Man lives in woods while hiding 10 years to avoid “controlling” wife

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(KWQC) – A British man took extreme measures to escape what he describes as a “controlling” relationship.

Malcolm Applegate, 62, says he left his wife behind one day and headed for the woods.

Without telling anyone his whereabouts, Applegate says he lived among trees and wildlife for five years – and remained in hiding for a total of 10 years.

He says his marital discord started with his love of gardening and his wife’s becoming upset that he spent so many hours outdoors.

Once he disappeared, Applegate maintained the gardens at a local community center for the elderly.

“After a long time trying to stay in the marriage, I decided to leave for good,” Applegate is quoted as saying by Yahoo Finance.

In addition to his extended stint in the woods, he traveled by bicycle and by foot for a nearly three-week period.

Applegate has today moved into a South London homeless shelter where he works odd jobs and raises money for the homeless in his spare time.