Canadians don't take cheating lying down

STEVE TILLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:21 PM ET

Motorcycle maestro Jesse James got all teary-eyed during his recent interview with ABCís Nightline, admitting that he threw away an amazing life and incredible marriage.

But the truth is we donít care about James for who he is, we only care about who he hurt when he spent nearly a year shagging a gaunt, tattooed model with a thing for Nazi accessories. The victim, of course, Sandra Bullock, fresh off an Oscar win and a new adoption.

What kind of horrible scumbag breaks the heart of a sweetie like Sandy?

Our Sun Media/Leger Marketing sex survey polled more than 1,500 Canadians coast to coast to learn their thoughts on who cheats and why. In our final instalment of the three-part series, weíre looking infidelity from the victimís point of view. How would you find out if your partner was stepping out on you? Would you confront them with proof? And in the end, would you forgive them?

Though we may have a reputation for not rocking the boat, Canadians do not take cheating lying down.

Four in five of us would confront our significant others if we suspected them of cheating, 60% of us would check their credit card statements or phone bills for evidence, and nearly half of us would go so far as to follow our partners to see where they were wandering to.

If our amateur private eye activities unearthed evidence of an affair, half of us would confront our partners with the proof and talk about it (with women being more likely to take this approach than men), while two out of five of us would ask if our partner was cheating and give him or her a chance to come clean before we waved the evidence in their face.

And if our partners did ífess up, what then? Well, a number of Canadians (29% of those surveyed) would end the relationship then and there, while 43% of us would keep our options open and try to work it out. Only 10% of us would automatically forgive our partnerís transgressions.

But ultimately forgiving our spouse or partner could depend on the nature of the affair. Nearly two thirds of us would find our significant other having an affair with our best friend the hardest to forgive, while 28% said it would be most difficult if it was someone at work, and one in four thought an ex would be the biggest blow. Tattooed Nazi bimbos somehow didnít make the list.


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