- Almost half of married men (48%) have cheated with someone close to home
- Nannies are the most popular choice, receiving 25% of the vote, followed by long-term friends (18%) and housekeepers (17%)
- Shockingly, 5% even admitted to having slept with their best friend’s partner
- Many high profile celebrities, such as Gavin Rossdale and Ben Affleck, have cheated with their children’s nanny in recent years
- The results come from a survey of over 700 married men on IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people
You keep your friends close and your mistresses closer, a new survey suggests. In a survey of over 700 married men on IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity, almost half (48%) admitted to cheating with someone close to home.
Nannies took 1st place with 25% of the vote, beating off stiff competition in the form of long-term friends (18%), housekeepers (17%) sisters-in-law (12%), mothers-in-law (10%) and even their best friend’s partner (5%).
Explaining this trend is Christian Grant, spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com:
“An affair can sometimes be much more convenient when it’s closer to home. While it might seem more difficult to cover up, given the risk of getting caught by your spouse, it’s also a lot easier to fall for someone you already know.
“It’s also a lot easier to organise, given that the nanny is likely to visit your house fairly often and probably lives nearby. And if your wife happens to catch her name flashing on your phone, she’s unlikely to be suspicious as to why you’re messaging her – she’s your children’s nanny, you have a valid reason to be talking to her.
“All you have to do is wait for the moment your wife inevitably slips out one evening to meet with friends and the rest takes care of itself; the nanny is the perfect Trojan horse.
“The archetypal nanny is also an upgrade on what I suppose many adulterers would consider to be last year’s model – their wife. Young and beautiful, the nanny could very well represent what these men’s wives once looked like in their youth, and having a younger version of their wife within touching distance is too great of a lure to resist.
“It’s for similar reasons – convenience and an already established relationship – that colleagues, long-term friends and even sisters-in-law appear to be popular choices.”
While the idea of an affair with the nanny might appear too much of a cliché or stereotype, it’s more common than you might think.
In fact, Ben Affleck and Gavin Rossdale are just two examples of people who’ve had long-term affairs with their children’s nannies – in the case of Gavin Rossdale, his nanny notoriously bears a striking resemblance to his ex, Gwen Stefani.
Ethan Hawke, formerly attached to Uma Thurman, and Robin Williams (allegedly) also had affairs with their children’s nannies, while Arnold Schwarzenegger infamously had a scandalous affair with his family’s housekeeper.
1. Nanny (25%)
2. Long-term friend (18%)
3. Housekeeper (17%)
4. Other (13%)
5. Sister-in-law (12%)
6. Mother-in-law (10%)
7. Best friend’s partner (5%)
NOTES TO EDITOR
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.
Established in 2004, 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.
We’re always more than happy to talk about IllicitEncounters.com – please contact Christian Grant through the details below – but we’re not willing to speak publicly about SaraHartley.net at this moment in time.