Most people around Valentine's Day do something sweet for their loved one. Some people occasionally do something slightly over the top too, like climb-up a water tower and use spray paint to proclaim their love. YaVaughnie Wilkins of San Francisco isn't in the loving mood this year.
Wilkins is the ex-lover of Charles E. Phillips and she purchased five billboards and launched a website proclaiming her love for Phillips.
Charles E. Phillips is the president of Oracle and also is one of U.S. President Barack Obama's economic advisers. In February, 2008, his wife Karen had filed for divorce, but no action was ever taken on that filing. Now almost two years later Charles and Karen have made up and the 8.5-year relationship with Wilkins was ended.
On Thursday Phillips
, through a spokesman, released a statement concerning the relationship, "I had an 8-and-a-half-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins. The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended, and we both wish each other well."
Wilkins has proceeded to post five billboards, three in New York, one in Atlanta and one in San Francisco showing pictures of the couple and professing that he is her soul-mate. Phillips lives in New York with his wife and son. Oracle's headquarters is in San Francisco, where Wilkins lives. No reason was given for the Atlanta billboard. It was estimated that the billboards cost Wilkins more than $250,000. One of the New York billboards is located at West 52nd and Broadway, not far from Times Square.
Wilkins also had a website made, www.charlesphillipsand yavaughniewilkins.com
which tells of their relationship together showing pictures in albums that are broken out by year. It also has music playing, much of which is karaoke sung by either him or the couple.
California website designer Bela Kovacs told the New York Post
that Wilkins paid about $1,400 in August, 2009, to have the website built. Kovacs was under the impression that it was a gift for Phillips.
said, "She seemed very straightforward, very intent on putting together something nice for him. I wasn't sure if it was her boyfriend or her husband, but it certainly wasn't like it was a secret relationship."