Carlie Maree received an email at work she probably wasn't expecting.
The life coach and writer received an email from her husband's ex-mistress. Maree started dating her husband in 2005 and married him in 2011, but she found out he was cheating on her when their daughter was about 2 years old.
The affair affected Maree's marriage in more ways than one, so she decided to write a letter back to the mistress. You can read it for yourself, but Maree had no idea the affair was going on and her tone is very forgiving.
We were rock solid, him and I. I really thought that. We had a six-month-old baby and he was away a lot with work. Of course things were tough and we weren't as connected as before but I needed him to hang in there for me, until things got easier. He would have I think, if you had not come along at that moment. I am not interested in blame and I don't seem to be capable of hatred. I don't care whose 'fault' it is.
Maree chillingly goes on to say she believes the reason her husband was drawn to his mistress — whom he met at a bar while he spent time away from home for work — was because eventually, Maree let herself go a little (as mothers sometimes do because that's just life).
He missed the girl who had nothing but time to dote on him. That's what you gave him.
Her husband met his ex-mistress during a time in their marriage when things were a little rocky — Maree described him as pulling away — but she believes everything happens for a reason. Though they are no longer together because of the affair, they "still have love and respect for each other."
Wow. Seriously, read the letter.
Citations: 'My husband had ended the affair, and she decided to tell me every sordid detail, to get revenge on him': One year on from the email that ended her marriage, a betrayed wife's letter to the other woman (Daily Mail), She received a letter from her husband's mistress. This is what Carlie Maree wrote back. (Mamamia)