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Beyoncé’s Lemonade has spoken, and the queen is making it very clear: Just because a woman has been cheated on, doesn’t mean she can’t come out right on TOP. Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, the list goes on!

At the same time, it is nice to have science confirm this observation. Women do come out on top after experiencing heartbreak (most especially via cheating – the worst of the worst). In the largest study on the long-term effects of break-ups, researchers have revealed that with 5,700 participants surveyed, female victims of infidelity show a significant increase in personal growth and development (as well as better taste in men).

“The woman who ‘loses’ her mate to another woman will … come out of the experience with higher mating intelligence that allows her to better detect cues in future mates that may indicate low mate value,” lead author of the study Craig Morris told Stylecaster. “If we have evolved to seek out and maintain relationships, then it seems logical that there would be evolved mechanisms and responses to relationship termination, as over 85 percent of individuals will experience at least one in their lifetime.”

SO, while being cheated on is on par with the most heartbreaking experience ever – it turns out if it’s happened to you, you’re a stronger woman for it.

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