From Scott Disick to Kristen Stewart and Jude Law, celebrity cheating scandals are nothing new. And while the biggest scandals can fill tabloid pages for months (we’re looking at you, Tiger Woods and Arnold Schwarzenegger), what happens to the couples when the dust settles? For Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale (who was reportedly cheating with the nanny), it was divorce court; others stick together somehow, with an even stronger marriage as a result (hello, Bill and Hillary).
But it’s not just celebrities who are doing the dirty on their partners: during the 2015 cyberattacks on extramarital dating site Ashley Madison, hackers claimed there are 175 000 cheating spouses in South Africa alone. A previous survey by the website – whose tagline is ‘Life is short. Have an affair’ – found that 62% of South African cheaters are male and 38% female, and that while male cheaters average four affair partners in their lifetime, women chalk up an average of two. A separate study by Victoria Milan, another website dedicated to extramarital affairs, assessed adult women of all ages in various countries and found that the average age for South African women to cheat was 35,8 years (typically 6,8 years after they got married).
Globally, the stats are just as shocking. The number of women having affairs has shot up by 40% in the p