​Increase Number of Geriatric Affairs, thanks to Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!


Hollywood has inspired a generation in their mature years to get married and start affairs, according to new research by IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s top married dating website, who have seen an 87.5% over the past two years in members over the age of 50.

Although there’s an increase in the number of people getting married in later life, there is also an increase in affairs – over 49,123 of members on IllicitEncounters.com are aged 60+ (an increase of 60% since 2013), while 137,040 are aged 50-59 (an increase of 115% since 2013).

“Our research shows that 71% of women get a confidence boost after an affair. The two biggest age brackets of these women were 50-59 and 40-49 respectfully,” Claire Page, spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com said, “We believe it’s this confidence boost that helps them leave a bad marriage or else start a new affair – one they deserve! Movies like The Quartet, The Second Best Marigold Hotel, A Song for Marion and The Hundred Foot Journey have all inspired adventure in later life, and love is the greatest adventure of all. Life is short, and it’s shorter when you’re in your mature years. People seem to get a wake-up call with an illness, stroke or health scare and realise how precious time is, and they’d be better off spending it with someone who makes them happy, rather than being trapped in a stale marriage”

There are currently 988,604 members on IllicitEncounters.com, and 186,163 are aged 50+, which means one in every five (19%) having an affair are over 50.

49,123 of members on IllicitEncounters.com are aged 60+ (an increase of 11,882 since 2013, and a 60% increase on the annual average), while 137,040 are aged 50-59 (an increase of 41,293 since 2013, and a 115% increase on the annual average).

After almost 30 years of decline, the number of marriages began to rise since 2013, led by women in their late 50s and male pensioners, to almost 250,000 marriages in 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.

71% of women get a confidence boost after an affair. Of the women who said they got a confidence boost after an affair, the most popular age brackets were as follows:

1)50-59 (31%)

2)40-49 (24%)

3)60-69 (20%)

4)30-39 (11%)

5)21-29 (8%)

6)70-79 (6%)


IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading dating site for married people. With over 988,000 members across the UK.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 12 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Claire Page:

Email: claire@illicitencounters.com

Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitclaire

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