By Charlotte Nisbet
A polyamorous couple have claimed their marriage is stronger thanks to having sex with multiple people.
Laura and Mike Leonard, both 28, have been married for three years and openly discuss their sexual relationships outside of their marriage.
The couple, from California, US, have both had over 10 different sexual partners since tying the knot in 2015.
The pair are polyamorous – the desire to have more than one intimate relationship at one time – and claim it has made their marriage stronger.
The couple, who live with their son, Ian, five, ensure that all their dates are outside their marital home.
And for the first time are sharing their story to highlight the benefits a polymourous relationship has.
Laura, a customer service adviser, said: “Dating is part of who I am and that’s why I’ll always be polyamorous.
“Mike and myself got married knowing full well that we’d never be 100 per cent exclusive to each other.
“I’ve had around 10 sexual partners since we tied the knot and I tend to go on around two to four dates per month.
“When I struggle to find dates I used dating website What’s Your Price to find potential new partners.
“Mike also goes on dates with other women and we openly discuss the sexual partners we have while married.
“I currently have Mike, another boyfriend and a girlfriend to share my time between.
“I try to make sure I divide my time equally but myself and Mike have adult responsibilities like our house and Ian to consider.
“Being polyamorous has made our marriage stronger as we’re always communicating with one another.
“Having sex with other people has nothing to do with us ‘being cheaters,’ we both just need more than one sexual partner to fulfil our needs.
“That’s not to say we don’t get jealous of one another from time to time but that’s normal.”
Mike and Laura first met in college but it wasn’t until 2011 that Laura became polyamorous and later rekindled her relationship with Mike.
She added: “I was open from the beginning, I didn’t want a monogamous relationship.
“I didn’t enjoy being exclusive to other partners, it’s great to get out the house and have fun with other people.
“Mike has always supported my decision and although he doesn’t have any other partners at the moment, I have two.
“He doesn’t get involved in my other relationships, we have tried in the past but sexually I just seek other people on my own.
“I have a girlfriend who has a husband and a boyfriend who I try and ensure I see as much as I can.
“Me and Mike are happily married and being polyamorous has only ensured we stay loyal to one another.
“There’s a lot of people who call us cheaters or that we can’t be happy with our spouse but we are more than happy.
“We have a mortgage like most normal couples and both have full time jobs.
“Polyamory isn’t for everyone, but I think if most people were themselves they’d realise that one single person cannot possibly give them everything they need.”
Mike said: “Me and Laura have a great marriage and although I can get jelous of her other partners, she does her best to ensure she divides her time between us all.
“I am also polyamorous and will seek other sexual partners whenever possible.”