Controversial Long Island Rep. George Santos proposed to his teenage boyfriend while still married to a woman, a woman he didn’t divorce for five more years.
“Good evening everyone! As you all may already know Pedro and I have decided to join our toothbrushes! Lol and a very few friends have been selected to share this special moment with us!,” Santos wrote in a 2014 Facebook invite that has been shared recently with the media by Santos’ former roommate, Greg Morey-Parker.
Santos invited friends to a celebration of their engagement in November of that year, according to Pedro Vilarva, who was 18 when he first met the then-26-year-old future congressman in 2014. Santos never accepted his proposal, but Vilarva confirmed to the publication that Santos invited friends to the celebration.
“Thanks for sharing this very important day in our lives,” Santos wrote on Facebook of the planned Nov. 23 celebration at La Bonne Soupe in Midtown Manhattan.
Santos told the magazine that Vilarva continually turned down his suggestions, so the party “never happened.”
“He asked me 3x but I didn’t accept it,” Santos’ former lover told the Beast via text message. “There was never a party [or] anything in regards to it,” he said.
Confoundingly, the invitation to the public event was extended barely two years into Santos’ marriage to Brazilian woman Uadla Vieira Santos, who his housemates only knew as “a friend,” according to the Daily Beast.
Santos allegedly “tried to get me to marry some Brazilian woman so she could get citizenship,” according to Morey-Parker, a former roommate, indicating he might profit from the arrangement. The study didn’t go into detail about when that recommendation was made.
Eleven months before Santos proposed to his teenage partner, Santos’ wife filed for divorce for the first time in May 2013 only to have it halted by the end of the same year.
Less than two weeks before he officially filed the paperwork to begin his initial 2020 campaign, he ended his fairly covert marriage, which he continued to be legally married to until September 2019.
According to the Beast, the lawmaker who is openly gay did not mention his marriage to a woman during either of his campaigns.
During his original 2022 campaign, he claimed to reside on Long Island with his husband and their four dogs. Later, that was scrubbed.
Yasser Rabello, another former roommate, told the publication that Santos always appeared to be a “pathological liar” and shared old Facebook chats in which the congressman claimed he’d landed a position at CNN.
In a packed apartment in Jackson Heights in 2013 and 2014, Rabello claimed to have lived with Santos, his sister, and their since-deceased mother. He claimed to have “never known” that Santos was married at the time.
The one time he met Santos’ wife, who was then a resident of Astoria, Santos introduced her to him as “a friend,” according to Rabello.
Meanwhile, Morey-Parker told the Daily Beast that the politician took a scarf from him that a friend had given to him after he “had tried to kill myself.”
The disgraced congressman only offered comments after the Daily Beast report had already been published, according to the outlet, while Santos’ ex-wife did not react to inquiries.
“I will not give comment to slanderous accusations made by a person of the likes of Gregory,” Santos remarked in reference to Morey-Parker.