She said he was always trawling online affairs websites but the bottom line was he would always go back to her.’It was then Marie googled Ashley’s name to find him listed as a bankrupt.‘I was devastated,’ she says, ‘it seemed everything he’d told me was a lie.
He even tried to accuse me of harassing him when it was him pursuing me for a relationship.‘It seemed as if Ashley were a fantasist and I was just a pawn in some sort of bizarre game with his wife. I’d let myself be duped by this person.’Marie sank into a depression.
I reasoned if a man were on that website his marriage was over anyway and if he didn’t date me, he would simply date someone else.‘However, in hindsight I was naive.
I believed the people I met would be honest as I am.
Recalls Marie: ‘Ashley said he worked in IT and earned around £25,000 a month.
He had two children and he and his wife remained together for their sake.
Now suddenly he rang and coldly said, “I don’t want to see you anymore.” I was crying on the phone.