Is A-Rod's 'Affair of the Heart' Worse Than a Fling?

"It sounds like she could put up with random women that didn't have an emotional connection to him," said Fox. "If a man is having a sexual affair and his wife discovers it, her first question is always, 'Do you love her?' She might be able to forgive the physical aspect if emotion wasn't a part of it. But if he transferred the sharing of all his emotions to someone else, then why stay in the marriage? A lot of people talk about a sexless marriage, but really, a loveless marriage is unbearable for most women."

Fox added that if Rodriguez and Madonna had turned their alleged kabala study sessions into a double date, he perhaps could have salvaged his marriage, and the pop star could have avoided getting caught up in the rumors about why it fell apart.

"It's not that a man can't have any female friends," Fox said. "But for him to exclude his wife from a significant friendship -- that's a big red flag. If it were Madonna and [her husband] Guy, and A-Rod and Cynthia talking about kabala, that would've been better."

So, it seems cerebral affairs can cause as much damage, if not more, than their sexual counterparts. What recourse can Cynthia take now that the divorce papers are filed? Asked by ABCNEWS.com to weigh in on the saga, Marla Maples, Donald Trump's second ex-wife, offered heartfelt, albeit ironic advice:

"Kabala was very helpful to me when I was going through my divorce," she said. "It helped me to learn not to be a victim. It will help her move through life without chaos and pain."

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