“My husband dumped me for another man”

I flipped to his photo gallery and was taken aback to see many pictures of him and his business partner, Joe*.
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Carol’s* 20-year marriage fell apart when she stumbled upon her husband’s sexy SMSes… to their children’s godfather.

“Nick* and I met in university, fell in love and tied the knot – our children are now young adults. I thought we had the perfect marriage, the perfect family and the perfect life – until two years ago, when I found out that Nick had been cheating on me… with another man.

A RUDE SHOCK

It was our 20th wedding anniversary and I’d planned to surprise Nick with a big celebration. I wanted to invite his close friends to the bash but I didn’t have their phone numbers, so I secretly accessed Nick’s handphone contact list while he was in the shower. We usually respect each other’s privacy but that night, I was unusually curious.

I flipped to his photo gallery and was taken aback to see many pictures of him and his business partner, Joe*. One showed my husband and Joe on the beach, posing topless with their arms wrapped around each other. They struck the same pose in the other picture, but this time, Joe – who is openly gay – was planting a kiss on Nick’s cheek.

My mind whirled. On one hand, the pictures could mean nothing. Nick and Joe were best friends and as close as brothers – they did almost everything together. Joe was even godfather to my children. On the other hand, no straight man would take such intimate shots.

I contemplated asking Nick about the pictures, but I didn’t want to start an argument. I put his phone back and got ready for bed. I decided not to overreact – I had an anniversary party to plan and nothing was going to ruin it, I told myself.

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