I'm offended on behalf of mothers everywhere.
Momlogic's Julie: When we did the "Who's Sleeping with Your Husband?" series back in June, I was bothered by the women's lack of empathy for the wife and children of the men they were sleeping with. Now that we realize we have Gordon Ramsay's alleged mistress on tape, I am looking at this footage with new eyes ... and am even more disturbed.
When we interviewed Sarah this summer, I knew she was a spokeswoman for Ashley Madison (the dating site for married people - yuck) and that she often slept with high-profile married men. Her interview intrigued me because I just couldn't understand how a woman like her could sleep with a married man and NOT think about the family and the marriage she's helping to destroy. I know it takes two to tango ... obviously, the man has equal blame. But how could a woman do this to another woman?
When the news broke of chef Gordon Ramsay possibly having an affair, it was pitched in our morning meeting just like any other story. But soon, our producer Melissa made the connection ... we had interviewed Sarah Symonds for our cheating series, and had her on tape talking about her high-profile affair! All of our jaws dropped. We rushed to the editing bay to get a look at this never-before-seen footage.
Now that we know Sarah is possibly the mistress of chef Gordon Ramsay (a man I adore every week on "Kitchen Nightmares" ... I even have it on my TiVo season pass), the story she tells of her affair almost turns my stomach. When she's talking, I picture Gordon's wife, Tana, and their four kids: Megan, twins Jack and Holly, and Matilda. The family she's breaking apart now has a name and a face, and that changes everything.
She is obviously very smart and put together and articulate, so how could she do something so low?
It's very rare that we get an inside look into a very public affair ... yet, we have one now. We see how callously the other woman can speak of her part in breaking up a marriage and a family. How she says she called his wife to alert her of the affair. There seems to be no feeling or emotion in her words ... she's almost robotic. I feel more upset than she sounds ... and I've never met these people in my life!
What this has taught me is how cold and calculating other women can be if they want your man. I am thankful I have a great husband who I firmly believe would never cheat on me. I trust him completely. But I don't trust other women as much now. I just hope my husband never encounters a woman like Sarah Symonds ... because I'm sure there are thousands out there just like her, who don't give a damn about me or my family or the bond we share. In fact, she'd probably get a thrill just knowing she was "powerful" enough to destroy it. And as a woman and a mother, that literally turns my stomach.