Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Guys cheat because they want to, girls cheat because there's something wrong in the relationship' - Niamh Horan sparks debate with infidelity comments

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Published 01/12/2016 | 11:33

Niamh Horan on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge. Image: RTE One
Niamh Horan on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge. Image: RTE One
Vogue Williams on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge. Image: RTE One

Niamh Horan sparked debate with her comments regarding infidelity on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge on Wednesday night.

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Ms Horan, a journalist with the Sunday Independent, was joined by presenter and model Vogue Williams and broadcaster Chris Donoghue on the show to discuss the week's most pressing events.

In a popular segment on the show ' On the Slab', guests highlight an issue which has hit the headlines and Ms Horan raised the issue of cheating.

When discussing infidelity, Ms Horan said that she believes that men and women cheat for totally different reasons.

Vogue Williams on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge. Image: RTE One
Vogue Williams on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge. Image: RTE One

"I think that if girls cheat, then there's something wrong in that relationship," she said.

"Guys can cheat just because they want a bit of a rightie. Let's just be honest about it. With girls, there's something intrinsically wrong in that. They don't really like the guy in the first place."

"It's more emotional (for women), there's something missing there," she continued.

When asked by Mr O'Connor whether men can cheat and still be happy in their relationship, Ms Horan agreed.

She argued that hiring a private eye to investigate your partner is "just as bad as cheating" and that people "become private eyes in their own relationships."

"Hiring a private eye is just as bad as cheating - and it's a bit pathetic as well. If things are that bad then you should just leave the situation," she said.

"People become private eyes in their own relationships. They look in people's phones, they check emails. You're no better than somebody who goes and hires somebody else. I think it's complete disrespect, I would never look in somebody's phone."

"If something is happening then it will come out in the long run anyway, so why would I worry myself over it?"

Model Vogue Williams completely disagreed with Ms Horan's views, however, and countered with her own personal experience of cheating.

"I think that sounds like the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard," she said.

"For me, I think it's just morally wrong to do that to somebody."

"I've been cheated on...not in my marriage...but the pain that you feel from somebody cheating on you, if it wasn't working for you, why would you not just break it off?"

The debate provoked a massive reaction on Twitter.

One user agreed with Ms Horan's views: "A lot of people whinging and bashing Niamh Horan on Cutting Edge ... I thought she made some good and valid points."

While another supported Ms Williams' statement, saying: "Vogue Williams, fair play for calling out Niamh Horan on her ridiculous statement as to why men and women cheat."

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