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But by the time Susan Sangster giggled and trilled her way through their first meal together, Stuart Crossley was on the lookout for a permanent partner.He says: "I had been living alone for five or six years, and although I was good friends with the two mothers of my children, and I had four kids that I adored, I didn't want to find a new girlfriend every 12 months.But he claims she was happy to agree to the pre-nuptial agreement.He says: "It just seemed a very simple agreement between two people of a certain age.He explained that he thought a mutual pre-nuptial agreement, drawn up by their two sets of lawyers and protecting their individual fortunes, a good idea."I thought that if the marriage didn't work out, we'd shake hands and not look to the other one for anything - taking out of it exactly the money that we brought in," he says."Her money will ultimately go to her children - and my money will go to mine.I explained to Sue that it seemed eminently fair to agree that none of our children should suffer if this experiment failed."Quite what Susan Sangster thought when her fiancé; described their forthcoming union as "an experiment" is unclear.
The story of how they married and broke up, and how Susan fought to have their pre-nuptial agreement overturned to give her a claim to some of Stuart's £45million fortune has made headline news and left London society aghast.
He won't divulge details but it appears that an angry missive from his wife marked a turning point."Sue had sent me an email, and when I read it, I realised with startling clarity that our marriage had no future," he says.
Scroll down for more..."I think that maybe she thought this was just another row, because I had packed my bags before.
At my age, I was looking for a companion - a permanent friendship."Then I met Sue and she seemed to be the sort of woman that I could settle down with. I really believed our relationship had a very good chance."Some friends warned him not to be so hasty, but in September 2005 - just three months after they had first met - Stuart blurted out a proposal. "I asked her because I thought that was what she wanted."We were having some problems, and I thought that getting married would virtually eliminate those."As Susan squealed with joy and embraced her new husband-to-be, it must have appeared that all their problems were indeed over.
But a few days later, Stuart had another suggestion.
The couple had a daughter, Melissa, now 26, but divorced in 1985 after six years.