Peaches Teaches; Peaches Geldof on the Landlady from Hell, a Messy Menage a Trois - and How to Party in an Alien Suit; Lessons in Life

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Peaches Teaches; Peaches Geldof on the Landlady from Hell, a Messy Menage a Trois - and How to Party in an Alien Suit; Lessons in Life


Byline: Peaches Geldof

Q One of my best friends is having an affair behind her husband's back and asked me to keep him entertained one night while she was out with her lover. I took him out clubbing and we had a great time. I didn't think anything of it, since I'm a gay man and he's straight (or so I thought), but at the end of the night he started to kiss me and we slept together. Now I'm stuck: do I tell my friend her husband is gay (or at least bisexual) and had sex with me; do I tell him she's having an affair; or do I keep my mouth shut? She keeps asking me if I want to 'distract' her husband again. Help!

A This question reads like a bad episode of EastEnders. Nobody is in the right here, because everyone has been unfaithful and everyone has lied. But that puts you all in a unique position, because nobody is to blame.

She's been a bad wife, he's been a bad husband and you've been a bad friend. The most honourable thing you can do is to tell them, separately, about their partner's infidelities, including yours. Then leave the situation and don't look back until it's come to some sort of logical conclusion.

Sure, your best friend will think of you as a sort of gay, husband-shagging Judas, but she's been using you as a diversion so she can indulge her carnal desires elsewhere. It may seem a Herculean feat to confront both of them with the truth, but you'd be helping them and yourself in doing so - and you can escape afterwards, instead of crashing and burning with them.

Q Where would be a good place to have a party for my 21st birthday? I tend to go out with my friends to our local club, which is fun but a dive, and I'd like to go somewhere a bit cooler. Perhaps somewhere a bit wild - any ideas?

A Why not do something out of your safety zone, like organising a forest excursion where you and your friends camp and have a woodland party. Surely that makes it 'wild' in both senses of the word? Or have a themed event like a 2001: A Space Odyssey party where you cover the walls of your local dive bar in silver foil and turn up in ludicrous alien suits. We have come to a point where everyone's trying to impress other people when it comes to parties. Can't we all stop faffing about whether Moet or Cristal tastes better, whether or not to hire Samantha Ronson to DJ, and just have fun? …

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