EastEnders 1980s promo, Angie, Den, JanBack in the 1980s EastEnders viewers were gripped by the goings on of Den and Angie Watts and their troubled marriage. The fact Den was more keen to spend his time, and money, with his mistress Jan – however it may not be something just confined to the fictional world of Walford research has found.

A sobering survey just in time for Valentine’s Day reveals that cheating husbands spoil their mistresses but scrimp on their wives when buying Valentine’s Day gifts.

The survey of 3,256 actively-cheating husbands from across the UK, commissioned by Ashleymadison.com, reveals that the majority of men will spend £50.00-£100.00 on their wives for Valentine’s Day, but £200.00-£300.00 – more than double – on their mistresses.

The research reveals the most popular gifts for wives and mistresses, with men 15% more likely to buy diamonds for their mistress than their wife, 11.9% more likely to buy their mistresses lingerie, but 12.5% more likely to buy their wives chocolates or flowers. The research also shows that neither the wife of the mistress were in line for household goods, which proves that cheating men do still have some common sense.

71.2% of men claimed they would be seeing their mistress on February 13th – dubbed ‘Mistress Day’ – for clandestine romance, with a hotel being the chosen location for 45.6% and ‘working late’ the excuse for 51.9%.

Cheating wives who took part in the survey said that they would be more generous to their husbands than their lovers, with the majority intending to spend less than £50.00 on gifts for lovers and £200.00-£300.00 on their husbands.

Noel Biderman, president of the website that commissioned the survey says: “Like it or not, for both genders, having an affair can actually help save a marriage. It’s not uncommon for a married couple to be 95% happy, but just lack the 5% intimacy in the bedroom. And for that reason, I believe “Mistress Day” on February 13th can serve as an outlet for these desires and keep the couple together, even make them more appreciative of each other. This is a pattern we see repeated time and time again from our members.”

[Reported by Neil Lang]

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