"Meet my work husband"

"Meet my work husband"
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Angeline*, 34, doesn't know what she would do without her colleague Dave*. He's her cheerleader at work, cheering her up when she's having a bad day and listening whenever she needs to vent about a project.

They're practically inseparable - they work closely and have lunch together on most days. " I look forward to seeing him every weekday morning. He makes me laugh," shares the corporate communications manager.

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Dave is Angeline's office husband - co-worker of the opposite sex she's extremely close to.

They've got a special bond, are loyal to each other and care about how the other on is doing at work. It's like a marriage - but without the romance and sex.

"They've been rumours at work that we might be sleeping together, but that's not true," say Angeline. She has a long-time boyfriend and Dave, who is 37, has been married for three years.

"He's devoted to his wife and wouldn't dream of messing up my relationship either. "she draws the line at the meeting with Dave on weekends and never shares personal information about her relationship or family with him. When they are together, they mostly discuss work and trivial matters like food, movies, music and television shows.

A straw poll of 30 Singaporean women revealed that, like Angeline, 12 of them had an office spouse - and all said it was nothing to feel guilty about.

Having a work husband is a phenomenon that's been widely spotted in the last decade, especially in the US. No surprises here - with our 24/7 work culture, we're spending more time with our colleagues and developing stronger relationships with them.

A lot has been said about how a relationship like this can turn into an affair. But if you know how to draw the line, an office spouse can be your strongest ally in the boardroom, as these women tell us.

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