Tuesday, 03. March 2015
16. 07. 14. - 16:00
A Romanian society girl who announced in a blaze of publicity that she was planning to adopt a child from an orphanage to give him a life "in which he would want nothing" secretly took him back to the orphanage two days later when the child kept her awake on his first night in the family mansion.
Monica Columbeanu, 26, whose society friends include Paris Hilton, has been in the public spotlight since she was 18 when she married multimillionaire Romanian businessman Irinel Columbeanu, then aged 56.
The couple had a daughter and to campaign against allegations she had only married him for his money, she started a PR tour that included a visit to the Jiu Placement Center for Orphans in Bucharest. There she met three-year-old Alex Gabriel and announced it was wrong for children to be kept in institutions – and set about the process of adopting him.
She told the media: "I'll make sure he won’t lack anything and by that I mean primarily parental love."
As a result the youngster Alex Gabriel was whisked away to enjoy a weekend in the luxurious Izvorani mansion, but after he failed to sleep at night in his new bed, keeping his new mum awake, he was quietly taken back to the orphanage, the matter was dropped, and the adoption process too.
And now that Monica has split up with her wealthy husband and is now with a new lover, those who organised the trip for her to the orphanage have revealed the truth about what happened to the boy who is still in care.
Stefan Cristofor, a businessman from Bucharest who runs a charity helping orphans together with his daughter Mihaela, confirmed that they had arranged the meeting between Monica and Alex.
Mihaela said: "Monica wanted to spend a weekend with the boy that she wanted to adopt. But the child could not adapt. In the evening, when she put him to bed, he began to cry and could not sleep. The next day she took him back to the orphanage. The question of adoption was simply stopped at that point because quite simply she didn't want him any more."
As to Alex, he is currently getting ready for his first year at school and barely remembers Monica with whom he only spent a single weekend.
Since splitting with her former husband Monica has become one of the hottest society girls in Romania and she still has a taste for wealthy lovers. Her current boyfriend according to Romanian media has given her a 90,000 GBP car and she has been seen partying with Paris Hilton.
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