Wife Tells All About Her Husband —​ A 62-Year-Old Mayor —​ Who Left Her To Move In With His 19-Year-Old Mistress

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John Copsey

Daisy Tomlinson is 43 years younger than former mayor John Copsey.

John and Jacqui Copsey had been through a lot together. Their connection weathered jealously, divorce, children, an election and even a brain tumor. While it seemed like the couple who had drifted apart and found each other later in life were built to last, all it took was a pretty 19-year-old girl to tear them apart. 

According to the Daily Mail, 62-year-old John Copsey met Daisy Tomlinson at a rock concert when she was 17. However, the couple insists that their relationship didn't turn romantic until recently, and added that there was "no abuse of position." In 2015, he was elected the conservative mayor of Bridlington, and prior to that he was a councilman. 

A few years before his election, 63-year-old Jacqui Copsey was diagnosed with a brain tumor. 

Though radiotherapy successfully treated it, her symptoms left her unable to attend many of her husband's campaign events, and, she says, may have been the reason she didn't see the warning signs sooner. 

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She only knew Daisy as a local teen who belonged to a troupe of performing artists and once posted a photo on Facebook of her wearing her husband's mayoral chains with the caption: "Decided being mayor is not for me — I'm sticking to farming."

"One day John told me: 'Oh, Daisy came up to me in the street and pinched my bum while I was talking to a gentleman.' And I replied: 'Aren’t you the lucky one to have such a young admirer?'"

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"I thought her a funny little thing, quite plain and nondescript, and I made a joke of it, because why on earth would such a young girl be interested in someone of John’s age? Later, at a civic lunch, I teased him and told everyone, 'Oh John’s got a follower called Daisy' — and they started singing the song 'Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do, I’m half crazy over the love of you.'"

But it wasn't a joke when on Daisy's crush didn't fade away like Jacqui thought it would. The teen continued to call John, and even though he said he was brushing her off, she soon learned that the two had been on dates. 

She then received a message from a fake Facebook account that said they were seeing each other behind her back at least once a week for the past two years.

"I tried to reason with her, telling her: 'Daisy, you’re young — your heart will soon mend. John is old enough to be your grandfather,'" Jacqui said. "I thought maybe she was looking for a father figure, but she insisted that wasn’t the case. She said that she was in love with John and he with her. I couldn’t believe it."

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Daisy even had messages to prove that John loved her. A couple of the messages even said that he wanted her to have his child. Jacqui and John already have a 34-year-old son together. 

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Jacqui gave her husband plenty of chances to end the affair, but he didn't. And a few weeks ago, she kicked him out for good. He moved into a flat with Daisy, and the couple is reportedly very happy. 

"We are very much in love and intend to marry," John said ."You can put that down as our official engagement. There is nothing more to it."

Jacqui still thinks her former husband has lost his mind. 

"I don’t know how many times I said to John: 'She’s only 19!'" she said. "I thought he’d come to his senses and realize he was being a silly old fool, flattered by the attention. John was a very good mayor and someone in his position shouldn’t have given her the time of day. It’s just crazy."

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