Love triangle of UK couple and Ukrainian refugee ‘homewrecker’

When Tony Garnett and his partner Lorna decided to take in a displaced Ukrainian, they had no idea it would be the end of their family.

But Tony and refugee Sofiia Karkadym, who moved in with the couple and their two young children on May 4, quickly bonded over the language of love: he speaking Slovak and she cooing in Ukrainian.

Before long, he was beyond talking. Sofia reportedly started strutting around the house in red lipstick and low-cut tops, always sure to dress up just as Tony got home from her job as a security guard, according to the Sun.

Within days, Sofia, 22, and Tony, 29, were hitting the gym together or retreating to their car for intimate chats.

During one of their tête-à-têtes, Sofia made it clear that she had a high opinion of her host. As Tony told the Sun, “She told me privately, ‘Lorna is lucky to have you.'”

Tony and Lorna Garnett were together for 10 years before they split.
Tony and Lorna Garnett were together for 10 years before they split.
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But a friend from the block who saw them told Lorna, with whom Tony spent 10 years, to be careful. “My neighbor came to see me and said she was worried,” Lorna told the Sun. She “said they had been a bit fussy and that she didn’t like the way they looked.”

Inside the couple’s home, where their two children were forced to share a room to create space for Sofia, the East-meets-West alliance grew friendlier by the day.

“We were finding excuses to touch and rub against each other,” Tony acknowledged. “It was very flirtatious.”

After seeing the devastation of the war in Ukraine, the Garnetts spread the word on Facebook that they were willing to take in a refugee.
After seeing the devastation of the war in Ukraine, the Garnetts spread the word on Facebook that they were willing to take in a refugee.
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Lorna couldn’t take much. “She caused arguments; I can understand that,” Tony admitted. “When she arrived at night, Sofia was the one who prepared a meal for me to try.”

Recalling Lorna growing increasingly jealous, Tony said he was having “big arguments with Sofia, asking her why she was with me all the time.” He asked Sofía: “Why do you follow him?”

Within days of his guest’s arrival, Tony said, “Sofia told me she didn’t know if she could continue to live with us under these circumstances.”

Sofiia Karkadym, an IT worker in her homeland, was the first to respond to the Garnetts' call.
Sofiia Karkadym, an IT worker in her homeland, was the first to respond to the Garnetts’ call.
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Lorna no doubt had similar concerns: “I started to feel like the third wheel as they sat on the couch, laughing and joking while ignoring me. Suddenly I felt uncomfortable in my own house.”

To add insult to injury: the couple’s two children, aged six and three, followed their father’s example and fell in love with Sofia.

Ironically, all of this started out of what Tony called a desire to “do the right thing.” He and Lorna had posted their contact details on Facebook, offering a Ukrainian refugee a room in their home. As Kismet wanted, Sofia was the first to respond.

Tony and Sofia clicked quickly from the start and found reasons to be close to each other.
Tony and Sofia clicked quickly from the start and found reasons to be close to each other.
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“I decided it was the right thing to do, to put a roof over someone’s head and help them when they desperately needed it,” Lorna said.

He didn’t expect the need to include Sofia, an IT manager in his home country, taking liberties with Tony. While Sofia insists things didn’t start out that way, Lorna sees it differently. She maintains that the blond-haired charmer “set her sights on Anthony from the beginning, she decided she wanted him.”

And Tony pretty much agrees: “We clicked from the start. It was something that none of us could stop.”

Lorna Garnett says she can't believe her partner left her and their kids for someone she barely knows.
Lorna Garnett says she can’t believe her partner left her and their kids for someone she barely knows.
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However, Lorna, at the end of her rope after 10 days of shameless flirting and more, finally snapped on May 14.

“Seeing that we were getting close was too much,” Tony said. “He came to a head when [Lorna] he actually addressed Sofia, yelling at her, using harsh language that left her in tears. [Sofiia] He said he felt like he couldn’t stay under our roof anymore and something inside me clicked.”

Unable to sublimate his strong feelings, Tony told his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend, “If she goes, I go.”

Karkadym blames Lorna's jealousy for bringing her and Tony together.
Sofia (above) blames Lorna’s jealousy for pushing her and Tony to be together.
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He added to the Sun: “I knew I couldn’t quit and all of a sudden it seemed like a no-brainer. We both packed our bags and moved into my mom and dad’s house together.”

The whole thing has left Lorna upset. “They barely know each other,” she said after Tony parted ways with her. “She is crazy. She has abandoned a woman she has known for 10 days. Until she came, we were a normal happy family.”

However, from Sofia’s perspective, Lorna is solely to blame for the breakup: “Her constant suspicion, the tension, it just brought me and Tony closer together. She created this situation by constantly suggesting that something was going on when it wasn’t. So this is her fault… I am not a homewrecker.”

Tony says that he couldn't fight the attraction that he and Sofia had for each other.
Tony says that he couldn’t fight the attraction that he and Sofia had for each other.
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But even Tony’s parents might disagree with that assessment. While they initially allowed the couple to share a bed in their home, the older Garretts appear to have developed misgivings.

According to The Sun, Tony and Sofiia were “voted” after their story went viral. “The s**t has really hit the fan,” said Tony, who, ironically, is now a bit of a refugee as he searches for a new place to live. “We know people are upset, but we couldn’t fight it.”

The most annoying of all, it seems, is Lorna. “Everything she knew has been turned upside down in the space of two weeks,” the jilted girlfriend said furiously. Speaking of Sofia, Lorna insisted: “She didn’t care about the devastation that was left behind.”

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