A Russian influencer who married her former stepson has given birth to their first baby.
Marina Balmasheva, 35, was once stepmother to her now-husband Vladimir ‘Voya’ Shavyrin, 21. She helped raise him from when he was just seven after marrying Vladimir’s father Alexey Shavyrin, 45, who she was with for 10 years.
Alexey, who now cares for their five adopted children, has accused Marina of seducing his son when he came home on holiday from university.
The couple welcomed a baby girl, with Vladimir requesting their daughter’s face doesn’t appear on social media.
The pair has yet to name the girl with Marina saying, “Dad does not want to show our daughter yet.”
“That’s why the view is only from the back… We are thinking about the name.”
Vladimir wasn’t present for the birth, but it’s unclear if this was due to Covid-19 restrictions, or if it was hospital policy or their personal choice. In Russia, fathers often aren’t present during births.
Marina told her followers she was a “complete mess” after the birth, which followed her waters breaking while she watched Game of Thrones.
The pair’s relationship was first plunged into the limelight when a throwback snap shared by Marina of herself at 22-year-old posing with the then-7-year-old Vladimir went viral.
The pair’s relationship was first plunged into the limelight when a throwback snap shared by Marina of herself at 22-year-old posing with the then-7-year-old Vladimir went viral. Photo: East2West News/Australscope
The revelation of the pair’s origins initially sparked a heated backlash online as many labelled the situation laid bare by the photo seriously problematic.
Many people said it was immoral to start a relationship with the child that she had helped to raise.
“What shocks me most is that this boy grew up before her very eyes,” one person commented.
“This is a prank right? You are teasing?” another asked.
Others made crude comments about her ditching an older man for a younger model.