A MUM was left heartbroken when her fiance revealed he had been having an affair with her best friend – and says he only came clean because he got her pregnant.
Robyn Newman, 28, from Westbury, Gloucestershire, got back in touch with school pal Jemima Phelps, 29, on Facebook in 2016 – but their two-year friendship ended in betrayal.
Tree surgeon Matthew William, 27, admitted they'd been having sex in the woods down the road from their family home – and only confessed because Jemima was pregnant, Robyn claims.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, waitress Robyn said: "Finding out that Matt had cheated really did break my heart, and what made it worse was the lack of remorse he showed.
"Then when I found out that Jemima was pregnant, my heart broke. I just knew it was his.
"The betrayal was awful, it ripped me apart and it hurt more from Jemima than it ever did Matt as he had been slowly pulling away slowly.
"It killed me that Jemima and I talked so deeply, she knew how I felt and what I was going through and took advantage of the weaknesses I'd talked about with her.
"Even after having cheated with my ex, she went on play dates with me as if it was no big deal, before I found out.
"Her betrayal still stings now and I will never forgive her for what she did."
Robyn met Matt on the Plenty of Fish dating site back in April 2015 – and they went for a drink in her local pub as their first date.
Their relationship moved quickly, with the pair moving in together not long after Robyn gave birth to her son, now three.
Her betrayal still stings now and I will never forgive her for what she did
She said: "Throughout my pregnancy, Matt was amazing, chauffeuring me everywhere and not letting me lift a finger.
"After I gave birth, Matt was just the most incredible dad and I was honestly the happiest I've ever been.
"We entered the New Year as a proper little family, and as it was a leap year, I decided to take the plunge and propose to Matt.
"In February 2016, I put my little lad in a babygrow reading 'Will Daddy marry Mummy?' and got onto one knee when I heard Matt come in the door from work.
"I was over the moon when he said yes, and just when I thought life couldn't get any better, I found out I was pregnant again."
During her second pregnancy, Robyn realised her old school friend Jemima was also expecting – and reached out to congratulate her.
They soon became great friends, supporting each other throughout their pregnancies, meeting for lunch and shopping for baby essentials together.
Robyn gave birth to her second son, now two, in January 2017.
Jemima gave birth to her first child not long after, and they continued to meet up for play dates.
Robyn said: "It was really great having a friend who was pregnant at the same time – we could moan to each other about how we were feeling and chat about our pregnancies.
It was like walking on eggshells around him and I knew something was wrong
"When our babies were born, we loved meeting up for little play dates and it was so cute seeing the kids play together.
"But as Jemima and I grew closer, it felt like Matt and I were drifting apart.
"He was working longer hours and it seemed like he never had time for our lovely little family anymore.
"I couldn't understand why he was drifting apart from me, and I really missed how close we used to be.
"But whenever I tried to ask him about it, he'd just snap and tell me he was stressed from work.
"I tried to be more easy going, and hoped we would just bounce back to normal when I stopped breastfeeding and was less tired.
"But it was like walking on eggshells around him and I knew something was wrong."
After months of tension at home, Robyn was convinced Matt was hiding something – and finally got her answer on August 13 last year.
Moments after leaving for work, Matt texted Robyn saying "we need to talk".
She instantly panicked, but after multiple ignored phone calls Robyn finally convinced Matt to come home early.
Nothing could have prepared her for the words Matt said next.
When I asked if I knew the woman he'd wrecked our relationship for, my heart broke when he told me it was Jemima
She said: "Matt kept his eyes fixed on the ground so I just knew he'd done something terrible.
"Eventually he just blurted out 'I slept with someone else' and it was like my whole word was crumbling around me.
"He told me it happened twice a few months before and, although I was relieved to hear it wasn't in our bed, I felt disgusted when he told me it was in the woods down the road from our house.
"I thought that was the worst of it, but when I asked if I knew the woman he'd wrecked our relationship for, my heart broke when he told me it was Jemima.
"I couldn't believe it – my fiance and my friend, getting down and dirty in the woods where we took our kids playing.
"All those times she'd been to our house for baby advice, she'd really been seducing my man – it made me feel so sick and angry."
Robyn stormed straight over to Jemima's home to confront her, but says Matt had already warned her to go out.
The heartbroken mum tried to put on a brave face for her kids but says she was forced to sleep on the sofa that night, with Matt refusing to give up their bed.
That night, when she was mulling over the affair, she realised something dreadful.
Robyn said: "I knew Jemima hadn't been taking any birth control, and feared the worst.
"I confronted Matt the next day and he confessed Jemima had sent him a photo of a positive pregnancy test, which is why he'd come clean about the affair.
"He didn't know for certain it was his, but the fact there was a chance still turned my stomach.
"I did contemplate ending the relationship, but I worried about the impact us splitting up would have on our precious boys.
"I felt like I owed it to them to at least try and make the relationship work, and Matt seemed eager to fix things.
"I made him promise that he would cut all contact with Jemima and, slowly but surely, we started to rebuild our relationship."
I confronted Matt the next day and he confessed Jemima had sent him a photo of a positive pregnancy test, which is why he'd come clean about the affair
As the months went on, Robyn thought her relationship with Matt was back on track, but she was in for more heartbreak in December 2018.
On December 3, a friend told Robyn, they'd seen the pair together at a Christmas lights parade in Taunton.
Robyn said: "I confronted him immediately, and although he denied it at first, I eventually got the truth out of him.
"Imagining him and Jemima acting like a happy little family made me sick to my stomach, and I just knew I couldn't be with him anymore.
"We got through Christmas for the sake of our kids, then Matt forced me to move out, even though it was him who'd torn our family apart.
"Jemima gave birth in February 2019 and Matt told me they'd done a DNA test which proved the baby was his.
Matt and Jemima's responses
When approached for a comment, Matt said: "Yeah (I feel bad). Yeah (we've split now). Yeah (I regret what happened). Yeah (Jemima fell pregnant during the affair). I do (see the baby now) yeah. I'm happier now, sort of."
When approached for a comment, Jemima said: "I don't want to take part in this. Yep, that was what happened."
"The betrayal broke my heart, but I'm just glad I found out what a snake my fiance was before we tied the knot.
"Matt and I are in a better place now for the sake of the children, and I'm very happy now with where my life is, being single and focusing on my kids."
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