A woman who traced an old flame through the Friends Reunited website after her 18-year marriage ended was surprised to find that he is soon to become she.
According to The Mirror, Maddie Leighton from Swindon wanted to trace Derek Day because she thought he would be a "strong shoulder" to cry on.
The pair had a three-month affair in the 1970s, but when Maddie traced father-of-two Derek through the website she found that he'd changed his name to Diana and was about to have a sex change operation.
They are now firm friends. "I always thought Derek was far too pretty to be a man, and I wasn't remotely shocked or surprised when he told me," Maddie told The Mirror.
'Diana' will have the operation next year. "It was fantastic to be accepted [by Maddie]. She's my soul mate. I'll never lose touch again," he said.
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