Mary Kay Letourneau and her student-turned-husband Vili Fualaau are separating once again after they tried to reconcile.
The news comes just four months after the controversial couple announced they were back together a year after Fualaau filed for separation.
A source told People that the couple, who began dating when Letourneau was 34 and Fualaau was 12, appear to be headed to divorce.
'They still love each other very much,' the source said. 'They're family and always will be. It just isn't working, and they're going to have to call it.'
Mary Kay Letourneau and her student-turned-husband Vili Fualaau (pictured with their daughters in 2015) are separating once again after they tried to reconcile last year
Letourneau, 57, and Fualaau, 35, began dating in 1996 when she was his teacher at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington
A legal filing obtained by the magazine revealed that the couple has decided to move forward with private arbitration to finalize their split.
'They really gave it the old college try,' the source said. 'They have a long history with two kids, but it really seems to have run its course.'
'They worked really hard to fix things, but it still fell apart. The reconciliation just didn't work.'
Letourneau, 57, and Fualaau, 35, began dating in 1996 when she was his teacher at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington.
The couple first met when Fualaau was in Letourneau's second grade class in Seattle, but did not begin to have a sexual relationship until four years later, when he was 12.
Their relationship turned quickly sexual and, in 1997, Letourneau was arrested for child rape after a relative of her husband contacted police
Letourneau and Fualaau (pictured in 2002) shocked the world for decades. She gave birth to their first daughter while out on bail in 1997 and had their second child in prison in 1998
The former teacher, who was sentenced to seven years in prison in 1998 (pictured), was released in 2004. The couple got married the following year
Their relationship turned quickly sexual and, in 1997, Letourneau was arrested for child rape after a relative of her husband contacted police.
Letourneau and Fualaau shocked the world for decades. She gave birth to their first daughter while out on bail in 1997 and had their second child in prison in 1998.
The former teacher, who was sentenced to seven years in prison, was released in 2004. The couple got married the following year.
'I'm not surprised that they got married,' David Gehrke, Letourneau's lawyer and friend, told People last year.
'And I'm not surprised, in this day and age, that they are separating.'
Letourneau broke down last year as she discussed the media fallout from the couple's relationship.
'It's shock value. That's what it was all about. Shock. I call it media carnage. Road kill. Blood,' she said on the A&E special 'Autobiography'.
'Everybody wants to hear the story. Whether it's because they want to analyze it or criticize it. It's been 20 years but it's still there.'
Fualaau, who also appeared, reflected on their relationship and said he 'wasn't thinking' when they started having sex when he was just 12 years old.
Letourneau is pictured here with the couple's first daughter in 1997
'The age difference, all of that stuff wasn't going through my mind,' he said. 'A lot of things that should have gone through my mind at the time, weren't going through my mind.'
Letourneau and Fualaau opened up about how their relationship began when they sat down with Barbara Walters in 2015 for the 20/20 special American Scanda.
In that interview, Letourneau said that the relationship between the two did not start until after the school year was over, and that it quickly became physical.
'The incident was a late night that it didn't stop with a kiss. And I thought that it would and it didn't,' said Letourneau. 'I loved him very much, and I kind of thought, "Why can't it ever just be a kiss?''
Letourneau was pregnant by the time Fualaau was 13. But she managed to keep everything under wraps until the following year, when her husband found a love letter sent by the pre-teen.
He quickly alerted the authorities, who questioned Fualaau and then arrested Letourneau. The teacher's husband stood by her side through that first sentencing and public ridicule that followed as news of the relationship became public.
Fualaau was a troubled Samoan boy from a broken home living in a rough part of Seattle. His father served time in prison for an armed robbery, and he had a difficult relationship with his mother.
Letourneau by comparison was living what appeared to be a picture perfect life with her two sons, two daughters, and handsome husband.
In June 2017, Fualaau filed for legal separation. But the couple continued to live in the same house and were seen together in Seattle (pictured)
The teacher stayed committed to Fualaau and gave birth to their first daughter while out on bail.
Three months later Letourneau entered a guilty plea to charges of second-degree child rape and was sentenced to six months in prison.
She was paroled after three months on the condition that she stay away from Fualaau, but was caught having sex with him in a car just weeks after her release.
Letourneau then began to serve her seven-year prison sentence, during which time she gave birth to the couple's second daughter Georgia.
After the birth of her second child with Fualaau, Letourneau's husband filed for divorce and moved to Alaska with the couple's four children.
Fualaau also opened up about the difficulties he faced trying to raise his two daughters alone when he wasn't even an adult yet himself.
The teen was eventually forced to drop out of high school and slipped into depression and alcoholism.
Last year the couple both appeared in a documentary where they complained about the media firestorm their romance had created
'I don't feel like I had the right support or the right help behind me,' he said. 'From my family, from anyone in general. I mean, my friends couldn't help me because they had no idea what it was like to be a parent, I mean, because we were all 14, 15.'
'I'm surprised I'm still alive today. I went through a really dark time,' he added.
As of 2017, Fualaau worked at a home and garden center while Letourneau was employed as a legal assistant, unable to teach due to her status as a sex offender.
Fualaau also works as a DJ, spinning at a local bar on weeknights under the name DJ Headline. The pair have also hosted Hot for Teacher nights at a local bar in the past.
In June 2017, Fualaau filed for legal separation. But the couple continued to live in the same house and were seen together in Seattle.
Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6862065/Mary-Kay-Letourneau-splits-former-student-husband-Vili-Fualaau.html