During the outbreak of WW I, Maugham volunteered for the Red Cross. There he met his secret lover Fredrick Gerald Haxton, an American who became his companion for the several decades. In 1917 he married Syrie Barnado Wellcome, who was married at the time too. They had a girl name Elizabeth ‘Liza’ Mary Maugham. They were divorced a year later and after he returned to Russia and spent a year in a sanatorium in Scotland. Afterword’s he set off to the Eastern Asia with Haxton.
In 1928 Maugham settled in Cape ferrat in France. Once his lover died he found a new companion who he adopted as his son named Alan Searle. While in Capri he adored the homosexual and lesbian company. Fast forward through time he developed dementia and hid his personal life by burning his correspondence. He lost 1.4 million dollars to his daughter for disgracing his ex in one of his works and denied his daughter as his own. He died in Nice on December 16, 1965.