The parents of a Year 12 boy who went viral for supposedly marrying his best mate last week have now spoken out to say that their son did not in fact get married, and that no 100-person loophole party went ahead in the end.
A mate of one of the boys told The Daily Telegraph that the parents were away on holidays but came straight home as soon as they saw the photos of the ceremony going viral.
The dad of one of the boys also spoke to the paper, and said it was nothing more than a “silly teenage idea”.
“However, no legally binding ceremony took place and we shut down the planned private celebratory event as soon as we found out about it, and thankfully, nobody was put at risk,” the dad added.
The Sydney Grammar students’ plan was to get married and have a “100-person party” in their garden, according to a Snapchat screenshot shared by Brown Cardigan at the time.
Under current NSW lockdown restrictions, just 20 people are allowed to hang out at home, however up to 150 people can attend a wedding.
The wedding afterparty, which was in actual fact a Year 12 formal afterparty, was called off before it could even start.
“Furthermore, we immediately engaged a security firm to ensure that if anyone tried to attend, they would be turned away – and no-one did actually turn up,” the dad said.
“We are fully aware of the extremely high level of importance of complying with all aspects of the coronavirus restrictions, and we’ve made sure that our family understands this, too.”
He also stressed that no “legally binding ceremony took place”. In the photos the boys can be seen with posing with a “Certificate of Commitment”, which is neither a proper marriage certificate nor an official de-facto relationship certificate issued by the NSW Government.
Luckily for them, it means they won’t have to go through the hassle of getting divorced.
However, at least one of the boys is now in Big Trouble™ with his parents for flouting COVID-19 gathering restrictions.
“Our son has apologised to our family, as well as to the other families who were involved, and we have made it clear to him how important compliance with the coronavirus restrictions is,” the dad added.
Obviously, the lockdown restrictions are in place for a reason. It was probably for the best that they didn’t end up married and that the party was called off.
Nevertheless, these boys still deserve props for their creativity and commitment (pun intended).