My lover promised me the world but is still with his wife 16 years later

DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN my lover promised a country life and lots of travel, I fell for him hook, line and sinker. But 16 years later, I’m standing in a small studio apartment waiting for him to call.

I was a happily married woman of 34 when I took on a new job as a PA for a sales manager.

He said he would leave his wife when the time was right

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He said he would leave his wife when the time was right

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He was 40, charming – but married with two sons. My husband was 38 and an accountant. He was lovely but predictable, boring even.

My boss loved the richer things in life – nice cars, holidays abroad and designer brands.

I had only worked for him for four months when we left to review a hotel for a sales conference and he beat me to it.

I know it was wrong, but being near him, kissing him and having sex with him was the only thing I needed to bring excitement to an otherwise boring existence.

He told me I was beautiful and noticed when I wore a different perfume. My husband wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow if I walked into the room naked. I said I joined a good friend for nights out, all the while meeting my boyfriend whenever I could for sex.

He said he would leave his wife when the time was right. Only it seems that moment never came.

But I couldn’t wait. After another boring weekend, I told my heartbroken husband I had to leave and rented a studio apartment. My lover still joins me for sex and always leaves a little gift.

But now I’m almost 50 and my ex died tragically a year ago.

I have realized that I have wasted so much time in a relationship that has given me zero, other than the dream of another life.

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My boyfriend is still my boss. We don’t have much sex these days. He just got back from a cruise with his wife.

I am tired and feel like I have wasted so much time and hurt a very kind man in the process.

DEIDRE says: You’ve had a rough time, yes, and cheating on your husband would never be the answer.

Now you’re on a rollercoaster of emotions, reeling from regret, guilt, feeling betrayed and used, but most of all, grieving for a man you once loved.

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