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Posted by on Nov 17, 2008 in Society | 3 comments

Virtual Affair; Real Divorce

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CNN.com/europe:

A British couple who married in a lavish Second Life wedding ceremony are to divorce after one of them had an alleged “affair” in the online world.

Amy Taylor, 28, said she had caught husband David Pollard, 40, having sex with an animated woman. The couple, who met in an Internet chatroom in 2003, are now separated. […]

Taylor said she had caught Pollard’s avatar having sex with a virtual prostitute: “I looked at the computer screen and could see his character having sex with a female character. It’s cheating as far as I’m concerned.”

The couple’s real-life wedding in 2005 was eclipsed by a fairy tale ceremony held within Second Life.

But Taylor told the Western Morning News she had subsequently hired an online private detective to track his activities: “He never did anything in real life, but I had my suspicions about what he was doing in Second Life.

Pollard admits an innocent online relationship with an American woman. Taylor is in a new relationship with a man she met in the online roleplaying game World of Warcraft.

Photo and more from The Guardian.

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