After 36 years of marriage, Julia Keys was confident that she knew her husband, Richard, better than most people. So when he began to act suspiciously, she knew something was wrong.

Richard, a sports presenter who has worked for broadcasting giants such as the BBC, ESPN, Sky and Fox, insisted that there was no need for his wife to worry. In fact, when she questioned his behavior, the 61-year-old turned it back around on his wife, claiming that she was paranoid.

But she wasn’t. She was on to something. Here, she explains exactly what she found…

Julia was horrified when she learned that her beloved husband was having an affair, but this feeling of disgust would only intensify when she found out the identity of the other woman – or, girl, to be more precise.

“For a year and a half, he was telling me it was all in my head, that I was imagining it, that I was going mad – lies that I now realize nearly every man comes up with when having an affair,” Julia writes in her book, The MANScript.

It was at Richard’s birthday party that Julia first heard alarm bells ring in her head after one of her daughter’s friends acted in a peculiar manner. Lucie, a 27-year-old lawyer, could barely conceal her excitement when it came time for Julia to leave the party. When Richard didn’t return home for several hours, Julia knew there was something amiss.

From then on, Richard’s web of lies began to crumble around him as Julia discovered the sickening truth about her husband’s infidelity.

After discovering his lies, Julia left Richard. Despite his situation having been self-inflicted, Richard begged for Julia to stay with him. He even pleaded with her to take him back from his hospital bed where he lay after suffering a heart artery defect.

Having learned her lesson the hard way, Julia knew better than to trust him. So when she later learned that the night before he’d been for dinner with Lucie, she was barely surprised.

Julia is still heartbroken by the way her marriage ended, but she doesn’t plan to feel too sorry for herself. Instead, she hopes to educate people on the warning signs that flare up when a partner is cheating – something she, unfortunately, has experience in!