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More Sussex wives go extra mile – to cheat
A married mother-of-two has spoken out about why she cheats on her husband of 15 years every month.
Hove mum Sophie* is one of an increasing number of dissatisfied wives to have signed up to extra marital dating websites in the post-Christmas gloom.
One dating agency has reported almost 400 Sussex wives signing up to their website since December 25 – with the number of women seeking affairs outstripping the number of men for the first time ever.
Speaking to The Argus, Sophie, a self-employed business woman in her 40s, said she had intimate encounters in hotels near Gatwick around once a month. A member of the site for just over a year, she said she felt many wives and mothers felt neglected after the festivities.
She said: “I first signed up almost straight after Christmas. It was even before the new year. It had been a terrible Christmas and I just felt like I was there for everybody else and no one cared to think about my wants and needs.
“It started just as a bit of flirting. People said I had lovely legs and it made me feel better about myself.
“People who know me in my normal day-to-day life are never going to know about what I do. I think people would probably be a bit shocked.
“If it was a proper affair there might be a risk of people finding out but this is just casual fun.
'Something to look forward to'
“I’m happy with my husband, other than the fact that he doesn’t appreciate me.
“I wouldn’t say this is something that improves my marriage, but it gives me something to look forward to. I don’t generally think of myself as a scheming woman but I do cover my tracks.”
Extra-marital dating agency Undercover Lovers said almost 400 women in Sussex, including 105 from Brighton and Hove, have signed up since December 25 – above the national average.
This was compared to 337 Sussex men signing up, 66 of which are from Brighton and Hove.
Adultery expert Emily Pope says: “We experience a huge surge in new registrations on Undercover Lovers immediately after every Christmas.
“The run-up to Christmas is hugely stressful and typically the bulk of responsibility for ensuring a happy and successful festive season falls on the shoulders of wives and mothers.
“If come Christmas Day, it doesn’t match up to expectations or if exhausted wives feel that their huge effort has not been appreciated, it is understandable that many are seeking attention and approval elsewhere.”
*Not her real name
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