Many couples experience some kind of long, annoying, period of silence after a spat, but, it’s unlikely to compare to this man’s extreme version of the silent treatment.
It had been literally TWO DECADES since these former love birds had spoken to each other, and not because they lived apart either, they still shared a bed the 20 years he refused to speak to her. Talk about dedication, on her part that is.
Otou Katayama, from southern Japan, still lived with his three children and wife, Yumi. Yumi persists in making conversation with him, only to receive a nod or a grunt in response.
The bizarre revelation was made public after their 18-year-old son Yoshiki, wrote into a TV show pleading with them to fix the situation as he had never heard them have a conversation.
The Japanese TV producers were intrigued and soon arranged/filmed a meeting between the couple in the park where they had their first date.
‘Somehow it’s been a while since we talked.”
“You were so concerned about the kids.”
‘Yumi up until now, you have endured a lot of hardship. I want you to know I’m grateful for everything.’
Otou later explained that he had been giving her the cold shoulder out of jealousy because their children had been getting more attention than him.
On the show, he admitted: ‘I was kind of… jealous. I was sulking about it.”
‘There’s no going back now I guess.’
Good gosh this guy acted like a petulant child for twenty years!! How sad that he couldn’t or wouldn’t change after all that time! What a waste! And for what? So that twenty years later he could finally have his feelings appreciated? Give me a break! This woman should have left his butt long ago.
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