The story is all over the news from the National Enquirer to Forbes – it alleges that Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd, was involved in an affair with a massage therapist who also ran a house of prostitution. She is even being named, Shailey Tripp.
If it is true, here is another high profile father who risks marriage and family for a bit of sex. Can we forgot John Edwards whose children had to endure reports of their father’s mistress and then the story of a sex tape? Fortunately for marriages across the nation, infidelity affects fewer that 20 % over a lifetime and under 10 % annually as confirmed by national scientific researchers. But in the world of celebrities, the news is glaring.
Forbes says: “Todd Palin had an affair with an Alaska-based sex-worker? At least, according to swirling Web rumors today.
“Who broke the “news?” The National Enquirer, which, despite having a less-than-stellar reputation for newsworthiness, is the same magazine who broke the John Edwards cheating (and baby!) scandal, and we all know that turned out to be dead-on.
“The magazine attests it has “uncovered official documents confirming the woman’s arrest, and learned police have confiscated physical evidence that could tie Todd to an alleged extramarital affair.”
ThirdAge is giving Shailey Tripp a bit more distinction by calling her a massage therapist and computer technologist. According to their story:
“My sources reveal that a massage therapist and computer technologist, SHAILEY TRIPP, had an affair with Todd Palin that lead to her arrest March of 2010. According to the tenants in the building of her offices, they saw Todd come and go often and heard noises that sounded like someone was having sex. It was the same tenants who called the police on her.”
Shailey Tripp Alleged Mistress of Todd Palin
We know that infidelity does not necessarily mean the end of a marriage. But it does put a strain on one’s ability to trust.
Nonethelss, here are 3 reasons to forgive and save your marriage, which appears that Sarah Palin has already done. This rumor has been around for years, but now there is a name attached to the alleged mistress.
infidelity is the symptom of a larger problem. And this is an important reason to look both inward and at the marriage.
Three reasons to stay:
1) If you don’t solve the problem that was at the root of the infidelity it may manifest itself in other ways and even other relationships.
2) Forgiveness saves your health. Angry, bitter women determined to “get even” will find that hostility is a predictor of heart attacks — as I have documented in previous articles.
3) When children are involved, you may wish to put aside the hurt, and take some time to consider how divorce will affect them.
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Before making a hasty decision about a husband who is unfaithful talk with a licensed therapist and certified marriage counselor.
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