Bait and Switch Cheater Tactics

bait and switch cheater tactics

The Friday Challenge is bait and switch cheater tactics.

A common refrain among chumps is “I never saw it coming.” Followed by all the ways their unbeknownst cheaters demonstrated they were invested. They sent goopy love letters. They bought a new house together weeks before D-Day. Professed undying commitments. Swore on their children’s lives they’d never cheat. Bought the chump flowers/jewelry/a new band saw/boobs/pressure washer…

Then D-day hits and the cheater says they never loved them at all.

No, every year was a MISERY.

Yesterday’s letter had a passage that summed up this mindfuck very nicely.

We were best friends for 25 years! Just 4 months before his affair started he cried on Xmas morning about how great his life was and how lucky he was. He wrote me long love notes that same year, including weeks before his affair began.

Can anyone relate? Mine asked me to marry him. I discovered the double life less than six months after our wedding.

So, today’s Friday Challenge is the ol’ bait and switch. What ways did your cheater throw you off the trail?

TGIF!

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Deeply Chumpy
Deeply Chumpy
8 months ago

X Dickhead gave me a diamond ring – very similar to my engagement ring only larger. I look back now and wonder if it was meant to be for an AP he was with and never intended for me 💍

Chumpinrecovery
Chumpinrecovery
8 months ago
Reply to  Deeply Chumpy

After my ex moved out but before divorce, when he was still coming and going to see the kids, etc. I went through a cabinet that was attached to the dresser he had used. In there I found a pack of sexytime coupons and a box wrapped in red paper. They were next to the empty bag from the store where he had bought my valentine’s chocolates (last Valentine’s day before DDay). I wondered at the time if these had been intended for me or Schmoopie and why he hadn’t given them to either of us. The coupon book disappeared a few weeks later (so clearly intended for Schmoopie). The box in red paper is still there to this day. Maybe someday I will get curious and open it (it was seven years ago now that it was discovered), but for now it just sits there as a reminder of his betrayal.

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago

I would open it just in case there’s anything of value in there you might sell.

SouthernChump
SouthernChump
8 months ago
Reply to  Deeply Chumpy

Looking back, I think every gift I ever got was intended for someone else.

FreeWoman
FreeWoman
8 months ago
Reply to  SouthernChump

I’m sure that every time he bought me a piece of jewelry, it was because he was cheating with some new conquest. So gross, and tainted all those memories.

KatiePig
KatiePig
8 months ago
Reply to  SouthernChump

Same. One year at Christmas he got me a blue cameo necklace. It was pretty and I said thank you but he was upset that I wasn’t excited enough. Did I know how long it took him to find a blue cameo. I stared at him blankly because I had no idea why he would be searching for a blue cameo necklace specifically. He got upset and talked about how I had one when I was young and had loved it so he went out of his way to get me another one.

Except, I didn’t have one. I didn’t even know they came in blue. I wonder if some other woman told him that story and he later thought it was me or if he just full on bought it for someone else and then that didn’t work out and he couldn’t return it so he gaslit me about it.

Foghorn
Foghorn
8 months ago
Reply to  KatiePig

“Except, I didn’t have one. I didn’t even know they came in blue. I wonder if some other woman told him that story and he later thought it was me….”

makes an unladylike snort at the memories Same Katie! I actually forgot about this. my dickhead did this all the time, like so often I thought I had early onset memory loss. One Christmas he cooked us a swordfish meal (because nothing screams saint nick like predator fish) and I was reluctant because I’m allergic to mercury, something found in fish like swordfish, but he wanted to recreate that “magical dinner I had in Fiji when I had swordfish and everything was perfect and my heart… ”… ok I forget what my heart was supposed to feel like but it was bad poetry about a fricking fish meal… anyway he wanted to do it… 1) I’ve never ever ordered swordfish in my life, in fact still have never seen it on a menu & 2) I ate a bag of salt & vinegar chips my one and only time my feet was on Fiji soil because I had a connecting flight and couldn’t leave the airport and I was only 13. Predator fish meal backfired and we spent Christmas night in emergency after… surprise surprise… I had a mild but still scary-ish allergic reaction. What a dickhead, UGH! But we’ve been divorced for sometime and so now looking back on this trait I just LOL at the would be poet AP who’s inspo was fish dinner, what a deep soul (snort not).

StraightOuttaChumpton
StraightOuttaChumpton
8 months ago
Reply to  KatiePig

For mother’s day, he got me red velvet cheesecake. He expected me to be over the moon because it was red velvet.

I have zero affinity for red velvet. I’m a New York cheesecake girl all the way.

I’ll bet Ichabod Pigeon-Toes loves red velvet.

Also, apparently I’m afraid of bridges….? (Nope!)

Needsapush2022
Needsapush2022
8 months ago

Mine always got me red velvet, hate it!!!!

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
8 months ago
Reply to  KatiePig

I had this happen more times than I could count. Klootzak would insist that I had been to some hotel or restaurant where I had never been. Or he would say something about me liking or not liking something or talking about something that was clearly not me. The first few times it happened, I thought he was losing his mind and tried to correct him. He was insistent I was wrong and that I had actually eaten at a restaurant where I had never been. Tried to gaslight me about it! Then after D-day, I realized he was misremembering when he had actually been to those place with OW or had been told those memories by them. He could only compartmentalize so much.

Dontfeellikedancin
Dontfeellikedancin
8 months ago
Reply to  KatiePig

Katie, holy crap, that’s disordered even for a FW 🤯

Informal
Informal
8 months ago
Reply to  KatiePig

I’ve mentioned before that the ex had a disorder of buying multiples of things he liked. Exactly the same. Shoes, coats, motorcycle, campers… Bizzare I just heard he got sibling puppies. Hope that’s going well cause he’s never had to train one let alone two.
One Mother’s Day towards the end he literally hurled a pair of diamond earrings at me stating he bought them for DD but she didn’t have her ears pierced. Later I asked if he simply had a stash that he handed out to every side piece. Naturally he said no but he was already a proven liar.I guess the kicker was that was about 25 ys in and he was one of many who stated the you’re not my mother bit and had never been kind or given me anything on that day. Look what you get if you stick around for more abuse.
He did state several times I needed a new car which was simply bait from a future faker. I wish I’d gone ahead and let him get that but I would have not had a voice in what I wanted. I liked what I had though it had high mileage. I eventually bartered it for work I needed here and bought a used vehicle of my choice. It’s still being driven and dependable for the other person.

SortOfOverIt
SortOfOverIt
8 months ago
Reply to  Informal

I eventually found out that some things he bought me, he also bought her. Not so much that he went out and had a stash he just gave to every vagina-owning person he knew, but just that he couldn’t be bothered to pick us out individual gifts. Absolute fuckery.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago
Reply to  Informal

In my hopium-fueled wreckonsillyation, I yearned for a new set of wedding rings that would symbolize the new, stronger marriage after his one (cough, sputter) affair. Yes, I was THAT far down the rabbit hole (shaking my head at my self).

I used to browse websites featuring wedding rings BY THE HOUR. He future faked the fact that he intended to buy one ALL THE TIME…he would ask my ring size and do all sorts of little gestures inferring that it was around the next corner.

Just as we were having our 25th wedding anniversary (where I thought the ring would appear) we had a reversal of circumstances and the money for the ring was needed for family stuff but shortly thereafter the future faking started back up again.

Just before he died, in a rare moment of asking him to account for himself, I asked him “You refer to buying a ring all the time but dont do it, what gives?” He said “successful men’s wives have big diamonds and Ive never been successful enough to buy one”.

So there it was, the ring (had it been real) had NOTHING to do with me or love, it was to show his level of success. In the end, I was SOOOO GLAD he never bought it. What the hell would I have done with it if he had?

Skunkcabbage
Skunkcabbage
8 months ago
Reply to  Informal

Oh boy. “I got you a gift. You should love it. Its exactly what I wanted for you. Why don’t you like it? How ungrateful you are. I went to so much trouble to get this for you. I try so hard to make you happy”……

bread&roses
bread&roses
8 months ago
Reply to  Skunkcabbage

All i want is for you to be happy.” All!

Skunkcabbage
Skunkcabbage
8 months ago
Reply to  Skunkcabbage

I’m fairly certain that I also got presents that were intended for someone else. I also got guilt presents and presents designed to make me think he was actually invested in our relationship. What I never got was a present that was chosen with thought and care to what I actually wanted and would love.

DiscardedChump
DiscardedChump
8 months ago

Mine wanted to update our wills to make sure the house and all the assets go to each other (we hadn’t updated them since we had been renting many years ago) And he was in the middle of reno-ing our kitchen when he left to make our forever home more comfortable for us. He left me with a half demoed kitchen that I had to find contractors to come and finish the job he half started/finished. Took me over 6 months to find someone to come in and clean up the mess he left. And we had plans to go on vacations, he was under the impression that he could go and cheat with his co-worker, and then we would still go on our vacations that were planned. He was very surprised when I cancelled them.

SortOfOverIt
SortOfOverIt
8 months ago
Reply to  DiscardedChump

“he was under the impression that he could go and cheat with his co-worker, and then we would still go on our vacations that were planned. ”

Every time I think I’ve seen it all, someone here at CN proves me wrong. There is no limit to their crazy thoughts! Why on EARTH would he think you’d still vacay with him? They are so backwards thinking!

Conchobara
Conchobara
8 months ago
Reply to  DiscardedChump

Last August/September we went to Disney Aulani (we were Disney Vacation Club members) and shortly after we got back I had a brainstorm. Our family had been talking about doing Christmas this year at my sisters’ in Washington State because they always have to Zoom in (the rest of us live around each other in Southern California).

I had this great idea that we could take a train up the coast of California and make stops in some of our favorite places: San Francisco, Portland, and then stop in Washington for Christmas, then up to Vancouver BC, a place I’ve always wanted to go. FW LOVES trains like little boys love trains. He literally watches videos of cameras mounted at the front of trains for hours. I was so excited about this idea because of how much he would love it. And he did. So we booked it with a sleeper car and everything.

A couple weeks later was DDay. About a week after DDay, FW actually had the nerve to ask if I still wanted to go on the trip “as a family”. WTAF?!?! I told him absolutely not, I was still going to go and see my sister and take our daughter. He later told me that it was too expensive and he could still cancel it and get the money back. Fine, whatever, I agreed. Truthfully, I doubt he ever cancelled it. I think he’s still going and taking the child mistress. Why cancel a trip that I lovingly planned in such detail when you can just swap out your inconvenient wife for your barely legal side piece?

Helen Back
Helen Back
8 months ago
Reply to  Conchobara

“He literally watches videos of cameras mounted at the front of trains for hours.” Uh…Freudian much?

Conchobara
Conchobara
8 months ago
Reply to  Helen Back

You know, I never considered that but yeah!

Badmovie19
Badmovie19
8 months ago
Reply to  DiscardedChump

We planned a family trip to Hawaii. My friend had lived there for a bit and I was like let’s go already because we can stay at her house for free for a majority of the trip then spend some time with the kids at Disney’s Aulani. A few weeks after purchasing the tickets on my credit card, he drops his affair bomb. Well the kids and me had a great time in Hawaii and he had to give me his cancelled flight ticket credit during the divorce.

Spinach@35
Spinach@35
8 months ago
Reply to  Badmovie19

We were planning a trip to NZ with another couple when he dropped the affair bomb. Of course, I assumed the trip was cancelled. Our couple friend also assumed it was not going to happen, but my ex threw out the idea that the two guys go on the two-week vacay together, just the two of them. Our friend refused!

FW was so clueless about how people would react. He’s got a very low EQ.

I Count
I Count
8 months ago
Reply to  Badmovie19

Now that is mighty!!

Granny K
Granny K
8 months ago
Reply to  DiscardedChump

I hope you used the vacation money to finish the kitchen.

Luckycline
Luckycline
8 months ago

Six months before DDAY on NYE fuckwit told one of her friends that she was the happiest she had ever been.

Six months later she’s talking about how she’s taking her life back and that I had been abusive our entire marriage.

bread&roses
bread&roses
8 months ago
Reply to  Luckycline

Go team NYE dday! Was a hard anniversary the first year (made worse because thanks to pandemic closures, it just happened to be the day I finally got in for a STI panel, which I ordered when I realized FW had been a serial cheater for years). Now it’s something to celebrate: my freedom and fortitude! Never have been a big NYE partier, but now I feel justified sitting out the festivities and using it as an excuse to do something quiet and special for myself. Hope you can reclaim it n some way, too.

2xchump🚫again
2xchump🚫again
8 months ago
Reply to  bread&roses

Laying with my feet in stirrups helped me come back to life. I cried my eyes out in my GYNS parking lot and called my then husband in tears at such humiliation. He said, I’ll come right there to comfort you even though I’m at work!! I said …oh no you dont!!!! Never go to a crocodile for swimming lessons. Comfort yourself!!! Go get tested. Mine said he’d been with only one. I saw the footprints of many. Never believe a lying liar that lies.

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I Won't Ever Again
I Won't Ever Again
8 months ago

I’m so sorry that you had this experience. The audacity they have at not having protected “contact” and bringing that shit home—ugh. I, too, had the “WTF is this?” with my medical provider. She sat down and let me know (1) it was an STI, (2) incurable, (3) not “dormant” for decades so it was him and (4) I would have this for the.rest.of.my.life. When I confronted STBX, he said “you must have gotten it before we met”. 25 years with him, no issues. Turns out #2, #3 (mb, #27, who knows) may have not been honest with him and vice versa. :/ Shocking, I know.

I recently met someone–ok, 10 months ago, fixing my picker and learning my boundaries–and had to have the horrible, humiliating conversation about STBX’s co-curriculars and what he did to me because we were becoming physical. Fortunately, this man is kind and lovely. He let me know he had a lot of medical questions (so did I) about how to be cautious/not spread anything, but it wasn’t a deal breaker and we would “work it out”. Then he kissed me. 🙂

Since I thought (hoped?) something like that could happen, I have been taking daily medications; I have had 3 incidents–the last being over a year ago–since January 2020 (when it “randomly” appeared… [insert best middle school eye roll here]). Ultimately, while I had no choice in where STBX’ pecker was inserted–I stupidly believed his words of family, faith and fidelity–I am in control of me. Best result? He has to live with himself and I don’t.

KatiePig
KatiePig
8 months ago
Reply to  Luckycline

That’s familiar. We went on a vacation one month before discard. He was gushing to friends about how happy he was and plans for our next anniversary. It’s part of why no one believed anything I said and I lost all friends at discard because they knew how much he loved me so I must be lying.

Letitsnow
Letitsnow
8 months ago
Reply to  KatiePig

Intentional

KatiePig
KatiePig
8 months ago
Reply to  Letitsnow

Oh yeah, it was definitely intentional. He told me that he had been actively planning our divorce for over six years while he smirked in my face. And I was so confused because he knew nothing about the process or laws in our state. He tried to take my inheritance and that was untouchable in our state, it’s not considered community property. He was shocked by the laws and the divorce papers. I wondered what the hell he was doing for those six years. He obviously didn’t even do a basic google search for “divorce in Nevada.”

Then I started talking to people and reaching out for the support I desperately needed and their reactions made me realize what he had spent six years doing. He was planting little seeds everywhere. My own sister even had no empathy for me and rolled her eyes at me and asked “What was he supposed to do?” Maybe not lie to me? Maybe not waste two decades of my life faking a marriage? Maybe just ask for a divorce like a normal human being rather than do it as cruelly as possible and attempt to drive me to suicide? There was this whole narrative that I was this evil harpy and he was the poor put upon husband who just endured it for love. I hope they feel stupid now that he’s been arrested for being a pedophile. I’ll never allow any of them in my life again but I hope they feel really damn stupid.

thelongrun
thelongrun
8 months ago
Reply to  KatiePig

I’m w/you, Katiepig. I hope anybody that bought your ex’s stories about you and your relationship are feeling like the dumb idiots they obviously aspired to be. Good grief, what sad people.

Rebecca
Rebecca
8 months ago
Reply to  Luckycline

On New Years Eve before DDay, ex wrote an email to me and the kids about how great I am and what a wonderful mother I am. How anything the family is was only because of me.
How grateful we should all be.

At his deposition that email was on the very top of the document pile! My lawyers used it to show I was certainly worth every dime he didn’t want to pay!

His face said it all.

Cam
Cam
8 months ago
Reply to  Rebecca

They’re so surprised when they can’t bend reality to their will and actions have consequences, aren’t they?

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
8 months ago
Reply to  Rebecca

Klootzak gave a speech at his last military promotion which laid out how much I supported his work and how he would not be where he was in life without me. I have the hard copy saved.

Funny how then when he decided he wanted to discard me, everything I had done for him was meaningless and all his success was his own. 🙄

I also have my last SF-50 from when I had to resign my well paid federal government position to follow klootzak’s career. My supervisor wrote in all caps that I had no choice but to resign because they could not move my position to the new location. It says, “(Mr Wonderful’s Ex’s) spouse had received PCS orders to (base name/city) and she has resigned to follow her spouse to their new location.” Had I been able to stay in that position, the difference between what I would have been earning and what I am working in the private sector is over $30k per year. So that will be on top if my document pile, too. His career was supported by me and I sacrificed mine for him as well. I would have earned a pension in that federal post….

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago

Cheaters military retirement was a horrible experience as he had just stated his intention to divorce me “because I was a terrible wife”. He planned the ceremony a thousand miles away and did not figure in our sons final exams (so son couldn’t go) but OW was there in the second row with her fake date.

Just before the ceremony, he could see that I was on the verge of tears over the whole thing so he faked a “we will get through this promise to reconcile” just before the ceremony so that I wouldn’t dry and embarrass him. As soon as the day was over, he assured me that his plan to divorce was still in place.

MichelleShocked
MichelleShocked
8 months ago
Reply to  Rebecca

Rebecca, that sounds familiar. FW tried to tell the attorneys (and I’m sure his AP) that I wouldn’t have sex with him anymore. Except he had texted me a few weeks before DDay that he was in line at TSA for a work trip (who knows if that was true) and I replied “I hope what we did this morning put a smile on your face and makes waiting in the line easier”… and he responded in a way that farther clarified what we did. And we used that text to shut him up with the attorneys too. The weird part was he would rarely have sex with me… I was always begging for it. But of course right before DDay, he was getting it in before discard and telling me how much he loved me.

The biggest bait and switch was him wearing a wedding ring every day and kissing me goodbye and saying “I love you” before heading to work. He did that every day until DDay. Then the mask fell off and he was like an alien.

Happy Now
Happy Now
8 months ago

“The biggest bait and switch was him wearing a wedding ring every day and kissing me goodbye and saying “I love you” before heading to work. He did that every day until DDay. Then the mask fell off and he was like an alien.”

100% my experience as well. Then the cognitive dissonance was crazy-making for me. I literally thought I was going insane, because of the way he played it.

exofanaddict
exofanaddict
8 months ago
Reply to  Happy Now

same here!! ^

BackTo Reality
BackTo Reality
8 months ago
Reply to  Happy Now

Yes. Exactly the same for me. Prior to this I hadn’t even heard of the phrase ‘cognitive dissonance’. She, too, became a complete alien. It was truly shocking to behold. Changed me forever.

MichelleShocked
MichelleShocked
8 months ago
Reply to  Happy Now

Happy Now, I agree that FW gaslighting is so disturbing and crazy making. The change in FW was so abrupt that before I doubted my own sanity, I really did think he had to have a brain tumor (as so many of us do).

El
El
8 months ago

I hate the gaslighting, made me so so stupid,, I thought I was going crazy accusing him, but lo nd behold I was right,, what does FW stand for is, it F*** wit?

chumpedlindyhopper
chumpedlindyhopper
8 months ago

not me but one of my best friends. she and FW bought a house, got a mortgage and moved in during the pandemic (can you imagine how much work that was to organize?). All the while, he was having an affair with the OW. My friend was discarded 6 months later, as a parting gift, he left her with a UTI. He moved in with the OW and they are still together in twuv wuv.

Involuntary Georgian
Involuntary Georgian
8 months ago

I moved the house and kids 1000 miles after XW had moved ahead for her new job; 2 months after we arrived she dropped her bombshell. TBH it still doesn’t completely make sense: it was the wrong direction for AP (we previously lived 200 miles from him, coincidentally in his childhood hometown where his parents still live) and it didn’t make sense to choose a new house (and a dental plan, and childcare) based on a future that she was going to nuke in a few weeks.

I think that
(1) there’s a lot of denial. XW couldn’t admit to herself that she was planning to leave me and was tricking me and the kids into joining her, because that would have made her a shitty person. So instead she pretended to me and herself that the marriage still had a chance, while picking fights with me (and setting up romantic getaways with AP) so that – practically speaking – it was doomed. But she didn’t say the word “divorce” first! And
(2) there’s a lot of magical thinking. XW thought she would keep the new house, somehow. That though she’d have the kids half time she’d still have as much time for work, because somehow I’d still do all the domestic tasks like during the marriage and I would continue to “support her career”. That AP would come like with her even though he had his own wife and kids 1200 miles away. Objectively this isn’t a plan, it’s a dream – but I think that’s what she expected would happen.

I realize that a lot of this is untangling the skein, but this type of behavior continues to this day. She agrees to a custody change that I suspect she won’t honor, but she believes she will .. up until the day her schedule changes, and then suddenly the change is void. She won’t make dental appointment for the kids and refuses to let me make them, but thinks somehow magically their impacted wisdom teeth will resolve. If this were just about the affair / divorce it would just be a “her” problem, but since the pattern repeats long into post-divorce life it is unfortunately also a “me” problem.

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago

I think you make a really great point about magical thinking – it explains a lot about the unreality that’s inherent in their thinking and “plans”. How so often the plans are ludicrous and based on assumptions that everything is going to go their way. Some things will because they have the edge as they are the only ones aware of these “plans” but even spouse appliances fight back or the logistics just don’t work out. So much disruption for NOTHING….for fantasies. But the entire affair is a fantasy because real life doesn’t consist of furtive kisses, sleazy motel rooms and polishing the back seats of cars. There’s a lot of REAL WORK that goes into real life that takes the shine off the apple eventually. In the end, they end up with either nothing….or another spouse appliance. Did your ex work it out with her AP – did he leave his wife & kids for her?

Cam
Cam
8 months ago
Reply to  Mehitable

I had an aunt who was disordered. She was never diagnosed, but there was clearly something very wrong with her, even before she went off the deep end and sued my dad. She constantly rewrote history in her head and didn’t have a firm grasp of how actual events happened. It was traumatizing.

She also had a very childish, magical way of viewing the world and seemed to believe she could bend reality to her will. She was shocked anytime people called her on her shit or fact checked her. She was shocked when the authorities saw through her lies and penalized her. She truly believed anything she said made it so. It was like dealing with a vicious child.

I’ve seen almost identical thinking and behavior in other disordered nutjobs: the impulsiveness, the magical thinking, the omnipotence to the point they’re seriously delusional.

Involuntary Georgian
Involuntary Georgian
8 months ago
Reply to  Mehitable

Yes and no. On the one hand, they synchronized everything pretty well, and he divorced his wife and married mine. On the other hand, he got 50% custody of his kids who live 1200 miles away, so he can’t be here full time. But (back to the first hand) XW is gradually, gradually driving a wedge between him and his kids, so he really only spends about 30% of his time up there (not even close to 50%).

It seems to me to be the worst possible outcome: two marriages destroyed and they can’t even live together because of their respective custody obligations; AP spends just enough time with my XW to thoroughly screw up his kids (both in therapy for “abandonment issue”, one repeatedly institutionalized) but is still gone enough that my XW has had to learn to do all the domestic stuff (cooking, cleaning, paying bills, driving kids, etc.) that she never did when married to me, which makes her perpetually angry at me over how much (legitimately, though IMO predictably) harder her life is now.

Basically, they both got what they wanted but now they’re angry about it. She takes it out on me and he takes it out on his XW; I am fortunately unaware of how they treat each other, except that apparently they have furious, screaming, plate-throwing fights (which proves they love each other), whereas she and I always got along (which proves we never did). You know: passion, drama and a soupçon of violence – the bedrock of a good marriage. (I only know this because our daughter related this as relationship advice she’d gotten from her mother, reported sarcastically because daughter is one smart cookie).

Nemo
Nemo
8 months ago

That’s one thing you can thank God for: daughter inherited sense from the sane parent!

ClearWaters
ClearWaters
8 months ago

I can’t believe how evil these cheaters are. I think given the opportunity and need they would actually murder their chumps and justify their actions. It’s not the opportunity that makes the crime, the crime is born within the criminal. Sometimes I shiver to think what I might have escaped from.

SortOfOverIt
SortOfOverIt
8 months ago
Reply to  ClearWaters

This was actually something that I worried about too. There’s a desperation when they get caught and honestly, I’m surprised the #s for murdered chumps aren’t higher. (Well, I suppose I should say, I don’t know what the actual numbers are, but I don’t hear about it daily so that’s what makes me say I’m surprised they aren’t higher)

thelongrun
thelongrun
8 months ago
Reply to  ClearWaters

I’m also very glad you escaped, ClearWaters. Nobody needs to deal w/that level of awfulness.

thelongrun
thelongrun
8 months ago
Reply to  ClearWaters

ClearWaters, I used to say shortly after D-day to my support group that the only way the FW XW could have hurt me more was to have the affair and murder me to get rid of me and get her hands on what money I had. I could totally believe a scenario like that where she rationalized doing it. Hey, anything for twu wuv and greed, right? Ugh. Makes me sick to think about it.🤢🤮

Cam
Cam
8 months ago
Reply to  ClearWaters

Chris Watts spring to mind, and I know many other cheaters have gone so far as well. I think most don’t out of sheer laziness, or because murder doesn’t serve their needs best (thank goodness). Otherwise I think more cheaters would do it. They’ve already shown they don’t care about hurting us and in some cases even enjoy it.

Daughterofachump
Daughterofachump
8 months ago
Reply to  ClearWaters

ClearWaters, you’re right. That happens quite a bit. I see news stories like that all the time.

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
8 months ago
Reply to  ClearWaters

I believe klootzak would kill me if he felt he could get away with it. He wouldn’t even flinch. He wants to keep everything and introduce DS8 to his latest schmoopie as his new mom. Mind you, he hasn’t yet even moved out of the house or signed the separation agreement. He is busy burning CDs if music for OW. Because mentally he is maybe 12 years old.

Gotoutalive
Gotoutalive
8 months ago
Reply to  ClearWaters

I think you are correct. After my STBX told me he wanted a divorce and wasn’t in love with me anymore, things got tense in the home with him. I was in grieving mode. He was leaving every day going out and hitting the sack with anyone he could. One day he lost his temper when I ignored him when he was talking to me. I literally pretended like he did not exist. He grabbed my wrist, did a body pat down on me, scratched me, pushed me and I called the cops. He got arrested and has been out on a restraining order since. This has caused me to have “severe” nightmares about him coming back to kill me. The look on his face when he got handcuffed was enough. I knew then he may try to hurt me again. I have cameras up, game cameras, and neighbors are aware. I’ve never been so scared of anyone as much as I am him. I think he would rather see me dead and if he can get by with it, it will likely happen.

Shadow
Shadow
8 months ago
Reply to  Gotoutalive

Oh Lord, I am so sorry! What an evil creature he is! I pray to God he will never get anywhere near you again and that you will soon heal from the trauma he inflicted on you and have deep peace of mind because you’re safe!

AristocraticChump
AristocraticChump
8 months ago
Reply to  Gotoutalive

Im so so sorry, I understand the fear. Keep safe. Im so glad you have good neighbours. Big hug. Take care

Eric
Eric
8 months ago

She threatened divorce every single time I told her that I believed she was sexting on Facebook Messenger and in a private group. She had me telling my doctor that I needed something to help me not be so “paranoid”. She let me take those damn pills for 6 long years, even though they never “calmed my paranoia”. Her hope was to dull my instincts enough to make it easier to cheat. She would always swear on the children that she never once did anything inappropriate.

NJ Survivor
NJ Survivor
6 months ago
Reply to  Eric

He told my doctor I needed antidepressants and convinced my mother to phone several of my physicians with the same story. They did not believe her. In the end, he spiked my food and medicine with benadryl.

Leedy
Leedy
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Yes, this is nefarious. What a profound violation. I’m so sorry this happened to you.

MZ
MZ
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Oh my gosh, I was on anti-anxiety meds for more than half my 30-year-marriage, while FW acted like my frailties were annoying and even allowed our kids to tease me for struggling. I weaned myself off and worked hard to keep myself stable, only to have him dump me because I was “hard to live with.” I’m eight years out, and in a healthy new relationship that has made me aware I wasn’t the problem. FW was the basis of my anxiety.

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Same here, Eric. I needed pills for anxiety. Guess what was causing my anxiety? I realized what was going on when I didn’t have symptoms when he was gone. I also never had “memory issues” or a “hearing problem” when he wasn’t around. It’s funny how cheating and gaslighting can be twisted into something wrong with the chump.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Those Wild Goose Chases…we had gone to a Catholic marriage retreat where he faked his way through. I had a deep sense of dread and foreboding…nothing he said to reassure and soothe me felt real. He clearly did it to clam the waters and make his cheating easier.

We stopped for lunch on the way home and he looked at me with an attempt at “sincerity” and said that our marriage would be better if I got alone better with my parents. Dad is a narc and mom was a full blown alcoholic with borderline personality disorder. What an ingenious way to sidetrack me and give him space to fuck Susan. Good thing for me, I never took his suggestion. Based on how mean they were to me, He was telling me to stick my head in that blender to make his cheating easier. “Submit to their abuse so you dont notice mine”

Ladybug Chump
Ladybug Chump
8 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

I set up one of those weekends when he was doing the minimum to have a marriage. But he was kind of cranky. Not normal. Figured out later that it was her birthday. My guess is he was pissed that he couldn’t be with her for an out of town trip so he was pouty the whole time. I hate that it was also a lie of the mirage.
He seriously should have just let it all go to be with her. There was no money shared, not kids together, only a year or so married in our fifty’s. A decade later it seems he’s married her.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago
Reply to  Ladybug Chump

The smoking gun of Dday was a letter he wrote Susan which was save on his computer that I cracked into. It was worse in that I had just turned 40 and he treated my birthday like the non-event it was to him (while all my peers got huge celebrations thrown by their husbands).

Yea, if he wanted to be with her, he could’ve told the truth and left, but he was way too much of a coward, so his plan was Abuse Her Until She Throws Me Out.

My next big birthday was much better…with new love on a yacht in the Aegean (with a chef)

Leedy
Leedy
8 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

I had a very similar 40th birthday; what an “ouch” memory that is!

loch
loch
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

“swear on the children that she never once did anything inappropriate”

lies flow like water

Almost Out
Almost Out
8 months ago
Reply to  loch

It’s terrifying, this common theme of swearing on their own children’s lives with lies. Mine did it too, even after I threw his parents’ lives in there for good measure (they mean more to him than his own kids do).

Bruno
Bruno
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

I needed therapy she insisted. Our marriage was dreadful because of my problems. She was in therapy and it was helping her so much. We could have a much better relationship if I did my part.
The entire time she was having sex in her first grade classroom with at least one other coworker. I guess that was her part.

Shadow
Shadow
8 months ago
Reply to  Bruno

In a classroom, where innocent small children spend several hours a day, 5 days a week?
Ugh! Dirty, sordid and a bit perverted! What a sordid creature she is!

Cam
Cam
8 months ago
Reply to  Bruno

I’m so sorry.

FYI
FYI
8 months ago
Reply to  Bruno

🤮
Please tell me she/they got fired.

ChumpChanged
ChumpChanged
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Woah!!! That is super dark. Wow.

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago
Reply to  ChumpChanged

It really is, it’s like something out of a Hitchcock movie. Here, drink the milk, honey….it will help you sleep……forever.

cuzchump
cuzchump
8 months ago

My ex never bought me anything. He started going to his friends Bill’s house. Started to go on hunting trips in Bill’s cabin. Funny I never met Bill. This from a man who never liked to stay in cabins. No love bombing. Just more verbal and financial abuse. On D day I was emotionally drained and on a verge of a breakdown.
After D day I asked him why he cheated. He said they where just friends. Never had sex. He just liked hanging with her because she was fun and liked to play pool. I wasn’t fun. And she complimented him all the time.

Daughterofachump
Daughterofachump
8 months ago
Reply to  cuzchump

cuzchump , “Bill”, huh? Short for Wilhelmina?

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
8 months ago
Reply to  cuzchump

They are so shallow.

TooManyTears
TooManyTears
8 months ago
Reply to  cuzchump

God, they’re idiots.

Fourleaf
Fourleaf
8 months ago

After I took him back his first round of girlfriends that he left me and the kids for (reconciliation, kids… don’t do it), he spent a a year telling me he was the luckiest man on earth and that, because of what we had gone through, we were the strongest now that we had ever been. He even pitched the idea of performing a public vow renewal ceremony, which I refused; I was still shaken by his last abandonment and the last thing I wanted was even more public attention. Shortly thereafter, he packed up his bags and moved into GF#3/Wifetress’s house.

The old bait and switch is interesting because the gold was always intermingled with rust; he would rell me that I was the best thing that ever happened to him, but he also treated me with increasing cruelty or apathy as he ramped up for the discard. Total whiplash, no wonder I went on antidepressants.

Have I mentioned how much I love being single? It’s the best.

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago
Reply to  Fourleaf

Oh the public vow renewal…..gag………I used to watch a reality show – Real Wives of Orange County…I just thought it was funny, but there was one woman on the show, Shannon, who seemed to be a pretty nice lady with 2 lovely teen girls….and she found out her husband was cheating. I always thought he was a sleazebag but they were married a long time and she just couldn’t get over the affair but wanted to. They recon’d and did a very lush Public Vow Renewal…..gag…….and sure enough broke up permanently not long after. I’m not sure if he married the same wifestress or if it was another one….he’s a sleazoid, but the wifestress ended up divorcing him after having the prize baby, so he has to pay for that one as well as what he paid out to Shannon. So the idea of the PVR always leaves me…….gag. Shannon’s story is a classic one of what happens with an affair and how much it devastated her, it was painful to watch and she got a lot of the…why don’t you just get over it baloney from her “friends”. I think her last name is Bedore if anyone wants to look her up. I think she’s doing well now without her FW.

Shadow
Shadow
8 months ago
Reply to  Mehitable

I’ve just looked Shannon up and to me she’s got kind eyes, with a bit of sorrow in them as well, as I reckon most people with good hearts and loving souls do get in our eyes over time!

bostonirisher
bostonirisher
8 months ago
Reply to  Mehitable

My ex wanted to have a recommitment ceremony. Like he was committed in the first place. Where do these people come from?

Goodfriend
Goodfriend
8 months ago

We spent YEARS looking for the perfect house. And we kept finding it! But every time, there’d be some flaw that made him change his mind, or some sudden concern about his job stability or some other excuse about timing.

We checked the weekend open house listings every Friday, and one week, the laptop in our bedroom was open to a house, which I assumed he wanted me to check. I told him it was for a rental, and he said no, it was for sale, I read it wrong—almost challenging me to reread it. So I did, and noticed the open email on the page stated he’d already seen it, it was available the next week, and asking some unknown woman when she could move in with him.

It took just a few minutes to search his emails to her, and about two more minutes to figure out he fell for a catfish scam.

In retrospect, the house-hunting with me was future-faking. He was probably doing the same to the online AP/scammer, too. He promised to put her through college, buy her a hair salon, and find a way to give her a baby, since he was over 60 and she was under 30. He didn’t want kids and he didn’t want to work, so my guess is this would have been bait-and-switch if he hadn’t fallen for an online romance scam.

Chumpnomore6
Chumpnomore6
8 months ago

Ex fuckwit got himself a flat, which he assured me he was doing up “for us”. Turned out the rat faced whore was living there with him all the time.

Barrel of Monkeys
Barrel of Monkeys
8 months ago

My ex asked me to quit our jobs & buy a farm & BnB a thousand miles away & move (said it was his dream) about 2 months before D-day. I said I wanted to wait until I finished my MA (six months) to consider it. What happened to his dream? he’s still here living here 15 minutes away from me with the Schmoopie. 🤷‍♀️

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago

Their future faking is perhaps – to me – the worst thing they do, because they uproot their families for all this fakery and then they pull the rug out. It’s so evil. It’s absolutely diabolical.

susie lee
susie lee
8 months ago

I knew there was a shift in his demeanor right after his promotion to Captain in the PD. At the promotion ceremony, I pinned the bar on him. He was grinning kind of self consciously, kind of the “Ahhh Shucks, little boy grin”. I remember in hind sight looking across the room and out in the hall was the female dog catcher (his direct report), craning and looking in the room. (I had not clue at that time).

Almost immediately after the ceremony, he started spending more and more time “working”. He was distant with me. To the point that after a few weeks I questioned him about it. He assured me it was work pressure and he just needed space to adapt.

He got a bit better, we had some good times, then early that spring he said he wanted to buy a river property, long story but we worked long and hard for several months during the summer getting all that done and set up. He of course went down there a lot on weekends for plumbing and other property issues.

He wanted so spend our Christmas there a week before actual Christmas because we were going to see my family in TX and our son in AZ for actual Christmas. He gave me a gold necklace, he had never gifted me jewelry in our marriage.

Anyway long story short Dday was Christmas day. I had figured it out right around Thanksgiving. But, up to his promotion day he was acting “normal”. He had always been a bit selfish, but I just accepted that as his flaw. Funny it ever gave me a thought or inkling to go fuck someone else because of his selfishness.

I would say all was normal and he was putting on the show up until he got his promotion and frankly he needed me in place to secure that promotion and he knew it.

Name Changer
Name Changer
8 months ago
Reply to  susie lee

It really amuses me that the OW was a dog catcher!

TooManyTears
TooManyTears
8 months ago
Reply to  Name Changer

…and she caught herself a dog, alright!

Shadow
Shadow
8 months ago
Reply to  TooManyTears

A right mangy ol’ mutt!!

Emily Dee
Emily Dee
8 months ago

Booked several vacations every 2-3 months for the upcoming year, we were looking at purchasing a boat and looking at condos to buy as a vacation spot/additional income property. The vacations weren’t little either. We were early 40’s empty nesters (both daughters were in college, we were done having kids by age 22) so we were planning some epic trips. BTW I am still traveling the world on those epic trips with friends or solo traveling while he’s stuck doing kiddie theme parks with Whoreen and her two very young kids. Of course those have to be scheduled around school holidays and sports and visitations with her ex. They were 4 and 8 when he and the ditch pig (an ex best friend/his best friends wife) “found” true love with one another and the oldest is now in middle school. People who see him tell me they witness the misery when they see the two of them interacting and he looks exhausted. But he’s shared with others that he can’t be alone so he won’t leave…at least not until he finds some poor unsuspecting woman as a replacement or until Whoreen bleeds him of every dollar she can and then decides she doesn’t want to be with an old, bloated alcoholic. (He’s 10 years older than her).

Pretty sure I got the better end of this deal even though it didn’t feel like it at the time.

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago
Reply to  Emily Dee

Amazing how so many of them end up screwing themselves. They throw away a perfectly good spouse, a great spouse even, and their kids and end up with what? Raising a new batch of small kids into old age and being stuck to a work-financial schedule when he could have been having a much better life with you. They do it to themselves. Short term “gain”…..loooooong term loss. I wonder if this woman is cheating on him already – 10 years older and an alkie is not appealing. I hope he’s absolutely miserable and it only gets worse.

Cam
Cam
8 months ago
Reply to  Mehitable

They never trade up. I think it’s an extension of the cheater’s impulsiveness and magical thinking. They don’t exist in reality and are astonished when they face consequences.

El
El
8 months ago
Reply to  Cam

Mine is sure he traded up, she has a pool, he told my son” we have a pool now” a house to fix-up as we were in a rental, and she owns a dive business so he is saying he has a dive business now, but two younger kids that hang around 24/7.. I hope I get to definitely get my trade up and show them

Daughterofachump
Daughterofachump
8 months ago
Reply to  Mehitable

Mehitable, one thing I’ve seen in the stories here that surprises me is how often the FWs cheat on chumps who are the family breadwinners and then end up in disadvantageous financial situations. Idk. I guess this just shows bad judgment. And as was mentioned in another post today, denial and magical thinking.

After my parents’ divorce, my dad ultimately ended up living in a manufactured house on a piece of land in the country. He had no pension or retirement savings, so he worked until he was 70 and then took a reverse mortgage on the property and lived on that and his Social Security until he died at 76.

My mom retired at 64 with a pension and a paid off house. She lived on the pension, Social Security, and RMDs from her IRA until she died. I inherited her house, the IRA, and stock from her former employer (household name consumer goods company.) I think one reason she left my father, besides his crazy alcoholic behavior and cheating, was that he just wouldn’t save and invest.(Ironically, he had an MBA in Accounting.) I can’t blame her for being worried about her financial future with him.

As she used to say “I guess I won!”

Leedy
Leedy
8 months ago

Yes: Denial! Magical thinking! My ex knows he made a huge mistake in cheating on me (and that now, as a single person, his quality of life will go way down), but I just think there was a crazy level of denial in play when he set out to cheat.

Chumpnomore6
Chumpnomore6
8 months ago
Reply to  Emily Dee

You definitely did! And he got the end he deserved. “Whoreen”, “ditch pig” – 🤣😂🤣. Love it.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago

He would make casual references about infidelity which lead me to believe that it was, for him. completely unthinkable. Like once after normal sex, he said “I wouldn’t even know how to have sex with anyone but you…”.

Early in our marriage, he once got in this very strange, almost manic state and said that he could never handle it if I cheated on him . He seemed to be begging for my faithfulness (and to the uninitiated, it seemed that he was promising likewise). I think now that he (who had just finished a 3 month training far away so we had been apart) had just had his first sidefuck after our wedding. I think that maybe when we married, he thought he was going to be faithful and this then-recent episode blew that up.

He really liked to spend money, so buying gifts was something that came easy to him. I have a few nice pieces considering how young we were when he bought them.

Chump Changed
Chump Changed
8 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

“He would make casual references about infidelity which lead me to believe that it was, for him. completely unthinkable. Like once after normal sex, he said “I wouldn’t even know how to have sex with anyone but you…”.”

Same here with the casual references! He would joke that he could never have an affair because of his toenails, which were kind of horribly disfigured (a fungus condition he never bothered to treat). He had this condition for the entire 23 years we were together and always, always wore socks, even during sex. He’d joke that he couldn’t have an affair because he’d have to keep his socks on, and apparently that wouldn’t work in an affair setting. That his feet kept him humble and loyal. He’d made this joke off and on for years, including right after we’d have sex.

For the life of me I still can’t understand why anyone would do this… nor how they could do it, casually and to the face of the spouse they’re cheating on, while snuggling after sex.

I also got the strange, frantic, manic state once, but in my case it was him trying to tell me he was going to “only get his sexual needs met from me.” At the time I assumed he meant stopping his porn usage, which was by his own admittance an addiction and a source of great shame. Now I think he may have been trying to stop his affair at that point (which I had no idea about) and this was his way of “telling me.” His mental state and face were so weird and agitated; it didn’t “fit” the porn issue in terms of intensity of emotion and always stuck out in my memory.

Cakeless in Kalamazoo
Cakeless in Kalamazoo
8 months ago

My ex was more enthusiastic about our surprise pregnancy a year before I found out about the affair than I was, even though he was already five years deep into the affair with our best friend/the OW. I was not thrilled about it to say the least, but he was adamant that it would be a blessing in disguise and good addition to our family even though I thought we were done. When I called him out about it on D-Day, he said he didn’t think I could mentally survive any other options, and reiterated that he wasn’t leaving the kids, just me, so the baby didn’t matter because she wouldn’t be affected. Point of fact, he’s used her as his do over child and has instantly become Disney dad with her despite being a horrible parent to the other three and a horrible husband. But you wouldn’t know that by the way he treats her, dotes on her, spoils her and indulge is her. Almost like he’s trying to assuage the guilt I’d like to think he feels.

luckychump
luckychump
8 months ago

Actually I doubt very much that any of our FWs feel “guilt” as we would understand it. I consider them amoral. The idea of a conscience requires some sort of emotional construct. I think they lack the emotional bandwidth. They are excellent mimics, and they figure out what societal norms are very early in life. Most people with this personality type probably live their whole lives undetected. FWs profess to “love”, but their idea of “love” is seriously flawed. Consider their over reaching sense of entitlement and their obsessive narcissism. I would argue FWs are incapable of love as we understand it. The whole concept of love is alien to them. I would never share this opinion with my children.
Directly after discovering FW’s horrific infidelity, one of my daughters asked me, “Did he ever love us Mom?” Of course I said he loved her with all his heart and I tried to pull specific examples from our shared history to prove it to her. Much later I realized his idea of love was similar to holding a snake in your hand and watching the snake curl itself around your wrist and talking yourself into seeing this as a demonstration of love from the snake. To a FW, “love” is a calculated move. They profess it when convenient and they have something to gain.
In my opinion your FW is acting as a Disney dad as a form of narcissistic supply.

StandFast
StandFast
8 months ago
Reply to  luckychump

Snake coil love from the narcissist…perfect and fits my FW and explains why I thought and he said he always loved me, through 27 years of cheating in marriage

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago

Cheater almost begged me to have a 3rd child. He was hoping for a much-wanted-by-him daughter. I had an alcoholic mom and was OK forfeiting any attempt to do the mother/daughter thing from the mom side. He fawned over her and they were buddies so much so that when he died, she said he was her best friend.

But even for her, he couldn’t be the consistent parent that kids need. Shortly before he died, he was supposed to pick her up at her waitress job. It was late in the evening and dark and she was schedule to close the restaurant. He came home alone saying she was taking too long. He left her alone in the dark in a bad part of town. I ran from the house and drove over. Thank God, the manager stayed with her until someone arrived. That level of disconnection was bizarre, even for him. Cheating on your family changes people at a cellular level.

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

Your best friend doesn’t desert you late at night in the dark in a bad part of town. I hope she comes to realize what a POS he really was. People like him should not have their memories honored.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago
Reply to  Mehitable

I should have added that I now consider my daughter as one of the most wonderful blessings in my life, so it’s ironic (considering all his treachery) that he was pivotal in her existence.

Unfortunately she has chosen to create a version of him in her mind who is loving and loyal and she misses that person a lot. My meager attempts to remind her of his failings were met with a stone wall (not that that should be surprising). I have had to accept that her version him is something I need to not meddle in.

Cheater was such an absent parent (even when he thought he was great) that once son called for a ride home and I said “One of us will come get you” and he innocently said “what other person are you referring to?”

Cam
Cam
8 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

Replied too fast, before I read your final paragraph. My sympathies for all your kids. What a shitheel your ex was.

Cam
Cam
8 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

What a mindfuck for you and your daughter. I’m sorry.

Chumped Mom Getting to Meh
Chumped Mom Getting to Meh
8 months ago

This is so sad and I’m so sorry; I went through similar. I found out I was pregnant with our 2nd (not unplanned by any means) and he was just starting his affair with the OW, when he told me he was divorcing me, he basically justified it by saying that he was just discarding our marriage but not the kids. It’s disgusting.

TheDivineMissChump
TheDivineMissChump
8 months ago

I wish I could say cheating bastard ex said lovely things or gifted me with nice things, but I’d be lying. Truth is, I was so accustomed to his sheer indifference I’d grown to expect nothing and sadly, accepted it.
So certain he was that his secret life would continue unabated, he took me to an attorney to have trusts set up for our joint estate, although he did not put his liquid assets (banking/investment accounts that he held individually) in it. It was amazing how quickly my divorce attorney unraveled it all to my benefit. 😊

susie lee
susie lee
8 months ago

Thank God there are laws against fraud, even within a marriage.

I took a history of our CC and our bank accounts the day after he walked out the door. That way, I had a physical account if he tried to sell or move anything. Not that there was a lot of liquid assets, but we had some rental property and of course his retirement.

Celene
Celene
8 months ago

Here’s my bait/switch: Cheater Ex Husband finally decided he was ready for us to try for another child. We have one son that he made me wait a long time for and he kept putting off having another child with many excuses for several years. This time he was unusually pushy about trying for another child. We were not successful in conceiving which I am grateful for. It came out that Cheater Ex was pushing for us to have another child right around the time his affair with his coworker started. That coworker wanted children but was physically unable to have any.

OHFFS
OHFFS
8 months ago
Reply to  Celene

I am blown away by the sociopathic arrogance of the presumptuous notion that he could get you to give birth in order for his whore to benefit from it. Truly evil. What did they think they could do, kidnap the baby? Or perhaps he thought he would get custody of a newborn, despite the fact that a baby needs to be breast fed. That is insane.

FYI
FYI
8 months ago
Reply to  Celene

That is breathtakingly awful. I’m speechless.

Adelante
Adelante
8 months ago
Reply to  Celene

That he wanted you to have a baby so his co-whore would have a child to parent (guess he was thinking he’d get 50/50 custody….or more) may be one of the most despicable actions out there.

Celene
Celene
8 months ago
Reply to  Adelante

Yeah, it’s something that makes me feel more than a little ill. He won’t admit that her not being able to have children was the reason he was suddenly all for us having another child. The ex dropped his idea of more children when his affair fell through, and as his affair blew up he told me to find someone else to have kids with. There’s a lot more I could say about that, but long story short my Ex only has supervised visitation with our young son with me having full physical/legal custody.

KatiePig
KatiePig
8 months ago

Mine did the normal stuff, professed his love often, talked about how great I was to other people to the point where it used to make me uncomfortable at times. People I had never met or even heard of seemed to know way too much about me and it was awkward when I would meet them. He was that guy who loved his wife so much, I’ve since found out that’s a type, the “wife guy” and a lot of people are leery of them. He said the right things 99%, he would do nice things like bring me gifts but it didn’t feel real. I remember trying to talk to him a lot and ask if he was happy because I didn’t feel like he was and I wanted to know how I could help. I would get a lot of shit for my “insecurities” but it often felt off. The whole 20 years I was ridiculous if I worried something was wrong and then at discard I was a stupid bitch for ever thinking he loved me or was happy. There is no winning with these people. LOL

But mine also would talk about the girlfriend in high school who cheated on him and how much it hurt and traumatized him. So when he was crying about that and how humiliating it was, he was already cheating on me. It was basically diversion. I remember thinking it was weird he was still so hurt about it too. It was a very short relationship, a couple of weeks or less and they didn’t even go to the same schools. But then I felt like a bitch for thinking that but isn’t it weird to cry about your high school girlfriend of a week or two years later to your new wife? I think that’s weird.

Chumped Mom Getting to Meh
Chumped Mom Getting to Meh
8 months ago

My FW gave me a diamond necklace for Christmas just 2/3 months before he discarded me, pregnant, and wrote an emotional note about how I was his everything. It’s a mindfuck.

Sheryl J Cosgrove
Sheryl J Cosgrove
8 months ago

6 months before Dday he bought me new living room furniture. Not just new but expensive, the kind that will last a lifetime, for my 40th wedding anniversary. He had already met her by then of course…. I got the furniture 😁

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago

It is supposed to be some kind of consolation prize? I just don’t get something like that. I think you got the better deal though.

LookingForwardsToTuesday
LookingForwardsToTuesday
8 months ago

Pushing me to strive for promotion at work – which required me to work ridiculous hours – to prove myself (she’d previously said that I wasn’t good enough and didn’t deserve it) and, at the same time, criticising me for always being at work and (I now know) using the time that I wasn’t around to hook up with her AP.

Sucks to be her though.

I got a clean break divorce, custody of our 3 kids and – just after the divorce was finalised – the promotion at work. She didn’t see a penny of the pay rise or enhanced pension and boy was she salty about that. I guess that the “bait and switch” got re-baited and re-switched. And to anyone who questions whether I deliberately made sure that the promotion only took effect after the divorce ….. I couldn’t possibly comment. 😉

LFTT

tallgrass
tallgrass
8 months ago

Luckily cheaters are not all that bright. Also, they have to devote their limited brain cells to policing their affair partners actions. Mine was so busy feathering his new love nest and PDA in the hallways at work (and closets), he couldn’t find time to submit documentation to the court. Oh, well. Too bad, so sad.

A good friend told me right after D-Day, “You are no longer responsible for him.” And it stopped me in my tracks. Because, for decades I tracked and managed all of our financial life and I was continuing in that mode, gathering information and putting it into two equal stacks. After D-Day, I released that responsibility. He needed to gather and submit his own documentation. He was shocked I didn’t do it for him.

FYI
FYI
8 months ago
Reply to  tallgrass

After we split, my FW called me from jail. He’d been arrested for driving on a suspended license and wanted me to … do something? I only discovered this later since I didn’t answer his call.
NOT NOT NOT my problem. I distinctly remember thinking, “Thank god I don’t have to deal with that shit anymore.”

Cam
Cam
8 months ago
Reply to  FYI

Wow, the nerve. He blows up your marriage, then has the audacity to call YOU for a bailout.

Sadly so typical of cheaters. They don’t care about anyone but themselves and think other people should be thrilled to be of use to them. They’re like children, but meaner.

ISawTheLight
ISawTheLight
8 months ago

We were planning a vow renewal ceremony and second honeymoon, and talking about having another baby. A few months later he met OW (who was also married), and after knowing her for about three months decided he wanted a divorce and kicked me out a week or two after OW left her husband. He changed his tune to “I’ve been miserable for 10 years” and that the talks we’d been having were him trying desperately to save our marriage or something. He denied the affair and said he loved me and missed me. We reconciled after 3 months and I moved back home, where he continued to treat me like absolute garbage while spending all his time and energy on OW (and being so sweet and supportive of her).

Eventually he told me he hated me and kicked me out again.

Ms. Done With Him
Ms. Done With Him
8 months ago
Reply to  ISawTheLight

The mental gymnastics these FW’s do to justify their shitty behavior is mindboggling. It is all about preserving their fragile egos and justifying their actions because there should never be consequences for them.

Honeyballs
Honeyballs
8 months ago

Mine told me about his “new friend” on 1 December 2022. He then gaslighted me for two months for asking once if they were in a relationship (to which his response was that they were not having sex when – spoiler alert – they were!). He had decided that we were moving and made me go look at houses miles away in gap between this D-Day. He really forced the issue. Insisting on our spending time looking at houses. What a w*nker. And I know he is now because through financial disclosure I can see how much he spends on pornography and there is no way you spend that much without a hand being busy (he doesn’t need two!). I wonder now if this was about conning me into doing up the house as he thought it would be sold when we split and he is as much motivated by money as he is sex. We worked out a schedule of works for the refurb. Guess who did all the work?! Yup, not Mr Busy Hand. On D-Day, we had a lovely couples day our only child not long having gone to uni. He kindly had sex with me, used out joint account to take me out to lunch and discussed options for our next holiday. Then wham, 7pm on a Sunday evening. Just in time for me to be completely in pieces for the start of the working week. It must have been so hard for him.

OHFFS
OHFFS
8 months ago
Reply to  Honeyballs

“I wonder now if this was about conning me into doing up the house as he thought it would be sold when we split and he is as much motivated by money as he is sex.”

I wouldn’t doubt it. They are greedy people, so of course they want to squeeze every dime they can out of the marriage.

Our stories are similar.
I also did a remodel with my FW because he wanted to move, hypocritically claiming it was because it would be better for our daughter to be closer to family. I agreed, but with sadness in my heart because I adored our old place. I then spent two years trying to drag his lazy ass off the couch and ending up doing most of the reno myself, all for a house I didn’t even want. It turns out he had already decided he would leave me. I was bereft when I had to leave the house my kids grew up in, and I had to leave it for a scumbag who wasn’t even planning on staying with me. Not only that, the new house he decided he wanted was actually further away from family. It was never about my daughter. The POS had already written her off, too. What he really wanted was rich new hunting ground to find APs, as we had lived in a small town where the pickings were slim.

He arranged for me to find out on Sunday night after we had spent a “romantic” day together as well. He made sure he was seen with his AP by people I knew on Saturday night. So Sunday evening I got the call that changed my life. Nobody can tell me he didn’t set that up.

Mine is a porn slob, too. It sounds like he’s your FW’s brother from another mother.

Confused AF
Confused AF
8 months ago

Well.. i don’t even know what to write, because basically everything nice he did in our relationship was like that because he was cheating (leading a double life) since the beginning. So in those 6 years many steps forward were taken and he professed his love to me daily. But yeah, 1 year prior to D-day we got married and he was in this post-wedding bliss for months, very lovey-dovey all the time and just sooo happy he married me, showing off his wedding ring all the time and just so proud of it. We bought a new, bigger house just 6 months before D-day and moved there, which was intended to expand our family. We already started “working on” our 2nd child basically the same week that he went on a “business trip”, which was actually a 3-day fuck-fest with the latest and longest standing OW and also another couple they met on tinder.

Adelante
Adelante
8 months ago

While I was pick-me dancing and catering to his sexual fetish to act out his “inner woman,” he gushed at me “I want to live with you for the rest of my life!” It was so over-the-top out-of-character that I mentally side-eyed it.

Spinach@35
Spinach@35
8 months ago

During the time (10 years before D-Day) that he told our mediator that he wanted out of the mirage (thanks, VH), I have handwritten letters he wrote of his undying love. He threw me a huge 50th birthday bash and gave a toast for all to hear about how great I was as a wife and mom. lol. AND, he got my initials tattooed on his nether regions. 🙄

By the way, this reserved, bespectacled, preppy looking physician is the last person in the world you would suspect of having a tattoo.But, then again, it makes sense now. There was another/secret side to him that he kept hidden…at least until D-Day when he seemed to say “Fuck it!” to everything that used to seem to matter to him.

Bottom line:
The love letters, the tattoo, the planned trip abroad, the renovation of our lake house for retirement–all these things indicated that he wanted a future together.

When I pointed this out, he actually said he DID intend to stay with me (so how unhappy could he have been?) until I blew it by getting angry about something that he said or did. (By the way, I’m convinced that, in the discard phase, he purposefully engineered fights to get me to react angrily. Anyone else experience this?)

The AP, who knew she was in a contest, performed admirably. Me, not so much, I guess. It’s like swimming laps for fun and then having someone say you lost to the person in the other lane. And this guy (my ex) saw nothing wrong with setting up a contest and naming himself the sole judge. He thought I should have been happy that, after 35 years together, I came in second! So flattering!

It’s all a mindfuck and lie.

But I was lying, too. I mean, I lied to myself by puffing on the hopium pipe. I thought I had a relatively good life with that man, but I was miserable. I couldn’t seem to see how fucked up our relationship was until it was over. I needed this distance.

I’m so much happier now, approx 4 years from D-Day. AP-now-wife won a turd, as CL says. And, during their most intimate moments, she gets to look at my initials. So happy I’m out of that craziness.

SortOfOverIt
SortOfOverIt
8 months ago
Reply to  Spinach@35

Spinach, this is pure brilliance “it’s like swimming laps for fun and then having someone say you lost to the person in the other lane.” That is EXACTLY it.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago
Reply to  Spinach@35

Yes yes yes to everything spinach said.

He did manufacture fights to justify his withdrawing from a planned event.

One of the weirdest was after he had COMPLAINED ENDLESSLY about us not going on a family trip, I spent like 2 months extricating everyone from their commitments and planned a weekend getaway for us all. We were literally packed up and in the minivan when he came hole from work and manufactured a fight to avoid going on the trip. I simply wasn’t having any of it and said “I will not fight with you, we are leaving on this trip, stay home if you like”.

He looked like a fucking loon continuing to argue by himself as we sat in the van watching him.

I closed the van doors and drove away. 10 minutes later the phone rang, he wanted to go.

None if this (or things like it) made any sense until I was told (by accident, the person thought I knew) that he was a chronic cheater.

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago
Reply to  Spinach@35

It’s so interesting that you say this – that now you can see, from a distance, that things were not working out and the marriage was fucked up anyway and now you’re much happier. I think that’s true of so many people who have normalized a lot of negative shit in their marriages and don’t realize until the FW runs off, how unhappy they were with that person or how fucked up the FW really was for a long time. When I talk to people who are going through this, and there are always more than you think, I tell them that there probably have been more problems than they realize for much longer, and they will be a lot happier with this person OUT of their lives. It’s good to hear you confirm that yet again. I almost always tell people not to bother with recon but either just separate for a while or go straight to divorce. Recon usually doesn’t work.

Conchobara
Conchobara
8 months ago
Reply to  Spinach@35

“I thought I had a relatively good life with that man, but I was miserable. I couldn’t seem to see how fucked up our relationship was until it was over. I needed this distance.”

Oh, Spinach, do I feel this! I thought I was happy, I really did. I thought I was so in love. Never mind the depression, growing anxiety, and huge weight gain (all me). I was happy, dammit!

Now I look back and see how desperately unhappy and lonely I was, but spackle–even unconscious spackle–had become my way of life. Tell everyone what a great husband he is because he does the dishes or shows an interest in our daughter. He looked like father/husband of the year because, in a lot of the families I know, the man simply doesn’t do those things. But really he did nothing. He would run mysterious errands all day on the days he didn’t work (he’s a nurse) and then come back in the evening when he was bringing our daughter home. Then he would get on his iPad or phone and that was where he stayed all night. Unless he “went to bed early,” in which case he did those things upstairs. He had already banished me to sleeping in my office because my apnea was so disruptive for HIM (nvm how disruptive it was for me to, you know, not breathe).

At the time it didn’t occur to me how easy it was for him to banish me/me to accept being banished from the marital bedroom. That wasn’t normal. Not for 2 years. I told myself it was normal, but it wasn’t.

ISawTheLight
ISawTheLight
8 months ago
Reply to  Spinach@35

My FW would start fights over literally NOTHING (“why are your shoes on the G-D- hearth???” when I had been putting my shoes on the hearth for FIVE YEARS with no comment from him [and he put his shoes there too], for example), then say, when I tried to figure out what the hell had happened to make him upset, that he “wasn’t going to stick around” for my “pouting” as he called my being legitimately upset, and leave the house. Usually slamming the door on his way out. He’d, of course, never respond to text messages or calls when I tried to figure out what I’d done wrong and why he was so upset.

Realized later the “fights” were completely manufactured so he had an excuse to leave and go see OW.

TooManyTears
TooManyTears
8 months ago
Reply to  Spinach@35

The only thing better would be if you’re initials were: FY

susie lee
susie lee
8 months ago
Reply to  Spinach@35

“By the way, I’m convinced that, in the discard phase, he purposefully engineered fights to get me to react angrily. Anyone else experience this?

Absolutely, I could look back over the year of discard which started right after his promotion in Oct of 88. Overnight I could feel the shift away from me. He cycled back and forth for a few months, avoid me, then spend time with me; depending on what he wanted. By the last three months of the marriage he was screaming and yelling at me for really stupid things. In our earlier marriage I would have yelled back, but for the most part I just stood there in stunned silence. I think my body was shutting down from confusion and fear. But of course I didn’t recognize it while I was in it.

OHFFS
OHFFS
8 months ago
Reply to  Spinach@35

“(By the way, I’m convinced that, in the discard phase, he purposefully engineered fights to get me to react angrily. Anyone else experience this?)”

I sure did. He would do or say something awful, then accuse me of “starting a fight” when I objected to his behavior. This was one of his ways of justifying cheating. He used to say over and over, almost like it was his mantra, that we didn’t get along. The truth is that despite what a dud he was as a husband and father, we got along well when he wasn’t being mean or acting ridiculously entitled. The droning refrain “we don’t get along” was just him trying to convince himself that the problem was a personality clash, not his abuse.

“It’s like swimming laps for fun and then having someone say you lost to the person in the other lane.”

Great line.

“And, during their most intimate moments, she gets to look at my initials.”

😄 Enjoying the view, bitch?

ByeByeFW
ByeByeFW
8 months ago

I’d have to say the willingness to get married, have two children, build a house together, buy a boat, talk about putting in a pool and an outdoor pizza oven so we could spend lazy weekends at home together as a family was more than enough bait and switch to keep me from figuring out his long bike rides and fishing/hunting trips were actually videotaped sex romps with a coworker.

Former Mrs FW
Former Mrs FW
8 months ago

A month before ex hooked up with the work OW, he wrote me a beautiful note in my Valentines Day card about how much he loved me and our toddler son and how he wanted to start working on baby #2. Welp.. I guess what he meant was start working on Baby #2 with his much younger, married employee.

Thankfully no baby from that affair. After a year of pick me dancing, I filed and left. Almost 10 years later, ex is in a relationship with a woman 20 years younger, who he met at work when he was her boss and she was married. Yep, another workplace affair. She left her hubby for my ex. This summer, I found out ex secretly hired her at his new company without anyone knowing they are involved. The leopards really can never change their spots.

Doingme
Doingme
8 months ago

The bait and switch tactics our mind boggling. One month prior to the day he told me he needed my signature to qualify for buying a two family home. Previously decades earlier he had moved to Florida while I was in grad school and I lost my multi family home due to the fact, he never sent me any money. I said no. Weeks later he announce he’d found someone who doesn’t even make any money.

The bait and switch bit him in the ass as he gave up his business spent all kinds of money on stupid things and is broke . The only way he can leave her Is with the help Of his adult children he abandoned. The man is a joke. He got exactly what he deserved.

Glad He’s Gone
Glad He’s Gone
8 months ago

Right after we celebrated Christmas with his family, he had his arm around me and told his family he’d never been happier than he was right then. He dumped me two days later and left the state to be with his AP.

Also, earlier that year we’d taken on a big remodel of the kitchen and utility rooms in our house. The affair was already in full swing. Not sure why he wanted to spend that money if he was so checked out.

Mehitable
Mehitable
8 months ago

So many stories of houses being remodeled and then they get discarded by FW – who usually instigates the remodeling! What is up with that? A friend of mine is going through what I hope is divorce soon – his wife before she started her baloney with a boyfriend in another state (or maybe she was doing it then too) started painting and re-painting just about every room in the house. She told him her ambition was to become a house painter….I don’t think so somehow but I’m not sure what that kind of crazy is about.

OHFFS
OHFFS
8 months ago

Glad, maybe his plan was to fix up the house to sell in order to fund his new lifestyle with the AP.

Glad He's Gone
Glad He's Gone
8 months ago
Reply to  OHFFS

I owned the house before we got married, and even though he could have made a claim on it he didn’t. Honestly, he is a wreck with finances. (He also left a good job, and has been underemployed much of the time since, and I think he cashed out his retirement during that move.) Who knows – none of it will ever make sense.

damnitfeelsbadtobeachumpster
damnitfeelsbadtobeachumpster
8 months ago

we renovated the entire house during the pandemic, which wasn’t easy because of supply chain issues. many compromises had to be made. it was a big project and i managed it. we lived in a shitty rental house during the reno, which is what you do, and i noticed how infuriated my X was with how shitty the rental house was, and how much he missed having his things around him.

during the reno, i worried a lot, too much, that he would like it, you know?

also, during the reno, he was promoted to executive VP.

we moved back in without beds (because of the supply chain) and he proclaimed he was so happy with the house, it was wonderful. we were going to live out our days in these great house, our kids would bring their partners home to stay with us, grandkids would come along, etc. etc. he loved it, he loved me, he loved our life. this was in may. by october he was hateful and spiteful, saying he didn’t love me, didn’t like me, etc. etc.

we separated in november when i found texts from his AP, his direct subordinate at work, the one he put forward for promotion to director. uh huh.

recently he commented to the kids that he didn’t like the renovation, it wasn’t to his taste, blah, blah, blah. FUCKING ASSHOLE. i spent a whole year on that job, a year i could’ve focussed on my own project(s).

but he always kept me busy with his things, his life, you know? it was always about him.

i don’t miss that guy. i’m sorry i wasted 32 years on him, but i don’t miss him. i like being single and doing my own thing.

OHFFS
OHFFS
8 months ago

He wanted me to join him on a retirement course sponsored by his work, allegedly to plan our retirement, which he was endlessly enthused about. He nagged me for weeks about it, but a whole week of talking about retirement didn’t appeal to me. He also suggested we move somewhere close to our grandchildren after retirement. We started looking at towns near there to see which ones we liked. He talked about retirement almost obsessively, speculating about all the fun things we could do together. He waxed rhapsodic about it so often that it was starting to get weird.

After D-day I got; “I cheated because I couldn’t stand the thought of retiring with you.” 🤡

That was but one of many excuses (he quite literally had a new one every day for a couple of weeks after Dday) but that one stands out for sheer, batshit incongruity.
Apparently, he wasn’t planning on retiring with me, he was really planning to dump me as soon as he could afford to, but that fizzled out because schmoopie didn’t want anything more serious.

I’m glad I declined to go to that retirement course with him. I have a funny feeling the real reason was because schmoopie was also taking the course. He never admitted it and I never asked, but I did find out that at other times when he badly wanted me to do something it was so I could unknowingly be around his AP.
The great cosmic joke on him is that he was set to retire three years ago, but can no longer afford to without my income.

❤️ Velvet Hammer ❤️
❤️ Velvet Hammer ❤️
8 months ago

Well, for a twist on the bait and switch theme today, I offer my current situation as a schadenfreudelicious snack by proxy for all of my fellow chumps today.

Traitor Ex the Pimp and the Craigslist cockroach think I am a clueless dummy that they can rape and rip off with impunity.

They don’t know me vewy well.

The Velvet Hammer is coming down on those two evil MF’s, assisted by detectives, my board of directors, a certified fraud examiner, police departments in possibly more than one jurisdiction, the district attorney’s office, Homeland Security, and the local coalition to end human trafficking.

I can’t wait to see the look on their faces.

I am a nuclear warhead in sheep’s clothing.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago

“schadenfreudelicious”

Love this.

Am very curious to see if they get the comeuppance they deserve.

Daughterofachump
Daughterofachump
8 months ago

Velvet Hammer, fantastic! Please keep us updated on this!

❤️ Velvet Hammer ❤️
❤️ Velvet Hammer ❤️
8 months ago

Afternoon update…

Special ops and Homeland Security are now involved. The case is being reviewed and I am waiting to hear if they are taking it on.

OHFFS
OHFFS
8 months ago

Awesome, VH! Way to go.

Spinach@35
Spinach@35
8 months ago

Wow, VH! 💪🔨

Shadow
Shadow
8 months ago

I’ll light a candle and pray for your success in this matter when I go to Confession shortly!
Child trafficking is an evil no one should ever tolerate and if you have any power to prevent any of it at all, may God give you all the power to do so!!
And yes, please do keep us updated!

Her Blondeness
Her Blondeness
8 months ago

Let me know when it makes the front page of the local news, VH. I want to share a little vicarious schadenfreude.

Nut Cluster Free Zone
Nut Cluster Free Zone
8 months ago

Go VH ! 💥

ActuallyIcan
ActuallyIcan
8 months ago

Bought a new house and then D-day 3 weeks later – surrounded by moving boxes when I was blindsided after a 22 year marriage. Later found out he sent the mortgage information to AP and they live there now.

Spinach@35
Spinach@35
8 months ago
Reply to  ActuallyIcan

That’s awful. Sorry that happened. Geez. How low can they go?

Gingersnapz
Gingersnapz
8 months ago

We’d been talking about starting a family and making plans for how it would work financially. He’d been getting quotes for new windows on our house and we’d been discussing holiday plans for one final trip before ttc. But, apparently he hadn’t loved me at all and had been planning on leaving me the whole time. After he left, I found the Christmas presents he’d bought me wrapped up under the bed – I think he wanted to keep his options open to the last possible moment and only left when he was certain his AP was going to give him room and board.

BastilleDDay
BastilleDDay
8 months ago
Reply to  Gingersnapz

Options. They must have options.

Unicorns Coming Out My Nose
Unicorns Coming Out My Nose
8 months ago

We bought a house together four months before he sent me an email stating that our 15 year relationship was over. I paid half the downpayment on the house although he earned 3x what I did. He never seemed to have money; it’s expensive having a double life. He asked me to give him checks towards the down payment — and multiple checks, so it didn’t look like either of us were “trying to evade taxes.” Also he felt it would be much better for my name to be only on the deed, not on the mortgage. It would “protect” me since I earned much less than he did.

Silly, chumpy me. In my state, if you’re not married, and your name is only on the deed, and not the mortgage, and you can’t prove you paid the downpayment, you have no legal claim to it. And when I tried to prove we were domestic partners, I found out that he had been removing my name from things like health insurance, renter’s insurance, etc during the previous year so that I couldn’t prove domestic partnership. I lost the house, lost the downpayment, and am very glad I never got sick during the year he’d removed me secretly from his health insurance. I’m six years out, and my life is good, but I still have nightmares.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
8 months ago

That is horrible …so planned and evil.

Early in my Chump journey (on an RIC online board), there was a Chump who was taken off health insurance by her Cheater. The Chump developed cancer that could not be treated because she was without insurance and she died.

This sort of shit is why I believe that it would have felt better to have been beaten by thugs who left me to die in a gutter. I didnt love the thugs, I didnt trust them, I didnt make a life with them, so their terrible behavior is shocking on a level yet not the same way as being betrayed by a partner.

Garden Lady Chump
Garden Lady Chump
8 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

In most places, it is illegal to take a spouse off of health insurance until legally divorced and then that person needs to be given the COBRA option. That crime should have been pursued.

Viktoria
Viktoria
8 months ago

Started taking me on trips after not being available or interested for 20+ years. Lots of flowers. Lots of sweet talk. Saturday date nights. I was so excited about these relationship crumbs but was still very confused because all this love-bombing was peppered with lots of ignoring me, serious emotional abuse and sexual coercion/forced duty sex (he absolutely knew of my distress and confusion in the bedroom and did not care). He gave me “Love” + Hate. I was so. confused.

hush
hush
8 months ago

He threw me off the trail by being too perfect of a husband and father. He seriously made normal cishet husbands look bad by comparison to how thoughtful and fastidious he was. Flawless mask, and I know from whence I speak when I say this. First red flag was at over 14 years in, when he slightly raised his voice to me after I had our third baby.

Lovebombing me silly for 15 years, 1 month, and 8 days until he suddenly walked out on me and our 3 kids, then ages 8, 6, and 10 months, just weeks after tricking me and my elderly parents into a cross country move. Turns out he’d discovered I figured out he’d been shtupping his married male former coworker for 8 years prior, and our fraudulent move to bumfuck was so they could each move their whole families to bumfuck to take jobs together. 🙄

Their little closeted gay schmoopie narc on narc relationship honeymoon imploded within about a year of them working together. OM stayed at the job after my ex got terminated and moved away. They no longer speak to each other. I’d imagine my ex resents that he blew up his own happy home and reputation for their Twu Wuv, while his old bald short drunk loverboy did not have to give up a thing! OM’s flying monkey wife was even provided proof about the affair by my attorneys, and they called her as a trial witness, but she is way more gullible than me and she’s stupidly still married to that POS. 🤣 She also tried to disparage me to my kids and change their religion so fuck her, too. Lol

AC
AC
8 months ago

My husband wrote me a loving 30th anniversary card and brought our entire immediate and extended family (my side) on an overseas private boat trip. Trip of a lifetime stuff. Spoiled me with gifts while on said trip. Asked me for a divorce a week after getting home.

tallgrass
tallgrass
8 months ago

I’m stuck on his body language as over and over throughout the years he would stand with his arms out in frustration and say, “Of course I love you! Why do you keep asking me these things?” And he would follow up with conversations with family and friends (including our adult children), saying, “See what I have to deal with?” All the while, he was leading a secret second life. And in the end, his children believe I am the crazy one as they have been trained since toddlerhood. All those years of him having to deal with a crazy woman, they feel sorry for him and understand his only choice was to have side chicks.

It’s a mindf**k.

wisedupchump
wisedupchump
8 months ago

I was in the process of adopting FWs disabled son whose biological father was a deadbeat. I had basically raised him as my own. The whole year during adoption due diligence FW was banging some loser across town while lying that she was out with work friends. I actually postponed my divorce a few months to finish the adoption because I genuinely love the kid.

FYI
FYI
8 months ago
Reply to  wisedupchump

omg. Do you have joint custody?

ISawTheLight
ISawTheLight
8 months ago
Reply to  wisedupchump

“I actually postponed my divorce a few months to finish the adoption because I genuinely love the kid.”

You are a genuinely good soul. Your kid is lucky to have you. I’m surprised your FW let you go through with it under the circumstances.

Chumpinrecovery
Chumpinrecovery
8 months ago

Every so often I would wonder if he still loved me because he was always criticizing me and complaining to me about everything I was doing wrong. Then some holiday or whatever would roll around and he would give me a card with some nice loving message in it and I would chide myself for being paranoid and doubting his love.

On the last Christmas before DDay the tag on one of the gifts he gave me read “Be mine forever, please”. I thought that was weird, we were married, of course I was his forever and I loved him and why would he doubt that I would be his “forever”. I also thought his saying that meant he wanted to be with me forever. In truth it was probably him showing his own insecurities and he clearly didn’t think wedding vows carried the same weight that I thought they did.

TooManyTears
TooManyTears
8 months ago

Not sure if this fits the topic, but here goes:
I found a new (boxed) whiffle ball and bat set hidden in X’s car.
When I asked him why he had a whiffle ball set he said he bought it for us. To play. In the street.
If that right there didn’t set off alarm bells…
Funny to find out later, Co-Worker
“Friend” had a 5 year old and a 9 year old.
Gee – I really wanted that whiffle ball set!
Have to give him credit for coming up with a plausible explanation so quickly. Cause ya know, I’m a whiffle ball kinda gal.
Ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Tuesday Afternoon
Tuesday Afternoon
8 months ago

My ex was stationed across the country and surprise! He called me from the airport to pick him up as my “birthday gift”. Did I mention we’d just had a house built? Anyway, I’d called it the “best B-day I’d ever had” cuz he cared so much he flew out to surprise me. Well I was definitely surprised a couple months later when I found out he was cheating, again. And I initiated the divorce. It was a couple years after that, because his OW really hadn’t known about him being married… we somehow bonded over his shared tormenting and I found out he’d stopped to stay with her for a week on the way back from leave. He wasn’t actually hiking the AT like he’d said.
The man had me buy him hiking boots and had a pack delivered to my house. A pack he never used. All to throw me off the scent.
Some people’s kids. Damn.
I hit meh a long time ago and am happily remarried to a wonderful man who put the broken pieces of my trust back together again.

ChumpNeedsSunlight
ChumpNeedsSunlight
8 months ago

Ex came home every day and said how much he loved me and how lucky he was to have me as a wife and how great a mom I was.

Then after DDay he said he’d never loved me and how he wished he’d met her instead back when we got married. We were married for 15 years with 2 kids.

Later in a rare moment of honesty he said he loved having a wife and a mistress, felt he deserved it for all the sacrifices (?!?!) he’d made for our family. 🙄 (he literally always did whatever he wanted and I held down the fort and took care of the kids while working full time – what sacrifices?).

I am SO much happier without him. Wish I could block him completely, but alas – kids.

Spinach@35
Spinach@35
8 months ago

“Later in a rare moment of honesty he said he loved having a wife and a mistress, felt he deserved it for all the sacrifices (?!?!) he’d made for our family.”

Wow. Ding. Ding. Ding!!! No doubt that’s how they all feel. #entitled #maskdropped

Chumpasaurus45
Chumpasaurus45
8 months ago

“Later in a rare moment of honesty he said he loved having a wife and a mistress.”
Yeah, I can relate to that.
I got the “ one woman can’t take care of all my needs” speech. ( which a friend and I laughed really hard over years later) What a pos he is! He told his son pretty recently that he was “ not his equal”. I thought to myself, thank God almighty he’s not!!!
Yeah, you are so unique and rare compared to every other person in the universe.
No one could possibly understand him, he was the rarest of rare purple people eaters. How could I even remotely expect someone that damn exceptional to be faithful to me, a mere mortal being?!🤷‍♀️
So many unanswered questions in life. I wonder who’s he’s hired to carry his throne about in my absence?

Conchobara
Conchobara
8 months ago

On DDay FW told me “it’s not your fault, I just married the wrong person.” That was so incredibly hurtful. Now, 11 months later, I look at that and laugh. What a loser. He had never had a girlfriend before me. So who was the right person he should have married? Because you know who it wasn’t? The child mistress. And how do I know that? Because b*tch wasn’t even f’ing born yet! All his (paid) APs are in their early 20s and we were together for 21 years. So he was saying that ONLY to hurt me.

Quetzal
Quetzal
8 months ago

Yeah, he tried this.

He could tell it wouldn’t fly, because I was the one who’d been having grievances about him (our lackluster sex life) for years at that point. He kept keeping me invested, moving in together, moving again to relocate for his job, renovate the house he owned to go live there, etc.

So he didn’t have a leg to stand to try and recriminate how this and that, while he never said one peep about any of it! Thankfully he wasn’t stupid enough to insist too much on this. He did try to stick to the vague nonsense of “I wasn’t feeling accepted”, whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean!

Quetzal
Quetzal
8 months ago
Reply to  Quetzal

Looking back, it was probably “how dare you complain about me breadcrumbing you in the sex department, I’ll show you” and never expressing that association because I then would be onto him and the fact his hurt was all intentional.

MaisyL
MaisyL
8 months ago

He bought me a spectacular sapphire necklace for my birthday – one month before he and his intern/AP blew up their marriages in the same weekend. He told me when he gave me the gift that I was the best mother and wife and he was so grateful for me. It was so beautiful and I was so shocked I started crying. Later, the story was that the necklace was a test to see how thankful I was to help him determine if I was a good enough person to stay with. Apparently, I was not grateful enough.

ISawTheLight
ISawTheLight
8 months ago
Reply to  MaisyL

“the story was that the necklace was a test to see how thankful I was to help him determine if I was a good enough person to stay with.”

Oh, BARF. That’s disgusting.

MyRedSandals
MyRedSandals
8 months ago

I’m one of those “drive your car till the wheels fall off“ kind of person. I like driving around in a nice car as much as the next person, but it’s never been a hill I’ve chosen to die on.

I’d been driving a minivan (which was purchased used) for 20 years, so nobody can say I didn’t get my money’s worth. Plus, my triplets learned to drive on that vehicle, so it had seen its share of scary moments! I planned to donate it to my church for their car ministry; they fix up vehicles that have seen better days and then they give them to people who desperately need reliable transportation.

Just prior to this, FW of 40 years said, “You’re going to need a new car“ and I didn’t disagree. He asked me what I wanted, and I told him a Honda Odyssey. He started scouring local car ads to find a used one and lo and behold, there was one available for sale in our small town. We met the owner, took a test drive, and struck a great deal. Exactly 2 weeks later, FW gave me the standard ILYBINILWY speech, packed an overnight bag, and abruptly moved out to be with Married Howorker who apparently, he’d been dating for at least 6 months. So it seems the Odyssey was my “Thanks for the memories“ consolation prize. I’m still driving it and it’s going on 17; I think it’s the only gift from him I’ve kept.

tallgrass
tallgrass
8 months ago
Reply to  MyRedSandals

Makes me think of chumplady’s reference to winning the new set of luggage! I often chuckle about that idea.

Kim
Kim
8 months ago

My pos ex was really good at love bombing. He remembered every date right down to “weekly anniversaries”, and he’d send emails telling me how much he loved me every day. Got me cards constantly even though I’m not that into cards, but I appreciated the thought.

After Dday he claimed he didn’t mean any of it…..it wasn’t really him but he did it because he thought it was important. Then he product a list of all the ways I needed to change.

Right. I’m 19 years younger, make 3x as much money, am an endure athlete, and he has a limp dick and a shitty toupee. And he’s a nasty passive aggressive fuck.
Buy “I” needed to change for the privilege of having him.

Ironically, he thought i wanted the marriage so he went the bullying route. But it actually made it a lot easier to detach when I realized the whole relationship had been phony and he was a shitty deal for me. And my kids put up with him but really don’t care for him.

He was shocked when I filed and cried, begged, and sent flowers. Att hat point I felt nothing for him.

The funniest part was that he told nobody I’d left him. Not his daughter, not his friends….nobody. And he thought we’d date…denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. He even sent me a bday card after the divorce was final and then emailed to ask why I hadn’t thanked him. I finally blocked him.

And I found out that he was talking to the whore multiple times a day after swearing that he couldn’t remember when they last spoke.

She was on marriage 5 when I left. She’s now on marriage 6….not to him. Lol

Conchobara
Conchobara
8 months ago
Reply to  Kim

“My pos ex was really good at love bombing. He remembered every date right down to “weekly anniversaries”, and he’d send emails telling me how much he loved me every day. Got me cards constantly even though I’m not that into cards, but I appreciated the thought.”

Boy, do I know about this! FW remembered EVERY single date in our relationship: the first day we talked online, the first time he sent me flowers, the first time we talked on the phone, the first in-person meeting, the first kiss… every possible first and anniversary was cataloged in his head. And he would write gushing messages on Facebook about how much he loved me, how amazing I was, how lucky he was to have me… I got lots of beautiful cards for birthdays, Valentine’s, every holiday. Until the last couple of years of our marriage. Then it was because they were so expensive and I knew how he felt about me, he didn’t need to waste money on cards to tell me, he showed me every day!

Every card I gave him was read and then (literally) thrown in the trash. But when I stopped buying cards since he didn’t appreciate or save them, I was being mean.

He also would bring me gifts constantly. Sometimes they were strange. Some weird, non-essential electronic gadget he saw online or at the Apple store. But I thought it was a sign that I was always on his mind. Yeah, that or he thought constantly giving me gifts would keep me distracted. Sigh.

Squeaks
Squeaks
8 months ago

We were actively trying for another baby. We were getting finances in order so we could buy a house closer to his work, so he could spend more time with the family. We’d gotten back from a road trip with our small children to visit friends 2 weeks before he decided he was in love with the jobsite receptacle and she’d helped him realize how miserable he’d been for the past 4, 6, 8, all of the years (the story changed a few times).

I had family members laugh when I told them, because they didn’t believe it. I had HIS friends call me to ask if he was having some kind of psych episode. The blindside was intense. I was told more than once, from independent parties, “I thought that if anyone would make it that you and FW would!”

Black Swan
Black Swan
8 months ago

Ex fuck wit got me a cleaning lady! She was from his AA meeting! She really needed work! We could help her and the I didn’t have to worry about the house not being clean because I worked all the time! He was such a great guy helping us BOTH out!!!! Yeah, he was shtuping her.

susie lee
susie lee
8 months ago
Reply to  Black Swan

What an ass. What is it about these shitheads that they want the whore in the Chumps face.

My fw drug his whore in our house and sat her on our couch. Yes, he was a pos, but what kind of a woman would do that. She had agency, she knew what was going on; couldn’t she have had enough self respect to say no.

I don’t think even professional shrinks can figure out these ass-wipes, though many have tried.

luckychump
luckychump
8 months ago
Reply to  susie lee

I agree with you and it scares me. The more I read the infidelity group sites the more concerned I become. I have suspected for a while that smart sociopaths are able to fool every personality test and easily deceive psychologists and therapists. Statistically speaking, the vast majority of sociopathic studies have been done in prisons. Lets face it, the ones in prison were stupid or crazy enough to get caught. What about the smart, normal functioning ones that fly under the radar and never get caught? I believe that 4% ratio of sociopaths per the population is vastly underestimating the real percentage. In the beginning, I thought how in the hell did I end up with someone like this? Now I think, it is far more common than anyone realizes.

OHFFS
OHFFS
8 months ago
Reply to  luckychump

You are right on that, lucky. The stats are based on diagnosed cases, and since most of them never get diagnosed, the actual rate is much higher.

ISawTheLight
ISawTheLight
8 months ago
Reply to  susie lee

OW hung out with us all the time. FW set up “play dates” for the kids (and UGH, her daughter and my son now attend the same school and are in the same grade [though not the same class], so even though FW is dead and they had broken up a few months before, she is STILL in my life). I made dinner for her on her birthday, had her over for Christmas (it was her first Christmas without her kids and I felt SORRY for her – this was during our wreckonciliation when FW was supposed to be working on our marriage), we went to events together, not to mention she was our coworker. FW and she SWORE they were “just friends” and FW said I was crazy, jealous, and paranoid. Nope. I was right.

She sat at my dining table one time and sang “Jolene” with zero shame.