Tracy Arthur was heart-broken when she found her husband had fallen for another woman – but little did she know a bizarre nightmare was only just beginning.
Because the devastated wife today tells how he moved his mistress into their marital home while she was still living there.
And she says she spent months hiding upstairs while Andrew Arthur cooked romantic meals for his other woman before cosying up with her in the next bedroom.
Tracy, 54, today tells how she had to drown out the sound of their canoodling by playing Ed Sheeran at full blast.
And she even claims the couple rewired the washing machine so she couldn’t use it – and banned her from parking on her own drive to make space for the other woman’s work van.
It all became too much for receptionist Tracy who moved out in April.
Now she says she has been left with nothing.
“He’s a narcissist and a nasty piece of work,” she sobbed. “I was determined not to give in, but he’s won. I hate him for what he’s done to me.
“Someone else is living my married life with him in my home while I am in a tiny council flat on my own. She even wears my pink dressing gown.”
But Andrew hit back at Tracy’s claims, branding her a “money-grabber”.
He said they weren’t living as man and wife after he discovered she had an affair of her own.
Tracy met Andrew, 50, on an internet chat site in 2001.
After a whirlwind romance, they wed at a hotel in Redditch, Worcestershire, in April, 2003. She says the first five years of their 15-year marriage were blissful.
“We were always happy at first,” she says. “Back then I was head over heels in love.”
But Tracy – mum to three grown-up children from a previous relationship – says cracks started to show in their relationship before she became convinced he was having at affair last year.
“I had a horrendous year. I lost two of my friends to cancer then needed a complete shoulder replacement after a fall in August at his parents’ lodge on the River Severn,” she says.
“I spent 14 weeks recuperating. Andy was supposed to be looking after me. Instead, I later learned he had fallen for another woman.”
She says Andrew came home one day in late October with what looked like a love bite on his neck.
“He denied it and said he’d got it play-fighting with his mates,” she says. “But then I found a message on his iPad and realised he was seeing another lady I had heard of through a friend.
“I messaged her on Facebook asking what she was doing with my husband.
She said she’d been told we slept in separate bedrooms. She wouldn’t believe me when I said we were still together. I also confronted Andy, who finally admitted they were together.”
Then came a double blow. Andrew accused Tracy of having an affair herself and asked her to move out of their home – owned by his parents through a trust – so he could move his new woman in.
Tracy was horrified and furious – and now she faced a legal battle to keep a roof over her head.
“I had already lost my marriage and now I was going to lose my home. I couldn’t believe it,” she says.
On January 12, Tracy was forced to obtain an emergency occupation order at Worcester Family Court allowing her to remain at the house until April.
An enraged Andrew then moved his mistress into the property in Redditch, starting a threesome from hell. Tracy claims the next four months were a nightmare.
“I had music on the whole time, always Ed Sheeran, because I was so desperate not to hear them together in the next room,” she says.
“I had to stay in my bedroom because they took over the house. I would get home from work and go straight to bed.”
She says she lived on takeaway sandwiches to avoid being in the kitchen with them.
“Andy even asked me to join them for dinner a couple of times – as if I wanted to play happy families.”
Tracy claims she couldn’t even park her Toyota on the drive because the mistress’s van, Andrew’s car and the motor boat he used to share with Tracy were in pride of place.
“I had to ask a neighbour if I could park on his drive,” she said. “It was humiliating.
“Then my new ‘housemate’ began using all my personal stuff, even my pink dressing gown,” she says.
“She branded me a money grabber when nothing could be further from the truth.
“They blocked me from using the internet and rewired the washing machine so I couldn’t use it.”
By March, Tracy was struggling so much with her toxic living situation she wrote to her local MP begging for help.
With the aid of a local councillor, she moved into a two-bedroom flat on April 7.
She says legal action to make a claim on the marital home would cost thousands of pounds she doesn’t have.
Now she is undergoing counselling, taking anti-depressants – and waiting for her divorce to go through.
She admits she had a nine-month affair seven years ago, but says she doesn’t deserve what has happened to her. “I just want to get rid of him – he ruined my life,” she says.
“He’s put me through so much hell. As for her, how can anybody move into a house their partner’s wife is still living in? They deserve each other.”
Andrew later told us: “This is 90 per cent not true. She had an affair five years ago. She is just a money-grabber.”
He admits he invited his new woman to move in, but said of Tracy: “We weren’t actually even living as husband and wife you know.”
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