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QIs it smart to ever tell your part­ner you cheated on them? BL, Rostrevor.

AYou’re way be­yond smart at this point. The only time it would be a smart move to tell your sig­nif­i­cant other you cheated is if you’d signed a ridicu­lously gen­er­ous, con­di­tion­free pre-nup in your favour, re­alised your wealthy bil­lion­aire part­ner wasn’t ever go­ing to cark it and wanted to cash in. Chances are though, you’re just an idiot who got car­ried away with a col­league, close friend or pros­ti­tute (or all three de­pend­ing on if you work in mar­ket­ing). Con­fess­ing will do ir­repara­ble dam­age, cause sim­mer­ing re­sent­ment and lead to ar­gu­ments over tak­ing the bins out es­ca­lat­ing into crock­ery hurl­ing com­pe­ti­tions. You un­doubt­edly only want to con­fess so you feel less bur­dened by your guilt, but you should have to carry that weight all by your­self. The only time it’s a good idea to spill is if they ask di­rectly, or if you’re a whin­ing, sour-faced movie star­let whose in­dis­cre­tions are likely to be ex­posed by a long-lens shot in the gos­sip mags. Best to get in early in that case. Send your ques­tions to saweek­[email protected] Touch the sto­ries that touch you. Get our iPad app in the itunes store. ade­laide­

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