After Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualauu separated earlier this year after 12 years of marriage, it appears that the couple's relationshipmay not be over after all.
Letourneau made headlines in 1996 after she was arrested and charged for statutory rape. Letourneau was an elementary school teacher engaging in an illicit relationship with one of her sixth grade students, Fualauu, who was just 12 years old at the time.
After receiving a light sentence, Letourneau was arrested again after she was caught engaging in sex with him again. She was sentenced to seven years in prison and even became pregnant twice before Fualauu was 15 years old.
After she was released from prison, the two eventually got married and raised their children in Washington. Letourneau worked as a paralegal while Fualauu was employed as a DJ.
The two filed for legal separation, but a source close to PEOPLE says it isn't necessarily over.
"The couple still loves each other," the source said. "They have two children together. They still get along. This isn't over. It may be different than what you think."
The couple's relationship will be the focus of a new special, Scandal Made me Famous, which sheds insight on the saga.
Letourneau's former lawyer, David Gehrke — who has kept in touch with the couple for more than two decades — spoke about their relationship on the show.
"I know I've seen Vili at his happiest shortly after they were married," Gehrke said. "Now I think the reality of married life is sinking in some. I would characterize it as a struggle."
Still, close friends insist the two have a special bond.
"This developed into something deep," said Anne Bremner, family friend. "They went through this gauntlet of celebrity and scandal. I give them a lot of credit. They will always have a bond."
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