Yesterday, Anne Double, the wife of English MP Steve Double, faced the media to declare her love for her husband.
She did this after the father of her three children, and husband of 30 years, admitted he “behaved completely inappropriately” during an alleged affair with his 26-year-old aide.
In an official statement from his office, the Tory MP and former pastor addressed rumours of his affair with married staff member Sarah Bunt. Double, 49, said he’s hoping to win back the trust of those around him.
“I have behaved completely inappropriately and deeply regret the pain I have caused those closest to me,” he wrote. “Anne and I are committed to being together and seeking to move forward in our marriage. I accept I have work to do to recover the trust and respect of those around me.”
But while he and his office deals with the fall-out of an internal affair with a married member of staff, his wife Anne has to find her way forward in what is an awfully public, and very close-to-home, source of what must be severe anguish.
Both her and Bunt worked together as caseworkers in the MP’s constituency office. And photographs like this, broadcast across the world, will likely give rise to haunting questions about how, when, why, for how long?
It's been labelled by the media as a "tryst" and Double is refusing to give details of the affair. Anne also says she's unwilling to throw away 30 years of marriage "for the sake of a few hours".