True Confessions from 8women and their well hidden secrets
Sex: what’s the one thing you’d NEVER do? Here, eight women tell us about the time they broke their ultimate sex taboo.
So what’s the one thing you’d never do when it comes to sex? Having an open relationship tops the list in one recent survey, closely followed by having sex with someone much older or younger than you. However, as we all know, what we say and what we do doesn’t always match up. Effizzie asked eight women to tell us about the one thing they said they’d never do – but did…
“I SLEPT WITH MY BEST FRIEND’S HUSBAND”
“I often went clubbing with Ellie and her husband Justin. When Ellie didn’t want to come, Justin and I still went together. A couple of times Justin wanted to go for a weekend break in Scotland and, because Ellie didn’t fancy it, I went with him. She didn’t seem bothered. Once, when we were away, he just kissed me. Ellie heard rumours and asked what was going on- we denied it, but she found out the truth and they split. Justin and I were together for 18 months before we came clean to our other friends. I always said I’d never get involved with another girl’s man, especially a friend’s. I love Justin, but I regret losing the best friendship I ever had. I’ve been with Justin for four years and I still beat myself up about it. Unbelievably, Ellie’s still there for me when there’s a crisis. She’s one in a million.” Emily, 28
“I SLEPT WITH A MAN 10 YEARS OLDER THAN MY DAD”
“I never understood the attraction of older men, but that all changed one Saturday night when I met Tom in a pub. He was a friendly guy and he kept telling me I had lovely hair and was wearing a great dress. He told me he was 32, but he looked older. When I questioned him, he said, “Why would I be hanging around with lads in their twenties if I’m way older than them?” That made sense. When we all left he grabbed my hand and we started kissing. He asked me back to his and, without really thinking about it, I went. The next morning I woke up, looked at him and thought, ‘Oh. My. God!’ I found out later that he’s 52. That’s 32 years older than me and ten years older than my dad. I can’t believe I slept with someone who could technically be my grandfather.” Lianne, 20
“I SLEPT WITH MY BEST MATE”
“I’m up for most things, but I always said I’d never sleep with a friend. I was close to Jack for about a year and a half before anything happened, I’d give him advice about girl problems and he’d come out with me and my boyfriend. When he invited me to an after-hours party at his pub one night, I realised I had feelings for him, and blurted it out. Thankfully he felt the same. We were worried about ruining our friendship, but before I knew it we were having sex on table 15. We’ve been together three months now. Breaking my sex taboo was the best thing I ever did – if I hadn’t, I might’ve woken up at 55 with my old boyfriend, who didn’t make me nearly as happy. Taboos are meant to be broken if it means finding the person you’ve been searching for all your life.” Valerie, 25
“I WAS A MISTRESS”
“I liked Dave the first time I saw him at work. We flirted for about two years and then he separated from his wife. We started seeing each other quite quickly and although he moved out, he kept in touch with his wife. We’d been together for about nine months when he came round to my house and said, “I don’t love you, I never loved you. It was a big mistake.” The tears just fell out of my eyes. It was only after he dumped me that I found out he’d still been seeing his wife. He’d been cheating on both of us. Deep down I guess I thought he might still be seeing her, but I was in love and didn’t want to think about it. I’d never do it again- it destroyed me. You can’t help who you fall in love with, but you have to think long term. You’re not only hurting yourself, you’re hurting other people.” Debbie, 32
“I HAD A FOURSOME”
“When it comes to sex I’m definitely a lights-off person, so I never dreamed I’d have a threesome, let alone a foursome with my best friend Jess, her ex-fiancé Jim and his best mate, Paul. We were all in this pub when the subject of threesomes arose. Jess accused the lads of being all mouth and no trousers, and asked them to prove her wrong. They looked pretty shocked and I was hoping they’d bottle out, but we ended up at Jess’s. I couldn’t believe what we were doing and I was embarrassed, but it turned out to be a right laugh. Let’s just say massage oil and vibrators were involved… Afterwards, Jess and I found it hilarious, but the boys got the hump. Jim was annoyed because he’d seen Jess kissing Paul, and Paul was angry with himself because he had a girlfriend. As for me, I can’t believe I was brave enough to do it and I wouldn’t rule it out again.” Helen, 24
“I HAD SEX WITH A GIRL”
“I met Mel on a new job. There wasn’t much to do and we spent quite a lot of time sitting around together, having a laugh. After work one day, we had a few drinks and she just kissed me. I’ve no idea how it happened. I was so surprised, but despite being shocked I went along with it because it actually felt quite good. Things just led on from there. I didn’t think I had it in me and I certainly never imagined I’d sleep with a girl. We met up a week later and just hung out together. We had a giggle about what we’d done and she said she was up for it again, but nothing happened because I had a boyfriend. Mel’s moved away now and we’re not in touch anymore, but I don’t regret sleeping with her. I guess you can’t knock something till you’ve tried it. In fact, I could see it happening again.” Shelley, 19
“I HAD SEX WITH MY BOSS”
“When I started my first job, there was incredible sexual chemistry between me and my boss. But he was engaged, so strictly off limits – until three weeks before his wedding, when we got drunk and one thing led to another. It was never a full-on affair, but we had sex several times, before and after he married. I ended things with him when he started mouthing off to colleagues, who then made lewd comments about my sex life. Some months later his brother-in-law joined the company. My boss began to worry his wife would find out about us and ‘suggested’ I find a new hob. A few months later there were redundancies and I was out on my ear. Sleeping with a married man is a bad idea, and sleeping with your boss is dangerous. I got my own back, though. I took the company to an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and harassment. I won.” Clare, 31
“I HAD SEX WITH MY EX”
“I met Sam in a club and we went out for about a month. He was gorgeous and we had an OK relationship, but we both knew it wasn’t going to be long-term. However, I was really upset when he ended it and two weeks later I went round to his house to chat about everything. He said he liked having sex with me but didn’t want a relationship. I could see what he was saying – we’d always had amazing sex – and before I knew it, we were doing it again. I always thought I wouldn’t sleep with a man unless I was going out with him, and especially not an ex, but because we’d had sex before it didn’t seem so bad. And somehow I think it made our break-up easier. I guess breaking your own rules is all part of life and growing up. I don’t think I’d do it again but I could never say never. It depends how good the sex is!” Lucy, 26
TRUE STORY: “I slept with my sister’s fiance the night before their wedding”
This woman was so jealous and resentful of her ever-perfect sister, she did the unthinkable in the ultimate act of revenge.
Celeste had always been jealous of her older sister Alicia. Just two years apart, she was a spitting image of Alicia and from a distance, the attractive pair could easily pass off as twins.
Celeste couldn’t understand why her sibling was always the more successful and popular one – Alicia was an up-and-coming finance professional, while she moved from job to job, trying to find her niche.
“It seemed that Alicia could do no wrong while I could do no right,” says Celeste.
But even though Celeste harboured deep feelings of jealousy and resentment towards her sibling, Alicia was as loving and protective of her as any older sister would be – she was completely oblivious to how much Celeste hated her.
Then, Alicia got engaged. Her fiance, James*, was sophisticated, handsome and successful. The couple had met at a charity event and started a whirlwind romance. A few months later, James proposed.
Parents and families were introduced and the pair set a wedding date six months after their engagement.
With not a lot of time to their big day, Alicia and James got right down to the wedding preparations. Alicia asked her younger sister to be her maid of honour, and while Celeste wanted no part in the wedding, there was no way she could refuse. While Celeste was initially aloof to James, she soon found herself warming up to him.
“It was hard not to like him and his wry sense of humour. I realised he was indeed the wonderful catch that everyone made him out to be.”
James too, was delighted to get to know his future sister-in-law. Alicia had told him how much her younger sister meant to her and he wanted to make his future wife happy.
As the couple were planning a long honeymoon in Europe after the wedding, Alicia worked long hours to wrap up her work. She started staying late at the office several times a week, leaving
James and Celeste to discuss the wedding arrangements.
Inevitably, the two grew closer, building up a comfortable repartee. Gradually, James started opening up to Celeste, telling her about his wild university days, his ambitions, likes and dislikes, even his feelings about Alicia and their plans for the future.
Celeste felt she knew almost as much about him as her sister did – and realised she was falling in love with James.
“I looked forward to seeing him every evening and enjoyed the attention he showed me; I was certain he felt the chemistry too. I loathed having my sister around and hated seeing them together. I admit that I wanted James for myself – it would be the ultimate payback if he left Alicia for me,” says Celeste.
Surreptitiously, Celeste started creating opportunities to keep the couple apart, while making sure she was around James to lend him a helping hand. When Alicia couldn’t make it for her rehearsal dinner due to work commitments, Celeste seized the chance to take her sister’s place for the evening.
“My sister never suspected a thing and was instead grateful that I was going all out to ensure her wedding went off without a hitch. Likewise, James was all praises for me,” adds Celeste.
Then came the day before the wedding. In line with tradition, the couple-to-be weren’t supposed to see each other for 24 hours before the ceremony. Acting as the perfect sister, Celeste helped Alicia see to everything she needed, then headed to James’ place on the pretext of helping him with last-minute details and making sure he wasn’t getting cold feet.
James was grateful for the company. His life was about to change and he was feeling jittery. He opened a bottle of wine, one drink led to another, and the pair were soon tipsy.
“I decided it was now or never. I grabbed James and kissed him passionately before telling him how much I yearned for him,” says Celeste. Too inebriated to think clearly and yet enjoying the rush of the moment, James allowed lust to get the better of him.
The next morning, waking up with James lying beside her, Celeste couldn’t believe she had finally “won” – she had finally beaten her sister at something. What she wasn’t prepared for, however, was the look of deep regret and disgust on James’ face when he realised what had happened.
“Do you realise what we’ve done?” James shouted. “What was I thinking? This is wrong! What am I going to say to Alicia?”
With the wedding just hours away, James had to tell Alicia what had happened – he owed his wife-to-be the truth.
Alicia was surprised to see James. Instinctively, she knew that something terrible had happened.
Crying as he ruefully told her what had ensued the night before, James said that he hated himself for it and that he now realised why Celeste had been going out of her way to help them. He begged Alicia for forgiveness, but the damage was done.
“I never thought you would ever do this to me! I trusted you.” Alicia said in between sobs.
Shocked, heartbroken and feeling utterly betrayed, she called off the wedding. All this while, she had thought her baby sister was her closest ally, only to find out that she had been plotting against her.
Their parents were devastated to learn what had happened. Alicia herself never confronted her sister about James, and Celeste eventually moved out of the family home. She says she feels guilty for her actions but was truly in love with James.
“I wanted James to be my trophy, but once again, it’s Alicia who is the poor, helpless victim and I am the evil sister. After everything, I still couldn’t have James for myself.”