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Adam Gillet, 27, agreed to a one-sided open relationship with Beatrice Gibbs, 22, after she said she had no choice but to break up with him or she would cheat.
WAKING up on a Saturday morning, Beatrice Gibbs takes one look at the naked stranger lying next to her before quickly putting on her clothes and leaving.
As the 22-year-old make-up artist walks home, she texts her boyfriend Adam Gillet to tell him she’s on her way back.
Adam and Beatrice have been dating since April 2015, after meeting through a mutual friend the year before
Beatrice feels no guilt as she walks through their front door – because Adam knows exactly where she has been and what she’s been doing.
The pair, who have been together for two years, have a one-sided open relationship.
Beatrice can sleep with who she wants, when she wants, despite Adam, 27, not having the same privileges.
But just a month into their relationship Beatrice tried to end it with Adam, realising she couldn’t commit to one man
They came to the controversial arrangement after Beatrice threatened to leave because she was unable to resist other men.
Beatrice, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, explains: “I love Adam, but I wasn’t ready to settle down and commit to just one man.
“I said I had to break up with him so that I wasn’t unfaithful. I didn’t want to hurt him by going behind his back with someone else.
“He was devastated and suggested we stay together but I could sleep with other people, as long as I told him who and when.
Rather than lose Beatrice, devastated Adam suggested she slept with other men
“It’s the perfect situation. I have a boyfriend I love but I also get to have fun with other men when I want to.
“Some people might think I’m having my cake and eating it but we are happy and we’re not causing anyone any harm.”
Despite insisting she loves Adam, Beatrice never feels bad after sleeping with another man.
She says: “I don’t feel guilty as we both agreed to our open relationship. I know it must be difficult for him but it’s the only way we could be together.
“The morning I see him after a night out I do sometimes feel a bit bad, but after a cuddle and a chat it’s just us being normal in our usual relationship.”
Now the young couple are in a one-sided open relationship, where Beatrice is allowed to have sex with others
Adam claims he has got used to their arrangement.
The warehouse worker says: “I really like Beatrice and I didn’t want to lose her. I’m happy for her to enjoy herself.
“We decided this is the best way to take the relationship forward so I have become used to it. I’m not really interested in chasing other women and I know if I did then Beatrice wouldn’t be happy about it.
Adam does not enjoy the same privileges, as Beatrice says she would hate for him to have sex with another woman
“I want to keep her in my life and if it takes allowing her this freedom with other men then so be it.
“I did feel jealous to begin with, especially after the first time. I still feel a pang of jealousy when she mentions what she has been up to, but I keep it inside. I’ve learnt to deal with my feelings about it.”
The couple met in February 2014 at a mutual friend’s birthday party in Oxford.
Beatrice says: “We went on a pub crawl and I was introduced to Adam by a friend. We got chatting and he seemed really nice. He was very flirty so I assumed he was keen on me.
Beatrice can sleep with whoever she likes, as long as it is just physical and she tells Adam who she has slept with
“We both got very drunk and slept together, but we didn’t see each other for a couple of months after that.”
After Adam got in touch with Beatrice on social media, they met up again in April 2015 and have been together ever since.
She says: “We started dating and would talk for hours every day on the phone. I really liked him but I wasn’t ready to commit to him 100 per cent.
“I really enjoy attention from men and I knew I couldn’t resist a snog or even sex if I wanted it. I couldn’t trust myself to be faithful.”
During their 18 month relationship, Beatrice had slept with five different men
After just a month, Beatrice decided to end their romance.
She says: “I was sad but I didn’t see any other way. When I told Adam he was so upset, but when I explained my reasons he calmed down.
“He suggested we could have an open relationship where I could still get with other people as long as it was only physical.
“I was surprised and a bit apprehensive at first as I didn’t think he would be OK with it.”
Adam admits he was jealous at first but that he has learnt to deal with his feelings
She decided to give it a try and for the last 18 months has been dating Adam but kissing and sleeping with other men.
She says: “I couldn’t tell you how many guys I’ve kissed — sometimes it is up to six a night, but although I love the attention it doesn’t mean anything emotionally to me.
“I’ve slept with five different guys since we started the open relationship.
Three were one-night stands and she regularly meets a guy to have sex around twice a month
“Three have been one-night stands and one is a regular who I sleep with around twice a month.
“He drinks in the same clubs I do, so we hook up at the end of the night if he hasn’t gone off with anyone else. I don’t really have feelings for this guy but I enjoy the sex.
“I tell Adam about the guys although I won’t go into detail about the actual sex. Adam is so caring to give me the freedom to do what I want — it makes me love him even more.
Ten and thousands of Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in largest rally in weeks
Source: AFP- A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong Sunday in a defiant show to the city’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters carrying umbrellas poured across the heart of Hong Kong island defying torrential rain and a police order not to march from a park where they had gathered earlier for a rally.
Weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of masked black-clad protesters engulfed by tear gas during street battles against riot police stunning a city once renowned for its stability.
Sunday’s action, which organisers the Civil Human Rights Front said drew more than 1.7 million in the largest rally in weeks, was billed as a return to the “peaceful” origins of the leaderless protest movement.
“It’s been a long day and we’re very tired, but to see so many people out in the rain marching for Hong Kong gives strength to everyone,” said Danny Tam, a 28-year-old graphic designer.
The unprecedented political crisis was sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.
But protests have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.
Anger has been sharpened among protesters by the perceived heavy-handedness of the police who have used tear gas, baton charges and rubber bullets in incidents that have pinballed across social media.
“The police are doing things that are totally unacceptable,” said Yim, who like many of the protesters gave only one name.
“They are hurting citizens, they aren’t protecting us.”
AFP / Manan VATSYAYANATorrential rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of protesters in Hong Kong
Communist Party-ruled mainland China has taken an increasingly hardline tone towards the protesters, decrying the “terrorist-like” actions of a violent hardcore minority among the demonstrators.
Despite the near-nightly clashes with police, the movement has won few concessions from Beijing or the city’s unelected leadership.
Hong Kong Activities face crucial weekend test after airport setback
Source: AFP- Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move.
Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis with the communist mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”.
Chinese state media have put out images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, while the United States has warned Beijing against sending in troops, a move many analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China.
The nationalistic Global Times newspaper said there would not be a repeat of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which hundreds — or even thousands — are believed to have been killed, if Beijing moves to quash the protests.
“The incident in Hong Kong won’t be a repeat of the June 4th political incident in 1989,” it said, insisting the country now had more sophisticated approaches.
It was a rare reference to the bloody events, which are taboo in China.
Hong Kong’s protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.
Millions of people have hit the streets while clashes have broken out between police and small groups of hardcore protesters for 10 consecutive weekends.
For most of that time, US President Donald Trump has taken a hands-off approach to the unrest but began speaking up this week, suggesting any potential trade deal with Beijing could be upended by a violent response from the mainland.
Speaking on Thursday, Trump urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet protesters and solve the crisis “humanely”.
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