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Maureen Koh
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Wife, husband, mistress: The affair in their words

The New Paper | Maureen Koh | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What happens when a family breaks up because of infidelity? A couple share what they had to go through when confronted by a betrayal. And the mistress caught in the same storm gives her side of the story.


The wife: There were tell-tale signs

When she saw the news update of a friend liking a photo on Facebook, she thought the couple locked in an embrace looked very familiar.

She also recognised the name of the woman who had shared the photo.

With a pounding heart and trembling hands, she clicked on the photo and confirmed her worst fear.

Madam Eugenie Yong, 29, recalls that dreadful moment: "I think deep inside my heart, I knew the answer. There were tell-tale signs that I had been trying to ignore for nearly six months, signs that said my husband was cheating on me."

The photo forced her to face the truth, says the administrative executive with a wry smile.

"It's like, you feel there's this growth on your body but you dare not go and have it checked because you are worried it could be cancer," Madam Yong explains.

"But I could no longer play dumb with that photo of my husband and his then-personal assistant. The intimate smile, the glow in the woman's eyes and that hug. Any idiot could tell they were lovers."

As she went through the woman's Facebook photo albums, Madam Yong says, she began to "screengrab, download and save each and every incriminating photo".

She says: "It was so painful and my heart bled, but I had to do it because I didn't want any denial or excuses. I kept quiet for nearly six months and I'd be a fool to continue that even for another second."

When the last photo had been saved, Madam Yong approached her supervisor and told him she needed to take urgent leave.

"I was so calm that my boss was actually very concerned, he kept asking me if everything was okay," she says.

"I could barely talk much and just nodded my head."

After she left the office, she walked into a cubicle in a public toilet.

She says: "We were living with my in-laws, so I couldn't return home. I also didn't want to alarm my own parents by going to their place."

Inside the toilet cubicle, she placed the seat cover down and sat on it.

"I then pushed one fist into my mouth and cried my heart out, flushing each time I thought my cries could be heard."

Tears fill Madam Yong's eyes as she takes us back to that day in November last year.

She says, as she struggles to keep her composure: "I think I was inside for a good 30 minutes, but when I walked out of the toilet, I told myself I had to be strong."

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