A 99-YEAR-old man is set to unofficially enter the record books after filing for divorce from his wife of 77 years in Rome this week.
The man, known in court papers only as Antonio C, is divorcing his wife Rosa C, 96, over an affair she had in the 1940s.
The affair went undiscovered for more than 50 years until Antonio was browsing through a chest of drawers at the couple’s home just days before Christmas, the Daily Mail reported.
According to lawyers he uncovered a trove of Rosa’s love letters dating back to the affair which occurred about ten years after they were married.
Antonio immediately demanded a divorce after a regretful Rosa came clean about the affair.
Although more than half a century has passed since the infidelity, and they had five children and a dozen grandchildren together, Antonio was determined to call it quits.
According to divorce papers, the marriage had already had its share of difficulty with a split ten years ago when Antonio briefly left the house to stay with his son.
The Italian press have attributed the separation to the couple’s southern blood – he is originally from Olbia in Sardinia, while his wife was born in Naples.
They met when Antonio was posted to Naples as a young carabinieri officer in the 1930s.
Previously the previous oldest couple to divorce were UK couple Bertie and Jessie Wood, both aged 98, who cut short their 36-year marriage in 2009 when they were both two years away from their 100th birthdays.