10 Exes Explain Why They Cheated


What makes a person cheat in a relationship? Psychologists, relationship experts, and divorce attorneys alike all have their theories on the reasons why people cheat on their partners. According to a 2013 gallup poll, about 94 percent of Americans feel that cheating on a spouse is wrong. But that doesn't mean it doesn't still happen. A 2013 study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information of newlywed couples found that 25 percent of married men and 20 percent of married women are unfaithful.

What are the most common reasons for infidelity? Being unhappy tops the list of reasons from a study done by the Archives of Sexual Behavior. But what causes couples to become unhappy with each other? Of course, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, and every situation is different. From lack of communication to jealousy and even too much nagging, the reasons that a relationship stops working can run the gamut.

So if your relationship isn't working, what makes people decide that instead of calling it quits, it'd be better to stay together while getting some action on the side? It's not always an easy question to answer, but nonetheless, I asked a few men and women to explain the reasons behind their decisions to cheat. Here are their stories of infidelity, which may make total sense, keep you up at night, or something in between.

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1. Sam, 29

2. Shannon, 31

3. Raina, 25

4. Steve, 24

5. Kyle, 27

6. Jennifer, 30

7. Leslie, 26

8. Lyle, 25

9. Kevin, 23

10. Christina, 25

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