9 Signs Your Partner Might Be Cheating On You

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Trust and fidelity are the bedrock of any committed relationship. However, the unsettling reality is that infidelity can creep into partnerships, causing that level of trust to crumble and casting long shadows of doubt about what to do about your suspicions.

If you’re sensing that something is amiss, one solution would be to suggest that your partner submit to a lie detector to prove their innocence, especially when the evidence of infidelity is not clearcut and when your partner’s explanations are plausible. This proven strategy is not intrusive or underhanded when trying to confirm or deny your suspicions.

That’s why it’s crucial to approach your concerns with both sensitivity and pragmatism. Here are nine potential signs that might indicate your partner is cheating on you so that you can try to confirm your suspicions in the best way possible.

Sudden Changes in Communication Patterns

A noticeable decline in communication can be alarming. If your partner, who used to share details of their day, suddenly becomes reticent or seems disinterested in conversation, it could be a sign of emotional detachment, possibly due to their attention being drawn elsewhere.

Unexplained Absences or Changes in Schedule

When late nights at the office become the norm or there are unexplained absences and last-minute changes in plans, these could be red flags. 

While occasional schedule changes are normal, consistent unpredictability might suggest they’re making time for someone else.

Increased Privacy

A partner who suddenly becomes overly protective of their personal devices or changes their passwords without explanation could be hiding something. 

While everyone deserves privacy, this shift in behavior, especially if it’s sudden, warrants your attention.

Unusual Expenses

Unexplained receipts, mysterious charges on credit card statements, or a sudden decrease in financial transparency can be telltale signs of infidelity. These expenses may be related to secret rendezvous or gifts for another person.

Changes in Appearance

A sudden preoccupation with appearance, such as buying new clothes, changing hairstyle, or an intensified focus on fitness, without a clear reason, might mean your partner is trying to impress someone else.

Emotional Distance

Emotional withdrawal is a significant indicator of relationship issues. If your partner seems detached, less interested in intimacy, or indifferent to events that would normally matter to both of you, they might be emotionally invested elsewhere.

Defensiveness or Guilt-driven Behavior

If your partner is cheating, they might exhibit guilt through increased niceness or gifts without any special occasion. Conversely, they might also become defensive or irritated when you ask about their whereabouts or activities, as a way to deflect suspicion.

Changes in Sexual Behavior

A noticeable decrease in intimacy or a sudden desire to try new things in the bedroom can indicate external influences. While changes in sexual appetite can stem from various reasons, they should not be dismissed, especially if other signs are present.

Your Intuition

Often, our gut feelings can be uncannily accurate. If you feel something is off, it’s important to trust your instincts. Anxiety, unease, or a persistent sense that something isn’t right shouldn’t be ignored.

How to Deal With Your Suspicions of Infidelity

If you observe these potential signs of infidelity, it is still best to approach the situation with care. Taking an accusational tone without evidence can lead to denial and further deceit. 



Marc Wilson is the Guest Lifestyle Editor of Social Life Magazine, a 2013 Big Apple Award nominee and the Founder and Creative Director of MWD Lifestyles (formerly Marc Wilson Design) and Weddings by MWD Lifestyles. Marc’s company is a full scale wedding, event design, production and planning company with destination partnerships and capabilities and has grown to be the name in the decor and events, weddings and destination industry it is today. Marc’s fifteen years within the events industry has resulted in national and international recognition and, to date, MWD Lifestyles has worked with Rolex, Hugo Boss, Martha Stewart Weddings and MGM Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Marc’s work has been published in Grace Ormond Wedding Style, Design Bureau, New York Weddings, Manhattan, Essence, Weddings by Design, The Knot, Brides and Town&Country. Instagram@mwdlifestyles

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