A MILLIONAIRE discovered the three boys he brought up as his own were not his — when doctors told him he had been born infertile.
Richard Mason, 55, found out he has genetic lung disorder cystic fibrosis, which stops male sufferers having children.
He sued ex-wife Kate and she has now agreed out-of-court to hand back £250,000 of the £4million she received when they divorced in 2008, which included cash for private school fees.
He still doesn’t know the name of the real father and two of the three boys refuse to talk to him.
MoneySupermarket co-founder Mr Mason told the Mail on Sunday: ‘You don’t know what’s real and what isn’t — it’s as if I’m living in The Matrix.
‘Someone says to you “all that you know and everything you thought to be solid and true is not real. You are not a father, you are not able to have kids, your name will not continue”.’
Mr Mason, from Rhos, North Wales, was diagnosed in 2016. He protested that the findings must be wrong as he had fathered the boys — twins now aged 19 and their elder brother, 23. ‘The consultant just told me I should have a conversation with my ex-wife,’ he said.
After he contacted Mrs Mason, 54, she admitted an on-off affair with a colleague at Barclays Bank during their 20-year marriage. She said they had sex on six to 12 occasions but insisted the man couldn’t be the father as they always used a condom. DNA tests later proved Mr Mason was not father to the twins but the eldest boy refused to give a sample, saying: ‘He’s my dad and that’s that.’
The boy kept a promise to cut off contact if the lawsuit went ahead. One of the twins also refuses to talk.
Mr Mason’s lung capacity has reduced sharply since his diagnosis and he expects he will need an oxygen tank to breathe in a decade’s time.
His new wife Emma, 46, has also been left infertile, by breast cancer treatment.
He said he has to ‘relive the agony’ of the discovery about the boys each time his mum Brenda, 85, who has Alzheimer’s, asks after them. ‘All these years, she thought they were her grandchildren,’ he said.
Mrs Mason, who has a new partner, declined to comment.