The Top 20 Lies We Tell Our Partners

Three quarters of Brits admit lying to their partners – with 'I AM listening' the number one fib, according to a new survey.

One in 10 reckon they do it regularly – with men expected to tell more porkies than their partners.

Other top falsehoods include 'I only had one drink, 'I didn't see your text', 'your bum doesn't look big in that' and 'I had an orgasm'. The survey of 2,000 adults also found that a quarter of the population don't completely trust their current partner, and five per cent don't trust them at all.

It was commissioned by the new Virgin TV on demand show Imposters, which sees a beautiful con-artist robbing her victims of everything – including their hearts.

Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James said: "We Brits can sometimes be a rather suspicious bunch, but it seems we may have every right to be cautious since this research finds most people admit to lying to their partners, or being lied to.

"I'm surprised to see so many couples don't trust each other though."

Brits say they're comfortable fibbing, and on average tell 10 lies per day – a mixture of white lies and more serious deceptions. Half of the population has been lied to in a relationship, with almost one in three saying the lie was serious.

Other common lies we tell our partners include "I'm not in a bad mood" when we really are, and "Your bum doesn't look big in that." Fifteen per cent of respondents say they've told lies in order to con someone into starting a relationship with them, with more than a third maintaining that deception to this day.

Just two thirds of the population say they trust their partner to remain faithful. Half of respondents admitted to having been caught out in a lie before, with 26 per cent saying it resulted in an argument with a partner.

One in 20 has been dumped as a result of being caught telling untruths, and the same amount have gotten into hot water at work.

Honey Langcaster-James said: "In all of our relationships – whether romantic, friendly or in the workplace – trust is a very important issue and necessary for a healthy relationship dynamic.

"I was surprised by how many respondents said they were happy to bend the truth. Much like the characters in Imposters, it seems you have to be careful who you trust and ensure you know someone very well indeed.

I am listening
I'm not in a bad mood
I only had one drink
I didn't see your text/call
You don't look fat
I am sticking to my diet
I had an orgasm
This isn't a new outfit
Your bum doesn't look big in that
I wasn't looking at her figure
I didn't break that
I was out with friends
I like your mates
I'm saving the item of clothing you bought me for a special occasion
I like your cooking
I didn't eat that treat we were saving
I've never cheated on you
I like your parents
I don't have a history with that person
I didn't put that dent/scratch on the car

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