FOR anyone who's ever been cheated on, the bombshell revelation, the agonising heartbreak and the urge to get back at your love rat ex will be all too familiar.
But while many scorned women seek swift vengeance when they discover they've been betrayed, some take it to a whole new level – by 'outing' their cheating partners in a very public way.
From broadcasting their beloved's infidelity on a supermarket tannoy to telling their mother-in-laws what's been going on, jilted women have found plenty of ways to air their exes' dirty laundry in front of a crowd.
January is the biggest month for break-ups, with experts citing the stress of Christmas, the desire to have a 'fresh start' in the New Year, and even the cold, depressing weather as key reasons behind this.
Here, we speak to three Sun readers who all dished out just desserts in an extremely public fashion…
'I announced their affair to all our friends'
Legal assistant Romy Martin, 38, is a mum of one from Manchester
Romy says: "My partner and I had been together for four years.
We'd met at university and were planning for our future. Everyone – me included – assumed we'd end up getting wed. I was just waiting for the day he'd get down on one knee and pop the question.
But the fourth year into our relationship, alarm bells started to ring.
He was really distracted at home and started being offish with me. Our sex life was lacklustre, but work was busy and we were forever having domestics.
Even so, I assumed he just had loads on, and told myself he was still going to propose.
That summer, we were on holiday with friends and my partner decided to throw me an impromptu birthday party in a bar on the beach. He'd organised it, so I told myself to stop being paranoid.
He insisted I got there first as the birthday girl to welcome everyone. He was coming later. But when he still hadn't arrived, I went to look for him near the entrance.
That's when I saw him and some random girl coming out of the loos together. I was riled to see him flirting and very handsy with this other woman.
When I got him on his own, I innocently asked where he'd been.
They hadn’t seen me and so, of course, he lied and said he'd only just arrived.
But I told him “I saw you both coming out of the loos together” and demanded he tell me the truth.
When he told me they'd been seeing one another, I saw red.
The music stopped and everyone stared. I then announced to our friends that my birthday party was ruined thanks to the two of them sleeping together behind my back.
I was about to go at them both again but got guided away from the dancefloor by the bouncers. I still didn’t calm down and eventually had to be removed from my own beach party.
It was a dramatic birthday, but I have no regrets about calling the pair of them out.
Maybe I shouldn't have done it so publicly – but honestly, it felt great."
'I outed him on a supermarket tannoy'
Massage therapist Trisha Murphy, 45, is single and lives in Coventry
Trisha says: "I'd been with my other half for 10 years. We both worked shifts in a supermarket and at times it was like ships passing in the night between us.
I first got the alert something was wrong when I was away for the weekend seeing my parents. One of my friends had popped round to my place back home unannounced, but at the door, my partner refused to let her in.
It was only afterwards that she realised there were TWO cars on the driveway – and one of them wasn’t mine.
When she mentioned it in passing, I immediately asked him who had been round at our place. He got really shifty and claimed it was one of the neighbours who had left a car on our drive.
While it sounded fishy, I wanted to believe him and put it out of my mind.
A couple of months later, I was going on a hen weekend to Benidorm.
My partner dropped me off at the airport. He was really loving, giving me some spending money and urging me to treat myself in duty free.
That night, I phoned the landline to let him know I’d picked up some perfume. A woman answered our phone. What’s more, I recognised her voice – she worked with both of us at the supermarket.
I ended the call, but instead of breaking down, I resolved to have a fantastic weekend.
When I got home, my other half was at work. I immediately cleared out his wardrobe and drawers, shoving everything into bin bags.
I then drove to work – the supermarket – where he was in his office. I marched in and without saying a word chucked his clothes over his desk. He looked at me speechless, in horror.
I then got on the supermarket tannoy and told the woman he was having an affair with that he was now hers and she should collect his 'undercrackers' from the desks above.
I walked out to a few of my mates clapping while I had a massive smile on my face!
Apparently, my announcement caused a lot of sniggers and looks of disbelief among members of the public. Some shoppers even wanted to know who the 'other woman' was."
'I told his mother what he'd been doing'
She says: "When I first got with the father of my three eldest kids, life was OK.
But after a couple of years, things began to change between us.
I wasn’t allowed to touch his phone. It was locked and password protected at all times.
He’d finish work at 4pm and yet sometimes would claim he had meetings and would wouldn’t get home until 9 or 10pm.
Female intuition told me not to believe his excuses, and I caught him out on two occasions and forgave him. But I wasn’t going to put up with it a third time. So when he started acting suspiciously again I called him out. But he denied it.
I needed to get into his phone to prove I wasn’t going mad. All the signs were there. I’d smelt perfume in his car.
When he got in from work he’d dash to our bedroom to hide things in his cupboard.
One night when he was asleep I decided to try and crack his password – and on the fourth or fifth event it worked.
It was 3am in the morning and he was fast asleep. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I found nude pictures of his latest bit on the side.
There were images of them having sex too – I was distraught.
That's when I saw red. Immediately I took the phone into his mother’s bedroom – she was staying with us at the time – and I woke her up and showed her the messages.
I expected her to side with me. I was gobsmacked when she said, “he’s a man. He can do what he wants!”
He heard the commotion and came in and we had a massive argument. He told me not to worry about it and said he had needs.
I had no choice but to walk out and I took the kids with me."
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