Friday 23 September 2022 07:20 AM Ukrainian refugee who tempted ex-Wonga boss Haakon Overli to leave wife and ... trends now

Friday 23 September 2022 07:20 AM Ukrainian refugee who tempted ex-Wonga boss Haakon Overli to leave wife and ... trends now
Friday 23 September 2022 07:20 AM Ukrainian refugee who tempted  ex-Wonga boss Haakon Overli to leave wife and ... trends now

Friday 23 September 2022 07:20 AM Ukrainian refugee who tempted ex-Wonga boss Haakon Overli to leave wife and ... trends now

This is the stunning Ukrainian amateur model who tempted former Wonga boss Haakon Overli to leave his wife and children after taking her in as a refugee.

These exclusive photos of Mariia Polonchuk, 39, show a very different side to the motoher-of-three who once co-authored a Ukrainian cookbook and has hitherto only been seen in photos at a village fete.

Earlier this month, MailOnline revealed that stunning Mariia began a relationship with 52-year-old multi-millionaire Mr Overli after she fled the war in Ukraine with her sons and moved to the Overlis’ £3m Surrey mansion.

Soon after arriving in the UK, Mariia featured in a photo tweeted by local MP and former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who wrote: 'It was great to meet a Ukrainian being hosted by a local family... nothing more English than the village fete to welcome them.'

But Mariia’s former partner Andrey Sheldunov, father of her three sons, is a photographer back In Kyiv who specialises in portraits and nudes, and Mariia has modelled sensational swimwear shoots for him in the past.

Her beguiling portfolio on social media shows she is a natural in front of the camera, whether frolicking sleek and sexy in the surf, leaping from the water or draped on the beach.

This is the Ukrainian amateur model Mariia Polonchuk - a mother of three - who tempted ex Wonga boss Haakon Overli to leave his wife and children after taking her in as a refugee

This is the Ukrainian amateur model Mariia Polonchuk - a mother of three - who tempted ex Wonga boss Haakon Overli to leave his wife and children after taking her in as a refugee

Earlier this week, MailOnline revealed that stunning Mariia began a relationship with 52-year-old multi-millionaire Mr Overli after she fled the war in Ukraine with her three children

Earlier this week, MailOnline revealed that stunning Mariia began a relationship with 52-year-old multi-millionaire Mr Overli after she fled the war in Ukraine with her three children

And in portraiture, her piercing blue eyes mesmerise the viewer, in serious or smiling poses.

Although it is not clear whether she and Andrey married, they were evidently long-term partners, with all her sons, Hrihhorii [Ukrainian for Grigory], 18, teenager Maxim and 12-year-old Korney taking his surname.

Andrey also co-authored a Ukrainian cookbook with Mariia and the pair were co-directors of a Kyiv-based company called Kontakt Media from 2006 until June of this year.

They appeared to have a comfortable life before the war, with foreign holidays and Korney, a child prodigy on the violin, was sent to a specialist music boarding school at the age of six.

His skills have seen him perform and win prizes all over Europe and he even played to world leaders at Davos at the World Economic Forum two years ago.

He won a major music prize in Kyiv in February – only a few weeks before Russian tanks rolled across the Ukrainian border.

Happy families: Former Health Secretary and South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt shared this pictured with Mr Overli, his now ex-wife, their children and new girlfriend Mariia Polonchuk

Happy families: Former Health Secretary and South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt shared this pictured with Mr Overli, his now ex-wife, their children and new girlfriend Mariia Polonchuk

Mariia Polonchuk

Haakon Overli, 52, is said to have begun a love affair with the Eastern European woman after taking her into the family home in Surrey following the Russian invasion

Haakon Overli, 52, (right) is said to have begun a love affair with the Eastern

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