Mum’s life was ‘shattered’ after her partner left her for a Ukrainian refugee they were hosting
Lorna Garnett, 28, said she was devastated after her partner of eight years ran away with the Ukrainian refugee they had brought to their home in Bradford, West Yorks.
A mother-of-two says her life was ‘shattered’ by a Ukrainian refugee who stole her boyfriend after he gave her safe shelter in the UK.
Lorna Garnett, 28, says she had reservations about welcoming refugee Sofiia Karkadym to her home in Bradford West Yorks with her longtime boyfriend Anthony.
But the mum said she became even more concerned when their new flatmate started wearing “low-cut tops and lipstick” around the house.
After two weeks, Lorna snapped and kicked Sofiia out – but says she was devastated when her partner of eight years went with Sofiia.
lorna said the sun“She set her sights on Anthony from the start, decided she wanted him and she took him.
“I just don’t understand how he could have thrown all that away for a woman he’s known for a fortnight. The life I knew is broken.
The story even made headlines in Ukraine, as IT manager Sofiia and security guard Anthony walked up to the cameras claiming they ‘couldn’t fight’ their love for each other. other.
Tony had signed up the government project for the accommodation of refugees following the Russian invasion but claimed he took to social media to offer help when he found the application process too slow.
The father, who works at an NHS drop-in centre, was introduced to Sofia on Facebook and offered to become his UK godfather.
Sofia traveled from Kyiv to Lviv, Poland and then to Berlin before flying to Manchester Airport to meet Tony after getting his visa in early May.
Within days, tensions rose as Tony and their new guest grew closer – as Lorna grew increasingly suspicious that Sofia wanted more than just a roof over her head.
Regretting that she had opened up their rental home, Lorna’s worries were heightened further when Sofiia would “put on makeup, do her hair and wear a low-cut top only when Tony got home from work”.
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After packing up to follow Sofia, Lorna says Tony and his new muse have started sharing a bed at his mother’s house.
He told Lorna they fell head over heels in love during a whirlwind romance and he wanted to build a new life with Sofia, the heartbroken mum claims.
Lorna recalled that it quickly “became clear” that Sofia had no interest in spending time with her and said communication between them became difficult despite his “good English”.
Lorna added that she even took Sofia shopping to help her pick out some new clothes, but soon noticed her guest rarely left her room until Tony got home from work.
She claims Sofia made “no effort with her appearance” all day, only doing her makeup and her hair when Tony returned.
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A neighbor even warned Lorna that she saw Tony and Sofia being “sensitive” and talking intimately as they smoked together outside the family home.
The mum added: ‘By then I had started to feel like the third wheel as they sat on the couch laughing and joking while I was ignored. I suddenly felt unwelcome in my own home.
Lorna – who changed her surname by deed but is not married to Tony – has now warned other families of the dangers of inviting a stranger into their home.
Warning others, Lorna said she would never stop anyone from helping Ukrainian refugees, but added she didn’t want to see anyone else go through this “devastating” ordeal.
Tony apologized for the heartbreak but insisted he had “never had a love” quite like this with Sofia, as the pair admitted they fell in love at first sight.
Almost 54,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the UK under government schemes.
Refugees Minister Lord Harrington said: “We are doing all we can to support new arrivals.