Do you have a fall-back partner in case your relationship turns sour?
Half of all women have a fall-back partner on call should their current relationship turn sour, it has emerged.
A substantial percentage have kept another man in mind in case they end up single.
And married women are more likely have a Plan B in the background than those who are just in a relationship.
The back-up is likely to be an old friend who has always had feelings for the woman in question.
But other candidates are an ex-boyfriend or ex-husband, a colleague – or someone who they have met at the gym.
The survey of 1,000 women also found Plan B is also likely to be someone whom she has known for around seven years, who will be ‘ready and waiting’ because of ‘unfinished business’.
Furthermore, around one in ten women said their Plan B had already confessed his undying love, while one in five said they were confident he would ‘drop everything’ for her, if she asked him to.
Slightly more than four in ten said they had got to know the man whilst they were with their partner, while a similar percentage said he was ‘on the scene’ long before.
One in five said they were confident he would ‘drop everything’ for her, if she asked him to.
Around one in four women who have a back-up plan have feelings as strong for him as they do for their other half.
Incredibly, 12 per cent went as far as to admit their feelings were ‘stronger’ for Plan B, and close to seven in ten admitted they are currently in contact with him.
But despite the secrecy involved in having a close friend or ex to turn to, around half of the women who took part in the poll said their other half was aware of the ‘third party’.
Of those, one in five said they were able to joke about it, but one in three said their man was ‘uncomfortable’ discussing him.
One in four admitted their current partner had met their Plan B, while one in five admitted he was a friend of the man in her life.
The good news for the nation’s men is that one in three women said they ‘doubted’ anything would ever happen with the man in the background.
Around half had a ‘never say never’ approach, while trouble may lie ahead for one in six who said they were ‘seriously considering’ rekindling their romance with the man in the shadows.