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Dad learns 3 sons can't be his after devastating diagnosis. Mom must pay $400K for the lie

The man said it's like living in "The Matrix." "All that you know and everything you thought to be solid and true is not real, and never did exist."

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He raised three sons for 21 years. He never doubted he was their father. Why should he?

Then he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis two years ago at Liverpool's Broadgreen Hospital in the U.K.

Richard Mason, multimillionaire founder of internet comparison site moneysupermarket.com , found out then he couldn't be the father of his sons, the eldest now 23 and 19-year-old twins, according to the Daily Mail .

The disease prevents men with it from having children. DNA tests later confirmed the fact he wasn't their dad.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease and causes a build-up of mucus in the lungs and other organs, and many lives are cut short by the disease.

Former wife ordered to pay

The 55-year-old North Wales businessman divorced his wife, Katie, in 2008.

In December 2016, at the same time it was confirmed he was not the boys' biological father, Mason launched a paternity fraud case against his ex-wife to get back some of the millions he had paid to her in the divorce settlement, according to the Daily Mail.

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A judge ordered his ex-wife to pay $446,000 for her deceit, Yahoo reported.

Mason said his ex-wife admitted to having an affair during the '90s, but did not name the man. The court allowed her to keep the father's identity a secret, according to the Daily Mail. Mason told the publication:

"You don’t know what’s real and what isn’t. It's as if I’m living in 'The Matrix.' Someone says to you, 'All that you know and everything you thought to be solid and true is not real, and never did exist. You are not a father, you are not able to have kids, your name will not continue.'"

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