My Husband Won't Admit His Flirting Is a Painful Betrayal; the Angel That Presides O'er My Birth Said, 'Little Creature, Formed of Joy and Mirth, Go Love without the Help of Anything on Earth.'; WILLIAM BLAKE (ENGLISH POET AND ARTIST, 1757-1827)

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My Husband Won't Admit His Flirting Is a Painful Betrayal; the Angel That Presides O'er My Birth Said, 'Little Creature, Formed of Joy and Mirth, Go Love without the Help of Anything on Earth.'; WILLIAM BLAKE (ENGLISH POET AND ARTIST, 1757-1827)


Byline: BEL MOONEY

DEAR BEL

MY HUSBAND (42 years together, and two children) and I run a stressful business.

It's taken a toll on our relationship because we found it hard to make time for ourselves. More than two years ago, I had a heart attack, which was followed by a bad reaction to my medication.

Two weeks after I left hospital, my husband informed me that one of our female employees is the only one who understands him and makes him happy.

He said she's only a friend -- but made it clear he's obsessed. I flipped and left, but we talked and he said he had not so much as kissed her or touched her. She has worked for us for a long time and (I think) used her position as his favourite, causing problems with other staff. I went into overdrive to improve things in my appearance and our sex life. Then, 18 months ago, other staff told me that they had seen him kiss her on the neck and the mouth. I am devastated at this betrayal.

I tried to explain to him that this is an affair, even if it is only an emotional one, but he said it was nothing and that other men do much worse. After a year of splitting up and getting back together, and many tears and talking, he has apologised. When I conhas fronted this woman about her relationship with my husband, she said he'd been sexually harassing her since about six months before I had my heart attack. Her story, however, changed -- depending on what she thought was in it for her.

This woman still works for us.

I have cut this down to the legal limit of one day a week, but I dread that one day every week. I feel she has betrayed me and my husband in her behaviour.

I'm still upset and hurt about what went on. The fact that my husband does not acknowledge that working with her is an extra strain on our already stressful life is hurtful.

Last week, they seemed to go back into flirt mode -- unacceptable given all the hurt that been caused. All the pain is coming back when I was beginning to feel better about us. Does he believe it's all forgiven and forgotten? Am I overreacting? Should I be able to take him flirting and chatting with her, knowing the previous obsession he had and how much hurt I went through?

DAWN

YOU were right to point out to your husband the fact that an 'affair' does not need to involve full sex. …

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