Belgian man discovers wife used to be male after 19 years of marriage
A man from Belgium wants to have his marriage annulled after discovering that his Indonesian wife of 19 years had originally been a man and had undergone a sex change.
The man, only named as Jan, married Monica, his family's former au pair, in 1993 despite legal difficulties posed by the Belgian immigration authorities.
"I feel I've been assaulted," the Telegraph quoted him as telling the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper.
"I brought her to Belgium. That was not easy. The Belgian courts had serious doubts about the authenticity of her birth and her identity papers, but eventually they accepted it anyway.
"I thought she was an attractive woman, all woman. She had no male traits," he said.
The couple decided not to have kids as Jan, 64, had two from his previous marriage and she fooled him by pretending to menstruate, using sanitary towels, "to conceal the truth," the paper said.
"Even during sex, I never noticed anything," he said.
Jan, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment following the discovery, has started legal proceedings to have the marriage annulled.