A couple who met unconventionally – on a cheating website – are planning to get married and stay faithful to one another.
Entrepreneur Thea Thorpe, 30, is tying the knot with removals firm boss Jack Logan-Beddings, 36, next year after they both cheated on their respective partners.
The pair, from Nottingham, met through IllicitEncounters.com, a dating website for married people, but plan to stay well off in future as they’re now in love.
Having liberal views towards monogamy, Thea opened up the new relationship with her then-boyfriend, but Jack’s wife didn’t know about his affair.
But Thea has since changed her attitude to open relationships and hopes to make a fresh start with Jack as an exclusive couple.
‘We thought being in an open relationship was the way to find happiness because life is too short to spend all your life with one partner,’ explained Thea.
‘But that all changed when I met Jack. I wanted to spend the rest of life with him and that meant ditching the extra-marital dating.
‘I appreciate this is not your conventional love story but they do say that love finds a way – and it certainly has with Jack and I.’
Thea and Jack first started dating a year ago when Thea was in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend, and Jack was married.
Jack said: ‘If you had told me that I would meet the woman of my dreams on a cheating site, I never would have believed you.
‘But after my first date with Thea, I knew that I never wanted to share her with anyone else. I wanted us both to build a future together as a normal man and wife.’
When they first spoke, Thea was dating several men. Using IllicitEncounters.com suited her as other users were also into polygamy.
Thea explained: ‘I had several affairs in this way and thought that I was living the perfect life – with lots of sex but the stability of having a steady partner back at home.
‘For a long time, I convinced myself that this is what I really wanted and that I was enjoying the best of both worlds.
‘Then I met Jack and all that changed. I had something much more meaningful and I knew I could not handle the idea of him sleeping with another woman.’
After a few dates, they cancelled their subscription to the website and became faithful to each other.
At the moment, Jack is still married to his first wife but will marry Thea as soon as his divorce is finalised.
He said: ‘I knew straight away with that I was living a lie and that I had met my life partner.
‘Obviously it was slightly more complicated for me because I was married to my wife but we split shortly after that first date with Thea.
‘I had had other flings with women I had met on dating sites before I met Thea. It was fun at first but it does get a bit tiring moving from one relationship to the next when you are still married.
‘I didn’t really connect with anyone until I met Thea and then love hit me like a thunderbolt.’
Jack insists that he trusts Thea completely and they have been completely faithful since falling in love.
‘We cannot bear to be apart so I know where Thea is 24/7 – we have total trust and cannot wait to build a future together,’ he said.
Thea added: ‘Just because we have both cheated before doesn’t mean will do it again. It’s different with Jack.’
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