One Japanese husband was so jealous, he refused to speak to his wife for 20 years — despite sharing a house with her.
The couple’s 18-year-old son, Yoshiki, reached out to a TV show for help after explaining his father had spent 20 years living with his wife, Yumi, in silence.
Their three children recall watching their father rebuff every one of their mother’s attempts at conversation in the past two decades. Instead, Otou would only respond with grunts and nods.
When the TV show forced him to finally speak, his reason stunned many: he envied the attention Yumi gave to their children.
“I was kind of … jealous,” he said on the show. “I was sulking about it. There’s no going back now I guess.”
Yet perhaps not all hope is lost.
The show forced Otou into meeting with Yumi at the same park in which they had shared their first date.
There, it appears, he revealed he may have realized the error of his ways.
“You were so concerned about the kids,” were some of Otou’s first words to his wife in 20 years. “Somehow it’s been awhile since we talked.
Yumi, up until now, you have endured a lot of hardship. I want you to know I’m grateful for everything.”