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Olivia Newton-John’s ex-boyfriend faked his death, and it gets even weirder

The story of Olivia Newton-John’s missing boyfriend just gets wilder. Patrick McDermott disappeared during a fishing trip off the coast of California in 2005. But reports have placed him working in Mexico ever since, and McDermott had a suspicious number of financial problems just before the disappearance.

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Now, the Daily Mail is reporting new details on McDermott’s life on the run in Mexico. He’s allegedly working using a second passport registered to his birth name, Patrick Kim. He’s working as a deck hand on boats around Mexico and travels to Belize and around South America to avoid hurricane season. According to the author of Lost at Sea: The Hunt for Patrick McDermott (yes, someone wrote a book on this whole ordeal), his lawyer claims he just wanted to get away from the drama.

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He’s allegedly traveling with his girlfriend, a woman with a German accent. Around the time of McDermott’s disappearance, he had recently filed for bankruptcy and allegedly owed $30,000 in unpaid debt. Part of that $30,000 included a sizable amount of child support to his ex-wife, Yvette Nipar, for their son, Chance. Nipar is vocal about the fact that she believes her husband to be dead and the negative effect that constant speculation about his possible disappearance is having on her son.

Olivia Newton-John has largely stayed quiet about the disappearance, but in one interview a year afterward, she acknowledged the possibility that McDermott could still be alive somewhere. “We’d be thrilled if it was true,” she said.

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