Thousands of women like Sheila are enjoying what they believe to be no-strings flings. Some of my friends ride, some sing in choirs, I have Michael.' The number of people having affairs is impossible to know, as few are truthful about their sex lives, but the recent Way We Are Now nationwide survey conducted by Relate showed that 34 per cent of women respondents admitted to being unfaithful, compared with 32 per cent of men.
Having witnessed the devastation divorce wreaked on their parents' generation, they have no desire to end their marriages. I like cooking with him and gossiping about the neighbours. Sex with Michael is a purely separate thing; it's about erotic abandonment, being seen as just a woman rather than as Peter's wife, or "the doctor" or a mum. Paula Hall, a sex and relationships counsellor and Relate spokeswoman, says that she expects to see a rising number of female clients who have been unfaithful, as the reasons for straying have changed.
Six years ago she married Billy, a stockbroker, gave up her administrative job and moved out of London.
'I'd bought into a media image of rich husband, house in the country, stay-at-home yummy mummy,' she says. Billy is away a lot for work and I'm bored and lonely at home with the kids.
“I’m a young father and I want to spend time with my kids so they come everywhere with me, which we can afford to do at the moment before they start school," he said on This Morning. “Granted, the majority of people know me solely for that, but to me or any actor that is involved in any franchise, it is just another job and you move on to the next thing.” Dornan, who also starred in BBC drama The Fall, admitted that acting wasn’t always his career of choice and previously worked in a pub.
The 34-year-old said Dulcie (two) “loves” being a big sister to the newborn, whose name and sex have not yet been released, and “wakes up and wants to see the baby instantly.” The Fifty Shades of Grey actor has recently finished filming the second film in the novel-based series, Fifty Shades Darker, and admitted that he’s looking forward to taking a break from acting to spend time with his family.
They decide they want to commit adultery and set out to find a suitable partner.
Or it's a case of a woman being neglected in the bedroom in the way a man once was and wanting to find a way to scratch her itch.' For a wired generation, the automatic place to turn to for satisfaction is the internet.
But once every fortnight or so she tells Peter, 48, a company director, that she's meeting a (well-briefed) girlfriend for dinner.
Instead she goes to a motel room to see her lover, Michael, also 46, a medical sales rep whom she met at a conference.
'We have sex, we chat, we go back to our families,' Sheila tells me over a cappuccino.
'I'm not looking for a soul mate, I'm looking for physical release. The girls were small and sex with him had long been just another chore, like loading the dishwasher.