forty-five-year-old Alexey, Marina embarked upon a new relationship...
With Alexey's son... AKA, her twenty-year-old stepson.
Marina revealed the shocking news on Instagram.
She wrote: "You never know how life will turn out and when you will meet a person who makes you smile. I know that some will judge us, others will support us, but we are happy and wish you to be as well."
She went onto explain that they are very much in love...
And that they plan on someday getting married, as well as wanting to have children together.
Admittedly, she and Vladimir aren't blood-related...
But what makes this whole situation so problematic was that she helped to raise him.
Marina first met Vladimir when he was just 7-years-old.
Throughout his early years, she helped raise him as a parent while she was married to his dad. But their relationship apparently bloomed when Vladimir returned home from university, aged nineteen.
The couple quickly moved in together...
And Vladimir now helps to raise Marina's 5 adopted children.
And, to make this whole story even <em>more</em> problematic...
Marina's ex-husband, and Vladimir's dad, Alexey, was apparently aware of their relationship while he was still married and living with her.
It really is unacceptable.
He recalled: "I could not fall asleep one night when I heard them having sex. Then I understood that Marina was cheating on me with my son. A few minutes later she just came and lay down next to me. I didn’t tell her a word that night."
Understandably, Alexey is furious with the whole arrangement...
And is convinced that Marina took advantage of his son.
“She seduced my son, Vova [Vladimir] is not capable of that. He had not had a girlfriend before her."
But, regardless of Alexey's anger, Marina and Vladimir have continued with their relationship...
And, just when you thought this situation couldn't get any weirder, the couple announced that Marina was expecting Vladimir's child.
In June last year, Marina posted a photo of her holding up a pregnancy test.
She said: “I can reveal that I am 4 weeks pregnant and yes, that is why we decided to get married."
So, of course, nobody was too surprised when their wedding was announced.
Taking to Instagram (of course), Marina revealed that she and Vladimir had officially tied the knot in a subtle ceremony.
The newly-wed shared this photo with her 433K followers...
Along with the caption: "We drove to the registry office, I didn't even have a hairbrush with me. The rings were in the car. There were a good mood and a little embarrassment. After the registry office, we dressed in typical wedding attire and enjoyed a nice reception at a local restaurant with several guests."
She then shared a video of them both signing the official documents in the registry office...
(Disclaimer: The groom's dad didn't attend the ceremony, in case any of you were wondering.)
And now, months on from their wedding, Marina has revealed something else about their relationship.
She has recently opened up about undergoing plastic surgery in a bid to "make herself attractive" to her now-husband.
The influencer took to Instagram (again) to share her before and after pictures...
Where she revealed she underwent abdominoplasty to remove her excess skin after losing weight.
As well as face and neck lift and a blepharoplasty, she had Botox on her forehead.
In the caption, she wrote:
"How it changes a person: lifting the lower part of the face (skin), neck (skin), blepharoplasty, Botox forehead, eyebrow dusting, keratin for hair (maybe not all washed off) and Pregnancy. they say that my nose is already bigger than before."
"I don't even know. In the photo "before" I'm 32-33. This February will be 36."
As per the Daily Mail, she also added:
"So many people tell me to use makeup because of my young husband. But there is one thing - he fell in love with me with all my scars from plastic surgeries, cellulite, excessive skin and personality."
You can see the before and after pictures here:
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