It was March 2016 and Helen Gundry and her then 15-year-old daughter Daisy thought Daniel – Helen’s husband, Daisy’s father – was away for work in Dubai.
They were excited to move from their home in Surry in the UK to join him in Dubai and start a new life together as soon as Daisy finished her final-year exams.
Then, sitting on the couch one night, Helen saw Daniel on an episode of Saturday Night Takeaway.
He was there, where he should never have been, in footage of a surprise wedding shown live on SNT. He was with another woman, Susan Brooker, and he was meant to be in Dubai.
“Things were great. We had our plans, Daisy was enrolled in college out there and we had an apartment out there,” Helen told This Morning. “Or so I thought.”
Although Helen and Daniel, 39, had separated for a time – and she knew of his relationship with Susan in the years they were apart – their marriage, she thought, had rekindled and his affair with Susan was over.
He had told Helen he “wanted to be a family again”.
She posted to the SNT Facebook page at the time: “I loved the wedding and the surprise guests. I didn’t love the sight of my husband who’s supposed to be working in Dubai arriving on the arm of another woman. A woman he’s supposed to have split from last year. We have a 15-year-old daughter and she’s in absolute bits.”
But watching her husband with another woman during prime-time television was only the beginning.
Only a week ago, the three women had to watch a man they once loved – who they thought loved them – be sentenced in a criminal court for bigamy.
Daisy, now 18, said she “collapsed there and then” when her father was handed down a six-month prison term.
“He’s given me a lot of issues in my own life that I need to focus on getting over as well,” she told This Morning. Indeed.
Helen thought she had found her happy ever after, until she caught her husband Daniel on live TV with his ‘other wife’ Sue. She shares her story… pic.twitter.com/KtnxfJzrRM
— This Morning (@thismorning) January 16, 2018