Ossola moved in with his great aunt Yolanda in the city of Salta, north-west Argentina, eight years ago after his parents split up. He, his mother, her brother and his grandmother shared a home with the elderly woman in the neighbourhood of Tres Cerritos, and apparently got along very well that soon Yolanda agreed to marry him so that he could collect a widower’s pension after she was gone.
The then 23-year-old had told the woman that he planned to quit his law studies due to financial constraints, and she assured him that she would do everything she can to make sure he graduates.
The young man recently admitted to reporters that he was the one who proposed they get married and that she accepted.
“I said to Yolanda after the separation of my parents: ‘Look Ulita, I’m going to have to abandon my studies’. Those were the circumstances that led to us getting married,” Mauricio said. “Yolanda insisted I had to finish my studies. She would say to me, ‘I’m going to help you because you always take care of me, you go with me to the doctor’s and you’re always helping me with my problems’. After some time had gone by, I asked her what she would think if I asked her to marry me.”
According to Oddity Central,soon after the bizarre union, Yolanda passed away from sepsis, and the 25-year-old applied for a widower’s pension, to fulfill his late wife’s/great-aunt’s wish. Unfortunately, things did not go as smoothly as he had hoped, as social services denied his request after the 91-year-old woman’s neighbours told them that they knew nothing about the marriage.
However, Ossola insists that his union to his great-aunt was perfectly legal and he will fight the decision to reject his application for the pension even if he has to go all the way to Argentina’s Supreme Court.
“I loved Yolanda in the purest way you can love someone and that feeling, along with the pain her loss caused me, will remain with me for the rest of my life,” he said.