The new wife of alleged internet pirate Kim Dotcom insists she’s not a gold digger, they want at least two children, and their sex life is no one else’s business.
Elizabeth Donnelly, 22, married the 44-year-old boss of defunct filesharing website Megaupload at a secret ceremony in Auckland on January 20.
Their wedding was on the same date as when heavily-armed police swooped on his NZ$30 million mansion to arrest Kim on copyright infringement charges in 2012.
Since then he has fought extradition to the U.S. to face charges that could land him in jail for 88 years, with the latest of numerous appeals underway.
Liz Dotcom, as she’s now known, met her husband in late 2015 as a 20-year-old when he sent her a direct message on Instagram, she told the NZ Herald.
The couple went public with their relationship in February 2016 and announced their engagement 11 months later, a year before the wedding.
With one semester left in a law degree she doesn’t plan to use, Ms Dotcom now enjoys a life of luxury she only ever dreamed about.
Instagram photos show the slender brunette sporting designer clothes posing next to luxury cars around New Zealand and their poolside bungalow.
Kim spent NZ$10 million on his legal defence alone, has US$60 million in account frozen by the U.S. government, and once spent NZ$600,000 on a fireworks display for the city of Auckland.
He at one point owned at least 18 luxury cars – including a pink 1959 Cadillac and three cars with vanity license plates reading HACKER, MAFIA, and STONED.
But Ms Dotcom insists the two were in love and just like any other couple – ‘there’s just nice things around’.
‘Nice cars, nice bags, nice clothes – it’s all nice but it’s not happiness. It’s happiness for a minute or two when you’ve got it and you’re holding it but apart from that, it’s when you’re with the person you’re happy – when I’m with Kim,’ she said.
The couple have endured countless attacks by internet trolls over their age – and weight – difference, and even faked a breakup to make it stop.
Ms Dotcom said none of it really phased her and the age gap wasn’t an issue because Kim was ‘the biggest kid anyway’.
‘We just clicked. Things got pretty serious straight away. We both knew that’s what we wanted. It wasn’t like either of us was feeling pressured into it. We both wanted it,’ she said.
‘He’s just so kind. He would never intentionally hurt anyone’s feelings. He’s so kind and accommodating. Considerate, thoughtful.’
For his part, Ms Dotcom said her husband was attracted to her genuine and kind nature, and because she’s ‘not faking anything’.
Kim also needed someone to stand by him through the exhausting legal saga that broke up his first marriage to Mona Verga in 2014.
Ms Dotcom said she wanted two or three children, adding to Kim’s five from his previous marriage, which they discussed early in their relationship.
The babies would likely be conceived through IVF or surrogacy due to Kim’s belief in science over nature, but she said the pair do have sex.
‘Everything is normal. It’s just normal,’ she said, and beyond that it was no one business but theirs.
However, the young woman was not naive enough to know her charmed life could come crashing down at any moment if her husband was convicted.
She was firmly on his side in believing there was no legal basis in extraditing him to the U.S. to face trial, even after the NZ High Court a year ago ruled he could be.
Ms Dotcom said she was, like Kim, confident the case would be resolved in his favour, and if it wasn’t it would be forced by politics.
‘It would be all political because Kim should win,’ she said, bluntly.
Kim even sued the NZ government for NZ$6.8 billion as he claimed his arrest led to Megaupload being shut down and his main income stream cut off.
American authorities were pursuing him and two of the site’s other founders on conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering charges.
Prosecutors alleged intercepted communications showed the men talking about being ‘modern-day pirates’ and ‘evil’ and that they were part of a conspiracy to profit from copyright infringement.
They argued the site cost copyright holders, which included Hollywood’s major movie studios, more than US$500 million.
Dotcom argued he couldn’t be held responsible for others who chose to use his site for illegal purposes, and that any case against him should be heard in civil court.
For now, the couple were happy to revel in their married bliss, with Ms Dotcom taking to social media after the announcement to call herself ‘the luckiest girl in the world’.
‘Pure love. Pure happiness. Thank you Kim Dotcom for absolutely everything. Forever love,’ she wrote.