For two years, Brittany had been unknowingly dating a sociopath who had another girlfriend and a completely parallel life.
“He love bombed me,” Brittany explained to Mamamia about the experience.
“He loved me so hard and so fast and it was so all consuming that I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world.”
“He’d contact me via phone, email, pop-ins at work,” Brittany said.
“I thought no one could love me like he did.”
While looking back she can now see there were red flags and 'signs', at the time, Brittany says she was swept up by his lies.
“But he was convincing, charming, manipulative, intelligent and handsome all rolled into one. A formidable combination indeed.”
After the fateful dinner, where she learned the truth about his other girlfriend, Brittany contacted her, and they pieced together the sorry puzzle.
"She was amazing, she was incredible. She said as soon as I told her as well, the last two years fell into place," she told her co-host Laura Byrne on Life Uncut.
While Brittany was in Port Macquarie, Emma lived in Melbourne, and they'd alternately meet Luke in his hometown of Newcastle.
"He would change the whole house... pack it up so it was suitable for me. My photos, my clothes, my cosmetics. I would leave and he would reset the house for his other partner. He did this every weekend for two years," Brittany explained.
Brittany told Mamamia a trip around the world with her sister was the life-change she needed to begin her healing after the trauma of her ordeal.
"I sold my house and everything I owned and bought a one way ticket to Brazil with my sister and off we went for a nearly three year round the world trip. It was so life changing for me. I was the cliche of the 'girl that travels the world to find herself' that we all love to hate. But it was so true," she said.
Thankfully, the other woman has moved on with her life, and so has Britt.
"Going through something like that made me the person I am today, led me to all the experiences I've had and I know it is putting me on the trajectory I am supposed to be on," she told Mamamia.