Dr. Scott Broadwell planned a romantic birthday getaway in Virginia for his wife Paula Broadwell but their time there was cut short when the media revealed FBI findings of an affair between Paula and former CIA director David Petraeus.
Though Scott has made no public statement regarding the extramarital affair since it first surfaced to the public on Friday, ABC News reported that the radiologist and father of two might have a hard time forgiving his wife and moving past the whole incident.
"From the couples I have seen where the woman had the affair, it's a much harder fight for the couple to get back on some kind of track," said Pamela Everett Thompson, a clinical psychologist. "What's interesting about the male psyche is that when men are in this position, over and over again, they ask the question, 'Why, why, why?' They just can't get past the shock that it's actually happened to them. There is a real breakdown in communication."
Scott met Paula, 40, in Germany where they were both stationed during their time in the military, according to The Week. They were celebrating Paula's 40th birthday in Virginia when they news of the affair broke on Friday, resulting in Petraeus resigning from his position.
The couple stayed at a luxurious inn in Virginia starting Thursday. Sources told Washingtonian.com that Scott had arranged a romantic evening on Friday including a bouquet of flowers and champagne to celebrate Paula's birthday, but by the time they returned from dinner on Friday evening, they were described by onlookers as "not being in very good moods." They left the Inn abruptly on Saturday morning following news of the scandal, and canceled a birthday party planned for Paula that evening.
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Rumors surfaced Monday that Scott knew about his wife's extramarital affair beforehand and did nothing about it because he had great respect for Petraues and his position. However, the speculation was then confirmed to bear no truth.