• chumped says

        He came onto me is what the cheating lady says. Pfft. What cheating women don’t say is: I wanted it and was looking for it.

        Unless they were attacked they encouraged it. Why can’t they just admit that?

        • Dorothy says

          wow! that’s what the OW said in my situation the other day.. now they are looking for a place, etc only been together since nov 4th

        • I Am Strong says

          My husband’s OW told me she is a good flirter–she can’t help it that is the way she is. She did nothing wrong–he is the one that fell for it.

          • Melissa mast says

            I got an email from the other woman telling me how to handle the divorce (she has had two) and everything I was doing wrong and that I’m not a good mother. Her opinion means nothing. Best part- she thinks dumbass is the one! They are perfect for each other!

            • Loyalist says

              I can empathize with your dismay, “how dare she?” Best thing, DO NOT honour her with a reply. Speak with silence. Ignore the ignorant.

          • jcco says

            My soon to be ex is still fucking the Brazilian at the gym with bigger shoulders than his, I wonder what else is bigger?

            • Smnrdrgs says

              Funny… My ex boyfriend just told me he had slept with a married woman (who happened to be Brazilian as well) from his gym that is 10 years older then him. I always found it weird but he would tell me that she was just a “friend” and because she was married I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Apparently fake implants and 6 pack abs were more important then having a commited relationship with someone who truly loved him…

              • StevoB says

                …I’m new here, but have noticed a lot of cheating based around FITNESS…my wife cheated with a good friend who was an overweight alcoholic who decided to quit drinking and lose 70lbs. My wife spent a lot of time encouraging him…encouragement that included boinking him for a year. Why the big connection to FITNESS?

    • ForgeOn! says

      “I saw something I liked and went for it!”
      (So, that makes it OK?!)

      “I thought she would make me happy!”
      (Who has ever experienced happiness by ‘swimming in the sewer’?

      And one that others have posted already:
      “I thought our marriage was over!
      (Well, it is NOW!)

      • says

        On Dec 26 I found out my husband of 14 years had a affair while deployed and “I really thought our marriage was over!” is his number #1 excuse…

        • Anon... says

          Me: Let’s do x, y, z to celebrate our 10th anniversary.” His response: Crickets, crickets, crickets…

          Then several months later: The whore “just happened”… “I thought we (i.e. the marriage) were over…”

          Me: WTF? Did you say we were over? No. Did you file for divorce? No…

          Really, WTF? Who the hell is this person?!! And by who-the-hell, I mean the person I married, not the skank-ho…

          Actually, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have exerted more energy on him… I would have just let him go…

          Love is a resource… and it shouldn’t be wasted on people who don’t appreciate it…pigs and pearls and such… I am heart broken… but how many people (or animals) in the world would have so loved and apprecited the kindness I squandered on him??

          So, so, so, so, so, so sad…. If people were at least honest and respectful, a marriage could dissolve with dignity and perhaps even a distant respect… but lying and cheating??

          My heart to all those dealing with this madness…

    • Kristine says

      I am sick and tired of you not believing me! You are always so negative.”

      “Okay, fine, yes, I did have sex with her.”

      • Ms. Shepp says

        Kristine: I can match that – “I don’t watch porn! I don’t even like it! I’ve never liked it! God!! Why do you keep accusing me of things I didn’t do? I can’t take it!”

        “So what if I watch porn?”

        (chat, watch, webcam, download)

        • Chumpish says

          Two YEARS of “I don’t ever watch porn, I don’t like it,” etc., etc. Then, when caught, comes the innocent yet pissed off “So what?” as though it was the first discussion on the subject.

          So what? I’ll never get that time back, listening to hours of denial (she’s just a friend, strip clubs are a waste of money, etc., ad infinitum). And, she was just a friend, smart girl – she wouldn’t have him (whiny begging is a turn-off); $500 a pop for strip clubs. God, every last thing out of his mouth was a lie. I saved this line from another chump, Scott, about his wife, but it applies:

          “I now realize that 95% of what comes out of her mouth is a lie and the remaining 5% is an attempt to deflect the conversation.”

          Hell to the yes.

    • ChocLemonGelato says

      Just before D-day, I got a nude selfie from him, and then one Saturday afternoon, he propositioned me naked with;

      “You could have had THIS!”

      pointing to his abs and his dick, wearing a look of disgust on his slick mug of a face.

      Right at this point in time, I could hear my three kids (aged 4, 2 and 11mo) squabbling loudly over something near the TV room and (me not being AT ALL in the mood for afternoon delight), ran out of the bedroom away from him to sort the kids out…

  1. Inky says

    “I thought because you were a liberal you would be ok with it.”

    (My response: That’s right-all liberals are ok with breaking marriage vows.)

    “You never wanted to go anywhere.”

    (My response: I hope you got those wonderful destination cheap motels out of your system.)

    • Karen says

      I got the same response to his first affair ‘you know people who are swingers and people who have open relationships, you’re OK with them. So I thought you might be OK w/this too!’
      I didn’t even have to say anything, the couple’s therapist we were seeing pointed out that in those situations everyone knew what was going on and agreed to it!

      And the dumbest thing of all is that if we had talked about swinging or threesomes or whatever, I probably would have been FINE w/trying it – I’m pretty adventurous – for something WE would try together! He actually made his sex life WORSE by having an affair. ‘Cause the affair made me realize that for him there was no ‘we’, only a ‘me’.

      • Tabitha says

        You go, girl. I totally agree with your view point. If there’s an open discussion and agreement then, WE could do something like that, but when they throw a party for two and it doesn’t involve you, then, yeah no. Totally agree that a lot more men than is probably realized, ruin what could’ve been the best and craziest sex life by having an affair and not coming to their partner who may have been open to other ideas and maybe even had some of her own.

        • louise says

          mine cheated after ten years with a girl old enough to be my daughter and he line manger at work, and we had just started to swing at the same time, but he still thought he deserved better WTF ?

  2. JL says

    ‘She’s fun’

    ‘Marriage shouldn’t be hard work’

    ‘I need sparks and butterflies’

    ‘You ignored me’

    ‘I have no friends’

    ‘We lost the connection’

    ‘She’s really, really fun’

    He’s a serial cheat, by the way. Nasty piece of work, he is.

      • JL says

        He acts like it, that’s for sure. He told one of the kids that love is ‘when you get that feeling in your stomach that makes it feel really excited. That’s when you know you’re in love’. So yes, he’s a 14 year old girl living in a grown-assed 40 year old man’s body.

        • Barblicious says

          Lord, that made me laugh. My ex, said he loved me but I didn’t give him butterflies or that spark that he needs. He is Peter Pan. Total narcissistic personality. A few months back he informed his sister that he “could have any woman he wanted” lol! Then last week he tried to sell me that he had changed. Ugh.

          It is comforting to read others have heard the same BS and I am not “crazy” as he tries to paint me, when I stand my ground and insist on my boundaries.

          • Tabitha says

            I wish there was a “like” button on this site. JL and Barblicious, you both made me laugh and your comments reminded me of the movie “Hall Pass”. Have you seen it?

      • JJ Eason says

        This re
        ally got me laughing, as my cheater used to send me love letters with sparkly butterfly stickers and hearts all over them. I used to tease him about being an adolescent girl…

    • Lori L says

      Oh, I got the “Marriage shouldn’t be hard work” comment, along with ” if you love one another marriage shouldn’t need anyone to do work at all.” Priceless.

        • ForgeOn! says

          Welcome, Claire! You have arrived at a ‘place’ of sanity and clarity!

          Yes, they have a ‘handbook’, ‘manual’, ‘playbook’, ‘script’. Whatever you call it, the Devil himself is the Author! The Devil is very un-original…..he just recycles all the same lines of poo; that’s why all of us innocent spouses hear the same drivel!

          Hang tough! This is the place to help you heal. Also check out Divorce Minister, another voice of reason who contributes his wisdom here at ChumpNation, as well.

          Between these 2 blogs, you will find all the answers you need to regain your sane and cheater-free life! Check out the “Resources” section on both blogs. You will also find many links to additional professional resources within comments posted by other ‘chumps’ here at the ‘Nation’. REAL resources, such as the, Dr. George Simon, William ‘Bill’ Eddy, to name a few.

          ForgeOn, Claire…..

        • JJ Eason says

          Yes, there are a number of handbooks on Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I have a few of them too, its a special circumstance for the partner in such relationships. I just exited one, and have been learning a great deal about it. Give me a holler if you want a copy or some good links for your own research. One such awesome link is for vids offered by SPARTANLIFECOACH on YouTube – he makes it funny and easy to understand, while offering well substantiated material about it.

    • NoMoreLies says

      “You didn’t even care enough about me to ask me if I’m cheating”

      “I wouldn’t cheat on her because she will keep me interested”

      “I wish you would do bad things so I could feel better about my cheating”

      • ForgeOn! says

        Thanks, NoMore…you triggered my memory with your comments……

        “I tried to make you hate me, so you would go away. I don’t understand why you just wouldn’t go away!”
        (Perhaps it had something to do with my marriage vows?!)

        “How dare you, how DARE you even ask such a thing!!! How disrespectful!!”
        (said when I questioned whether he was calling her. I had finally gotten hold of the previous 8 months’ cell phone records, a time period he had claimed to have cut it off with her, had only 2 or 3 instances of phone contact. I was trying to give him an opportunity to ‘come clean’. Yeah right….Silly me!! He had been calling her multiple times nearly everyday, as well as still seeing her. This was before texting was available)

        “What I really appreciate about her is…..”
        (I cut him off…did not want to hear THAT one!)

        “You’re just driving us together!”
        (I think they all say a version of this)

        “I was planning to leave you anyway once the children were grown.”
        (Well, then just leave. Don’t cheat!)

        Another of his justifications was that I did not want more children. Of course not! Why would I want to continue to reproduce with a cheater & abuser?!

        (His last whore was married, with 2 toddlers. He is older than HER father! She got pregnant during their affair and he was hoping it was his. Nope….was her husband’s child. As it was, she had 6 guys total she was juggling, so the odds were against him anyway! GAG!!! That’s the main reason he did not go live with her—would cramp her style!)

        Forge on, friends……

        • SueB says

          Yikes. Mine tried to be really rude to me on purpose for an extended time so that I would leave him. It made me WANT to leave him. It made me cry in the car while praying WISHING I hadn’t taken those vows so that I could leave him, but it did not make me actually leave him until I discovered he was having another affair. Even after that, it was a few months of shock and humiliating myself before I realized that I had the perfect opportunity to no longer be stuck in this pain. I decided that maybe I should leave while I still had biblical justification to do so.

          I felt like I was in high school. I really expected more maturity than that from someone who was 30 at the time. Seriously.

          • ForgeOn! says

            Hey SueB,


            Just reading through this column this morning and see your reply to my comment. (I read thru every now & again to help keep me sane! And, to get a chuckle!!)

            Yup….They totally lack any maturity! They NEVER mature. In my situation, CheaterPants was late 40’s when he spat out all those lovely words and did all those lovely things to ‘make me hate him’. (Sorta worked…..l don’t ‘hate’ him. Just no longer love him or give a flip!)

            Now, he is almost 60 and he is actually getting worse. Which is par for the course with the disordered. Defies the laws of nature, of physics, of everything! Now, the ‘Stupid Poo’ he says is in conversations with our grown child, as I rarely speak to him. And, boy are they doosies!

            My son shares with me and boy! do we get rolling on the floor laughing at his crazy spew. Yep, l do believe l have reached the amazing Land of Meh! (PS: This year, wedding anniversary falls on a Tuesday! How Divine!)

            Forge on, SueB….ForgeOn, Nation! Love to all……

        • SueB says

          From what I’ve read “I love you but I’m not in love with you” isn’t their license to cheat. It’s actually the result of the affair.

          They start out cheating for the thrill or whatever, but then they feel sparks and butterflies. Because the marriage isn’t new or illicit, they don’t feel the same sparks and butterflies and start thinking something must be wrong with the marriage. Because, hey, they are sparkly little pre-teens trapped inside a grown person’s body and they honestly do not understand the difference between mature love and sparklies. Once they become addicted to the affair sparkles, cheaters come up with the “I love you, but I’m not in love with you” line as an excuse to justify their new sparkly source of kibbles.

          Because, it sounds so much better to them to say that stupid line than to admit that they need kibbles.

          • Jackie says

            Agree with I love you but not in love with you being result of affair not cause. I think we all got that line. If they truly loved us but no longer in love and were a decent human being then they come and talk to you about it. You both end lovingly and both get established in new life and healing before entering any type of other relationship. It is called breaking up and starting over and in doing so respecting each other and the union that you once had.

  3. ThrewHimOut says

    “She works on My team. Of course, I have to have lunch alone with her. And I walk to the train with her every night, too. What’s Your Problem? I’ll be fired if I don’t. You just want me to lose my job.”

    “I don’t have to wear my wedding ring to prove I love you, of course I love you. I don’t think I should have to Prove anything.”

    I was married to a over-intelligent, charming sub-human with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. (Interestingly, all my, male friends refer to him as a douchebag. My former female friends just made excuses for him.) I put up with way too many years of mindfuck. I was slowly, over years, being driven crazy – I had no clue what was happening, he was so good at twisting everything around that I couldn’t think straight.

    He had emotional affairs and threw it in my face – “You should be grateful I didn’t stick my dick into her,” and then he resented me for it. Threw him out March 2010. 4 days after I filed for divorce, Surprise! he had a new girlfriend – the one from the top quote. He got rid of her and begged to come back in Oct 2010. He even started wearing his wedding ring – yeah, that was an impressive move (no, I did not take him back). Divorce final July 2011. I haven’t spoken to him in a year. It’s a slow heal, but I’m getting clearer and stronger everyday. Thank you, thank you, for your website! Your writing is great – I really enjoy it. Reading it has helped me a lot, and I imagine it’s helped a lot of other women, too.

    • says

      Thanks THO. Boy he sounds like a real asswipe. Grateful he didn’t stick his dick in her? I’d reply “You should be grateful I don’t chop it off.” He’s astounded you don’t want the wonderfulness that is him BACK? LOL. Congrats on getting out of that. All the best to you.

      • Jeanmarie says

        I had a very similar experience. My ex carried on a lengthy affair with a co-worker. When I confronted her about it she said “he was my boss, what was I supposed to do?” My response….REPORT HIM

        • all4freedom says

          mine got fired bcz she was one of his managers, then they both got jobs at the same company again ( I believe he helped get her hired in) so they were still working together but she wasn’t directly under him at work so she could still be directly under him out of work. jackholes. BUT I am a bitch and a liar since I planned the divorce and didn’t tell him until I filed.

          • threwhimout2 says

            gawd this sounds like mine…yep and I too am the bitch because I threw him out of his house and divorced him…hmm I wonder why?

            • SueB says

              Honestly, you’re the bitch if you divorce him and you would still be the bitch somehow if you didn’t. I think you made the right choice because now he has to find someone else to be HIS bitch.

            • NoMoreLies says

              My ex blamed me for ending the marriage (after finding out about serial cheating for 25 years)…he said “I decided to stay, but you told me to move out – so it’s your fault the family will be broken”

              • ForgeOn! says

                Oh, yeah…..I remember being told similar. He wrote an email and said:

                “Remember, you are the one that rejected me!” …..because I was the one that actually finally moved out of the marital home.

                Oh, oh another……in a txt about a year ago, he says this really stupid line: “I told you, you could come home!” I made NO response. crickets…..

                Seriously?!? Are you freakin’ kidding me?! Oh, just what I was prayin’ for, your ‘permission’ to get back on the ‘crazy train’. My son about lost his lunch laughing when I shared this.

                Son’s response? “Oh, how thoughtful of him! Home? To what?! A lying, cheating a______?! And, that’s not even your house! (sold marital home) Yeah, bet you are really ‘up’ for that!”

                Forge on, all….ForgeOn!

              • Jackie says

                Yeah, LOL I got that one too! “I told you, you could come home!” I also got cheating made me realize how much I love you. Wow, so in 25 years he could not know he loved me until you cheated? His AP had another AP and lied to him playing same game on him as he did me. He says to me, why couldn’t she just tell me? Why did she have to sneak and lie?

    • TKM says

      My soon to be X was still wearing his wedding ring months after he walked out the door and into the OW house. My daughter,age 14, one day on one of their rare meetings just asked him out of the blue for the wedding band back “because she didn’t want him using that wedding band if he married the whore and since he was such a cheap bastard he probably would”. My daughter felt since I had given it to him in love he didn’t deserve it or what it represented.

  4. Getthehellawayfromme says

    If you neglect me I know I’ll go and find me someone who will be there for me.
    It wasn’t intimate. I never kissed her. I just threw a rubber on and stuck my dick in her.

    Me: Why is there a broken up condom box in the garbage since we don’t use them?
    Him: I gave some to a family member and then I opened up the new box just in case.

    Me: Why is there a used rubber on the side of the bed?
    Him: Oh, I used it when I masturbated to see what it would feel like.

    Me: (while folding his laundry) Um..whose underwear are these?
    Him: I take it they aren’t yours?
    Me: Um, No.
    Him: Oh, one time so and so came by and had to use my washer and dryer because hers wasn’t working.

    Me: Gee, I noticed these two long red hairs in the bathtub. I haven’t showered here in weeks and the hair is perfectly straight (mine is curly). Did someone take a shower besides you?
    Him: Hmm….I’m the only one that took a shower yesterday. (then a few days later) Oh, I looked at the hairs, I think they are my underarm hair.

    Me: Oh, I saw this note on the floor that said you would be seeing someone at 7:30 in the morning with a smiley face on it. Are you talking your ex-gf somewhere in the mornings?
    Him: Gee, I don’t know what note you are referring to. I might have written that to my son when I had to do some work. And, no..she’s had a dentist appointment a while back early in the morning but I don’t know of anything else. (I overheard her tell him she would see him in the morning).

    Me: Are you cheating on me with your ex-gf?
    Him: NO!

    Me again: Are you cheating on me with your ex-gf?
    Him again: No!

    Me after hearing him talk to her and say that what they had was the best thing that never happened: Are you cheating on me with your ex-gf?
    Him: Well, we did it once when you and I were broken up. But, I was lonely and it only happened once.

    • Lori L says

      “Me: Gee, I noticed these two long red hairs in the bathtub. I haven’t showered here in weeks and the hair is perfectly straight (mine is curly). Did someone take a shower besides you?
      Him: Hmm….I’m the only one that took a shower yesterday. (then a few days later) Oh, I looked at the hairs, I think they are my underarm hair.”

      OMG…I had the same thing happen to me. Except my NPD told me they were long carpet fibers and NOT the hair of his SUPPOSED Ex-Girlfriend that he had supposedly broken up with months before we got together. She had Long, dark hair, like the ones I found in the shower. Aka carpet fibers per the lying mind screwer. Nothing but crazy making,

    • SueB says

      He’s as good a liar as my ex. We were supposed to be reconciling and the other woman called him. She was talking loudly, so I could hear it was a woman’s voice. Shaken up, he said he’d be right there. I asked who that was. He said it was his boss who, ironically enough, is a man with a manly voice. I said, “Really, because this is the first time he ever sounded like a woman.” My ex tried to play it off like I was just all paranoid.

      Could have gotten away with it too. All he had to say is that it was his mom, but he picked a man instead.

  5. Getthehellawayfromme says

    Oh it took me awhile (not all those happened at once) but I am finally done with that piece of crap. 3 years of this I tolerated. He was an alchie too. I learned my lesson and am taking care of me. :)

  6. MsSunshine says

    You’d like her. She’s just like you. (Oh puleeeze. I’ve never prostituted myself. I have never handed my children over to my mother-in-law to raise. I’ve never moved into the bed of a married man……and that’s just the beginning of the horrors this cheap whore committed.)

    She had no choice. She made so much more money. (She made so much more money hooking because she only has a grade six education and can’t speak English.)

    How about you get me 95% of the time and she only gets me 5% of the time on Sunday afternoons. And you’ll get the new, better me. (Wow. How generous of you!)

    (If he ever finds his way here he’ll recognize himself! What kind of pathetic moron says shit like this?)

    • Nord says

      Oh. My. God. My STBX said similar to me.

      ‘If you met her under different circumstances you’d think she was really nice.’

      ‘Why in fuck would I want to meet and/or hang out with a 25-year-old?’

      Or, about another affair I found out about.

      ‘She’s really nice and you’d like her if you met her.’

      ‘No, I don’t think I’d like some cow who blew you in a closet and was ready to go back for more FOUR FUCKING YEARS LATERS.’


      • S says

        My 4yr old daughter found the homemade cartoony birthday card his whore made for him detailing their entire relationship entitled ” How to win the girl…” on the floor of the guest room he was sleeping in after serving me divorce papers. #1 Go to France # 2 was ” Stay up all night drinking rose.” This was in Cannes on a business trip 2 weeks before he served me papers… ME: You cheated on me. HIM: I didn’t cheat on you. ME: YOU STAYED UP ALL NIGHT DRINKING ROSE WITH ANOTHER WOMAN. HIM: I drank wine with a lot of people on that trip, get a a grip. We were getting a divorce.” ME: We were? Nobody told me???

        He also is a total narcissist, alcoholic and prescription pill addict who talks about how much he hates himself when he’s so messed up on pills and drunk. He’s also 100% in denial of this. So when I asked for drug and alcohol testing because I was concerned about my 4yr old daughters in his care, he told his lawyer that I was bipolar, had borderline personality disorder and that I was unstable. Also found out he had been calling my friends and family without my knowledge for months before the divorce telling them the same things because he was “so concerned” about me.

        Fun Fact: I’ve never been diagnosed with any mental illness by any of the 3 therapists I’ve seen over the past 10 years. HOLY GASLIGHTING BATMAN. So after telling his lawyer this they filed motions for a a custody evaluation and a psych eval. Nice guy.

        So after gaslighting me all year, cheating on me, serving me divorce papers when my kids were home, making false allegations about my mental health…he has since failed 3 soberlink tests, has a new girlfriend who is 12 years younger than him that he has taken to Mexico, Sundance Film Festival ( instead of celebrating his daughters 5th birthday) and yet another beach vacation last weekend, 3 times in contempt of court… and you guessed it, I am to blame for everything. Remorse? Ha ha what’s that? *sigh*

    • Barblicious says

      Oh my gawd. My ex said the same. “You would get along with her, you toward so alike.” When I told his mother and sister that I was insulted by that they said I should be, as his own mother refers to her as “the skank” and was highly embarrassed by the alcoholic drama this woman (and him) caused his family.

      Again, amazed they all use the same lines!

    • TheMuse says

      She’s actually your best friend.
      Me: huh?
      She was telling me I should tell you about her.
      (He didn’t tell me, i caught him).

      I ran the sharing idea by her and she wouldn’t go for that.
      (he didn’t run that by ME).

      I wish I could split myself in two so one of my could be with her and one with you. (hand me the machete, I’ll do it for you.)

    • SueB says

      That’s not fair. Your his wife, why should you have to put up with his “fabulousness” 95% of the time when she’s only stuck with him 5% of the time? That ratio should be flipped so she’s stuck with him 95% of the time. Was he afraid if she got to see him most of the time, she’d realize what he was really like faster and dump him.

  7. Arnold says

    My Xw would spout an assortment of vague , new agish gibberish, usually including some reference to ” connection”,” sexualized chemistry”, “unmet emotional needs” and her “spirituality”.
    I could never understand WTFshe was talking about. Of course, I may have been a lttle too tired, working all day, and taking care of our kids by myself all the time while she “journaled about FOO issues” at a local hotel bar(convenient, eh?) where she would pick up strangers and bed them.
    Guess they “connnected ” with her, and , almost instantly, met her emotional needs while sexualizing the chemistry between them.
    How this moron ever functioned in the real world is beyond me. Guys tolerated it(36dd’s may have had something to do with that) , but women , quite quickly, detested her.

  8. Arnold says

    Yeah, I love that phrase. She was always a quick study in the new age gibberish realm. She often would greet me, post divorce, with “Namaste”. Her new husband, who divorced her after afew years of her crap, was the beret wearing, petulie oil wreaking , man purse type(much more “spiritually evolved” despite having cheated on his first wife, and, evenntually, on my XW , too).
    The rules do not apply to these folks. That is for the peasantry.

    • r louise says

      What? You don’t like Patchouli? ;-)

      Yeah, my STBX had a years-long “friendship” with one of those new-agey types. He purchased angel cards, some sort of pendulum so he could get messages from his angels, had chakra oils, etc. etc. One of his biggest complaints of me is that we didn’t have sexual chemistry. And also, I just wasn’t “spiritually evolved” enough. I did the “pick me” dance for years because we had a daughter and (I thought) had built a life together. And yes, I’m humiliated that I did. Because eventually, he met someone else 20 years younger (who apparently was willing to leave her spouse for him) and here I am trying to heal and move forward while he is living life like a single 20-something. (We’re both in our 50s.) Am I bitter? Just a little. Will I be better off without the jerk? Absolutely.

    • Gio says

      It’s patchouli Arnold. I always think that’s the incense we burned in college when we were trying to cover up the pot smell.

  9. Arnold says

    Hey, watch it. You have 9 male cartoons to 3 female. I think it is pretty well accpeted that women cheat more than men(just trying to stir the pot. One of my least favorite debates)

      • Tom says

        Karen, he was only kidding (the stirring the pot comment ). We know men are much more in the majority when it comes to cheating. It is why I like to say I live in opposite land or, in a “Superman” reference. Bizzaro world. I talk to the single moms and single moms that are remarried all the time about the hardships of rasing two kids basically alone. One even calls me her single mom work friend, I don’t mind because I take it as a compliment.
        I do love this website and the Ego Kibbles and the chump concept.. greatness.

        • Arnold says

          Actually, Tom, we do not know that. Many studies show it is about 50/50 in the under 65 bracket and it is only the women over 65 inclusion that is keeping the stats more toward men cheating more often.
          A couple studies show that in the 25-45 bracket, women cheat more frequently.

  10. CallMeRed says

    “I wasn’t cheating, I was taking matters into my own hands.”

    “She looked like you only slimmer.”

    “She had a fit body, it was great.”


    “Anything online isn’t cheating.”

    And all sorts of other juicy piles of stink.

      • OLD chump says

        “She’s JUST like you! She’s nice, she’s a Christian, she gives money to homeless people… She’s JUST like you only younger”

        • NoMoreLies says

          Old Chump – ouch…what an ass. I remember my ex fretting over the fact that I would be menopausal…back a decade before it started to actually happen. It was unusual since he didn’t ever seem to be interested in my health…whether during pregnancy or whatever. I slowly realized though, that he was worrying about whether I would be capable to “service” him…anticipating I would be too old so he sought out a younger replacement – I was so naive to think he actually might have cared about ME and the changes…no, he was just an attention-centered narcissist.

        • SueB says

          Love that flawless logic. Let’s think this through. He’s basically saying:
          She’s nice, she’s a Christian, she just doesn’t really believe in living by her Christian beliefs. And I’m a husband who took vows, I just don’t really believe in living by them. So, see we’re both hypocrites. That’s why we are so attracted to each other. But, really, like I said, she’s a NICE hypocrite. I’m sorry I can’t be married to you anymore, I just discovered you are not a hypocrite and I need to be with my own kind.

    • TKM says

      Haha, I got the she looks just like you only slimmer line too! And if you met her you would really like her. And she feels so bad about what’s happened. And them the best line – so we can all be one big happy new super family! Stunned by the seriously fucked up words coming out of his mouth I asked how he thought this was all going to work. He had it all planned – he would live with her but come several nights a week and spend time with us. And he was serious!

  11. Sam says

    A month after he proposed to me, he used MY laptop to chat with a girl that he had sex with a year before (we were split for like 5 months) . I read it, he invited her to go out and get drunk with him and hangout. He said how cute she still looked and she gushed and said “oh nuh uh im totally ugly” Of course the fish for compliments……he was hooked giving her more compliments…….His response when confronted “Oh I wasnt actually going to hang out with her, I just wanted to see if she still had feelings for me”
    Me “Why do her feelings matter to you now?”
    Him “I dont know Its nice when other girls compliment me” -_- He cheated, we arent together……

  12. Fiore says

    Mine cheated in the midst of my high risk pregnancy. His explanation: I was so stressed. I needed a break.

    I also really appreciated an alternate explanation: I thought I would eventually stop and you would just never know.

    Oh and one more: Well, I didn’t think you would divorce me!!!! (think aghast, horrified tone)

    • Chumped too says

      Yep, mine cheated starting when our son and I got back home out of NICU. While I was taking care of our preemie newborn, he was on work courses for months at a time nationally and internationally and hooking up on all of them. My psych summarised it by saying that once the attention wasn’t all on him anymore (I’d practically lived for him) then he had to get others to stroke his ego… lots of others! Classic narcissist! When I asked why he needed so many different women (online and in real life) he explained that if one wasn’t available when it suited him, he would just get another one to meet his ‘needs’. Apparently women are just instruments of gratification… divorce next month!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

    • Patsy says

      I got that too: I thought it would fizzle out and you would never know. It WAS fizzling out ( – BD2 5 years later)

  13. tamara says

    Him: I keep accidentally hurting you

    Me: you accidentally put your dick in her mouth? Where were you aiming?

    Another time, while I was emotionally broken down and crying, a few months after learning he had affairs and prostitutes for years.

    Him: What can I do to help?

    Me: Stop piling on more shit for me to deal with.

    Him: Can you give me an example of how I’ve done that?

    Me: HAHAHAHAHA Are you serious?

    Him: Well, aside from the obvious.

    Me: Never mind, I’m fine.

    • SueB says

      I told mine that he kept pushing me around. This was after he had at least two affairs that I knew of, tried to tell me I was paranoid for not letting him go to a swinger party to see his “friends” and had the nerve to be talking to his mistress on the phone when they were supposed to be over. His response to being told he was pushing me around: Really, I have?

  14. LassoOfTruth says

    “Disrespectful? I know that’s YOUR perception and YOUR reality, but I never meant to be disrespectful.”


    • says

      Ah, the situational truth ploy. I know it well. There is NO reality, no truth. It’s all malleable. Situational. That’s YOUR reality, but me, I’ve constructed a nice one here in which I Am Never Wrong. What? You don’t recognize my reality?! How dare you!

      BTDT. Crazy making.

      • Lori L says

        Another one he used to play. He saw things his way, and I saw them in my way according to him. Therefore, of course I “needed to see what he said as a lie. You need that to feel better about yourself.”

        “No jerk! I see what you said as a lie because it was a lie and it hurt to know you were dishonest with me cheese breath!”

        ….. ” we’ll of course you see it that way, you need to feel hurt to make yourself the victim and me the bully…. ”

        So according to him, he never lied, (even though he DID LIE) it was just my old family dynamics I was playing out. So I never got an acknowledgement, let alone an honest apology or change in behavior. No he always upped the ante and created bigger and better lies, since he never really lied (according to HIS theory, I was taking what he said and twisting it around to make it sound like a lie).

        Try talking to that! Lol

          • MissFake says

            Holy crap mine pulled that line, too! He looked so ashamed when I said “That’s fucking BULL SHIT. I asked you repeatedly to your face if you were cheating or wanting to see other people.” Nice try. He’s also kept saying “Will you get off your moral high horse?” Yeah, I move in and share my bed and desires and fears with someone I feel no moral obligation to be honest with. I guess not, morality is out the window. Another: “I thought we cohabitated well.” REALLY?? I hated smelling your farts and cleaning your bathroom, buying your groceries and paying your bills (he whined that I demanded splitting everything) and roommates don’t force sex on one another.

        • Anna says

          That is soooo familiar to me at the moment. Since he left, I have found out about at least 5 women. He is still denying it (trying to control what I think of him), and when that gets him nowhere, it’s back to “well you are clearly just going to believe what you want to believe”.

          • Tired of all the lies says

            Im in this same situation…. I’ve found evidence of another affair he denied said i was crazy didn’t want to talk about again. Now keeps trying to get some from me- i don’t understand- one minuet wants a divorce next wants to rub me & make me feel good???????

            • chumptotheend says

              Mine told me he doesn’t lie he only pacifies…what? Oh You mean telling me what it is you think I want to hear so that I don’t give you any grief or make it difficult for you to run off and cheat on me! That is not lying????? He really doesn’t think so. He thinks that if he says the right things then it makes him look good regardless of whether or not there is any truth or follow up! He is so bad about his delusion on this I wonder about his grip on reality at times.

              • Gullible says

                My wife had a good explanation for all her lies, they were all done so as not to hurt me but she would be honest now if I let her see the kids for a weekend trip she wanted to take them on. Of course it turned out she was trying to impress her 30 yr old boyfriend with her Mother of the year skills and took them all (boyfriend included) to my home in Chicago. Apparently defiling our bed wasn’t enough she needed to toss in our starter home from 18 years ago that was now a rental property.

          • Responsibleforme says

            I also got “well you’ll believe what you want to believe”
            Ummm – dude. The DNA test was conclusive. Everything else was circumstantial but online adverts are pretty damning when asking for “discreet liaisons”


            2 years out the lines are now more amusing than upsetting.

  15. Hurt1 says

    After 24 years of marriage, I was blindsided the day after Christmas 3 years ago when I suspected something. This was his reply to my question about the suspicions:

    “Think I like crab cakes for Thanksgiving?” Ex bought the crab & made the cakes!

    “I want new sexual experiences.” Ex wasn’t talking about having them with me.

    “They were only $30 earring from J.C. Penny.” As if the cheapness made it ok – later I found out it was $60 bracelet from a fine jeweler.

    “You have a job not a career.” I had the same job for the last 12 years – this from a man making 6 figures.

    “I deserve to be happy.” The classic whine of a cheating man.

    • says

      He cheated because of crab cakes? You can have me over for Thanksgiving dinner ANY TIME. I hope your holidays are bright and happy and full of crab cake enjoyment with his absence.

      • kb says

        I keep thinking of the crab cakes. STBX used to love what I cooked and baked, and used to post photos on Facebook. Once he started seeing OW, he stopped. Also, he now dislikes a lot of the foods he used to say he liked.

        I wonder if he’ll tell me he cheated because I didn’t fix him enough Campbell’s soup.

    • Nord says

      I can do better than ‘I deserve to be happy’. I asked ‘is your happiness more important than the happiness of your children?’. The answer: yes, yes my happiness is more important than the happiness of my children.

      Weirdly, he isn’t all that happy right now. :)

        • Lori L says

          Been There Done That – I heard the same thing. My youngest has deep depression with suicidal tendencies and has been in and out of institutions 5 times in the last year living with him.

          He is engaged to a woman who makes much money which makes him very happy, and he told me I would like her if I met her. Blech!

        • HopiumAddict says

          OMG… I (XH cheaterpants) deserve to be happy… WTF… Do I (me the chump) deserve to be happy too? What about our son? Or all the people hurt by what both of you did, do they deserve to be happy? or is it JUST you and the OW (my one time very good friend)? Was there any thought about ANYONE ELSE or did you just not care about anybody but yourselves… Holy Crap, the balls on some people.

          My ex and the ow truly believe that if they are happy, eventually everyone will be happy. Love triumphs right? ours didn’t why the fuck do you think the “love” you and OW will? It’s different? It’s special? Really? like ours was? ya right… good luck with that. Oh and keep your job please because she make like 0 money and has 2 daughters that she is going to need money to pay for therapy and weddings and college… besides your own child that you are going to have to spoil rotten to maintain a realtionship with when he gets to be a teen. Fucking Idiots.

          feeling a bit bitter right now…

          • lulu says

            Re your post: ”
            “My ex and the ow truly believe that if they are happy, eventually everyone will be happy. Love triumphs right?”

            Sounds like what Tori Spelling kept saying and writing when she met her ‘soulmate’ Dean McDermott. How’s that one working out for her now?

          • Abigail says

            HopiumAddict – great forum name.

            Of course the malignantly selfish only think about themselves.

            Which leads to: Happiness (while important) should not be the highest value. Doing the right things (per normal ethics) should be.

            (Normal ethics like being truthful is good, lying is bad…not stealing is good, stealing is bad….providing for your children’s health and welfare first (since you chose to have them) is good, taking financial resources for your own “Happiness” while your children go deprived, is bad….things most of us agree are good versus bad.)

            Doing the right things brings happiness to ethical people.

            And, it’s longer lasting….deeper….more evolved spiritually.

            They actually teach this in an undergrad class on Happiness at Stanford. So some are getting decent messages.

    • Goodriddance says

      The exact same words I heard from my ex about the OW!

      I asked if he was attracted to her;
      His reply, ‘Yeah she’s cool’
      I asked to clarify what that means,
      Him: ‘It means I think she’s cool, that’s all there is to it’.

      Confronted him about his poor boundaries;
      Him: ‘If I wanted to cheat on you, you wouldn’t even know about it’.

      ‘I believe love is about finding the right person at the right time and place. You’re the right person but maybe not at this time’ and ‘Fate will bring us together if we’re meant to be’

      ‘Every situation is unique, not everything is as it seems or are the same’ (him trying to rationalize his actions)

      ‘Your anger and accusations are something I don’t want to see in my future partner or wife’

      • nicolette14 says

        same here, “just a good friend”, “she was cool” oh that sentence, ” that’s all there is to it” that, he used to use it, when he was lying and when he wanted to shut the conversation down, like;
        “I never touched her, that’s all there is to it.” he did.
        ” I am not talking about this anymore, that’s all there is to it” by the way we didn’t talk about anything, he was using gaslighting tactic.
        “you are killing US with this, let it go” he wanted sweep everything under the rug without a word, ummmm no fucktard, your serial cheating, lying killed us.

        anytime a men refers to a woman as in she is “cool” watch out! it means there is much more there than you know!

        • ForgeOn! says

          EWWWW…..Yuck…..the ‘let it go’ phrase. Ugly one, that……Seems to be universal, though…….

          How about this one:

          “THAT is NONE of your concern!!”

          Oh, really? Those vows you said on our wedding day make everything you do MY CONCERN!

          He would spit this ‘go-to’ phrase out of his mouth anytime I got too close to the truth or an issue that was uncomfortable for him. (Which was pretty much everything!)

          Yet, just a few weeks back, (we were in the process of selling our family home of 22 years, so we had to talk) in justifying the lack of conversations on this or any other ‘couple’ or solution-seeking subject:

          “Well, YOU just refused to talk about anything!!”

          hmmmmm….WHO refused to talk about it? Delusional…..Interesting, but they are all that way. Plus, that is one of the things his bio-feedback sessions turned up about him…..he is delusional….but the sessions also revealed he is careless, disordered & other assorted negative things I already knew. Imagine that!!!! lol! (Interesting therapy, this biofeedback. VERY accurate in reading the messages from the body, emotions and subconscious.)

          Forge on, friends……

          • nicolette14 says

            “THAT is NONE of your concern!!”

            wow that’s a good one!! Well whatever you do now is “none of his concern!” and he can also go jump off a cliff! and then having the nerve to tell YOU “Well, YOU just refused to talk about anything!!” that right there, truly shows, what a gaslighting, disordered POS he really is! They are all delusional and sick in the head!

            • ForgeOn! says

              Thanks n.14! Thought someone would get a chuckle from that one!!

              Yeah, they do get pretty ‘nervy’ about certain things…..but, alas, about all the wrong things :(

              (Disordered is right! A therapist diagnosed him, by proxy, as an NPD)

              Forge on, friends……

        • Patsy says

          I was told, ‘she is really nice’.

          No idea what a huuuuuuuuge red flag that was going to be… I was oblivious.

          • nicolette14 says

            here is another huge red flag. If you find he had/ have a good female friend/coworker or whatever, that he spoke to regularly, but you NEVER heard him mention her name to you ever because “he already fucked her” and by any chance if her name does ever come up, then he will say she is nice, she is/was cool, just a good friend…and you can take that to the bank!

  16. ww says

    I just had this doozy of an exchange with my STBX the other day:

    She said: “It just wasn’t that kind of affair, it wasn’t serious.”

    “Allow me to quote from your email answering the one about your boyfriend’s house hunt, with pictures” I said (the one I found on D-day): ” ‘Oh, love! It’s wonderful, it’s so close to your office that you’ll be able to come home for lunch, and in that huge kitchen I’ll be able to cook wonderful food for you.’ ”

    “Oh,” she answered “I honestly don’t remember that, you have much better memory about my affair than I do.”


    • tamara says

      Ha! I actually heard the ex on the phone with a prostitute. When everything finally came out years later and I asked him about it, again, he claimed not to remember it. THEN said “why do you always remember all the negative things?”

      Yeah… they’re serious. And we’re seriously gone.

      Glad to see you on the other side.

  17. Plastered says

    “Why should I be depressed? I have two men in love with me.”

    “I feel like Elizabeth Taylor, only without the money.”

    “I think you would have been friends.”

    “I thought you were stronger than this.” (referring to my breakdown)

    “Everybody deserves to be happy.”

    “I don’t have the same idea of commitment as you. Am I expected to be with the same person my whole life?”

    “If I miss you more and more, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to make it right.”

    “We could have sex one more time if it makes you feel better, but I would need to ask him.”

  18. Cathy says

    “It was not on my agenda to hurt you.”

    When he told me that consideration for my feelings was not on his “agenda” I knew we were no longer on the same page. Time to exit that stage!

  19. SoOverHim says

    He joked, more than once:

    “One of these days I’ll just have to trade you in for a couple of 25-year-olds!”

    Well, guess what.

  20. Sonnet says

    After pushing me through several haystacks of fuckedupness, dropping out of a “family” holiday at the last moment (£700 down the drain) and feigning a heart attack, he finally decided: “I want out.”

    • TKM says

      My reject did Dday a few days before the family summer vacation too!!

      After the reject left and our 14 year called him a looser and his GF a whore he didn’t contact our daughter for weeks. I personally have ceased all contact except tondo with lawyers. So at the first lawyer meeting while he is whining about how much he loves and misses his daughter I asked him why he hadn’t made any effort to contact her in many weeks. His response was “well, he had sent 1 email and she hadn’t emailed back. It was all her fault”. Of course his lawyer looks at him like what the fuck is wrong with you? I said to him in front of the lawyers ” you’re the adult here, not your 14 year old. She is a teenager who is pissed at your shitty and thoughtless decisions and your inability to act like a responsible parent. It is not her job to suck up to you, she didn’t do anything wrong. It is your job to act like a grown up for once in your life and understand she is both a teenager (not very interested in you anyway under normal circumstances) and pissed off because you have crapped all over her.”. My daughter cut off the kibble supply immediately and the pick me dance for about a month and then when she got sufficient evidence he was never going to pick her over the OW she dumped his sorry excuse as a father and never looked back. I wish I had has her insight and strength – it took me a good 6 months longer to get where she is.

  21. Sara8 says

    During the initial false reconciliation my STBX told me the affair made him a better person.

    I was speechless.

    I guess since an affair involves lying and cheating and deceiving, that engaging in all those behaviors magically makes him or anyone a better person.

    When I asked him how he would feel if I had an affair so that I could become a “better person”, he went berserk and started accusing me of already having had an affair.

    • Cindy says

      How about this? I think I submitted these earlier, but not sure where they went?

      First one: Cheater: I did NOT tell her I love her. Me: Really? Because in the text I read she said ‘love you,’ and you said ‘you too.’ What did that mean? Cheater: I dunno.

      Second one (upon me kicking his sorry ass out) – ‘Losing you is like losing 1,000,000 of my prized guitar.’

      Gee thanks honey.

  22. Peony55555 says

    “how could I tell you, you’d just get hysterical! You can’t handle the truth, you have emotional issues”. Yeah, imagine that, I’d get emotional after my husband of 20 years discloses out of the blue (after the week prior telling me he I was everything to him and he’d never been happier). Crazy bitch I am!

    • Nord says

      Yeah, we’re all crazy and psycho for freaking out when we find out that our one and only has been banging other people. Silly us for having emotions.

        • Lori L says

          I meant to post, I should have left at the beginning, since mine said something similar to this to me at the start. I was young and naive and didnt know hell I was getting into. When I heard, ” I didn’t tell you because I knew how upset you would get… You get too upset…you feel too much… ” I knew I was screwed.

          • Chumped too says

            Yep, heard that too…. I didn’t want to tell you because you’d get all emotional or upset…. live and learn :o(

              • MissFake says

                Haha, all I wanted was the relief of him saying “I’m not satisfied and I want out.” I wasn’t going to grab his ankles. I said “Awesome, at last. Please, go.” And I went on vacation and had hot sex with someone else- which he called during, to ask whose plates were whose. I laughed and said, “Yours, don’t care,” which kissing my new man. Later when he brought up the phone call, he said “You were all upset and crying when I asked about the plates.” I called him out- WTF? I was drinking vodka and grinding on a strange dick, glad you were finally no longer making me miserable.

                It’s like they think they’re doing us a FAVOR by hanging around our daily lives and while risking our venereal health! (And their memories get twisted, too.)

                Scary there are so many of the same…

  23. debdeb says

    “I have been a wonderful husband to you, other than the affairs.” Which had been going on for 17 years of our 24 year marriage. I had no idea…

    • Nord says

      Hahaha…I got ‘why do you have to take a hammer to 20 good years and just destroy all the memories?’…this after I found out he’d been cheating for a minimum of 13 of those years. I apparently destroyed them all with feeling like they meant nothing.

      Oh, and my all time favourite? ‘Maybe we could be together in five or ten years but right now I don’t see us as a couple’.

    • wren says

      I got this too. And then this week, he pointed to the fact that I didn’t know he was cheating on me with five other women (his affairs are conducted in the town where he works, a half hour from here, and overseas where he does research) as proof that I “wasn’t paying attention to him,” which, of course, justifies the cheating.

      Cheater logic…

      • Valentine says

        I got the ‘I was a dutiful husband’ line…oh and the ‘she’s really a nice girl’…really? Yeah, because ‘dutiful’ husbands and ‘nice’ girls go off and screw all the time…Gimme a break.

        • Gio says

          Hahaha~~You know what mine said after I caught him sneaking off to the Econo Lodge with Skank Woman? “We can make this marriage work!”

      • MissFake says

        oh, boy. I got the “But there were times when it was so good,” (he was always cheating from day 1.) Oh, you mean when I started faking it because you’d rape me til you believed you were a man and won your orgasm merit badge? Orgasms take trust to happen with a lot of us, and that mf was all shadiness and lies.

  24. Mandy says

    “We’re just good friends.” (Always a bad sign, but I didn’t know that at the time.)
    “I was just trying to help her with some personal problems she was going through.” (She was going through marriage problems, probably because she was cheating on her husband with mine.)
    “All we did was talk.” (For about ten minutes before they jumped into bed.)
    “We never had sex.” (They did, of course.)
    “I had some feelings for her, but it didn’t last very long.” (Two years.)

    • GullibleMe says

      “Let’s do something to hep a friend. She is going to try to save up for a deposit for a flat. I will subdivide my shed [where he keeps his beer fridge and computer games, ie where he sits and talks to her for hours on phone] and make a room [so she can move in]. It wil be so good for our family – our kids are like siblings.”

      This is him sitting on our bed late at night (woke me up to “have a talk”), holding my hand, saying let him be the husband who makes the decisions for our fmaily.

      And he was in the middle of affair with her.

      I can’t remember if it was before or after he had convinced me that his SMSs to her “I love you” and “sexybum” were just him teasing a friend.

      After which, he put a lock on his phone so I did not see any more.

    • HopiumAddict says

      Oh Mandy, we may be soul mates… or maybe married to the same guy at least… That’s how my xh and the ow (my very good friend) got together, talking about how screwed up their mutual spouses are… Their horrible marriages made better by fucking their best friends spouses… yep that worked, everything is all better now and life is perfect… HA!!

      • Ruff says

        Ya married 12 years 2 kids , helped put her through school to get her PhD…just realized that I’m a nice guy. ( the book no more Mr nice guy helped me fix that issue ) A year after D-day still together but i think i’m finally coming out of the fog.

            • says

              Well, the motto here is leave a cheater, gain a life. It’s not that I’m not a “fan,” it’s that I’ve seen very few convincing cases of it. Don’t know the details in your story, but it sucks to be the marriage police and do the mental gymnastics required to get past the affair. Also, I’ve not seen a lot of cheaters who can sustain the hard work at rebuilding and giving up ego kibbles. Read around here, my views on it are pretty spelled out. Good luck to you. The whole limbo thing sucks hugely.

  25. Dawn says

    Some nice ones I’ve received after finding out STBX cheated for 10 years with prostitutes:

    * “I didn’t know prostitution was illegal!”

    * “It was only one time, and I felt so bad about, I never did it again.”

    * “I thought it was okay if you never found out.”

    * “Once you found out, it was like a light switch turning off, and now I never want to do it again!”

    Pfffffffft. :P

    • tamara says

      Hi Dawn~

      Went through the same thing. Did you hear “it was just a prostitute. It didn’t mean anything”? I think that was my favorite.

      We are so much better off.

      • Dawn says

        Hi Tamara,

        Yes, I did get a version of that, in the form of “It was just sex!”. Except that I found out later he sometimes spent the $400 a pop just taking his favorite hookers out to dinner (no sex involved). He was also sexting them all day long, around 1500 texts a month to his favorites.

        Glad you found out. Here’s to happier new years sans perverts!


    • GreenGirl says

      He didn’t know prostitution was illegal? I knew that well before I was legal. I sincerely hope you just stared at him blankly after hearing that so he could listen to what he just said.

  26. Funnythatway says

    testimonial: anything I’ve read that f*uckees think was stupid, crazy,foolish,etc. I can probably match or better, did longer, more often, played with higher stakes,there’s a book I want to read,”The Addicted Brain”,Michel Kuhar,it sounds like I might relate, being f*ucked must be a sick need to prove insistently how terrible I am..naturally all the f*ckers have impressed that upon me endlessly, so I believed it. This ‘technique’ is grammar school stuff for the f*ckers and is the chief ingredient when they bake their cake. I told my last one “hmm,’holy matrimony’, the only things ‘holy’ in yours are the holes in her head and the one in your A**”..not to mention the one in my head…

  27. Media_Girl24 says

    During my fog of going all-out to try to save my marriage, which included an early morning episode of me doing my wifely duty on my knees (to completion for him), I was told that I had “manipulated him” into this situation because he was “half-asleep” when it occured.

    I think he was actually feeling a bit guilty… to the other woman! Funny, he was cheating on her with me.. his wife!

    • Susan says

      Mine did the same thing… He actually said “I don’t know if I should do this because you’ll tell OW!” To which I responded, “of course not” but did anyway!! Cheats on his gf with his wife of 30 years… Really?? You can’t make this stuff up!

  28. melanie says

    OOh – another one:
    “Staying married makes me feel secure – I don’t want a divorce ”
    That was after he was out of the house for 6 months.
    Still no divorce progress a year later…
    “I’m in no hurry”

  29. melanie says

    He posted on FB
    “I’m with my true love of 36 years”…
    Those years include an 18 year marriage to his SECOND wife and 17 with me – his THIRD.
    Duh for me!

    • says

      Busted! My hubby’s ex-wife claimed she never cheated, but on Facebook she listed the beginning of her relationship with her now ex-boyfriend as 2 years BEFORE the divorce was final!

  30. Hurt1 says

    Oh, here’s another:

    “You’re still pretty to me but I’m no longer sexually attracted to you.” Asshat!

      • Suzanne says

        I got that too! And also…
        “I love you but I’m not IN LOVE with you.”
        “I think we need a trial separation. I don’t want to waste any more of your time.” (after 16 years of marriage.)
        “Yes, I saw her socially. But there is no commingling.” (ugh. What is this, CSI?)
        “Wouldn’t YOU like to meet someone more compatible?” This was the opening salvo, actually. came out of the blue when I was getting the grocery list together.

  31. r louise says

    “When you sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I realized that life is too short and I don’t want to spend the rest of mine unhappy.”

    I am not making this up.

    This qualifies as the WORST thing anyone has ever said to me. And it was said by a person who supposedly loved me.

  32. Ruff says

    ” why do you want to be with someone that’s so mean to you”
    ” maybe you will find someone that is nice to you”
    “Sex with us was great, sex with him was amazing..I didn’t know size made a difference”
    ” when he wrapped his arms around me my whole body tingled”
    ” I cant guarantee this wont happen again”
    “I can’t help what my body was telling me to”

  33. Wife #1 says

    Him: “I going to leave you for her because you only had 3 children with me”

    Me: “How many children did you want to abandon when you left since 3 wasn’t enough to keep you here?”


    She is good at her job (like Im not?)
    Her fiance cheated on her (and that affects my life how?)
    She eats vegetables for breakfast (pass the muffins and sugar bombs, Im NEVER going to do that)

    Oddly enough we reconciled and had a good life for 5 years before he dropped dead. I would still like to punch that stupid OW in the face.

    • Kara says

      OMG I heard that SO MUCH from my ex. “Can’t I have a friend?” Turned into “You just don’t want me to have friends.”

      No, I don’t want you sticking your dick in another woman when you’re in a relationship with me.

      Good riddance.

    • Katie says

      Oh wow… My husband just said the same thing to me… He has problems with trying to cheat with women on Craigslist. I don’t really police what he does because it’s not worth my time. Well, I found out that he’s been meeting a “friend” for lunch and lying to me about it. He also texts her at all hours of the day and night. When I told him I wasn’t comfortable with him seeing her alone, he accused me of trying to keep him from having friends. I don’t freaking care if he goes to a bar with a mixed group of people, but I don’t want him to have friends. Whatever.

    • GullibleMe says

      Identical experience.

      And after I protested that it is inappropriate for a single woman to be texting him not me to organise playdates between our kids, and inappropriate for her to be playing pool with him til 3 o’clock in the morning then sleeping over at our place “because she is too drunk to drive home”:

      [and after I questioned why did she need to be at our house to help bake her son’s brithday cake (why is my husband making it anyway?)]

      “You won’t allow me to have ONE friend!”

      “The least she can do is help make the cake since I am doing her a favour!”
      [while her 7 year old kid is at home the night before his birthday, with an older sibling – his mother did not even go home that night]

      • Melancholia8 says

        I heard this one too. Actually still hearing it. I’m separated, but he keeps on telling me that all these lunches with him and single women are because he wants to have friends… And guys don’t cut it. It’s weird apparently to have guy friends if you’re a man! He says he really doesn’t get it, though everyone else I’ve checked it with says its bullshit.

  34. RJ says

    My cheater wife regarding the “changes” she’s made, post D-Day:

    “I was messed up back then, but now you have a better wife!”

    Uh, what?

    Ok, by that twisted logic, the way to marital self-improvement apparently involves lots of hot monkey sex in a hotel room with some guy you met on an online poker site.

    Sounds like what she’s really saying is, “I couldn’t figure out how to fix myself until I screwed some other guy’s brains out. Thanks to him, now I know how to be Super Wife! Aren’t you happy now?”

    Geez, imagine if everyone who was experiencing marriage issues just followed that logic, we’d all be better husbands and better wives and divorce lawyers would become an extinct species!

      • MissFake says

        Online poker is up there where mine met his: firearms enthusiast and survivalism message boards. Any female who responded in the slightest to his online Billy Badass persona got serviced by him.

        And he’d dare me to talk to them, like if I did I was jealous, if I didn’t, he won. Eventually, I talked to one. Boom, outed. Nice game to play on someone you trust.

  35. AC says

    Him: “My feelings have changed.”
    Me: “Since when?”
    Him: “I don’t know. For a long time now.”
    Me: “Is there someone else?”
    Him: (a quick) “NO.”
    (Followed by trickling of evidence of a long term affair)

    After he moved out and said he wanted a divorce:
    “Despite the tough times with you, the kids, and my family, overall I’m happy.”

    “We have so much in common. We’re both passionate about surgery.” (While I sacrificed my own career and stayed home to raise our kids so he can concentrate on his “work”, ie. helping out his medical student/surgical resident, living a double life with her, etc.).

  36. anna says

    i have a 16 year old girl with attitude and not one to back down. here’s her version of shit cheaters say.
    x to daughter: we are seperating, we have grown apart. we’ve become like brother and sister, bla bla bla..
    daughter’s response: and you stuck your dick into someone else so don’t go there.

    x to daughter after i kicked him out and she moved into his old room ( best in the house): why did you move into my room?
    daughter: i asked mom and she said it was okay.
    x: when i move back in a year what will you do then. you will have to move back to your old room.
    daughter: not fucking likely.

    • MM Burned says

      Re-reading… I love your daughter’s comment. Makes me smile every time.
      Out of the mouths of babes!

    • TKM says

      So good to read about other kids standing up to these jerks like my daughter. I think these losers pull the same shit with their kids as they did with their chump spouses. They want the kids to do the pick me dance and continue to feed them lots of kibble. Bravo to those kids old enough to be able to see them for who they truly are and to stand up to them because it must take a very brave kid to stand up to a parent and say you’re a lying cheating piece of shit and I reject you.

    • Sammie D says

      Thank you for sharing your daughters view.
      I have only recently found this sight and am loving the honesty. What is is with people my X (separated 6 months ago after his confession of multiple partners over the last eight years) treats our 15 year old son like he is 4. My X used a gluten intolorane in or son to deflect taking responsibility for his action. Blaming sons pissed off attitude towards him as the result of something he ate.

      And he wonders why our son doesn’t like him.

  37. Baci says

    “What is love?”
    “What is happiness?”

    “All i want to do is lay in bed beside you and cry”

    “Hes not important. You are.”

    Truely hope its fixable

    I value true unconditional freindships

    and the one that I many times from other BS said by their cheating spouses

    “I STILL LOVE YOU!” WTF does that mean?

  38. Allie says

    “You’re intellectually intimidating” (this was after a 30 year marriage where he told me he loved me because I was smart) and “I did not have an affair. I had loving feelings for her when we had lunch together everyday.”
    He also told me “Tell (son) to talk to one of his friends. I’m sure he has friends whose parents are divorced. It’s not a big thing.”

    Son – “I have no time for him. He’s morally bankrupt.”

    • MissFake says

      They do that! Resent you for the things that attracted them.

      Cheater in the Beginning: “You need to grow up and stop partying. I can’t abide by women who drink AT ALL” (he cheated on patrons and employees of the bar he worked at)

      Cheater After: “The woman I loved was wild, now you’re just a boring homebody.”

      NEVER BECOME ANYTHING FOR ANYONE. Over the past ten years, there are several guys I now think “What the hell was I so impressed by?” Losers.

  39. Janet says

    When I made a comment about the character of my husband’s facebookfuck “How could she get involved with a married man?” His comment”Oh she feels terrible but this was just bigger than both of us””

    • Nord says

      Yes, STBX also told me how ‘terrible’ the final OW felt about things and it was ‘really hard on her, knowing that the kids would be hurt’. What a girl, eh? No wonder he liked fucking her. She was all heart.

      • Jen says

        Ohhhh yes, she is REALLY concerned about my kids she doesn’t even know ! And she and I have SO much in common we would probably really like each other and be friends.

        What do we have in common besides we have both seem your dick?

    • Nat1 says

      Or…sometimes these things just happen!!!! Cos i hunted her down stuck in my claws purued her until she gave in….

    • Susan says

      I sent the OW a letter asking her to stay away from him and what had been a good 30 year marriage. When he returned from a week away with her I asked him what was her response to my letter, and he answered “she felt like the OW!” If the shoe fits…

    • Patsy says

      ‘Don’t blame her. She always said she shouldn’t be doing this, she kept breaking up’.

      Thanks for letting me know who did the persueing.

  40. Debbie says

    My STBX started his current affair 2 months after my father died…he said almost those same things to me. I couldn’t/wouldn’t listen…I’m negative=wonder why? He spoke to one of his best divorced lawyer buddies and all 4 of his kids are great. He and his mistress (divorced 3 times with 3 kids and 12 years younger} have much to say about me manupilating my kids and poisioning them against him. They will accept it when I do…sounds like the 12th of never.

    • Baci says

      How can you be divorced three times with three kids. There is something seriously wrong there. What about the kids. It’s a crime. Can’t your ex see that!!??

    • Nord says

      Yes, I get accused of ‘poisoning the kids’, which is beyond hilarious since I*m the one who assures them that their dad loves them while he treats them like shit when they don’t go along with his new life.

      • TKM says

        Dear Nord,
        Exact same situation for me!! It’s all my fault the kid thinks he’s morally bankrupt. I just can’t get over how the story is basically the same for all of us chumps,
        from what they say to how they treat the kids.

    • Tracy says

      Wow so many of these one Liners were used on me. I find my story in a lot of posts. My STBX also took the new age spirituality I think they are called light workers.
      I got our Mariage licence was just a peice of paper. Got a new phone with face recognition, separate email accounts, separate bank accounts after 30 years. Saying when he got home from a business trip that he saw two people so in love they didn’t want to let each other go and he wanted that again. Realized after he left that he was talking about the two of them having to say goodbye. O it’s is just a brother sister type relationship. Did he think I was stupid. The maybe I’m not your soul mate. The night before he left he said I have a friend that went to match makers . com and found someone the same going through what I was going through. Still denied there was someone else. He said he needed to find someone on his spiritual level and I should find someone on mine. Can’t believe I was so neieve.
      He has been with her since he left 2 years ago. The thing that really gets me is just before he left he was waiting to see if my stage three cancer was gone . I remember telling him they were worried that it had moved to my lymph nodes which is stage four but they think the radiation caught it as it showed on the pet scan that it received a dosage. He looked me like great I have to stay longer, I’ve never felt so debated in my life. As far as I new all was fine till year 29 when he said I’m not happy anymore. I knew a few months after it was over I just had that feeling we all get. Can time it to the day. She herself has 3 kids, from 3 different fathers. Looks like they are about 8 years apart. She is 51 and he 53 . He now has her daughter that’s. 9 . Our granddaughters are 7 and younger. LOL I’m sure she’ll dump him in a few years and he lost an awesome family over it. I’m just glad I’ m not raising a 9 year old. I’m 55 grandbabies are all I want to raise.

  41. pearl says

    “maybe we would be happier with other people” (yes, he had already found the other person he was happier with}

      • says

        you’re Right! Dog and ex-wife are much happier.
        Other stupid comment…we need to work on building our excellent friendship, because we are best friends and I will always love you, but I deserve the passion which is true love with the OW. So grow up and stop being so angry its not like I meant this to happen.

    • Really says

      “Why can’t I have both? – STBX “asking” if he could have both a wife and a mistress.

      “I can’t walk away – I’m in too deep” – OW to me. So the marriage, kids, shared history, etc., isn’t deep, but YOUR AFFAIR WITH A MARRIED MAN is?

  42. Toni says

    Sex means absolutely nothing to me…it never has

    Him: I know who sent you the anonymous letter at work about ____________
    Me: Your’e having sex with her TOO?!
    Him: No not now, she was a while ago, when we were first together…

  43. says

    My 2.5 yrs sponsored wife Maria di Fonzo had an affair with Ernesteo Fernandez (from Dieste Advertising, TX), the co-worker she was supposed to supervise during a business trip to Dallas. Right after Vicki Smith, Nissan Director of Phylanthrophy raised from the dinner table Maria called Ernesto Fernandez to take her to the hotel for sex.
    When I told Maria between the first night of the affair and the second of adultery that I thought she was sleeping with Mr. Fernandez Cobela, Maria di Fonzo replied: “How you dare to say such thing without proof” … “Because of your overactive imagination, I am going to divorce you as soon as I arrive back to Nashville” … “And don’t call me no more tonight, I ‘ll be busy”

  44. Angie says

    When I asked why, after the 2 years of hell we just came through and were (I thought) back on track, did he start things up with his ho-worker yet again.

    His response “I guess I had too long of a winter break from school”. He works and goes to school full-time, but apparently having time off from school gave him too much free time.

  45. moda says

    Him: I was just trying to talk her into going back to her ex-husband.
    Me: Do you know her ex?
    Him: No, I’ve never met him.
    She’s just a really good friend.
    She’s nothing but a crack whore / coke whore, whatever.
    Yeah, I bought her a Christmas present. So?
    I never touched that woman. (The physical evidence says otherwise)
    I suppose I never did nothing good for you, right? Is that what you’re saying?

  46. Scott says

    Her telling me why she needs her “friend” in her life …

    Her: “You two are just exact opposites of each other.”

    Me (after a slight pause): “Do you consider me to be a man of integrity?”

    Her: “Integrity? Yes, I do.”

    Me: “So we are exact opposites of each other, huh?”

    Her: “Yeah.”

    Me: “I see.”

  47. Laurel says

    here are some of the gems that I’ve been subjected to.

    him: “a man has to be a bridge.”

    wtf??? what the fuck are you talking about? your cock is a bridge? what does that make me? the suez canal?

    him: “we don’t have chemistry.”

    no. YOU don’t have chemistry.

    our older son when asked how he saw his parents: “you guys have immense chemistry”

    him: “I didn’t feel adored.”

    try being adorable. try not looking at me like I’m an insect when you take me out to dinner (once every six months) try getting a JOB? try not whining about me running the dishwasher before midnight, because the rates go down after midnight. (yes, I’m serious)

    “but Laurel, I’m not a bad person!”

    right. you’re a good person, with no morals, no shame, no sense of right or wrong, entitled. smug. arrogant. AND you’re a selfish pig. but otherwise, you’re a wonderful man.

    fuck buddy in an email to him: (he had told me that there was nothing on his computer that I could not read. it was left open by “accident”—yet again)

    “I’m sorry that things have been so difficult for you. [that bitch wife of yours is on to us, huh?] You have borne ALL of the culpability for our 5+ years of conspiracy-to-commit-adultery, and that you find yourself in such a difficult position now is something that makes me squirm with guilt and remorse. As ever. ~ with fingers in wet places. that will not change irregardless.”

    me: tell me the truth. What is on those SEVEN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES???

    him: “I’m a geek. you wouldn’t understand geeks.” “I get them for free from work.” “the boys’ music is on them.” [ and enough disk space to power NORAD!] “I’m working for the CIA”


    him: “well yes, we had sex but she’s really big (and homely) and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy.”

    wife is a ballet dancer.

    him: “it has nothing to do with how you look.”

    no, it has everything to do with the bullshit she’s spewing out. let HER deal with our autistic son. sexy ain’t it?

    him: (after telling me months later that he had NO CONTACT with five year fuck buddy with lupus and me finding her name in his address book).

    “But Laurel, she’s dying.”

    me: who fucking cares? the point is that you said that you weren’t in contact with her. THAT IS THE POINT!

    telling the truth is so difficult, isn’t it?

    him: “I didn’t ‘love’ any of them. I liked them, but I didn’t love them. The only woman I ever loved was you… you were the only one who gave me butterflies.”

    the one he doesn’t have chemistry with.

    • Kelly says

      OMG Laurel, just read this, and I am sitting here laughing out loud. Hard to pick a favorite. It may be “A man has to be a bridge…” –why do they ramble incoherently?? But then again, the explanations for the 7 hard drives, including his work for the CIA, is pretty amusing too.

      • jewells says

        I also got the “She’s a nice person actually” after his first broken nose, fat lip and my furnishings destroyed by her. But me? The faithful loving non-violent wife? Why, I am just the biggest bitch on the planet. (He just got it re-broken by her and thought I would care)

    • Kelly says

      After catching him a year ago having affair with a co-worker for 17 years of our 25 year marriage (at times group sex with her best friend as well) and leaving me with claims he was going to marry her; and after realizing he had these co-workers stay in our home as friends and guests on their “business” trips over the years, so that they could have “cake” — and I guess a really really sick laugh– literally under the noses of me and my children while we slept–

      HIM: “She’s really a good person.”
      ME: “Ummmm….Exactly what would qualify as ‘bad’ then? Would she have to stab us in our sleep while screaming obscenities and kicking the puppy?”

  48. nwrain says

    These are choice!
    I’ll add a few of mine.

    At one point I asked him how he got started using prostitutes. He said he met a guy on a plane, who happened to be really handsome (Oh, so does that make it less sleazy if a handsome guy fucks whores?) who used prostitutes because it kept it just about sex and then he didn’t become emotionally involved with them.

    Later told me he couldn’t just have sex with anyone, of course–there had to be some sort of attraction and connection. Really? How much does a 65 year old Ivy League educated man with a doctorate have in common with twenty-something poor Hong Kong whore/mistress?

    He was actually HELPING whores from Thailand because they came from very poor villages and were able to send money back to their families. Some of the Bulgarian ones were actually working their way through university. Ha! I guess he liked the idea that he was still attractive enough to be fucking college coeds. Is that a basketball under your button down Brooks Brother shirt or a gut. It’s hard to tell the difference.

    He once said prostitution had been around for ever and 50% of people cheat on their spouses. (So if half of people lie/cheat and steal, it makes it okay?)

  49. Kara says

    “He’s helping them?” XD Sure, if he WASN’T cheating on anyone.

    I love it when cheaters who do it with prostitutes act like it’s because they’re super hot still. Uh, hate to break it to them, but it’s not because they’re hot. It’s because they paid for it. They can tell themselves that the hookers were attracted to them all they want, but it really just comes down to they paid for it.

    • nwrain says

      Exactly, Kara! I found one of his mistresses on Facebook and sent her a message appealing to sisterhood (I know, pathetic. It was still the “pick me” stage. I asked her why my husband was sending her thousands of dollars. She said, “Why not?” Bitch.)
      He told me to stop sending messages to his friend. Gawd. It’s almost funny now. I guess that’s a good, huh?!

  50. Kara says

    “Why Not?” Wow…the entitlement, it’s staggering.

    To his “friend?” Sounds like one of my exes. He didn’t want me talking to his online “friends.” Probably because they were either sending him porn or cheating with him.

  51. Carol says

    When I told my now ex-husband that I felt he was cheating with a particular co-worker (he was), he said, “I would never cheat with her; she’s too Catholic.”

    Two things….First, I’m Catholic. WTF? Second, there’s no other reason he wouldn’t be cheating with her? Like, he loves me and promised to be faithful?

  52. Goldie says

    My husband hid a three year affair that included an apartment and fiancé. He says he doesn’t want a divorce. I told him that he left me when he got that apartment and he divorced me in his heart when he put a ring on her finger.

    His response: “Wait a minute, I just want you to know that her ring was nothing like yours. Yours is much nicer.”

    Ummm, thanks?

  53. Jennifer V-B says

    How about “I needed to explore the boundaries of our relationship”?

    ORLY?! Guess he found them.

  54. Yoder says

    I have not enjoyed reading such tragic drama in my life. I am amazed at the trite way cheaters respond, as if they never expected to be confronted. I thank you all tremendously for sharing these tid bits. It has been a long time since I have really laughed. Bless you all and may we all reach the beyond wiser and with a sense of humor.

  55. domesticblister says

    “She’s a really good mother. It’s made her very mature for her age.”

    This about a woman who was simultaneously handing over her parental rights to her estranged husband AND claiming that he was a dangerous drug addict.

    “It’s just not like love is supposed to be. There’s a reason it’s always the same way in movies.”

    Referring to why our marriage wasn’t thrilling enough to keep him from cheating.

    • buriedalive says

      How about ‘ I wanted to pay her back for all the crappy shit she did to me when we were together.’ (she was XGF) Also got ‘I didn’t think phone sex (for YEARS) was cheating.” (also another AP)

  56. Cathy says

    Him: I don’t think I’d care if you wanted to fool around with someone else.

    Him: Don’t you ever just look at a coworker and picture them naked? Me: um, no.

    • Kara says

      Isn’t it weird how cheaters all seem to think that everyone thinks the way they do and are genuinely shocked when it is not so?

      • tamara says

        My cheater was sure that my first husband had cheated on me, too. He hadn’t. But the cheater was convinced that everyone did it, and I was just too much of a chump to have known about it. It was like somehow if my first husband had in fact cheated, he would have somehow been less of a dickhead for doing it…

        I gave up trying to figure it out a long time ago… now I just shake my head and say “wow, that’s fucked up.”

        • moda says

          I found out at the end of our relationship that my most recent ex was convinced I knew all along that my previous ex was cheating on me and that I had simply turned a blind eye. He was trying to accuse me and members of my family of cheating. Then he said, “Don’t try to tell me you didn’t know [previous ex] was foolin’ around.” When I suddenly realized the implications – that he thought I was the kind of woman who would tolerate cheating and just look the other way – I was even more pissed than I had been. Maybe because his mother had been that type of woman, I don’t know. Now, mind you, he was still lyin’ and denyin’ about his own cheating. But that statement was as good as a confession, in my mind. I was already packing my things at that point.

  57. Kelly says

    After catching him a year ago having affair with a co-worker for 17 years of our 25 year marriage (at times group sex with her best friend as well) and leaving me with claims he was going to marry her; and after realizing he had these co-workers stay in our home as friends and guests on their “business” trips over the years, so that they could have “cake” — and I guess a really really sick laugh– literally under the noses of me and my children while we slept–

    HIM: “She’s really a good person.”
    ME: “Ummmm….Exactly what would qualify as ‘bad’ then? Would she have to stab us in our sleep while screaming obscenities and kicking the puppy?”


  58. Michelle says

    Mine had sex with hundreds of other men during our 20 year marriage, then at the end of marriage was having affairs with two women at the same time, orgies, threesomes, running naked in public parks, sending pictures of his genitals to women, probably a lot more I don’t know about.

    Some of his excuses:
    I was helping her work on her marriage.
    You didn’t want to play board games enough.
    I have some good memories of our marriage, but now it’s just a business deal that’s ended.
    I just don’t feel enough passion for you.
    I only married you because I knew you would be a good mother and take care of the house and would never leave me.
    I’m not gay.
    I need a woman who is an extension of me.
    I need a lot of zest and excitement in my life, and if only you would give me that, I could give you your heart’s desire.

  59. Sharon says

    My x is 58 I’m 60 we never married too bad because he left me for a stripper and a 30 year old, (We were together for 17 years.) and who ever else he can get his hands on. He only sends texts, never phones, describing the food he eats, including photos, views from his cool airb&b apartments, the bars he loves, and long drunken texts about the beautiful women who love him including photos of them in sexy poses all the while saying how much he loves me forever and never will break up with me, “that’s up to me”. And he says I’m must be a “F-ing moron”, if I can’t understand what he’s going through. So glad I found you site so that I can crawl out of my mind numbing depression and fight back. Oh and he says strip clubs are cool everyone is talking about them. No one I know is talking about them. Now they’re his favorite hang out especially since he is recently so successful in business that he has tons of cash to throw around.

  60. Gin says

    A few choice quotes from my husband of 23 years. “If you think taking a girl to the pub a few times and to the zoo is having an affair? well….” (The girl was 24, he`s 48)
    “I never snogged her”
    “That 1st row we had in 1986. I would have left it there but you pursued me”
    “I tried to commit suicide because of you”
    “I`m a different person now” (no shit sherlock!!!)
    “I grew up at 48 years old”
    “I hope you can move on and we can be friends”

  61. Sharon says

    Him: I know it drives you mad that I’m exploring relationships with other women and that I have romantic encounters but really, you probably thought it was much more serious than having a little oral sex so I thought you would be relieved to hear that’s all that happened. ( this was part of a very long text, as he’s moved out, after 17 years)

    I stopped responding to his texts after 6 weeks of constant texting back and forth because it was making me crazy and depressed beyond belief.
    We’re not married but yesterday I saw a lawyer and he is being served.

    • tamara says

      yeah… I got that too.

      Me: …. the woman you were sleeping with.
      Him: I didn’t sleep with her.
      Me: Ok, had sex with.
      Him: we didn’t have sex.
      Me: Ok, the whore that sucked your ****.
      Him: you don’t have to be so graphic.

      Congratulations on the lawyer. You’re doing the right thing.

      • Yoder says

        tamara, this sounds so Clintonesque. Bill and Monica.
        Bill: I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman.

        His preference of course, was a cigar.

        In h’s shrink’s office, he would not admit he f&*@%d ow. I had to drag it out of him, step by step. I said, “can I ask the questions?” The shrink said, “If h agrees, I think it would be fine.” So, I said, “Did you go to her motel room?

        h: One time.
        ME: Did you take your clothes off?
        h: Not the first time.

        • Tamara says


          I got…

          Him: I only actually had sex with a prostitute one time.
          Me: Geez… did you at least wear a condom?
          Him: Oh, always.

          They’re just not very bright at times, are they.

  62. Kara says

    Oo! That just reminded me. How about this one?

    Me: I know about Tiff and Donna.
    Him:….I don’t know who Tiff is.

    No, no they are not very bright at all.

  63. Valentine says

    I got: ‘I didn’t like the way you put eyeliner on’…yeah, because the chick you were schlepping looked like a hooker.

    “You didn’t love me the way I wanted to be loved” WTF?

    “I will ALWAYS love you”….LOL!

    Wow…some of these are absolute gems.

  64. Salome says

    After I found out about the YEARS of serial cheating and lies by looking at his email account which he accidently left unsecured one day on our joint computer – and finding TONS of explict messages back and forth to MANY different women, complimenting them on their bodies and the sex (my favorite – sometimes confusing them and having to apologize that, no baby, you are my only one, I swear!!)

    I confronted him and he said…

    “You should not have been snooping around at my emails then you would not have gotten upset” !!!!!

    • GullibleMe says

      Him: You snooped in my phone! THAT’s why I had to put a lock on it!

      Me: I snooped for a good reasons – I was NOT crazy, I was right about my suspicions.

      • Jen says

        If you weren’t such a nosy bitch none of this would have ever happened. (After I confirmed his affair by checking our joint cell phone records)

        You would probably be friends with Leslie, you have so much in common. ( like we both fuck MY husband?)

        If you had cared more about pleasing me I wouldn’t have been with someone else. (If you had been a better husband I might have cared more about pleasing you)

  65. Karen says

    I tried to post this but think it went elsewhere. My absolute faves of the many stupid things my ex said;

    While trying to convince me to take him back; ‘Infidelity is not a big deal, it’s just something that happens when a relationship isn’t going well.’ Should have seen his face when I suggested that he might want to inform his AP, and any future women he becomes involved with, of this belief of his.

    And when I was turning him down on that reconciliation plan of his, saying that he had made a very clear choice about our relationship when he chose to engage in this affair (it was his second, and after the first one I made it EXTREMELY clear that there could not be a second), ‘I didn’t make any choices!’ Poor helpless baby, life just pushes him around!

    • HearthBuilder says

      That sounds familiar. I think the philosopher Neil Peart said “If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.” Kudos to you for not cooperating.

  66. NMK says

    We went to a counselor shortly after dday, and at one point he got all huffy and said “We need OPEN and HONEST communication!!”
    AYFKM? You lied to me for 8 months and NOW you want open and honest communication?!?!!?

  67. Jennifer says

    “If you had really loved me and been committed to me and wanted to be appealing to me, you never would have let yourself gain weight.” 2 points…#1. I gained 15 lbs while recovering from major surgery due to cancer…#2. I was still a size 6.

  68. Jennifer says

    Forgot this one…”She was very sensitive to the fact that I was married and had 3 children.”…Clearly.
    I could do this all day!

    • Kelly says

      Jennifer—Seriously? She was sensitive to the thing she was destroying? They truly live in an alternate universe in which up is down and black is white. I sometimes idly contemplate whether they outright know they are lying and are just making shit up as they go; or do they compartmentalize and believe their own lies like the best psychopaths who can pass lie detector tests? I’ll probably never find out the answer to these profoundly annoying questions.

      “I could do this all day!” You’re hilarious. Who knew these poor excuses for human beings could provide such sick comedic fodder??

      • Nord says

        Ex told me that final OW felt ‘really bad’ about being involved with a married man while living with anohter man. This didn’t stop her from continuing, of course, but fortunately Ex was there to assure her it was all really ok because our marriage was crumbling anyway. News to me, of course, and news to her about the many other OW i discovered he’s been fucking for years.

        • bogieb says

          That sounds really familiar Nord – except this was my STB EX’s first affair. She was living with another guy and told STB EX told him he didn’t want a divorce or to leave me – yeah, right. That’s why she went ahead and slept with him and met him on weekends while he was “working”.

          What lies they tell themselves and each other while they carry on!

  69. Yoder says

    Dday was Christmas Eve (although I did not yet know the extent of the affair until a few months later.) His shrink suggested a marriage counselor, who in actuality, was also a psychiatrist. Had NO intent to excuse h’s cheating, but wanted the opportunity to hear him lie, pathologically, to a trained shrink. He did, of course. Three days later, when I had permanently removed the OW from the scene (I still relish in that moment) he had the nerve to say, “I think I almost have her out of my mind.” Well, I thought, “How about that, you are fading fast in mine.”

  70. Yoder says

    We were at an RV campground when D day rolled around. the OW had sent him all kinds of gifts even money. When I figured all this out I began pitching everything I could find. She sent him golf clubs and mixed in with his, I did not know what was what. I told him to get everything out of the RV that she had sent him. I knew he would not do this, but wanted to catch him in another lie. Three days later, a Thursday, I asked if he had gotten it all thrown away. He said, “Yes.” I asked him when and he said, “Yesterday, or the day before.” They empty dumpsters at the campground on Monday. I walked around to every dumpster in the park. Oh, did I forget to mention that we were the only RV in the entire park? All totally empty except the one we normally used. In it was one bag of trash I threw in after the dumpsters were empties on Monday. He never left the park from Monday to Thursday and had no other way to ditch his stash. I told him after I searched all the empty dumpsters. Gotcha! He didn’t say a word.

  71. Lori L says

    The scariest statement ( and that’s what it was, a cold, unfeeling, psychotic statement) he would make was while we were arguing during the last year of our marriage. Maybe the last 6 months… I’m not sure now of the time since it felt like forever.

    I had been sleeping on the couch and away from him for 2 years. I had told him I wanted a divorce and that I wasn’t happy. Yet he would still try to engage me and try to get me to show some interest or passion towards him, of which I had none left.

    We would get to heatedly discussing/arguing about the same things “… I am not happy. Why do you think I have slept on the couch for two years. I want a divorce. It’s over. I’m not happy, you’re not happy, the kids aren’t happy. It’s time to just stop.” ( we had always agreed he would be the one to leave and I would stay with the kids in the house… It was their home, they needed to be where they felt most happy and I was the better parent ( until the end of course when he decided to try to pit them against me, another story for another day…)


    I never heard anyone say anything that insane before or since. Scariest thing I have ever heard. It was like he was God or the Devil ( and he said it in a commanding tone) and that was the absolute end all be all and there was nothing else to be said. At which point I would usually break down and sob since there was nothing that could be said to something so irrational. I would just lose it.

    • HeartBuilder says

      That’s so creepy. Talk about a sense of entitlement. Those must have been some deep dark times. How did you finally break away? I don’t think my back is going to survive two years on the couch let alone my brain and heart. Do you wish you had done it sooner?

      • Yoder says

        I’ve been sleeping single on a double pull out sofa for 2 years. That stupid steel bar that goes across my back is getting REALYY old.

        • HearthBuilder says

          Well if you’re anything like me you probably don’t sleep that much anyway. I’m only about a month past d-day but it’s like my body just doesn’t need sleep anymore (until an afternoon meeting anyway). Lunesta has helped a little. I really hope you get off that sofa soon. You deserve better. I also really hope your kids will see through whatever he is doing. I can’t believe the depths some people will sink to.

          • Lori L says

            We had a really comfy couch at the time…Lol

            Plus, I disliked the idea of being next to him so much it wasn’t a hard choice. What ended up taking so long was I wouldn’t leave my home, since that would mean leaving my kids, and there was no way I was doing that. I kept talking to him, every couple of weeks about a divorce for about a year, then just stopped talking to him at all. After about 6 months, the lack of my attention towards him was unbearable to him, and he started some really nasty arguments with me.

            The final straw was an intense argument he wanted right after New Year. I disengaged, and just kept repeating I want a divorce, like I have been telling you for two years. I think it had finally sunk in, with the disengagement and the repitition. These people are THICK because they choose to be.

            That particular night, he started man handling me. Hitting me, pushing me and if you can believe it, chest butting me when I tried to leave the room. I had enough. I told him to pack his shit and leave or I was calling the police. It took 1 hour of repeating that for him to finally leave. He had the balls to think he was coming back the next day. Wishful thinking on his part. When he called the next day, I just told him not to even try it or I would call the police.

            Contentious separation, he tried suing me for all kinds of things which got dropped and he almost went to prison for non support. He screwed our credit, put the kids and I on welfare for non payment of support, threatened to kill me (which he denied later. I tried to get an order of protection, in va they have to assault you… Ugh) and alienated me and the kids. Screamed and yelled like satan spawn every time I had to deal with him on anything. He would not work anything out between us.

            2.5 year divorced, I’m still traumatized I have realized. That’s why I’ve been reading and participating in posting here and 1 other place on Facebook of late. I never talked before, except to a therapist. It wasn’t enough though. I realize I need to hear others stories, to know I wasn’t alone and to get to a point where I can use the tools I see here and elsewhere and actually move forward. I was with him 20 years. It’s taking a long time to fully move past this for me.

            My situation may not be typical by any means. And I don’t suggest anyone wait until a spouse tries assaulting you before you act. I’m just saying it was my final straw and my reason to get up the nerve to get him out. I’m also disabled, and have lost almost everything. I think that was another reason I did not push so hard those last two years. Being scared of falling into poverty. I’m here now with horrible anxiety. I still thank God though every day I am not still married to him. The bad way way outweighed the good. It was not a decent or adult relationship. I was not happy, and I realize he never could be, no matter how hard I tried or wanted things different. It wasn’t all on me.

            Anyway, I hope you find your way out, if that’s what you really want and in a more productive way than I found my way out. Keep reading here. Find what helps you cope and helps you find your strength and your happy place. Best of luck.

    • Lori L says

      I’m so sorry. Unreal. So detached from reality that he couldn’t even imagine, screw it, you were such an object to him that he could sit there and say that to his WIFE. Just sickening.

      I’ve read many of your blogs. They are so helpful. Thank you for what you share and what you give.

  72. Yoder says

    Hearth Builder, it is just so soon for you. I remember those early weeks…terrible days and nights. Now that I do not have to get up during the night to take care of h, I dispense his evening meds, call it a day, fix an adult beverage, catch a movie on line and drift off into the sweetest sleep I have had for a long time. The sofa bed is simply uncomfortable. It all may change when I am finally able to leave and find myself alone, but I don’t think so. I am so looking forward to building a new life for myself with new friends, doing new things, having my refrigerator stocked only with what I want to eat, going only where I want to go and doing any damn thing I decide to do. Two grown kids are cheering me on, two won’t even talk to him. Life can be good.

    • HearthBuilder says

      Thanks Yoder. It’s so good to know that there can be peace after this. I feel so hopeless sometimes it’s hard to breathe. I’ve been avoiding adult beverages because I’m scared to death that it would become a crutch; but, as soon as I’m emotionally solid enough, I will raise a glass to you. By then I hope you’re in a plush, comfy bed not too far from your nicely stocked refrigerator.

      • Kelly says

        Hang in there HearthBuilder, we all know that hopeless feeling (and yeah, make sure you avoid the alcohol till you are certain you can handle it). It does get better overall. I am a year past D-Day and still get hopeless once in a while thinking what he took from me and our children. But I tell myself “just wait it out, the feelings will pass…” And they do. I have just been reflecting on those terrible days, weeks and months immediately post D-Day. I used to keep a journal and wait up until midnight sometimes just so I could write “I survived another day.” Then one day I realized that I wasn’t keeping such close track of it, and was feeling better. Key was keeping as NC as possible, just the passage of time, and support like we get from CL. ((((Hugs))))

        • HearthBuilder says

          Thanks Kelly. I’m clearly not there yet. I instantly burst into tears at “… thinking what he took from me and our children” at work no less. We still haven’t talked to my daughters, 13 and 14 (although I found a note from my 13 year old that shows she has figured out a lot, she even guessed who the guy is). It’s so helpful to hear from survivors like you that there is life after d-day. Still working on the NC thing. Thank you for the iHugs too, I really needed that.

          • Kelly says

            I’m so sorry you are going through this HearthBuilder. I’ve done the tears at work and everywhere else, believe me. One night I even screamed at the top of my lungs driving home in my car (didn’t work for me, felt crazy and I was hoarse the next day besides). You will get through it though, and come out the other side. Just hold on to your kids, your job, your friends and extended family (if possible), and most of all yourself.

            Your ex is a piece of sh*t. Just sayin’….

          • TKM says

            Dear Hearth builder,
            Tell your dog turd that they have a week to fess up to the kids about the truth concerning their adultery or you will tell them the truth as you see it. Please don’t let this piece of shit manipulate them into thinking you had some role in the destruction of their family. They are old enough they have probably pieces most of it together. If you are honest with them they should embrace you and help you kick the dog turd out and then you and the kids can move mom together to a happier life. Hang in there. It does get better, I promise. Cyber hugs.

  73. Yoder says

    Kay H, these are truly priceless. I don’t know if there are books of these or not, but if not, there needs to be. It is as if they NEVER thought about what they were going to say, just thought that D day would ever happen. Like they swallowed a few bottles of stupid pills. All the careful planning, complex lies, sneaking around, oh, so carefully they carried and then is all goes poof! And they are stump dumb all of a sudden. Not nearly as clever as they thought they were.

    • says

      I think my husband has lost his marbles and he didn’t have many of them to begin with. Not my problem anymore. The OW can have him and his ridiculous comments. Go sell crazy somewhere else.

      • Lori L says

        I think all cheaters want to be caught in one way or another. There is either the immense guilt, in a person that has some feelings, and then with an N, I think it’s a matter of pride in having been able to get one over on you for some arbitrary period of time in their heads… I guess each one is different with that. I think they all want you to find out though. I think some of them actually secretly, or some maybe even outwardly enjoy the power the pain it inflicts gives them. Sick, sick, sick!

  74. Yoder says

    Actually, no refrigerator needed. Vodka and black cherry kool aid. Medicinal only. My physician suggested it for sleep. Have one before I go to sleep every night, works like a charm, but then I do not “over due” anything, food, salt, sugar, exercise, drinking, just don’t. And I still weigh 118 pounds. Now if I just didn’t have to look in the mirror each morning.

  75. Valentine says

    LOL! Some of these are hysterically funny! So glad I can laugh about it now.

    My ex told me that he would go ‘live under a bridge’ and that I could have ‘everything’. Okaaaaaay. Later, he asked for his ‘cigar chair’ and a Snoopy cookie jar that he had since he was a baby. I thought this was interesting—-until I found out that he took the cookie jar because he wanted the kid he was having with his affair partner to have it. Like an heirloom. Whatever.

    He also told me that he was ‘very flawed’…guess that was his admission to having the affair.

    He also said that he was now an ‘existentialist’ and that he didn’t need to answer to me anymore. WTF?

    I swear not a day goes by when I don’t marvel at how long I stayed in that life-sucking vacuum disguised as a marriage, and allowing that idiot to influence my every waking thought and action. Incredible.

    • Kelly says

      “I swear not a day goes by when I don’t marvel at how long I stayed in that life-sucking vacuum disguised as a marriage, and allowing that idiot to influence my every waking thought and action. Incredible.”

      Exactly Valentine. These guys are all the same, it’s sort of spooky.

    • Lori L says

      Yeah, we’ll mine told me he would live in his car before he would see our girls suffer.

      Then he didn’t pay child or spousal support for 6 months when he knew I was fighting for my disability and the only income I had was suport; didn’t pay the court ordered mortgage payment (ordered when he started paying some support to me, the other part was supposed to secure our housing), rented a two bedroom apartment for half our mortgage payment per month that we couldn’t afford (and he knew it well) and that he didn’t need since the kids were almost adults and refused to see him.

      He almost spent 6 mo in jail for the almost 1 year of non-payment, destroyed our credit, almost lost the kids their home, and put me and the kids on welfare for a 6 mo period of time.

      I don’t know if they’re all the same, however, I see a lot of people say they heard their spouse make outrageous claims too.

      Love the “existentialist” comment. That is a creative way for him to tell you he’s blowing you off. Lol

      Just be careful. And best to you and hopefully he will be reasonable throughout everything.

  76. MM Burned says

    Thanks, Valentine, for the :I swear not a day goes by…:

    That is prrecisely how I have come to view the debacle that was our marriage!

    My favorite was when he posted on his FB page instead of a private message to a friend
    “I am now happily with my true love of 36 years”!! WTF – there were two 17 year marriages (myself and his SECOND WIFE) spanning his 36 year love affair with the OW! When I caught them, his first comment was “there you go again – you are always jealous and resentful” and his second line was “I didn’t do it to ruin our marriage” and he was “just helping a friend”. What a creep. And it’s MY FAULT that our (make that MY – he was always working “nights and weekends” because he’s a realtor) 15 year old daughter doesn’t want anything to do with him. ..and if he was home he was “working” upstairs in his office or drunk/passed out in front of the TV until 3 AM.

    Yes, Valentine, the
    “…allowing that idiot to influence my every waking thought and action. Incredible”
    is truely that.

    Somehow I thought if I just did “more” his narcissistic light would shine on me again… but for what…? What was I thinking? I guess I was afraid of failure. The world I gave up to be with him. My pride kept me in a cage of misery and fear of the future.

      • Valentine says

        Burned, wowsers, he IS delusional….but aren’t they all? I also believed if I changed myself into something more attractive then he would come back. NOT.

        As for being his wife…I am sure you are grateful you are no longer with him. He sounds like a serial husband…its like a merry-go-round with him.

        I love it when they post crap on FB and then are appalled when people say shit on their wall about it. I am sure people who are his ‘friends’ on FB are doing a mental eye-roll (or not) and asking the same question: WTF? weren’t you married umpteen times to umpteen women?

        I am truly amazed at the shit that comes out of their mouths and how it makes such PERFECT sense to them when the rest of us are like: YOU ARE SERIOUSLY RIDING THE CRAZY TRAIN AREN’T YOU?

        Look, I was afraid of failure too….a failed marriage, a life that I would no longer have, how I would face friends and family, etc…I suppose that was MY pride too. I had to hit rock bottom in the marriage until it occurred to me that I had to get out to save myself. I have never looked back.

        Sugar, in the words of Frank Sinatra: you’ve got the world on a string and you’re sitting on rainbow… ;)

  77. MM Burned says

    and another favorite
    we have our house on the market – i moved out because he made it totlayy untenable to live there. coming in at any time with no notice, telling me who and could visit and when, telling me (AND putting in writing) that my daughter and I couldn’t call it “our house” or “our home” – we has to call it our residence (?WTH?)
    Now he bemoans that he and the OW are having to pay not only for the homes they each lived in with their spouses, but their apartments as well. OOOH i feel so sorry for him. He had the nerve, as they considered moving back into the home he and I shared, to send me 8 emails bemoaning the fact that they might have to do that because it was going to be “SO DIFFICULT EMOTIONALLY” for him to live in the house. You gotta be kidding – he wants pity from me? LOL He go zero response.

    • Valentine says

      Oh yes I got that too….he moved in with his affair partner (now his wife) in the house she owned with her previous husband. BUT we were going through divorce and he said he could no longer afford to pay for two residences and he was going to quit paying on ours (he was ordered to pay half of home expenses until it was sold). Oh and I heard the ‘it is so emotional’ coming back to our house and how ‘weird’ it was that he needed to ring the doorbell. Too bad, so sad.

      One question: why haven’t you changed the locks? I changed the locks the day I served him with divorce papers. He can no longer come and go as HE pleases. This is divorce. How did he put this in writing? Was this through a court order? If not, then you have every right to tell him to go f*** himself and the horse he rode in on. My ex basically tried the same crap with me and I laughed in his face and told him he was delusional. Also, when he left he gave up all rights…don’t fall for his controlling bullshit.

      • MM Burned says

        Oh yeah – and for the longest time he didn’t want to get a divorce
        “what’s your hurry” “being married makes me feel secure” (I love that one…)

      • TKM says

        My jerk moved in with OW right away but promised kid she could finish HS in our home. 6 months later he is whining about cost of home and says home has to be sold and is refusing to pay any of
        mortgage. Got a job in another state and a great lawyer so we are moving out end of month and jerk will have to pay for everything for the home until it sells or he can move in and stop paying “rent” to OW

      • Karen says

        I got something similar when the ex tried to convince me to reconcile, 8 months after I discovered his new affair. “This is much harder than I thought it would be. You must find that too?”
        I answered “No, it’s about like I thought it would be, that’s why I tried so hard to avoid it for 14 years”.

        This after his admitting he hadn’t actually made any effort to make the relationship better or make me happier, during those 14 years. Hadn’t even thought of that possibility! We’d been together about 2 years when he told me “I worked really hard to do well in school, I work really hard at work. Why should I have to put an effort into my relationship too?” I should have walked right then, but I stupidly believed he didn’t actually mean that.

        • says

          Karen, I think we were married to the same man. Mine said he had to expend a lot of energy to stay happy in our marriage. Like I didn’t? And marriage isn’t easy, I’m pretty sure everyone has to expend energy. WTF.

  78. MM Burned says

    Aah Valentine…
    It just goes without saying – what the hell was I thinking. I insulated myself emotionally with 65 pounds during our 21 year tenure together – and once I found “them” damn if that weight didn’t just “go away” like magic in about 14 months – how did that happen?!
    I always felt like I had “me” somewhere inside of me and I have found that I was there all along. People notice I’m myself again, I smile, I laugh, I’m happy, they’re happy for me. The dips##t can glow in his own self-importance, but it’s not my bag anymore.

    • TKM says

      Dear MM,
      Same story for me – I had gained 53 pounds and lost it quickly after he left. I am back to my old self. He had complained plenty about my being overweight – I am sure I embarrassed him. Every time I would try to go on a diet it would only last a couple days because he would complain how he couldn’t eat that kind of food. Then he would glare at me as I are the food he wanted to eat – meat and potatoes or pasta and lots of bread. He told me I should make a separate meal for myself so I would loose weight but why should he have to suffer with diet food when his weight was fine? What a jerk. I should have seen then what a looser he was.

      He also started becoming obsessed with fitness in the last year. At 47 playing pickup soccer with 20 year olds and we should all being applauding what a magnificent athletic specimen he was. He was always trying to get my daughter to arm wrestle him at dinner which she would refuse. Then he would take his shirt off to show is his muscles and flex his biceps. My daughter and I both thought WTF was going on with him at the time. Turns out he was hot and heavy in his cheating relationship with the 15 year younger OW.

  79. MM Burned says

    We moved out of the house in Nov – but because we have joint ownership my state allows him unfettered access (unless I have a PFA) and his comings and goings were non-stop. At first after he left he said he wouild call before coming over blah blah – that didn’t last because he is a SOCIOPATH.
    My sis, a psychologist, after saying “answer yes or no to the following as it pertains to him” and read me the DSM-IV for “sociopath” after I answered yes to 13 of 16 questions – she laughed and told me what she was reading! Sick humor. Keeps you laughin’

    • Kelly says

      Yes MM Burned, during a counseling session my psychologist takes out the same book and starts asking me questions, and then tells me my ex fits the description for “anti social personality disorder” (new name for sociopath/psychopath). Wonderful. Nothing can prepare you for the chilling moment when you realize there is nothing in there, at least nothing good. Sick humor is the only way to go!!!

    • Valentine says

      MM, my therapist at the time also told me that my ex was a Sociopath. I was flabbergasted when she said that because I had never considered him as such but it makes perfect sense now. It also made me realize that this was the REAL him and that nothing I did or said would ever change that or him for that matter. That was a real turning point for me in my mind. Even though we were already divorcing, I tortured myself for months and years going over it in my head: what if I had done this or that, blah, blah, blah…

      She told me that, more than likely, my ex wanted to be the good person and that it was just a façade that he could not keep up with and that finally his REAL personality broke through and his narcissistic tendencies took over.

      If you’re not seeing a therapist/psychiatrist, I would recommend it. I learned a lot about myself, my ex and what I needed to heal myself. Don’t get me wrong, I am still a work in progress and healing takes a while but it is so worth it!

  80. Karen says

    My absolute fave stupid thing the ex said, during the first weeks of our separation;

    “I know I’m a very negative person, I have a bad temper, I don’t really know how to ‘do’ relationships, I stress and bring home the stress, I can only see the bad stuff in every aspect of my life, never the good. So what I need is a woman who doesn’t bring this out in me!”

    That’s when I knew there was NO point in talking about anything, ever again, for any purpose, other than practical issues about the kids.

  81. Janet says

    My husband tells me “He and the OW NEVER argue.” How can they argue when they only talk on the cell phone and text alot. I us e to try and deflect the negative conversation and was told I was playing devil’s advocate.

    • HearthBuilder says

      Isn’t it funny? We get to deal with the bills, the laundry, and the hassles of real life and the affair partners get the romance, the excitement, and the sex. No wonder real reconciliation is so rare.

      • Janet says

        In my fantasy revenge world she comes down here to live in my house and one day when he is in a bad mood he will start treating her the way he treats me. Wake up call OW

        • HearthBuilder says

          Same here except I fantasize about her getting a dose of real life from him and thinking “Maybe old HB wasn’t so bad.” I’m very attentive, loving, and safe. She just got bored; but, maybe when the “sparks an butterflies” wear off I won’t seem so ridiculous. One can hope.

          Anyway Janet, I hope by the time your revenge comes to pass, you’ve got a great life and maybe a great guy and you can look at it an go “Meh…” That would be the sweetest revenge of all.

          • Janet says

            HearthBuilder when I have to leave the home he and I bought together and that I have lovingly attended to for 16 yrs I will never come back and my heart will have such a wall around it that I won’t let him back in. It has to be that way because way to often in my life that man I was involved with would move on and a few months later (about 6 ms) would call “oh I mss you etc…” I am a great woman. I have to go NC with him he is the one that has broken my heart worse than any man I ever knew and the one that could find his way back in. I am too vunerable to him. I hope you are going on to build a great life.

            • HearthBuilder says

              Stay strong Janet, and make sure that wall only applies to him and others like him. I hope he beats his brains out on it.

              I feel like I’m vulnerable to my wife too. In fact, I’ve described myself as a cracked open tooth with bare nerves exposed. She knew the pain I was in and still ran off to be with him whenever she felt like it. And yet, I get a stupid text from her about nothing and some idiotic part of my brain goes “Hey maybe this was just a nightmare and now it’s over. Maybe this can be salvaged.” This site really helps provide perspective.

              • Janet says

                I went through the same thing a couple months ago but my therapist says I am getting past the denial and although she is not big on telling people what to do she told me to dump the idiot. Still there is a stupid part of my brain that wishes different. And you are right I must hit the CL site a couple time of day for moral support

  82. TK says

    I just got some good ones.

    Ex: I only made “one” mistake. This after he admitted (probably not the whole truth) to having sex with 3 women and then me finding out that he has been chatting and meeting with more for over 1 1/2 yrs.

    Ex: I have been really good to you.
    Ex: I only did it out of the insane fear that you were going to cheat on me and it drove me to make poor choices.

    I found a naked text from a girl. I left him but he convinced me that it was random and that he hadn’t been in contact with her. Even had her send me a text explaining that she hadn’t been with him for 3 years….RIGHT! But of course, I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
    After that, one month later I found he was on Adult Friend Finder and found email after email to other women wanting to meet with them. I confronted him and he denied it all until I actually SHOWED him the messages. Then he tried to say that after the picture debacle that he had “quit” at which time I pointed out to him that they had date stamps on them. Last week, I found out he actually was still meeting people after the picture issue and then he said:
    Well, I thought that you had left me for good so it didn’t matter.

    He has begged me, told me he would do anything to save our relationship and then tried to blame it on my lack of commitment (we are not married but he asked me repeatedly). I was hesitant to marry him because he had freely admitted to me that he had cheated on his 1st two wives. But of course, “im different, He would never cheat on me because he has never felt like this before, I am his soulmate…..blah, blah, blah”

    How pathetic am I that I still think I should try counseling with him, all while knowing I should just tell him to get lost. I have been in several abusive relationships and they all say thee same damn things. Help!

    • Karen says

      Get yourself a really good counsellor or therapist, and start thinking of this as an addiction. You can’t work out a live-able relationship w/heroin, nor w/a serial cheater. Actually, if you have a clean and legal source, you can probably actually have a MUCH better life w/heroin than you can w/a repeat cheater!

      Work towards going No Contact, and when you slip, go right back to it. Figure out what things you tell yourself that make being in touch w/him sound like a good idea, and figure out why those thoughts are WRONG. Be patient with yourself, and keep working on taking better care of yourself. It can take a while, but you can be so much happier.

    • HearthBuilder says

      You’re not pathetic TK, you’ve just picked some pathetic guys to hang around. All I can say is there are a lot of good guys out there (me included once I get myself straightened out after spending my entire adult life in what appears to have been a sham marriage) who would give anything to be with someone sincere and true.

    • Janet says

      You didn’t marry him because of an instinct gut reaction and quite frankly he has shown his true colors. Seriously, find a therapist.

  83. TK says

    Interestingly after my ex-husband abused me, I went to abuse counseling and support groups and told me to make boundaries and stick to them and to most of all trust my gut.

    I have somehow forgotten all of that great advice. I have let him stomp on my boundaries many times all in the hopes that ours is a safe, wonderful, one of a kind relationship. HA!

    HE gave me another great excuse tonight…. “I was lonely”. And yes I know that I need to go NC with him and I am working on it. I definitely have some co-dependency issues here.

    • Yoder says

      TK, have you ever been in a crowd and felt so terribly lonely? I have and I can tell you that you can get over it. You WILL meet new people, you WILL learn to make a new life, you WILL “get over him” and you WILL be so very glad you did. A few moments of pleasure, or feeling secure is no way to live the rest of your life. You are allowing him to control your feelings, feelings that are yours to control, not him. You owe this turkey not one damn thing. He is misery, walking, talking and doing what makes him happy, not you. Take care of yourself. Make YOU numero uno and kick his sorry ass as far away from you as you can. Empower yourself…I give you permission to become the strongest person you can be. Now that you have permission, GET OUT THERE AND TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS!

        • HearthBuilder says

          Ditto Janet. This process, and the possibility of one day meeting someone, made me realize that I’ve been so freaking lonely for so long I think I forgot what the alternative used to feel like.

        • MM Burned says

          Remembering that… not a good feeling.
          My sister pointed out – after the “whole thing” reared it’s ugly head – that though I would touch my ex on the shoulder, or whatever, that he never simply touched me… as he walked by, or was (seldom) standing near, or anything. I now am in a wonderful, loving relationship where I am loved, respected, supported, encouraged, and am ALLOWED TO DO THE SAME.. After so many years it’s foreign to me to have such a normal relationship. Frankly it was hard to adapt. As if, still, upon occasion, I’m waiting for something bad, I waiting for the sneer, the turn away, whatever. I cherish my man, and what he has allowed me to be and give, and what he is has given me. There is life… You can have it.

        • tamara says

          One day, while sitting on my front porch drinking a margarita by myself while my X was somewhere else on the property sitting outsideby himself , I had what I call my George Thoroughgood Epiphany. I really don’t like George Thoroughgood…. think he’s a Napoleonic no talent hack. Always laughed at his songs, especially “I drink alone”. But here I was sipping at an excellent marg, enjoying the summer night in Colorado and feeling totally lonely with my spouse less than 100 yards away. Suddenly, I started singing ….”and when I drink alone, I prefer to be by myself.”

          I laughed til I almost cried… spouse didn’t even turn his head.

  84. HearthBuilder says

    How about this one?

    “I might be able to stay with you for the kids sake. I just have to learn to redefine happiness.”

    Thanks. Don’t trouble yourself on my account. It was only a 24 year relationship after all.

    Or when I said I was considering divorce:

    Wife: “I always let you take the lead on big decisions so if you think that’s best…”

    What I really said: *stunned silence*

    What I thought of later: “How about the decision to have sex with other men? That was a big one. I think I would have gone an entirely different route on that one.”

  85. GladIt'sOver says

    During the divorce process, the now-ex sent an email to my attorney. He wrote that “It’s not true I told Glad I was interested in another woman….. I told her I was interested in TWO other women.”

    He also sent my attorney an email complaining I had “gone on a shopping spree at Walmart.” Because I lost 30 pounds IN ONE MONTH after dday, I needed to buy some new clothes that fit. Spent $200 at Walmart OF MY OWN MONEY, and he complained about my “shopping spree”. My friends still tease me about that.

    Right after dday, he quit his six-figure, excellent job he’d always claimed to love, and sent my attorney an email saying that due to the stress of my filing for divorce (though he was having multiple affairs and had told me he didn’t love me and never should have married me) he had decided to “pursue his dream and calling” of becoming an actor.

    It’s been three years and so far he’s made around $15,000 in this “dream.” He lost our house to foreclosure, filed bankruptcy, wiped out his retirement fund, lives in his sister’s spare bedroom and is around $25K behind in support money.

    He now says he’s a motivational speaker, he wrote a book about how “inspirational” he considers himself and he has a local radio show where he is presented as a “relationship expert.”

    • Kelly says

      Oooooo Glad, my ex is now an “inspirational speaker, consultant and business coach”. He holds himself out as a role model and paragon of passion and commitment. This is a man who cheated on me for at least 17 of the 25 years of our marriage with 2 co-workers I thought were family friends, sometimes group sex, and sometimes in our home with my children and me sleeping upstairs. Of course never used condoms. My ex claims to be such a leader but he never actually made it for long in the financial services industry in which he worked, and I am the one who carried him and our family financially during our marriage (while he played around in whatever of the numerous jobs he held and wined and dined his crazy sex partners on my dime). Oh, and the people employed by him in his new consulting business are none other than—his group sex partners—helping lead people in integrity, commitment and honor. Seriously, you can’t make this shit up.

      • HearthBuilder says

        The faithless dickhead who wants to destroy you financially is going to consult on leadership??? That’s so typical. I’ve been a senior manager for a long time in the business world but I’ve always been the proudest of, and most invested in, my position as the leader of my family. I can’t say it’s worked out that great; but, it wasn’t because I didn’t try or care. How can life be so unfair Kelly? Don’t you feel like you want a refund or a do-over.

        • HearthBuilder says

          Also I just realized that it’s Nord’s ex that is bent on financial revenge. Sorry Kelly, I guess grief affects more than just my typing.

  86. GreenGirl says

    Walmart? You crazy spender you. Better keep a hold of her cards, who knows what she’ll do next.

    Imagine. A whole 200 dollars.

    • Lori L says

      God forbid any of us spend money on things that even Social Services considers “necessities” on a yearly basis. $200…? Shopping spree… Tee hee hee… They will try to get away with nailing us for anything while hiding assets from us or just flat out not paying support in many cases. Unreal. That’s what I keep coming back to when I read these posts. It’s unreal what we have gone through. No one should have to go through these kinds of harassments.

      The whole point of marriage is supposed to be two people who love one another. If they divorce, it’s supposed to be sad, but the love should just die in a week, a day, an afternoon! I would expect people to be sad but still care for one another’s well being. It amazes me how quickly my ex, who loved me and wanted to work things out in the week after the final day, all of a sudden didnt love me or our kids anymore.

      I know now its because he never did. It’s just such a mindfuck.

      • Lori L says

        That statement should read “love shouldn’t die” not love should… I am trying hard to get used to the auto complete on this tablet. Sorry.

  87. Karen says

    Another fave stupid thing the ex said;

    So, I’ve found out about this second affair, confronted him, told him the relationship is over, offered to move out (w/the kids) and he’s insisted the kids and I stay in the house, he’ll get a place. He spends a long weekend in NY w/his shmoopsie, pretty much breaking my kids’ hearts (they’ve seen very little of him for months while he’s working in another city, we’ve announced the separation, then he chooses to spend that weekend w/her, and doesn’t contact them during it). Then he stalls on getting a place for almost 2 months, when he’s home on weekends he’s sleeping in the guest room and trying to act like nothing much has changed. I finally get him a place, I go with him to make sure he signs the lease.

    As we’re leaving his new place, he says ‘this is just temporary, right?’.
    And I’m so clueless, I think he means he’s not going to spend the rest of his life in a one-bedroom rental. So I say ‘right;.

    Only much later do I realize he actually thinks he’s going to be coming back! Cheeesh!

  88. Yoder says

    Cheaters stay in denial until they literally have nothing, then and only then, it hits them, they are shocked to face reality.

  89. Jamie R. says

    It was when we were fighting.

    I had nowhere else to go.

    We used a condom.

    I was fucked up and she climbed on top of me.

    It was only one night.

    It was only two nights.

    I can’t remember I was fucked up.


  90. Emily says

    Him: It wasn’t supposed to happen. It was an accident.
    (Really? You accidently hopped on a plane to Vegas to meet up with an ex-girlfriend, and share a bed in a hotel? But you didn’t think anything would happen?)

    Then, about 2 weeks later, after I’m still upset: When are you going to forgive me? God forgave me and I forgave myself!
    (Wow. That’s very big of you to forgive YOURSELF! You don’t forgive yourself! You forgive the people you hurt…like your wife!)

    • GreenGirl says

      Nice to know God forgave him. I take it he has a close and personal relationship with God. After all, it wasn’t like he broke his promise made before the Lord to, what was it? “forsake all others”

      • Patty says

        When I told my husband he’d broken that vow, he said ‘I don’t remember that being part of the marriage ceremony! No, that’s not in there.’

  91. marcie says

    Been divorced for 14 years from a serial cheater (after 17 yrs together) and now married to a dedicated, hardworking, respectful man for the last 8. But the trauma of the years with the cheat still linger – and maybe cuz our youngest graduates from HS this month, and I will have to see/speak to x for the first time in years …seems a bit fresh lately… but here’s some oldie but goldies to contribute:

    1) I love you but I really, really LIKE her
    2) She feels really bad about this too
    3) I was never sober when I cheated with anyone else… just so you know that.
    4) You look really good – but if we split up it’s gonna be hard for you to find someone else because you’re such a bitch ;
    5) Oh, so you have to be all righteous and sleep on the couch?…I made a mistake, I said I was sorry.
    6) you are so emtionally emeshed with me – there’s got to be more to your life .
    7) and finally, “you just don’t know how to have fun”. … guilty – supporting a family in a town where I knew no-one, having small children and an incredibly demanding job, and putting you through 9 yrs of higher education.,while you charmed the co-eds, yep, I was just such a bore –

    My youngest turns 18 in 6 weeks – I can sleep easy now knowing that if something happens to me he can’t swoop in and end up raising my kids .

  92. GladIt'sOver says

    Ex NPD husband was a personal trainer in a big exercise group. He had affairs with two married women in the group simultaneously. He explained to me that both of them were pursuing him very aggressively, so to discourage them (because he would never cheat, you know!) he told them the only way he would sleep with them is if they had a threesome. He claimed he said this to scare them off. Because I guess just saying, “No, I’m not interested and I’m faithful to my wife.” wouldn’t have been discouraging enough.

    They had the threesome.

    He went on to have a very intense affair with one of them, desperately trying to get her to dump her husband. He continued using the other as a fuck buddy, and triangulated these women like crazy. The whole thing lasted for months, and maybe is still going on for all I know.

    Oh, and he also said many times that he wasn’t having sex, he was helping the serious affair partner “work on her marriage” because he would NEVER sleep with a married woman.

  93. Yoder says

    Gladit’sOver, story after story, comment after comment, I continue to be amazed at how stupid these cheaters become and seem to believe we are too. We are not stupid, we are trusting. I refuse to change my values just because their’s are in the dumpster. I go to bed with a clear conscience, they don’t. I can hold up my head, still proud of who I am, they can’t. I do not sneak around to avoid people, they do. They will have to live with the fact that they have broken man’s law, God’s law and our promise to each other. I may die trying, but I will get through this, but he will never be able to unfuck the OW. Living with that for the rest of his life has already begun to wear on him. About all I have left for him is disgust.

    • TKM says

      Dear Yoder,
      Amen to that. I have basically only seen the soon to be x a few times since he left 9 months ago. I do run into the OW at work – her office is across the hall from mine. I find it hilarious how she skulks around the building trying to avoid me. I have made sure to tell EVERYONE she is having an affair with my husband and that the both of them are dog turds. I took a job in another state starting in Sept so my daughter and I can start over. We both are changing our last names back to my maiden name as
      part of our fresh start. It is helping us both feel like we pressed the reset button on life and this version doesn’t include the dog turd.

  94. Yoder says

    Really, it is just such a “collective” story. If you substitute nouns for pronouns, and acronyms for descriptions, it truly becomes a universal story. There isn’t even an age or gender differentiation. Not even length of marriage seems to matter. I am far too close

    • Yoder says

      I am far too close to it right now, but I can see a screen play coming. Wonder how many will recognize themselves and their ex’s and ow’n? Have a great opening in mind, but of course, can’t write the ending until I get there.

    • Really says

      And thanks to CL, chumps all over can see they are not alone and that integrity, facts, and responsibility are still valued today.

  95. Yoder says

    Kelly, I don’t know that misery loves company, but we certainly love sharing it with other paddling the same canoe.

  96. marcie says

    I can tell you from experience it does get so much better and easier although for me, there remains some internal residual damage that floats to the top every once in a while. Once the doors and windows open and the toxic air blows out, things start to smell and feel – fresh. Only words I have to explain it. You wait for the really hard stuff to happen once you’re on your own – and it doesn’t – because even the hard things are easier than what you put up with; and one day you realize that 500 lbs of weight is lifted from your shoulders and you didn’t even you you felt it, until it was gone.

    I blossomed and I mean really, really just blossomed after I finally walked away. My friends today totally can’t believe it when I tell them that for 10 years I was alone – totally alone and had no friends or life outside of work and family because he either screwed them or alienated them. Before and after pics in photo albums provide the proof. I look 15 years older than my age just by the lines in my face – in the old “couple snaps” and de-aged within a quick year or so afterwards. At 28 I looked 40 and at 38 I looked 29 (smile).

    Unwinding yourself from the cheat takes some dedicated effort, and it’s hard to get past being mad at yourself for having put up with it sometimes – but nothing, nothing, nothing replaces the feeling that you know who you are, what your values are, and finding that your own dignity is worth every once of your protection. It does get much, much easier and life is/will be soooooo much better. Promise.

    • anotherErica says

      Marcie – so glad to hear that! Makes me so happy to hear about chumps that have moved on and found real happiness.

      I feel like I’ve moved on a lot, but a part of me feels like I’m still waiting for my new life to start. I guess it just takes time…

  97. Yoder says

    Macie, You give such feelings of hope. Self doubt can be so overwhelming. Just a little optimistic hope really helps.

  98. TJ53 says

    I want to play…. :)

    Her: I was selfish and only thinking of myself.
    Me: Um, no shit Sherlock! So you’re hoping “what”, that this bullshit answer will make the questions about your affair stop?

    Her: My counselor has advised me to move past this. Why can’t you?
    Me: So let me get this straight, It’s been 1 freaking month and a so called professional has made this absurd and ridiculous assumption, so I should just respect that… suck it up and get over it already!?

    Her: I don’t want you to read my emails or texts to him. It will only hurt you more.
    Me: OK, so what you’re REALLY saying to me is that you don’t want me to know ALL the fucked up scummy details about what you actually did!?

    Her: I can’t help you heal from this because I’m not you… and I don’t understand what you’re going though.
    Me: Why don’t you just be honest for once in your miserable broken life and tell me what you’re really thinking, e.g.,Hey fuckhead!, I JUST LOST MY LOVER., I hurt too dammit!

    Her: When I said “I love you” to him, I meant it like I would say it to a good friend or relative.
    Me: Except you didn’t FUCK those good friends or relatives. But hey, it’s only semantics right?

    Her: I now realize how much I love and want you.
    Me: NO, you’re scared shitless because you now realize that your free meal ticket just may have an expiration date printed on it!

    And my all time favorite….

    Her: No we didn’t use condoms! He has been married for over 35 years, just like us. We don’t use condoms do we?
    Me: OK uncle!, I give up :-0

    Particulars… Her affair lasted 3-1/2 years. 11 months of false reconciliation ended when I found out she was still in contact with affair partner. Divorce will be final on 6/6/13 (prophetic date don’t you think?) The end.

    • GreenGirl says

      “Her: When I said “I love you” to him, I meant it like I would say it to a good friend or relative.
      Me: Except you didn’t FUCK those good friends or relatives. But hey, it’s only semantics right?”

      You should have said, “so you sleep with your good friends and relatives. If this is something other members of your family do as well that would explain a lot.”

      Of maybe just a horrified, “you sleep with your good friends and relatives!?!”

      • Kara says

        Oo! Another good thing you could have said is “So how many of your relatives have you slept with then?”


    • Valentine says

      Oh my gawd! Seriously, the shit they say it completely amazing.

      You have some winners there TJ. :(

      D-Day is soon for you…

      The anniversary of my Divorce is on Mother’s Day, May 12th. YAY!

    • GullibleMe says

      But hey, it’s only semantics right?

      – yup, I got the same thing about it being a brother-sister love. Even though the same series of texts had “goodnight sexybum” and the phone bill revealed hundreds of dollars of calls and texts to her incl. during the day when “you mustn’t ring me / disturb me at work”!!!

      But apparetnly SHE threw herself at him when he was “vulnerable”. The phonecalls instigated by you, mate, tell a different story.

  99. MM Burned says

    … it took him 6 months to admit to sex… all the fake time in counseling… all the pretend attempts… the trip to Mexico with our daughter – he was loaded the whole time…
    Her husband and I (as we were all “friends” of course) sorted it out… comparing notes… dates… It caused me to research his turnpike pass, his phone records, his check register, his credit card receipts… man – he even just regularly charged the motel room on his regular checking account debit card!

    I finally called him from work “i need to see you now”


    “I’ll be home in 10 minutes”

    he was upstairs in his office… I asked..

    “did you have sex with (OW)?”

    he turned and looked at the wall…


    “why have you lied to me for so long?”


    Wow – what a man of high moral standing.

    • HearthBuilder says

      MMB, how did he react when it came out? I mean do you think he wanted to get caught or do you think he was just so cocky that he thought he never would? My wife worked pretty hard not to get caught but she had it a lot easier (SAHM with ample free time and no suspicion from me).

      • MM Burned says

        Actually Hearth Builder – he said more than once – I think I wanted to get caught… he said he was a bad liar.
        That was wierd, I think it was getting to be “too much” for him.
        Strangely enough after so many years of lies, I still had a shred of empathy for him. He said after I caught him with his pants down – so to speak – “I always hoped you would find someone else” said I”drove him away because I was “jealous and resentful”. In fact those were the first words he said to me when I caught him with the OW. What bullshit. She was not the first I had been told about and knew about, just the most pervasive. I had such blinders on becasue I had goven up so much to move 5 states away to be with him… and corporate directorship. left my family and friends, moved my then 11 and 6 kids, only to – within two weeks – have him say ” oh why donlt you just buy that house across the street and lets not get one together. (this was 1990). I actually lost my cookies as they say, lost custody of my kids, and had a hard time “coming back”. I was so blind to the signs and held on harder and harder to his gossamer promises and declarations which misted away within a few months of my move. I was so foolish and as time passed, I realized I would not get out whole with my head up unless I caught him red handed….
        He allegiance was never with me… his favorite term “whatever” to any comment, query or reply.
        I really was beaten down emotionally by all of this.
        Once I found him and went through a very humilitating “pick me” dance for 6 months – the truth was revealed. I think I held on so long because it was just the status quo.
        We went through 5 months of joint counseling sessions; it was revealed after DDay that he had told his counselor right off the bat that he had told me he had sex with the OW,,, I discoved that tidbit when I had the “joint” counseling session wothout him after DDay.
        What I do know is the whole marraige was a sham.
        I have a beautiful 15 year old daughter that I cherish… (he was screwing OW while I was pregnant I understand now – but that’s his problem.)
        had I never lifted up roots and moved here – I would have never met the man I now love. Strangely enough, he is a friend of 43 years of my STBX and who’s wife, one of my best friends, passed away.
        What I have learned:
        BE HONEST
        BE KIND
        There’s gonna fallout, know that the fallout will inculde people you don’t expect – not even in a million years.
        Know to that you have so much support that’s in the wings – people that you don’t even know about.
        As my mother always said ‘IF YOU CANT SAY SOMETHING NICE DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL” If you want to tell your “story” do it by action – keep the
        gory details to yourself (that’s why I like this site – I can bitch).
        My STBX was telling everyone I would F==K anyone… geee that’s hard to believe – I never even went out but ONCE for a friend’s birthday party , and I was so uncomfirtable being out… He said all kinds of crap to make himself look good. In the end, NAAAA. Didn’t work.
        He still has his supporters, but I never liked them anyway.
        I’ve got a great life.
        I have great friends and family who I love and who love me.
        My business made it through withouit my full attention – I little worse for the wear, but good.
        My focus is on my daughter, who has had to grow uo too fast, and I have so much support, faith and love from my dear friend who loves me and lets me love him.

        I’ve said in other posts how my STBX and the OW are moving into the house my ex and i own… I couldn;t give a rats ass, frankly. Got another text this weekend how it was “so emotionally hard” for him – so many of my :personal items: were still there: Boohhoo.. I’ll get the belongings out on my own time. …and don’t throw out my cookie cutters you asshole. …NOR all my big kids stuff in the attic. Just because you spread shit all over our lives doesn’t mean we each don’t have some shred of good memories. I guess he knows none of those include HIM. BooHoo for you.

        • Janet says

          I read your post this AM I am struggling so hard here. It becomes more and more apparent to me that as much as my husband keeps saying he wants a divorce he is not going to lift 1 finger towards the process; leaving it all on me. I feel so hurt. Damn it I am not the on who is involved with another person, I did not ask for the divorce. If I start the process there is no turning back and as much as I sure there is not much left to salvage here damn it I still care about him. He is so helpless when it come to real world stuff I keep telling him even if we mediate a financial agreement he still should consult a lawyer but no… he just doesn’t. I am frustrated, angry and so sad that he is forcing me to this.

          • MM Burned says

            Do what you need to do for yourself, He’s an adult and has to take care of his own life. “He is so helpless when it come to real world stuff..” He was certainly able to cheat wasn;t he?
            Take care of yourself and don’t get sucked into his neediness. Read “Pick Me” a thousand times…

              • GullibleMe says

                yes it is passive agressive, the inertia default.

                His excuse for never helping me with the kids/housework/family holidays: “you just want to dominate and control everything…so I leave you to your own devices” – well it is a catch-22. I am so exhausted from doing everything because he wn’t lift a finger that I do not pay him enought attention. So he seeks and finds that attention outside our marriage – from the first skank who comes along who “just wants to enjoy life” (read: blows all her money on alcohol and gambling then complains she can’t afford to feed her kid. Yet works FULL-TIME and pays subsidized rent)

    • Valentine says

      MM Burned, did he think you wouldn’t check after the serial liar he had become? You were supposed to take his word on face value? HAHA!

      ‘“BECASUE SHE DIDN’T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW. I PROMISED HER I WOULDN’T TELL ANYONE”—this takes the cake! So he could keep his promise to her but not to YOU, HIS WIFE?

      Indeed, a man who is true to his word…whenever it suits him.

      Sorry you are going through this…

  100. Yoder says

    Valentine, I will think of you all day on Mother’s day. Maybe it will make us BOTH feel better.

  101. Yoder says

    This is for those of us who are over forty. In my case waayyyyy over forty. From Andy Rooney. I too, can hardly wait to get out.

    Andy Rooney’s thoughts on women over forty:
    As I grow in age, I value women who are over forty most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.

    If a woman over forty doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.

    A woman over forty knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of forty give a hoot what you might think about her or what she’s doing.

    Women over forty are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.

    Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.

    A woman over forty has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. Women over forty couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.

    Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over forty. They always know.

    A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

    Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

    Yes, we praise women over forty for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty-plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.

    Ladies, I apologize.

    For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” here’s an update for you. Now 80 percent of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage.

  102. Valentine says

    Thank you Yoder for that! I thought of you yesterday on Mother’s Day as well…All the ‘mother’s’ were asked to take a pic and I was reminded how bittersweet it was for me. Glad that I did not pro-create with the assclown and a little sad because I really did want to be a mother. Ah well! I am HAPPY now…even though I don’t have children, I am in a much better place in ALL ways. :)

    Thanks also for saying that about women over forty! I agree with it wholeheartedly! Andy Rooney got it right!

    Our 40’s is the best time for us to come into our own! :)

  103. Janet says

    I enjoyed my 40’s vaguely remember them on this side of 6o. But I did love the posting Thanks Yoder. I put it on my facebook page and shared it with a couple of my best over 40 friends

  104. Yoder says

    Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed it. When I read it I did an inventory and really came to believe h is a real son of a bitch and nothing he can say or do can ever make up for what he has done. I needed to realize that I will make it with or without another man in my life.

  105. tamara says

    New one…. dealing with the X about picking up some stuff of mine he still has, and he wouldn’t answer my e-mails, and had changed his phone number. He finally called 2 months later.

    Me: i just want my stuff.
    Him: I didn’t answer because you are always so mean to me. You say you will never believe anything I ever say again.
    Me: whatever… when can I drive the ten hours to come get my stuff.
    Me: Really? Never mean to me?
    Him: well I did some despicable things to you, but I’ve already said I was sorry. I’m not mean to you now.
    Me: well, lying to me is pretty mean. Abusing me is mean. Cheating on me is mean.
    Him: Geez… why do you have to keep bringing that up… I am sorry for that every day,, trust me.
    Me: i’ll call you when I get to town. Bye.

    What a tool…..

  106. Nan says

    Me: I found Viagra in your pants pocket while I was doing laundry.
    X: I got it for you! I was just trying it out at the office to see if it worked!

  107. MM Burned says

    I am always amazed that cheaters think that if they have “forgiven themselves” everyone else has/should too! Just amazing. “Why do you always bring that up!” “There you go again” blah blah The are such selfish boors. It comes up every time I have any communication with him. …and I’m supposed to have emparthy for his “pain” of having to move back in [with his girlfriend of 36 (count .em) years} into the house we shared. Boo Hoo. Everyone else is supposed to pour honey all over him while he sprinkles salt and vinegar. Turd.

  108. Yoder says

    I am 66 years old and I am of the opinion that if a guy wants to purchase Viagra, he should be required to bring a note from his wife.

  109. Michelle says

    First time I found out about XH cheating:
    “You never have any time for me. The kids take up all your time.”
    “She rings me and talks to me; you never have the time.”
    Well, if he helped parent the kids he chose to create, I would have more time. Instead he drank rum with his mates, went to the pub and slept. He was away for a week at a time for work – I would call him when he was on the road and he often ‘didn’t have time to talk.’
    Second affair:
    “She is my drug counsellor!”
    XH used speed for work as a truck driver.
    Third (and final affair):
    “You are boring, our marriage is boring, we never have sex, I am entitled to my fun.”
    Me: “And now you are welcome to have all the fun you want. Do I need to get tested for STDs?”
    Him: thinks about it for around 30 seconds….”No I think you should be ok.”

  110. tamara says

    Had to deal with the ex this weekend. After I drove ten hours to get the last of my things, he left me waiting, as usual. Things were going well, and I listened to what he had to say, feeling some chumpy compassion for him. He was spouting the usual about how he would “do anything” to get me back, how his life was not worth living with out me in it (bear in mind, this is after he had stood me up a few times) and “no matter what I do I wish I was doing it with you.” Now, he just moved in with some woman (not the AP, those were, almost, all prostitutes.) So I asked, couldn’t help myself really, when you are in bed with other women, do you think of me? The creep said yes… said he always closes his eyes and wishes it was me. I was grossed out and said so, and his response was :

    ” Those are my feelings, what am I supposed to do, deny them? It would be different if you weren’t alive.”

    I pointed out that I was, indeed, very much alive, to which he said “well, I obviously know that.”

    At first, I thought it was some veiled threat, then it dawned on me. This man has never been a mental giant, or been even close to capable of his own thought processes, usually taking his emotional cues from whoever he is sleeping with. His new woman is a widow, having lost her husband a year ago. The creep is comparing her husband, who died, to me, who moved to New Orleans…..

    How much tidier it would have been had I just died.

  111. Yoder says

    I am so glad you made the decision to get out. So happy you no longer have to be around someone like that. New Orleans sound like a wonderful place to start a new life. If it was good enough for Tennessee Williams, just think what you can do.

  112. peggy says

    when I asked him WHY? this was his answer:
    “I’m a dog…aging man vs. sex…no excuse…right decision for you to break it off with me.”

  113. RockGirl says

    The answer I got to why was: “It’s complicated.”

    I knew then and there we were over and he was a big pus*y because really, it’s not complicated, it is actutally pretty simple. You don’t lie and cheat. End of story.

    Another good one is that “You know, a lot of people have affairs.” Maybe true but WTF, does NOT make it RIGHT!

    The blameshift reasons I got were that “I had red flags about you, we had too much fun, it’s like it we were too good of friends and it was too normal”. He struggled with that I am NOT a co-dependent woman and that we didn’t communicate that much during the day. He and the woman he had an affair with would speak 5-6 times/day please 8-10 emails. I am sorry Mr. Bill, but I got a job, and it’s not to coddle your LAME ASS. In short, he can’t do normal, he is a serial cheater and I got out without too pain on my end.

  114. RockGirl says

    Yes, funny, what he “loved” about our relationship is that it was healthy, normal, fun and we took things slowly, becoming friends, etc. After our 2nd date he told me that he dated some for 11 years and they both cheated on eachother at the end – versus dicussing they were not happy. Red Flag #1. Then came the trust issues. Red Flag #2.

    Not to be too personal but another “Stupid Shit That Cheaters Say” is after the first time we had sex and I didn’t have the BIG O, I shit you not, he said “Well, you obviously are thinking about someone else…” I was floored. No, dumbass, if I was thinking about someone else I wouldn’t freakin’ be here! WTF!

    Nonetheless, I trusted my gut and after stumbling up something odd while in the waiting room of the hospital (he was having his appendix out), I confronted him. And then the “It’s complicated…” bullshit.

    Oh, the odd thing I discovered was while in the waiting room, I noticted he had a new funky wallet. I looked at it and then looked his DL. For no other reason that he was in surgery and I was concerned/missed him, and I justed wanted to look at a picture of him. I put it back and noticted there was another DL in his wallet. It was a woman’s DL, expired in 2010 but I knew what it meant. Confirmed it though by looking at his call log and one email train – which made me want to puke with stuff like “I love you so much, ” NaughtyKisses”

    After I confronted him that night in the hospital, left with his stuff, I went home in disbelief and in a totally fog. However, given that I have a sense of humor, I replaced the other woman’s DL with my senior year HS picture (it’s from 1991)! The following day, he discovered what I did with he DL, he oddly enough didn’t find it too funny!

    REALLY! REALLY? Well, I didn’t find it too funny that he lied and cheated on me, with a married woman to boot. In addition to having different values systems, I guess whe don’t have the same sense of humor!

    RockGirl is now *meh*, indifferent and very happy to be done with FishGuy as he sucks.

    Thanks for the ear. MB xo.

  115. Mary Kate says

    Soon after discovering my husband’s two- year affair with a coworker….

    Me: how could you have done this to our family?!
    Stbxh: I told you! She admires me!
    Me: do you know how much you have hurt us?

    And then…

    STBXH: If your dad wouldn’t have gotten sick and died, I might not have had this affair. You just kept checking on him and not me!! Sue cared about ME!!! I resent your dad for doing this!!

    Can’t make this shit up.

    I’m out after 29 years of marriage.

  116. Yoder says

    Each comment conjures up in my mind, one word, “childish.” Cheaters become so childish about the way in which they rationalize their behavior. After 35 years together, I have raised our children, I do not intend to raise another one.

  117. Mary Kate says

    That’s right, Yoder. They are all a bunch of babies who cry and whine until someone picks them up.

  118. ANR says

    Five-month affair with her boss: “It’s not worth you being so upset about this silly thing that happened.” (I look at her ….. long pause) “that I did.”

  119. OregonRose says

    Dear Chump Lady,
    Wasn’t sure how to post, but here’s my question – What do you think is wrong with people like this – a married couple in an open marriage who go after pretty much anyone they can get, including family members like a brother or sister – whoever will go along with them in 3-way sex or group sex. Nobody is off limits. The whore wife has broken up at least four marriages, has multiple children by multiple partners, a few of which don’t even know they have children because she did not tell them – probably married men. There are no boundaries and anything is okay with them – sex clubs, gang bangs, hired strippers, sex with people they find online, 3-way sex with anyone who will go along with them, sex with family members, friends who will go along with them, co-workers, etc. with no thought or concern about the people they will hurt with their affairs, the marriages which will end, or the families they will tear apart by their actions. The whore wife will be with anyone she can get and has no feelings or concerns about the other women of the men she’s with. All men are fair game. Women are okay with her too. It’s what she does with no regrets almost as if it defines her having control over ruining other people by her power to get what she wants, whoever she wants. Her cuckold husband is okay with this as long as he can watch to take part in the sex in the sex. They appear normal until you become a victim of theirs after they have an affair with your spouse. Once they are found out, they point out that the spouse happily went along with them. They are not responsible for your spouse’s infidelity although they went after them knowing they were married. There is no human feelings of right or wrong, no compassion, no regret, even when families are torn apart. Are these people Sociopaths? Would posting them on Cheaterville be a good warning to others or a feather in their cap? How do people like this live with themselves? What is wrong with someone who has such low morals and decency? I can’t imagine living with the knowledge that you’ve destroyed lives, broken hearts and ruined families. They seem to get off on it.

  120. Kim says

    3 weeks prior to our 1st anniversary: Him: I’m really questioning our compatibility.
    Me: Seriously??? This is just dawning on you now???

  121. GladIt'sOver says

    I was dumb enough to go into an eight-month “reconciliation” with the cheater, despite his staggering infidelity with other men, women, financial disasters, horrible lack of integrity, etc. It turned out, of course, that the only reason he wanted to reconcile was to get out of paying child support, have me move back into the family home, I would work full time and support him while he continued trying to become an actor. I’m pretty sure he was still cheating during this time, too.

    I kept insisting he needed to get some sort of day job, that he needed to be bringing in some money. He refused and said I was just horribly negative, that he would have to find someone else ‘to encourage him” and that if I really loved him, I would want to “ride the roller coaster of his life, even if we crashed and burned.”

    We were sitting at breakfast when he announced, “I don’t see any reason to work on this marriage more, because it’s obvious you aren’t going to accept me if I don’t have a job.”

    Yeah, I’m really unreasonable that way. I kind of expect a man in his late 40s should have some sort of employment beyond making YouTube videos of himself dressed in a Halloween costume and dancing while singing a really bad song he wrote.

  122. Tamara says

    So the conversation on “write a dating profile for your ex” reminded me of a great one…

    It had been less than a month after I moved out, we were still in the “to reconcile or not” discussions and he joined

    Me: wow. that was fast. You’re already trying to date other women. I thought you were devastated by my leaving and couldn’t live without me.
    Him: I’m just trying to meet people. I don’t have anyone to talk to. I’m not trying to date.
    Me: You’re on a dating site.
    Him: Yeah, but I’m nor trying to date, just meet people, you know, new friends.
    Me: Bobby, this is a dating site. You’re trying to meet women.
    Him: Well, I don’t want to meet MEN….
    Me: hahahahahahaha. Did you really just say that? I gotta go.

  123. TJK says

    “It was just an emotional affair.”

    “You need to take responsibility for your part in this.”

    “I felt too guilty to get it up, so I didn’t actually have sex with her.” (when I found underwear).

    “They are for you.” (when I found condoms. Even though he’d had a vasectomy)

    “I only cheated because you did it first.” (I have never cheated).

    When I would caught him in a lie and confronted him: “You are denying my reality.”

    When my 13 year old son found nude photos of him and a woman and messages between them on his computer, he accused me of finding them and showing our son.

    “I’ve never had this problem in any of my other relationships.” (like it is somehow my fault he cheated)

  124. AC says

    “I am trying to decide between you two” – WTF? yeah, I’ll sit here and wait, you go sleep with her! NOT.
    “Don’t meddle by contacting here and ruin it for me” – but of course I did, she had no clue!
    “our relationship was getting silly” – huh?
    “I was cheated on before” – oh so that makes it OK?

  125. Rally Squirrel says

    TJK: “You are denying my reality.” That deserves super-slow-mo applause for the raw dumb-assery of it.

    • TJK says

      He loves the psychobabble. Anything he has gotten from a therapist, he loves to twist it around. He is really proud of himself, too. Gets this look in his eye like “Aha! Got ya!”

  126. Lou says

    So much stupid shit, but this is my favorite thing he said…My husband and I planned to meet at our vacation house. I went down a day earlier than we scheduled without telling him my plan. Sitting right on the bathroom sink was a bottle of Viagra. It had the date it was filled and was empty. Going by the date I knew we hadn’t had sex since it was filled. When confronted he said he took it ” in hopes of having sex with her “!!! My sweet revenge was getting the prescription transfered to a different pharmacy in a different state right before he went on a trip with her to the Bahamas. He has screamed at me about all kinds of stuff, but he has never said anything about his prescription being transfered.

  127. harmonysmine says

    I haven’t read through all of the comments so it’s possible this has already been covered, but:

    “I love her, but I’m not ‘IN love’ with her (or you, for that matter.) Just what, exactly, does that mean??

  128. tamara says

    Perfect Janet!
    As I always describe my relationship with the ex abuser… Two people deeply in love. Both with the same person.

  129. says

    He said (about the first affair partner): “She’s like a sister to me”

    He said (about the second who he left me for): “I didn’t want us to end up like your mum and dad”.

  130. Polly says

    ” She is an old friend” “We are just catching up” this after he went at 2PM and came home at 2:35 AM. “you don’t understand friendship because you have no friends” Hmmm wonder who it is I have happy hour with once a week. “I am going to bind with her son because he had no father figure” freaking son is near 40 and the only bonding that was done was him pounding on mama until about 11PM and he got home at 1:35 AM. “You neglected me and our marriage” never mind I took care of a dying sibling for a few years, worked a full time job and took care of the house. “The old saying is if I don’t get what I need at home, I will get it some place else” uh yeah ok whatever, I was just as miserable as you but I did not look outside our marriage. “She is funny, she has a great personality and I enjoy talking to her, I will talk to her and if you don’t like it file the papers and I will sign them” Yeah sounded good when he said it, now the lying cheat want half my 401K.

    When I confronted him with truth he said “you don’t know anything about her, you assume you know” Ok then listen to this as I quoted the last line of a text she sent him to talk about what a great time they had. His jaw hit the floor as he asked how I knew and then proceeded to tell me he was not giving up “all he had worked hard for” . I assume this to mean the house with no equity and my 401K.

    “I called her last night and told her it was a mistake and sorry it went down like that” I said really then you have no problem getting rid of pics/vids/sex texts – his response was how did you know about those – uh didn’t until you just admitted they existed. Plus the fact you kept talking to her every day, getting pics of her whoo ha every day and numerous texts, but yet you will not leave the house and move on.

    I swear – I am so ready to be single.

  131. mmburned says

    And golly gee Pollyanna – he wants to stay married because it “makes (him) feel secure”.

    On top of that he lied about his income at the child support hearing, forgot to pay his taxes for three years, and can’t manage to pull together his real estate partnership values for the divorce settlement althought it was requested on 1/2/2012 – that’s eighteen months.

    But he took 12 vacations last year…. substantial vacations.

    And filed for support FROM ME because he can’t make enough money to support himself.

    I swear I an SO READY to be single. He’s a classic case.

    • Polly says

      I am not sure if he really wants to stay married, but he said last Friday “I Do Love You” my response was how can you love me and continue to hurt me the way you do, you don’t do this to someone you love, you just don’t.

      I did not get a text from him the rest of the day but when he came home 2 dozen white roses and dinner out. Certainly did not make up for the hurt he has caused, but I took them and said thank you.

      I think he wants both of us, me for security and her for the kinky sex she likes. I am his third wife and she divorced her third husband because …get this…he CHEATED on her while she took care of her sick dad. How ironic is that?

  132. Des says

    Mine accused me of being overdramatic when i was telling him how he was hurting me and young his son by cheating, and playing the victim when I was crying.

    He cried too. But only when I put down the retainer for the attorney. Priorities :)
    I suspect he may be NPD as well.

  133. EmmaPemma says

    “I am not in a place where I feel comfortable talking about this yet. You need to wait until I am ready, this has been so traumatic.”

    On being told that he had tainted my first weeks with our newborn DD because I found out about his affair when she was 5 weeks old “Dont be so melodramatic”

    and my personal favourite….
    “I love you so much that I am afraid of losing you, I cheated so that I wouldnt care if you left” Eh?! 6 months later and STILL no clue WTF that means!

    • KarenE says

      EmmaPemma, I’ll translate for you! It means;

      ‘I will inflict any kind of pain on absolutely anyone, including the people I’m supposed to love the most, just so I don’t have to feel the slightest twinge of discomfort.’

      • Rally Squirrel says

        OMfreakin’G, EmmaPemma. That last one is just about the sorriest reasoning for an affair I’ve ever heard. And he really expected you to buy it? Stunning.

  134. ANR says

    Wife about OM: “I didn’t realize at the time he was a womanizer.”
    You’d think the fact he was cheating on his wife with a married woman (her) would have been a give-away.

    • Tamara says

      Yeah…. I got something similar.

      My ex had testicular cancer about 15 years before we split and had both testicles removed. Jump 15 years….. He had been seeing the OW for a while, and I guess she became pregnant and had to have an abortion (she was in her early 50s, so I have doubts, but hey, who am I to question her integrity…). When he told me about it he was genuinely mad…. really mad. “I didn’t even know she was seeing someone else.” Like somehow this makes her of less than stellar character.

      Seriously? Do they think they are exempt from that whole, I dunno, commitment to US thing? Oh wait.. yes. Yes they do.

  135. ANR says

    Re marriage counselling: I’m not paying $170/h to be abused (I contribute two thirds of the household income, btw)

  136. ANR says

    Her: I never hear what you feel (in between marriage counselling sessions)
    Me: When do I ever hear what you feel?
    Her: It isn’t about me!

  137. Marles says

    I’ve had serious relationships with 2 of these types now, some of my favorites:
    “She wouldn’t take no for an answer”
    “I am just protecting you from me” (during a breakup 2 years in)
    “She came over and made me cheeseburgers and wanted to talk, what was I supposed to do?” (not have sex with her)
    and my favorite, when I told the decade long on/off ex that he could never treat me right and I was going to find someone who would: “that’s not fair. you say things like that to hurt me on purpose, if I’ve hurt you I’ve never meant to” i.e. I cheated on you because I wasn’t thinking about you at all, so it doesn’t count that it hurt you.

  138. Whit says

    “Haven’t you ever heard of sowing wild oats?!”
    “It doesn’t matter to me, they didn’t mean anything.”
    “I’m broken and I have low-self esteem. I haven’t felt good about myself for a long time, before you”
    “Because they knew me when I was about something”

  139. Yoder says

    Yesterday, this one took the cake.

    “Happy Anniversary.”

    Me: What?

    “It is our Anniversary.

    Me: “That is the last thing I wanted to be reminded of.”

    • Sammie D says

      My X this weekend had our kids, even though it was mothers day would not drop them home early so they could come to church with me. “If they are with him, they are with him” Cant wait till you want them on one of my weekends. No I had to go and collect them after they had gone to church with him.( from the church we all attended as a family prior to his confession 5 months ago, I left but that another story) I get the kids in the car, about to drive away and X walks across to my car head up big grin on his face waits for me to put window down and says “happy mothers day”. Wow “tool.

  140. Jada says

    This one –

    “it was a mistake, I told her it was a mistake” this as he was planning to shack up with her in a motel that very afternoon.

    Oh and he saw a yellow bruise on his chest and he tried to argue it was “not there yesterday” uh yeah it was, it is a hickey that has turned yellow because she bit you while in the motel a few days ago. He asked me had I noticed it before, yep the next morning after it happened.

    We sleep in separate bedrooms btw until divorce is final. I do see him without his shirt but you would think if they have a hickey they would keep it covered. Gee whiz if I were a cheater I would make sure no hickeys or rug burns…LOL

  141. ddame23 says

    Husband grew up Catholic and chose to not engage in intercourse when he was in college. He told me his affair with an 18 year old college freshman (who is his former student) was an attempt to “correct” the things he felt he missed out on by not engaging in sex when he was in college himself. I asked if there were any other things from his youth he needed to correct. He said, “I am a teenager”. My hushand is 37.

  142. ANR says

    (In couples therapy) “I guess I didn’t realized he (me) felt humiliated by it (the affair). I knew he was sad, but humiliated? I hadn’t thought of that.”

    • kb says

      Because nothing makes you feel better than knowing the partner whom you trusted above all else decided to cheat.

  143. EmmaPemma says

    ANother one via text tonight

    “Why do you have to make this all about what I did?”

    Ermm…because I didnt have an affair and cheat on my pregnant wife and convince her that she was mentally ill (instead of 100% correct in her suspicions) and take anti depressants during her pregnancy and you did?


    • Kara says

      “Why do you have to make this all about what I did?”

      Uhhhhmmmm…and I’m just going out on a limb here….beeeecccaaaauuse you did it?

  144. says

    When I went to the Dr. and learned I had an STD, I suggested he tell whoever he was sleeping with so they could go get fixed. He stared at me for an awkward moment and said nothing. A few hours later, after he let the news sink in, he suggested that maybe it wasn’t him who cheated. How did he know it wasn’t me. For an insane moment, I thought maybe he was right, I just didn’t remember! Arrgh!

    • Datdamwuf says

      OMG, when I informed my ex of STI:

      he said: “You must have gotten it from that skank you fucked before me
      I said: “that was 17 years ago, so no I’ve not had it for all those years and he wasn’t a skank”
      he said: “then you cheated on me, AP is too sweet and good to have anything like that”
      I said: “fuck you”
      he called me the C word and proceeded to berate me, I really don’t think his AP gave it to him now, I think a different one did and he never told the woman he was/is with about it at all. A complete asshole he is.

  145. Julie says

    Ah, my STBXH said in a recording I made with him and the OW(caught ya!), my favorite one:

    referring about me to OW “She really needs to get her priorities straight”,

    says my lying scumbag of a husband when he was sneaking around with her and cheating. Yes….yes…. dear… I am definitely the one who has their priorities all screwed up!!!

  146. Can'tWaitToBeFree says

    New here, love all the posts. Here are two of my favorite quotes.

    Early on in the marriage, I had an abnormal pap and had to have a cervical biopsy to determine if I had an HPV infection. After I told the husband about the possibility of an HPV infection, he freaked out. He said, “You know how people always say this isn’t true, but what if you got it from a toilet seat.” Fortunatly for me the biopsy was negative, but what a chump – I should have examined that statement a LOT more closely.

    Fast forward 10 years. As I am reading my DD’s texts, I find one from her to her father saying, ” I hate you because you are cheating on mom with Ms. Jess and I know because Brett told me”. My first offical “discovery”. I talked with DD who told me that she was told all about her father’s indiscretions on the playground in front of all of her friends by this Brett (a friend of the mistresses son). When I confronted the husband about this revalation, he of course denied, denied, denied. Finally he admits to the affair. When I tell him about the conversation with DD, he screams, “You should not be talking to her about this.” Right, because we should just let her be humiliated alone and keep it all bottled up inside. The best part….He says, “Brett hurt her, not me. I didn’t do anything wrong.” He still continues to state this today.

    • EmmaPemma says

      Wow, that is something else! So the person who told her is the bastard and not him? That is another level in self delusion!

    • chuck says

      I have a similar one, When my wife found out that her affair was probably being spread to where our oldest would hear about it she needed to take him to lunch and see what he knew. While she was at lunch I spoke to the other basketball dad who knew which enraged her! Her “this is about my job, my career!” Me “I thought it was about our son” Her “That’s what I meant”. Dig deep enough and the evil oozes out

  147. EmmaPemma says

    And the latest doozy
    “FFS, you are making this all about YOU and how YOU feel! What about me?”

    Oh boo fucking hoo. I dont want you and neither does she, get over it dickhead.

  148. Janet says

    This from a text to the OW I read on the “secret cell phone” How can you go out with him? He cheated you but I truely love you.” WTF you are cheating on your wife doesn’t that count?

  149. Rally Squirrel says

    When I busted him for flying INTO Miami for work but taking the train all the way across the state and flying OUT of Tampa, where the mystery woman he described as “a friend” lived, I got to have this lovely exchange with him:

    “I just wanted to visit her. But I didn’t stay at her place.”

    “Then where did you stay for two nights? Where are the hotel receipts?”

    Clanking sound of gears turning. “Okay, I did stay at her place, but I slept in the spare room.”

    “Be very careful now. I’ve just caught you in a lie within the last 30 seconds.”

    (Long pause.) “Okay, I did sleep in her room, but we didn’t have sex.”

    “You had NO sex at all? Even oral sex?”

    “Okay, yes, we had oral sex.”

    “Giving or receiving?”


    “And you’re telling me you didn’t have intercourse?”


    “You may as well tell me. I already think you slept with her.”

    Longer pause. “Okay, yes. We did have sex.”

    Ta-da!! Straight from the cheater’s playbook.

  150. mmburned says

    I am so glad I am FAR AWAY from the CONSTANT DECEIT. That continuous string of half-truths, the stories that just don’t line up, the disappearing acts. There was never a straight answer. Like talking to a preteen who had too much to hide and couldn’t keep the “story” straight…
    When I finally caught my STBX red handed and we talked on the phone (I left my business card on his windshield with a note on it) it was “Stephanie who?” (family friend) “You’re always so jealous and resentful” “what are you talking about” “she’s just a friend” then “it’s all over as of today” then “I always hoped you’d find someone else” (my reply was – I was married). And I – stupidly – went on for months with the PICK ME…. NEVER a straight answer NEVER.
    I am SO GLAD it’s behind me but I just still have that rage in me.

    • Rally Squirrel says

      mmburned, it really is like talking to a preteen. Or a teen. Or possibly a toddler. You have to tease the real story out of them, as if they lack the developed brain, the maturity (at 42, no less), to communicate in a straightforward way with you.

      Set aside for a moment the betrayal, the shocking quality of WHAT you’re talking about with them. On a purely practical level, it’s exhausting to try to communicate with someone this way, where the burden is on YOU to pull some semblance of the truth out of them.

      The day I meet a man who actually behaves like a grown-up, I swear it’s going to feel so wonderfully strange! :)

      • Rally Squirrel says

        By the way, I just realized that the conversation I recounted above is very much like one you’d have with a toddler about a missing cookie.

        “Did you eat that cookie?”

        “No, I din’nt, Mama. Kitty did it.”

        “Are you sure?”


        “Because you have some crumbs on your face.”

        “No, I don’t, Mama.”

        “Let’s go have a look in the mirror.”

        “Oh. Oh. Oh.”

        Like that. Except, you know, about eating pussy. Har!

        Believe me, I do know what you mean about still feeling rage, mmburned. But, wow, there are also some choice moments of ridiculousness that thank g*d I can laugh at now.

      • TKM says

        My dog turd told
        me he wasn’t lying because I never actually caught him at the exact moment he was texting OW or thinking about OW so he was being truthful to me. OMG. Like dealing with a 5 year old.

  151. mmburned says

    All true
    WTF was I thinking? that it would get better? That I could fix it? That the magical light would shine on me again? 23 years and 70 pounds later – I finally got the picture and “Melanie come on down – you’ve just won a brand new life”!!! The 70 pounds were **poof** – but the regaining trust in humans has been a little longer coming.
    AND Thanks Chump Lady for the platform you provide. Invaluable when so many sites reinforce the cake and gaslighting and ENTITLEMENT. Grow up man… be responsible for your choices, and stand up to being a FATHER – one who apologizes to his daughter instead of blaming it on the cat and the weather and whatever else comes to his feeble mind. Quit blaming ME for her lack of interest or desire to see you. It’s your bag bud. Pick it up and take ownership. Mr. HaHa always the drunk life of the party…What a sad sack and sorry excuse for a husband and father.

    You all might love this.
    He just lost his license for the month of May for a June ’12 drunk driving which he blamed on taking Ambien (so how again was your blood alcohol level at .16??)..
    Two days after he got his liocense back he totalled his car by REAR-ENDING A PARKED CAR IN FRONT OF THE POLICE STATION… Guess what – he blamed it on his phone! I didn’t know phones had the opposable thumbs used for guiding a steering wheel but whatever. Karma’s a bitch ain’t it buddy.

    • TKM says

      Shortly after dog turd moved out and in with OW he gets pulled over by for police for speeding 24 mph over speed limit. He also got cited for not having the license plate on the front of the car (not first time that has happened – he claims the plate ruins the lines of his car, oh brother ) and for his insurance card having just expired. He then whines to kid it is all my fault he was speeding and got ticket and had to appear in court because I didn’t give him the new car insurance card. Uh, your the one who cheated and moved out. Not my responsibility to take care of you any more.

  152. Adam says

    Me: Why did you do it?
    Her: I thought you didn’t want me anymore. (I picked up that something was wrong right away and had been waiting on her hand and foot trying to bring her out of what I thought was a funk. It turned out it wasn’t a funk, but the usual detatchment that goes along with cheating.)
    Me: I stood by you through cancer. I was bringing you beer in bed to cheer you up. I took care of the kids so you could go to bed early because you said you weren’t feeling well. At what point did you think I didn’t want you anymore?
    Her: …

    Me: Did you send him any pictures?
    Her: No.
    Me: No pictures at all?
    Her: NO!
    Me: Not one picture?
    Her: No.
    Me: What about this close up of your P?
    Her: Oh. I thought you meant my face?
    Me: Like this one after you got your hair done?
    Her: …

  153. bogie says

    During a discussion the next morning after he revealed to me he wouldn’t be home for a couple of nights to “go up north” – and no, I didn’t want to know why:

    “I know what you are going thru and how you feel”

    Really? You are not the one that after 28 years of marriage was told her husband isn’t happy and hasn’t been for years (I can’t find a single person who had that clue). Then, 2 weeks later is told that you have found someone (and have been unfaithful). You are not the one haveing to find an apartment, buy furniture, get STD tested etc. etc,

    NO, you definitely DON’T know how I feel!

    • bogie says

      Oh, and you know how humiliating it is to have to call the doctor’s office and explain to a complete stranger how your husband has been with another woman so you need to get tested for STD’s as a precaution? REALLY????

    • MissFake says

      Yep. You have to believe everything. If you confront, you’re a psycho. But we all know. If guys are disappearing and not missing us from the road or inviting us along, something rotten in Denmark.

  154. bogie says

    Oh, and you know how humiliating it is to have to call the doctor’s office and explain to a complete stranger how your husband has been with another woman so you need to get tested for STD’s as a precaution? REALLY????

  155. Yoder says

    Bogle, “…after 28 years of marriage was told her husband isn’t happy and hasn’t been for years ” I eventually found an email to a friend of my pet snake. The friend lives in Mexico and in the email, he says, “We have not had a marriage since 2002.” That is over a decade.

    He tells someone in another country something like this, but not me? I was right here, in the same house and he didn’t bother to even mention it to me.

    • bogie says

      Yeah – that is great isn’t it?

      I was told that he wasn’t happy all that time, just couldn’t talk about it. I asked him how I was supposed to know if he said nothing.


      Me: “So was I supposed to ask every 2 weeks if you were happy? Would you have told me the truth if I had asked?”


      And he never had a problem telling me he loved me (several times a day), now it turns out he doesn’t? AARRGGHH!

    • says

      I know I’m commenting on an old comment, but it struck a nerve. My ex said, “my friends knew we were having issues and hoped we would work them out.” These issues (still not sure what they were) were never shared with me. She also informed me that when I would say, “we make a great team” she thought, “no, we don’t” but said, “yes, we do”. And I was supposed to know there were issues because…?

  156. says

    After reading these comments, I think we were all married to the same person! I used to think I was in this alone. Now I realize I am surrounded by good company! Thanks for making me feel sane again! Love this site…

  157. mmburned says

    Stay sane – you actually have been all along! “The Chumps” are somehow convinced to the contrary because we would otherwise have our whole value systems turned akilter. Yes – they convice us that WE are in the wrong WE are at fault WE are without value. And we take it – because how could we have possibly been so blind? Trust yourself, Mel. You’re all there.

  158. GladIt'sOver says

    The morning after dday, now-ex left the house and sent a mass text message to basically everyone we know, both family and friends, telling them they should pray for us as our marriage was over. Hundreds of people got that text. Very, very few even knew we were having problems (hell, I didn’t even really know we were having such problems). I heard about the text (he didn’t send it to me) when a close friend called me in tears.

    He sent that text just 1.5 hours after walking out of the house. We aren’t junior high kids, this was a man in his 40s announcing the end of a 20 year marriage via text message to his entire contacts list. Just one more stunningly inappropriate, bizarre and humiliating action to add to the many others he committed.

    • Rally Squirrel says

      GladIt’sOver — your line about “one more stunningly inappropriate, bizarre and humiliating action to add to the many others he committed” reminded me of one my then-husband did after had I discovered his 18-month long affair and we had agreed to a six-month trial separation.

      (He ended up buying a condo during this separation. Which was my first clue that maybe his definition of “trial separation” was quite different from mine.)

      Anyway, one day while he was out of town, I got a text from him. I opened it and it was a full-length photo of him standing totally naked, posing suggestively and with an erection.

      I was gobsmacked. Why would he imagine I would be receptive to that under the circumstances, or that it would be remotely appropriate? One of my buddies told me that my dolt of a husband probably sent the same photo to his mistress. Double the thrill. See who responds more hawwtly!!

      I did not respond hawwtly. At all. Mistress won that round, I guess. But I won the game. Cuz he’s with her now. ;)

      • GladIt'sOver says

        OMG, that is EXACTLY the sort of thing my ex did. During bogus reconciliation, he sent me a text pic of himself naked. Except he accidentally ALSO SENT IT TO OUR TEEN SON. Thank God it wasn’t a pic of him with a boner or anything really graphic, but God, how gross for our son. And actually, gross for me too.

        I would bet your ex intended that photo for his mistress and accidentally sent it to you, or you’re right and he sent it to both.

        Back when we were married and still used a film camera, ex would almost always include a close up shot of his erect dick in every roll of film. Remember in those days, you’d send film off to be developed, and the pics were seen by all sorts of people at the lab. I’d pick up the photos and be surprised by some selfie of ex’s boner. LOL, I’d forgotten about that until now!

        • GladIt'sOver says

          Have to add, the film photos of his dick were usually really weird. Like he’d be bending it in some odd position, or posing his dick on an apple, or the shot would be very artistically composed or angled. God, he is a freak.

          • Rally Squirrel says

            Good grief yes on the freak diagnosis, GladIt’sOver. For both our exes. Posing your penis on an apple, or bending it weirdly? You have to wonder what guys like them are looking for. Do they think every woman has a secret desire for boner portraits?

            In my new life, I have no instances of that old feeling I used to have with my then-husband — that something just wasn’t quite right in his behavior. That his reactions were skewed enough from what mine would have been in a similar situation that I wondered which of us was the odd one.

            I used to second-guess myself because he was so sparkly and fun with others that it often felt like it must be me that had the problem. One fantastic result of not having him in my daily life anymore is that I’m listening to and trusting my gut now, in ways I hadn’t done for most of the 20 years I was with him.

            That one simple thing — listening to my wise, alert, fully functioning gut instincts — feels like I have gained this intimate friend who is always looking out for my welfare. The really cool thing is, that friend is me.

  159. Chump Princess says

    Okay, this is my first post, but I love this site. Chump Lady, you are my She-Ro!

    After suffering years (almost 28) of emotional abuse from Mr. “I graduated in the top 1% of my NPD Class,” and had to flee the marital home because he was deliberately texting and calling the OW in front of my face (she participated by deliberately calling him and texting him practically non-stop), I was experiencing PTSD symptoms and was feeling suicidal (he is a serial cheater btw). With the help of my truly wonderful offspring and friends, I got myself into IC. Shortly thereafter, Mr. NPD Top 1% and I were having a conversation and we were discussing how close I came to committing suicide. His response? “Wow! If you had done that, the kids would REALLY never have forgiven ME. I mean, think about it – they would blame ME. That would have been horrible.” For years I would tell him, “You know, we have a really loving relationship – I’m in love with you and you’re in love with you.” What an asshole – and I say that while extending my apologies to innocent, unsuspecting assholes everywhere.

    • EmmaPemma says

      Wow. I have heard some bullshit in my time but that takes the piss!

      Well done you for escaping that vile man, and as for his OW, I wonder how she is valuing her “prize” now he has turned his EA eye onto her. Bet her enabling his abuse of you isnt quite so funny now. You’d kind of feel sorry for her, if she didnt totally f*****g deserve it!

    • Kelly says

      Well Princess, good riddance to bad rubbish (no offense to garbage everywhere)! These guys are monsters. I believe my ex relished the idea of me being “crazy” or even attempting suicide, and he certainly engaged in mind-blowing gaslighting and betrayal, so he sure did his level best to get me there. Right after D-Day, he tried to tell his friends he left me because I have “mental problems.” (He must’ve forgot about the 17 yearsnof cheating and group sex I had finally discovered). That was 1 1/2 years ago. He still sometimes seems stunned that I’m doing so well and moving on without him….guess I upset his little plan and ruined his cover story. Bwahahahaha :)

    • bogie says

      My husband never wanted to text. He had a flip phone and didn’t need any other kind because he didn’t text hardly at all. When I texted him, it was to his work phone (a blackberry), which was the way he wanted it. A couple weeks before DDay, he decided he needed a phone he could text with more easily. He said it was because Jimmy kept texting his personal cell phone.

      Well, now that he has his new phone, he is constantly texting and recieving texts – and I know all of it isn’t to Jimmy. Oh, and I never realized that he put a lock on his new phone until last week. Guess I’m lucky – at least there are no phone conversations while I’m around – yet.

      Jesus, I was so blind!

  160. tamara says

    Welcome Princess!

    I used to call my relationship “two people deeply in love. Both with the same person.”

    Glad you have your kids and friends… priorities, sister.

    • Chump Princess says

      Thank you Tamara. I love that description! So telling and so accurate. Everything in our lives usually revolved around him and his needs. I was so sad when he decided that he REALLY wanted to be with his latest side piece – she has been after him for over 20 years. She just recently divorced her third husband – and she’s a minister. She got a hefty divorce settlement and my STBXH has always felt that he should have been born into or acquire wealth – and now she can afford him so he’s out of the marriage. I have been no contact for a month now and it has actually been heavenly. I no longer have to be mind-fucked by the waterfall of shit and lies that constantly gush forth from his mouth. He told me that I would be better off without him – that I would blossom. I am going to do everything in my power to make that the one thing he has said in all of our time together that might actually be true.

      • Kelly says

        One of my ex’s APs had an affair with him for 17 years, till I providently caught him and threw him out last year. She probably was wondering how stupid I could be–apparently I am a super-chump and thought my husband actually adored me as he always claimed, and that he was faithful. But after the first terrible weeks and months following D-Day passed, I found myself blossoming, and so will you, sister…ummm I mean Princess! While I don’t focus much on the AP’s you do have to wonder what kind of woman would be interested in doing that, what a pitiful existence.

        • TKM says

          My dog turd was also constantly texting in front of
          my daughter and me. She would get really upset with him. He claimed he was playing Words with Friends with a family friend – which was only partly true. All part of the lying by omission. He claimed we never caught j
          at the exact
          moment he was texting so it wasn’t lying. Gotta love
          that logic.

  161. Yoder says

    Welcome abroad Princess Chump. It will be a bumpy ride.

    Your words, “…he was deliberately texting and calling the OW in front of my face (she participated by deliberately calling him and texting him practically non-stop)” Really hit home. I kept telling him I knew what he was doing and it had to stop. He never stopped it and I finally got rid of ow permanently, but he just couldn’t get her out of his mind.

  162. Chump Princess says

    Thanks for the welcome Yoder. This was my second go round with the texting and calling. The first time (but not the first instance of cheating) was a few years back (she also had recently come into money – notice a pattern?) and was pretty intense. She had looked him up, called him and right way, they were madly in love and planning a future – he living the lifestyle of the rich and famous. I found out, we went for marriage counseling with a therapist who basically decided that if I were just more understanding and supportive (really? how much more about him can we make it?) my marriage would be blissful. I implemented her suggestions, the OW was vanquished, and my marriage was “blissful” for about 6 months. He went back to online porn, facebook and having EA’s (PA’s?) with co-workers. Enter childhood friend, woman who had offered herself up to him for an affair over 20 years ago, newly monied, fresh off her third divorce and Boom! he’s never been happy in the marriage and now he can finally be happy. “Do you think I will be happy living around rich people?” he asked me. Once I was able to get a physical distance, get into IC, do some reading and realize how I was living and that he is a serious NPD and covert aggressive, all I could think was Fuck That Guy! I am working on detaching emotionally, which is a longer haul. But I intend to get there – and at his suggestion – blossom. This site is a breath of fresh air for chumps like me. The interaction is empowering. Love you guys.

  163. Yoder says

    I agree, Chump Lady and everyone here has helped save my sanity.

    I remember way back, almost forty years ago, my pet snake and I were having a conversation (before we were married) and were discussing someone we knew who had cheated on their significant other. I clearly remember saying, “It might happen…ONCE.” His reaction was startling. It was obvious he knew cheating on me was a line in the sand he best not ever cross or I would be gone in a nano second.

    All these years later, here I am, trying to figure out how to get away from him. Thankfully, I am finally emotionally detached and live in a world of indifference. It feels wonderful.

    Hang in there, it does get so much better.

  164. DuckLinerUpper says

    Upon telling him I want a divorce, my cheater said he didn’t understand why I wanted to leave him.

    “The affair… that *it*?” (Meaning, is that the only reason?)

    Seriously, he said that. You can’t make this stuff up.

    Entitlement to the very end.

    • Seriously says

      My cheater (7 months “in love” last year, while we were in counselling, plus sex with “a handful” of women over 10 years, but they were “irrelevant”) said the same thing: “I can’t believe you are taking this so seriously; I can’t believe you would leave me for this!” Cue tears, mournful expressions, and help in the kitchen.

      Oh, and did you get this one? “I thought you were more open minded than that.”

      Bless this blog for reminding me how messed up this is. It’s been so easy to forget when he is finally acting like a participant in the household.