12. One Couple Turned Their Open Marriage Into One Big Happy Relationship
In the same The Guardian piece, a couple who had been together for 24 years, Claire and Bill, had an open marriage, with each of them being in a relationship with someone for 7-8 years. Aside from being with other people for an extended period of time, Claire and Bill have allowed their respective partners to be a part of their lives as a couple. While that may seem like a complicated arrangement, it works for them, and sometimes both Bill and Claire’s boyfriend attend music shows. Their relationship(s) work so well, and all couples are in sync that they say there is very little friction, despite the fact that there are so many people involved with each other — even Bill’s girlfriend has a partner of her own.
11. An Open Relationship Has A Different Meaning For One Couple
Everyone has very unique needs, in life, work, and relationships. For Max and Richard, who were also part of The Guardian piece, their open relationship means different things for each of them. Richard seeks out a number of short-term partners, which is just fine by Max because she says that acknowledges that that is what he needs from their open relationship.
For Max, however, the open relationship allows her to have, as she describes it, “three active people on the shortlist right now. If I’m feeling like I need a little attention or need a diversion, they’re just friends I sleep with.” Richard also attends parties for people who have open relationships as well, and while Max has attended a few herself, she doesn’t really like them, and leaves the parties to Richard.