We have always been advised to keep a backup of our important files, backup attire when we are attending important events, a backup plan in case things don't work out as planned, but now there is a new trend of keeping backup husbands.
According to a recent survey conducted by Daily Mail, a substantial percentage of women have a fallback partner on call if their current relationship turns sour.
The survey of 1,000 women found that half of them would opt for an old friend who has always harboured feelings for them as the backup husband. If men of that variety aren't available, other possible candidates include an ex-boyfriend, an ex-husband, a colleague or even someone they met at the gym.
The survey also concluded that the backup husbands are likely to be someone the woman has known for around seven years and will be "ready and waiting" because of some "unfinished business".
In fact, around 10 women admitted that their backup husband has already confessed his undying love for them, while one in five were confident, and said their man would "drop everything" for her if she asked him to.
More than four out of ten women said that they got to know "plan B" whilst they were with their current partner, while around the same number of women said that the backup ones had been around long before that.
One in every four women admitted to having equally strong feelings for their backup husband and their current partner, while 12% admitted to having stronger feelings for their former. Almost seven in ten women admitted that they are in contact with their backup husband.
However, around half of the women who took part in the poll said their partners were aware of the "Plan B" and one in five women is in fact comfortable enough to joke about it with their partners. The partners of one in four women have even met with the backup husbands, while one in five admitted that he was a friend of the man in her life.
It was also found that women in relationship are less likely to have a plan B as opposed to married women.
While one in six who said they were 'seriously considering' rekindling their romance with the man in the shadows, the good news, however, is that while there is a backup, one in three women said they 'doubted' anything would ever actually happen with the man in the background.