More and more men are living with a shameful secret.
Dave a burly mechanic from Tooting South London has been living a lie for years;
‘Before I met Annette, in the good old days I used to go out at night in a big coat and wig to feed my addiction’ he said, ‘ Id secrete myself amongst the lady folk and play for hours, this was pre-internet days of course.’
Annette oblivious to Dave’s dark past and addiction often found that he would become irritable around the same time of an evening and made excuses to visit the study, one balmy evening in July last year she tip-toed upstairs after him.
‘I found him in his study which is our spare bedroom hunched over the laptop wearing a ladies coat and wig starring intently at the screen with a few scrunched up tissues about his feet, preparing for the worst and expecting a vile image of a half naked bimbo or worse I challenged him about hiding in the study every night for an hour, when he turned around I was shocked to see he was playing online bingo, he reached out to me with outstretched arms , his chubby tear-stained face and snot covered top lip looking at me questionably, he seemed confused and ashamed about what was happening to him, he broke down in my arms and we both started sobbing.’
Annette said ‘we talked it through and explained it to the children, they were upset at first and asked why couldn’t he be like other dad’s and play online poker or download porn or even be an ‘eBay’ trader, but despite everything they agreed they still loved him and we are in agreement that we will support him as a family.’
Dave was relived and went on to say ‘many more men up and down the country are in denial and pretending to be on more widely accepted manly gambling sites some are desperate to come out , I thought I would lose my family if I came out, I am just grateful my wife understands and supports me.’
Dave is celebrating after ‘888 Ladies Bingo’ recently awarded him the elevated status of VIP Gold Lady membership.