Karen Dineen was shocked to learn that her husband of 19 years had been cheating on her with her best friend of 25 years.
Being betrayed by the one you've loved wholeheartedly is pretty brutal. However, if they cheated on you with someone you considered family, the wounds of disloyalty sting way more. A 57-year-old Essex woman was put through such a heartbreaking ordeal by her husband who nonchalantly decided to get involved with her best friend. But Karen Dineen wasn't the kind to silently suffer or just walk away without saying her piece. In an attempt to get back at her unfaithful friend and her cheating husband she resorted to a creative and hilarious means.
Karen Dineen and her husband Terry Lovell, 53, had been married for 19 years before she made the shocking discovery and got divorced in 2015. It was difficult for her to believe that her best friend of 25 years, Carol Mitchell, whom she met way before her ex-husband. "They were my friends and when I met Terry, Carol's husband became friends with him. It's vile," she said according to a report by The Daily Mail. Even their kids were friends with each other and this fact fueled the heartbroken woman's fire. "He never said, 'Karen I don't love you, I don't want to be with you anymore.' That would have been fine. That would have been a shock, but not as much as this," expressed the jilted woman.
One day, while cleaning her home, Dinnen came across her wedding dress and decided to donate it to her best friend, with whom she had cut all ties. In addition to the strapless cream dress, she also dropped off a thoughtful note on Mitchell's porch. "Hey Carol, I know you love secondhand goods, so thought you might like the dress I wore when I married your boyfriend. Love, Karen xx," read the note that the 57-year-old carefully stuck on her door. "I saw the wedding dress when I was packing up my house, and thought, 'she can f***ing have this.'" she recalled.
"Leaving a wedding dress and putting that note through the door I knew there was nothing they could do. I was shaking like a kid at Christmas with excitement. I've got nothing to hide. That bird was a friend of mine for 25 years. I was with him for 19 years." Dinnen, who's been single for four years now, is still pained by the thought of their betrayal. "I just think that's the lowest of the low. It's despicable. It was the betrayal. Neighbors and friends knew about it and never told me. You can't imagine how f***ing humiliating it is to have all these people know it's going on and not say anything to you."
Recounting the unpleasant steps that led to the discovery of her husband's and best friend's disloyalty, the mother of two said, "I knew something was going on. He was a builder, and he would come home from work, get changed and say he's got to go and look at a job. He used to ring me and say he had to look at a job in all his work clothes. He started coming home, having a shower and getting tarted up, and saying he was going to look at a job. I wondered what was going on because after living with someone for so long years, any little changes you notice." Her suspicions grew firmer after he presented her a "guilty" £700 ($904.21) diamond ring for Christmas.
But there was something else along with the receipt of the ring. It was a receipt for two 100ml bottles of Opium perfume, he had bought, however, Dineen had received just one. "What he was thinking was, he will buy both of us Opium so when he comes in smelling of it it's my perfume. So, after that, I knew something was going on. Something in me said, keep your eyes and ears open and mouth shut. I make a brilliant friend but a terrible enemy, and he was making such an enemy of me. I knew he was seeing someone from Christmas," continued Dineen. Devising a genius plan, she decided to clear her suspicions once and for all, especially after her husband had changed his phone password.
After learning his new phone password, Dineen took his phone and left the house locking it behind her while Lovell was in the shower. "I walked to the shower room, slid the door open, picked his mobile up, calmly walked back through the kitchen, picked up my handbag and locked the door. He slipped and slithered to the front door like the snake that he is and I saw his hand go to do the handle but obviously the door was locked. I saw him reach up for the key, but the key was in my pocket. I closed the car door, reversed off the drive and drove to a place I knew he wouldn't find me," she recalled.
Scrolling through his messages, she found that the woman her husband was cheating on her with was none other than her dear friend Mitchell. Waiting no longer, she separated from the treacherous man and has since changed her surname. "She has no idea what she let herself in for. The grass is always greener on the other side. I changed my name though. I'm no longer Karen Lovell, I'm Karen Dineen. It was cheaper than getting a divorce." Meanwhile, her devious husband justified his actions saying, "When you do eventually go and get in touch with her, tell her to go and get a life. How many people have affairs every single day of their lives? People have affairs every day." A real prince, that one.