Cheryl Barrier thought she had the perfect marriage. With a handsome husband and two young daughters, her life was complete.
But just two years ago, her life was turned upside down when her husband Ashley discovered that he was gay.
At first Cheryl, 30, felt as though her life had crumbled around her.
But instead of being angry, Cheryl found the inner strength to forgive her former husband - and even helped him to find a boyfriend.
Now, Ashley and Nathan are happily married - while Cheryl is regarded as a close family friend.
The three, who appeared on the This Morning sofa to discuss their unusual relationship, say that they are now one big happy family.
Cheryl, who many would have forgiven for presuming her five year marriage to Ashley had been a sham, says she never had an inkling her husband was gay.
'I never had a clue,' she says now. 'There was never a time when I thought he was effeminate, or gay.
'I never thought for a minute he was curbing his instinct.'
Even more surprising is the fact that Ashley says that he didn't know either.
So was it just a road to Damascus transformation? 'Yes,' says Ashley. 'I never had an inkling.
'AlI I ever wanted was kids and a wife. I’ve always said that if I’d known, I wouldn’t have married and had my children.
'But I don’t regret that for a minute. Back then, I loved it – we were very happy together.'
The two met when Ashley was 19 and Cheryl was 23 through their siblings. It was love at first sight and the pair married quickly.
'There were three dates that we could get married on - and one of them was a month away, Ashley recalls. 'We went for that one - we only had a month to plan our wedding.'
The two were blissfully happy, until one night when the two decided to watch an adult film together.
The pornographic scenes of a heterosexual couple gave way to some scenes involving two men engaged in a sex act together.
'As I came across it, I didn't turn it off,' Ashley says. 'At first, it was just that it didn't annoy or repulse me. I was shocked to find I liked it,' he says.
Further on, as I kept going, I realised I really did like it.'
At that point, Ashley decided he must be bisexual. Realising her husband had made a major discovery, Cheryl urged her Ashley to explore that area of his life.
'We spoke about his feelings,' Cheryl says. 'It wasn't something that happened overnight. I said to Ashley, "you have to experience that part of your life. I don't want you to live a lie with me and the children.'
Then, Ashley was still under the impression he was bisexual - but decided to do as Cheryl suggested and look for a boyfriend.
'You can't control when that 'something' comes out,' Ashley says. 'I was as shocked as Cheryl.
'You don't just wake up one day and go, "I'm gay!". It happened gradually.
'We talked in depth about it,' says Cheryl. 'It’s not something we light-heartedly skimmed over.’
Remarkably, Cheryl says she holds no anger towards the man who left her for another man.
'Anger? ‘I have gay relationships in my family already,' she says. 'My brother is gay as well. We are used to dealing with gays in the family, it’s accepted.'
Cheryl and Ashley admit that telling the children was the hardest part.
'We spoke about it, then it came to, "How do we tell the kids?’
'I’ve lost you as a husband but I want to keep you as a friend'
'We both dealt with it a mature way,' Ashley says - adding that Cheryl showed what a good friend she could be.
For Cheryl's part, she says she does not grieve for the husband she lost.
'I'd rather have him as a good friend,' she says. 'We need to keep relationship natural and good for children.'
'We used to send each other cards – I’ve lost you as a husband but I want to keep you as a friend,’ Ashley adds.
Soon after the couple split, Ashley met Nathan and the two were married within the year.
Ashley says he knew Nathan was the one as soon as they met - but that telling Cheryl was difficult.
‘I knew he was the one, but to tell my ex-wife was the final bit. To tell her, I've moved on, I've met someone who is The One - that was hard,' he says.
For his part, Nathan, who came out to his family when he was 13, is open-minded about the unusual situation.
He says he was brought up with a big family, so the fact that Ashley had children - and a wife - didn't perturb him at all.
So is Nathan at all worried that Ashley could return to heterosexual past?
'At the beginning, we were all so close. In the back of my mind I thought he could go back with Cheryl again. But once we had our Civil Partnership I knew.
'But we are all still very close.'
Ashley says that by appearing on This Morning, he hopes to help other men who might be in the same situation.
'It's not about not being true to yourself,' he says. 'Some people are ashamed, and I want them to see how well we work as a family unit. We work great together. Hopefully people can see how accepting we are.'
Headlines Newsview all
Ebola could hit 15 countries across Africa: Study of how disease has spread in past finds 70million people may be at risk of infection
The Ebola outbreak could hit 15 countries across Africa - putting the lives of 70 million people at risk, a groundbreaking study has found. In a ...
Britain is to forge closer economic ties with China after Chancellor George Osborne announced £2.4billion in new commercial deals with the People’s Republic. As the annual ...
Donations have poured in for Manchester Dogs’ Home after a fire ripped through the premises, killing more than 53 dogs last night. A JustGiving page set ...
Rate this article
MOST POPULAR ON CAPITALBAY
Devastated mother tells of anguish at watching teenager drown in lake tragedy not realising it was her own son
A devastated mother has spoken of her anguish at witnessing a teenager drown in a reservoir tragedy, not realising it was her own son. Melanie Goodship, ...
I've had no complaints about my kissing, says Miliband as he admits he FORGOT to mention the deficit in his conference speech
Ed Miliband today insisted said his wife has 'never complained' about his kissing technique after an awkward moment during his party conference speech. The Labour leader ...
Philip Hammond was speaking to CNN at United Nations summit in New York He said the hunt for ISIS executioner with a London accent was moving ...
Man pulled four-door sedan up to security gate without putting it into 'park' Rolled right through gate while man scrambled to catch up with his vehicle Onlookers ...
This wouldn't happen in CSI! Hilarious moment road sweeper ducks underneath police cordon and starts cleaning up a crime scene closed off for forensic investigators
Amused passerby photographs eager road sweeper cleaning crime scene The woman went under a police 'do not cross' cordon to collect the litter But watching police officers ...
This nurse and single mum could be deported to the Philippines because her 9 year old son has AUTISM and will 'be a burden on the health system'
Nurse and son set to be deported from Australia due to the child's autism Maria Sevilla and son Tyrone have lived in Australian since 2007 Their family ...
Rob Greenfield, 28, saw huge amounts of food thrown away on cycling tripDecided to survive by eating only from dumpsters for a monthIs touring the ...
Karen Michelle Williams was last seen in August 1990 Friends last saw her leaving a party in the remote opal mining town of Cooper Pedy in ...
I want some! Sneaky pet pooch watches owner eating watermelon... but looks away each time he's caught staring
Man pretends to eat his food while dog tries to grab a sneaky peek Just before man eats he glances at dog and dog hurriedly turns away Pomeranian ...
Jordanian court ruled there was insufficient evidence against Abu Qatada He was linked with plans to target Israeli and U.S tourists, and diplomats Earlier David Cameron insisted ...