Maria Fernandes, the wife of Labour MP Keith Vaz has said news of her husband’s involvement in an alleged sex scandal came as a ‘complete shock’ to her, but she has decided to ‘forgive the betrayal’.
In a detailed interview to Daily Mail, Maria Fernandes explains why she decided to give the scandal-hit MP a second chance but maintains that he ‘needs to change or he’ll be slung out’.
In the interview to Daily Mail, Fernandes said: “I would have liked to have taken all my crockery and broken it on his head… My immediate thought was to tell him to leave then have space to discuss things… I’ve decided to forgive him. That’s different to forgiving him right now. If I don’t forgive him eventually, it is going to tear me up. It’s going to destroy me and I don’t want that. I don’t like that feeling of anger and bitterness.”
Fernandes opened up about the night her husband returned home, warning her that there would be members of the media outside the house. Upon his return, Vaz begged for forgiveness, saying it would never happen again. Fernandes also spoke about how their children – especially their daughter who was close to Vaz – was extremely angry at what their father had done.
“She was very upset, she was very angry with her father, and I think she was angry for me. She was picking up the anger that I should have felt. She also wanted to see he was OK because they have a very close relationship. She was worried about him,” Fernandes says of her daughter.
Fernandes also spoke of how she moved into a spare room when Vaz told her about the scandal, but has now moved back into her bedroom as she says Vaz is suicidal and has attempted suicide in the past.
“‘He wanted to kill himself twice – once as Europe Minister [when he was embroiled in a scandal over passports] – and again now. He just wanted to die,” Fernandes told Daily Mail.
Caught in the middle of an alleged sex scandal, 59-year-old Goan-origin British MP Keith Vaz resigned as chair of the powerful Home Affairs Committee. “I am genuinely sorry for the hurt and distress that has been caused by my actions, in particular to my wife and children,” said, Keith Vaz, as he stated his intention to stand aside from chairing the sessions of the Committee.”