For fear of being found out, she signed off her emails with the instructions ‘No reply’ or ‘You may respond’. As a travel writer, I was working abroad a great deal.
Maybe I was dating a married woman because unconsciously it fitted in with my chaotic lifestyle, even though I longed for intimacy at the same time.
Whilst she has not been strung up by the mainstream French media in the same way that she would have been in Britain, Gayet maintains that she has been dragged into an alleged scandal unfairly and is therefore suing the French edition of Closer magazine. Quite possibly; after all she knows what she's getting herself into.
What kept me together emotionally was knowing she was waiting in the wings. I would wait until her son finished school if that was what she wanted.
I would give up on having children of my own if it meant being with her.
I ended up stuffing all my new buys inside the legs of a manky old tracksuit.
I washed them by hand, locked in the bathroom, and dried them with a hairdryer as I didn't dare hang them up.' Tall, strong-featured and dressed in a cashmere sweater and wool trousers, Sheila is the kind of woman you see in the aisles of Waitrose, the front row of the school carol service.