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When one anonymous writer feared her marriage was over, her husband took a different view and granted her a one-night stand.
Here she shares her experience of infidelity and how it impacted her marriage afterwards Can't wait to see you xx. My phone beeped again. I love you. This, coupled with my 30th birthday and a career slump, became the makings of an existential crisis.
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Confident, with an irreverent sense of humour, he was 13 years my senior with a deep voice and full beard. Assuming it would pass, I never dwelt on this attraction. I was newly and happily married and Tom had a partner of 25 years and two young children.
So when he ed me one day to tell me he thought I looked hot in my red jeans, I told him off for being inappropriate, but was secretly quite pleased. It was a harmless flirtation, right? I even told Andy about it, who advised setting him straight.
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Andy was under enormous stress at work at the time and our sex life had subsequently suffered. Our carnal interactions via were the opposite to the loving, married sex I experienced with Andy and I was tempted by the unknown.
We spent the next fortnight kissing: in pubs, in alleyways, me straddling him on a park bench. We were like teenagers. It felt wrong and thrilling in equal measure.
I told myself no one would get hurt and I could go back to my old life, my demons exercised. His reaction was staggering.
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I was to spend one night with Tom, two weeks later, while Andy was on a business trip. I felt strangely, shamefully elated. Absurdly, I also thought that sleeping with Tom would give me, and Andy, closure.
The experience was all so foreign and exciting. I came home from work and jumped straight into the shower, tears washing my face. Andy said nothing.
The weeks and months that followed were hard. Andy would sway from being loving one minute to cruel the next.
I felt utterly alone. Then I came into work on Monday to a series of flirtatious s from Tom. I snapped. I was done.
After that Monday, I distanced myself from Tom. Closing that door has put me in a better hepace and my relationship with Andy has improved immeasurably. Andy and I recently celebrated our second wedding anniversary and are buying a new flat — a fresh start. Subscribe to Red now to get the magazine delivered to your door. Like this article?
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