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More Women Are Letting Their Husbands Cheat, But Why?

Sometimes it's just easier for everyone that way.

After Linda Jones, the wife of Tom Jones, died last week, the main focus of their longterm relationship was how much the singer cheated.

"From the very beginning, he was not exactly Mr. Faithful," biographer Sean Smith told the Daily Mail in 2015 about the Welsh singer.

One of Tom's mistresses, Charlotte Laws, even tweeted at him to say she was sorry, saying she knew Linda “was the love of your life.”

Linda had put up with her husband’s cheating for 59 years. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin have both stayed with philandering husbands themselves. And relationship coach Suzie Johnson tells the New York Post that a study in 2013 found that more than 50 per cent of marriages survive infidelity.

“Fifteen years ago, having an affair would be a deal-breaker, but people now realize that it’s not the end of the world. It’s tough in the initial stages, but many see it as an opportunity to make a fresh deal,” she said. “The more invested you are in your marriage — whether because of love, lifestyle, finances, children or a combination of those things — the more likely you are to make compromises [such as allowing the husband to cheat] to anchor the commitment.”

She adds that in the U.S., the approach to the topic between couples is usually “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and that affairs are more secretive here than in Europe, where it’s more acceptable to cheat.

The bottom line is making deals, Suzie says. For example, a woman can have all the babies she wants if she turns a blind eye to her husband’s infidelities. Then it becomes a “marriage of convenience” and works for both parties. 

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