Despite what the Beatles say, it turns out you can buy love.
New research has shown that when it comes to cheating on a partner money plays a central role in adulterous relationships.
The survey, carried out by cheaters’ website VictoriaMilan, found that most of its female members preferred a wealthy lover and 94 per cent said they would ditch their paramour if he was being stingy.
On the opposite side, the majority of the site’s male members said they were happy to pay the lion’s share of the cost of their affair and felt awkward when their partner paid for a date.
The survey polled 3,314 female and 5,426 male members of the site about the expense involved in having an affair.
It revealed that 82 per cent of women and 67 per cent of men prefer a wealthy lover, although 74 per cent of men insist they would rather pay for the dinners, nights away in hotels and gifts.
This seems to suit the female members of the site just fine, with 69 per cent of them saying they are happy for their partner to cover the cost of a date and 90 per cent regarding it as gentlemanly.
When it comes to sneaky nights away in a hotel things are a bit more even. Forty-five per cent of women say they pay for the room while 52 per cent of men say they cover the bill. But overall only a quarter of women and 40 per cent of men want to split the bill.
It’s perhaps unsurprising then that nine out of ten men regard cheating on their wife or partner as an expensive business while less than a third (30 per cent) of women agreed.
Using the sort of romantic language Shakespeare could only dream of, the site’s founder, Sigurd Vedal, described his male members’ spending as an “investment” in their lovers and claimed there was a “chivalrous” side to cheating.
He said: “The results show that men are investing in their lovers – throwing cash at dinners, getaways, hotels and gifts and women delight in being spoilt. Although they occasionally reach for their wallets and are happy to pick up the tab from time to time, they draw the line at splitting the bill.”