Wife says it's fair for her to cheat on husband with Alzheimer’s

Is it ever acceptable to cheat on a partner?

Is it always wrong to cheat on a partner?

One woman in Kentucky, USA, doesn’t think so.

In a video recently posted by the New York Post, a wife admitted to having an affair.

While it’s not automatically a 50 Shades of Grey scenario, she revealed that her husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, leading her to make the decision to cheat.

“My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about a year-and-a-half-ago,” the woman known only as Daphne said in the clip.

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“And I became very depressed and decided perhaps having an affair would be a good idea.”

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She had been married for 24 years to her husband before she logged on to a dating website to begin her affair.

“And then I got on Ashley Madison [a dating website that targets people who are married or already in relationships].

“Never in my life would I have imagined that I would have an affair, but, in a marriage now where I’m married to someone that I no longer know, because with Alzheimer’s, there are extensive personality changes.”

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In Australia, there are currently more than 400,000 people living with dementia, while around five million people in America are living with the condition.

The woman explained that she wanted to be more than a caretaker for her husband: “And simply being a caretaker and not being seen as a woman or anything else was very depressing.”

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She explained exactly what she was searching for when she signed up online, describing her affair as “playtime”.

Daphne was looking for someone who was intelligent, professional and educated.

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She continued: “Never could I have imagined that I would be doing this, but I need some fun in my life in order to be a better caretaker for him.

“It makes me nicer to him. I’m not frustrated, I’m not angry any longer.”

She added that she needed to take care of herself in order to care for her husband.

“As long as you’re still taking care of your loved one, then I don’t see anything wrong with it.”

According to the New York Post, 91 per cent of Americans believe that it is almost always wrong to have an extramarital affair.

What do you think? Should this lady be entitled to a sexual relationship with someone that isn’t her husband, or is she doing the wrong thing?

Is cheating right if you’re in a relationship with someone living with a serious medical condition, or is it always wrong?