There’s always been something gay going on in Second Life, the virtual world where actual humans spend countless hours and dollars dressing up their digital avatars in CGI designer goods. But little did we suspect it could be an outlet for a repressed husband, who took to Second Life to have sex with other men. We couldn’t make this stuff up. (But maybe a British tabloid can?)
The British man would, according to his wife, stay up late “having gay dungeon romps” as Troy Hammerthall. While in bed. Next to her. So enraged, she’s filing for divorce.
“After a few minutes, I could bear it no longer and sat up in bed demanding to know what the hell he was doing. He quickly folded the damn machine shut.
“I went off the dial but John just brushed it away. He said it wasn’t real life so what was I doing my nut about?
“I couldn’t sleep a wink the rest of the night wondering whether this meant he was betraying me or not—that he’d rather have gay sex on Second Life than have sex with me.” [...]
“What he was doing was perverted and total kick in the teeth for me,“ she said.
“As far as I am concerned, having virtual sex with a man is the same as having sex with him in real life.
“It may have just been online but I don’t know that for sure. If John has it in him to be gay on his computer, then how do I know what he does when he’s away working? I could kind of understand it if he was having sex with a woman—at least then I could ask him what it was that I wasn’t giving him and maybe try to work it out.
“But if it’s men he fancies, then our marriage is a complete sham and there is nothing I can do.”
Last night John denied being gay and said he was fighting to save his marriage.
“I was just messing about on there. I’m the world’s least gay man. There’s not a gay bone in my body,” he told us.
“I just found it funny. I only went on for a laugh. I can’t believe it’s ended up destroying my marriage.
“I’m in touch with Lisa and am desperate to be with her again. I’d never cheat on her in real life—with anyone.
“Second Life is just an escape and my avatar was just exploring things that I’d never sample—or want to sample—in real life.” [News of the World]