Character Assassination? Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down

liesfabricationsA lot of my Chump Lady mail can be divided into two categories, “I got chumped… what are people going to think?” and “I got chumped… and my cheater is telling people terrible things about me.” Both followed with “And what can I do about that?

Nothing. Sorry, chumps. You can’t do anything about what people think of you, and what people say about you.

Look, I know it’s unjust having your cheater telling bald-faced lies about how controlling, sexless, abusive, hairy-legged, and insane you are. Worse, I know some people whom you once thought cared about you (such as your in-laws) are inclined to believe it. This infidelity crap is a one-two punch — betrayal, and then more lies.

Okay, maybe it’s more like a continuous thug-kicking by a motorcycle gang than a one-two punch. Betrayal, lies, character assassination, gaslighting, alienation, and alimony. Anyway, my point is, leave the impression management to the crazies. You just keep being your mighty self.

Some pointers:

  1. Never let what people might think of you get in the way of protecting yourself. That especially goes for what the cheater thinks. Oh, I might antagonize him if I see a lawyer/move half the money/run a credit report. Hey, your cheater didn’t worry about antagonizing you when he/she cheated on you, so just go ahead and protect yourself. Stop caring about how you’ll be perceived (i.e., bitter, vindictive, selfish, churlish, hasty, etc.) Start caring about reality (i.e., this person is fucking me over).
  2. Speak the truth, but stop at defensiveness. There’s no good way to answer set-up questions like “How long have you been beating your wife?” I don’t beat my wife. “Oh you would say that. Six months? A year? Ever since you met?” The temptation is to raise your voice and really get stroppy. I DON’T BEAT MY WIFE! Stop. You just missed an important clue — your questioner is fully invested in that narrative. You answered the question. They either believe it, or they don’t believe it. In the case of infidelity (and not fictitious wife-beating), the truth is you were chumped. That’s what happened. You don’t need to defend yourself. You didn’t do anything wrong here. Frankly, you don’t have to answer any personal question you don’t want to.
  3. Speak the truth, and realize that your cheater probably got to the narrative first. One way chumps get chumped is when they agree to the “we just grew apart” story, and keeping “private matters private,” they think the cheater is going to play by the same set of rules. You won’t talk smack about them, they won’t talk smack about you. Oh chumps, your cheater has probably been talking smack about you all along. Shaming you into being quiet ensures that their narrative stays on top. That’s why cheaters get so ugly when you do start speaking up — you’re tilting at that balance of power. Disordered people need their impression management so their manipulations (and Sad Sausage story lines) keep working on everyone.
  4. People who believe the worst about you don’t know you. Not really. This might be one of the single most awful things about life post-discovery. People who you thought knew you, really don’t. Their attachments were shallow. It’s hard enough to realize this about a spouse or partner, it’s even more gobsmacking to realize it about your social circle. Well, of course Dorothy got cheated on. She’s frigid. Unlike me. I have sex with my husband! This person doesn’t know the inner workings of your bedroom. Maybe the lie makes them feel superior. Maybe the lie gives them some weird false comfort. Who knows? What matters are the people who do know you, and have your back. Invest your energies there.
  5. People who believe the worst about you probably have a vested interest in believing that crap. You don’t control that. Your in-laws turned on you? Better you be the monster than believe their son or daughter is a lousy person. Not their special Pookykins! Maybe they’ve been believing all the crap said about you for years, and now that the affair has been revealed, they’d have to admit they were mistaken. Why be wrong? Who are you again?
  6. Character is revealed over time. Who we are is revealed every day in every little action and decision. No one is perfect, but the arc of someone’s character — how giving they are of themselves, how considerate, how reciprocal — is perceptible. The people who matter aren’t swayed by your ex’s gossip and trash talk. The shallow people who are? Please, stop caring what they think today.
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MidlifeBlast
MidlifeBlast
8 years ago

This is so perfect for me today, my ex wrote to my teenage daughter last night to tell her a whole load of crap about how I mistreated him for years and that we grew apart. Does he forget that she saw the whole thing from backstage?!? Saw his cheating signs and his gradual disengagement from the family. Saw mum falling to pieces afterwards.

Dealing with a madman is making me ill. His constant lying makes it impossible for us to co parent effectively. The whole thing has made me regress into the mess I was a few months ago. Will this thing get better? Really?

Rumblekitty
Rumblekitty
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

If he isn’t even her dad, why is he emailing her?

MidlifeBlast
MidlifeBlast
8 years ago
Reply to  Rumblekitty

Hi rumblekitty. Her step dad for years. But when she confronted him about his shitty behaviour, he just ignored her. Then it was me who told him to fix up and reply to her. And he just gives a really idiotic reply saying that his cheating was my fault. She thinks he’s an idiot

Rumblekitty
Rumblekitty
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

Opps . .. I missed the part where you said you had two by him. I got off easy in that respect; I don’t have to co-parent with is ass.

ChumpB
ChumpB
8 years ago
Reply to  Rumblekitty

Midlife, rumble kitty, tempest, and chumptitude are right! Great words of wisdom. I especially love the validation of what our kids know in their guts (great one Chumptitude). I will never withhold honesty with my children. I try to keep it matter of fact because what I have learned (via tons of support from CN and CL) is that they do find out the truth eventually. Now “eventually” is kind of hard, like waiting for meh, but I am here to say it does come. My oldest daughter, who is college aged and was angry and distant with me, is talking with me now and saying she wants to “figure out how to be important to each other,” and my youngest wants nothing to do with her dad because he has actually never directly told her is living with AP. It’s been over a year and a half and he has lunch with her occasionally and spends time with her when not vacationing with AP and, can you believe it, has never directly said, “This is who I live with.” Weird. But of course she knows. They will over time know things through observation of behavior.

BTW, CL, I appreciate greatly your post today and especially what you said, “Their attachments were shallow.” I’m going to admit that after full rejection from what I thought was my family for 25 years (okay, it really wasn’t that great), it hurt to be shunned by them. My SIL totally bought into the “they grew apart” bullshit, which still makes me angry when I think about it. Your post helped to affirm that this was not about me and instead about the cheater and his AP. Thank you.

Chumptitude
Chumptitude
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpB

Chump B – Many synergies in our stories! I am also very grateful to CL and CN for allowing all of us to learn from each other and support each other as we endure the consequences of marrying (and breeding with) a disordered person.

Rumblekitty
Rumblekitty
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

Tell him to leave your daughter alone. I had the exact same situation. He was step-father to her for 11 years.

When we split, he had the balls to email her and say, “I’m sorry honey, I’m leaving your mom, not you. Hope we can talk soon.”

Unfuckingbelievable.

She emailed back to him and said “I want nothing to do with you or anyone in your family.” We shut the door on that shit. There’s no reason to keep him around. At all.

Marci
Marci
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

Midlife,
Yes, the day she is 18 it will get exponentially better because as an adult she will make her own choices. In the meantime his words are hot air, you and your daughter know this, and she no doubt is seeing what a douche he is. He is still her father, so really the bigger issue is for her to decide how much contact she wants with him as the years pass.

Be gentle with yourself and have as little contact with him as possible. He has no business now saying anything to anyone about you. Co-parenting does not have to involve frequent contact.

Sounds like he’s trying to win some sort of struggle for daughter’s affection. Refuae to engage. She knows you are a good person.

MidlifeBlast
MidlifeBlast
8 years ago
Reply to  Marci

Thank you marci. He’s not even her dad!!! 🙂 and yes it’s definitely a competition in his eyes. Everything he accuses me of is things that he is doing, not me. It’s classic projection. Aw poor thing, can’t bear to look at himself properly.

Thank you for your encouragement, I really feel like beating my head against a wall right now.

Chumptitude
Chumptitude
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

Midlife – Why do you have to co-parent if your daughter is not your ex biologically? Did he adopt her while you were married? If he did not adopt your daughter, he has no right to be in contact with her. And you have all the power!

If he is not her dad and did not adopt her, you can tell your kid that you made a mistake in marrying him, and that when you realized he was using lying as a problem solving strategy, you understood that it was best for her and you to get out pronto so you could build a better, high integrity life for both of you.

If he adopted her, you and I are in a similar situation. In my case, as in the case of many CN members, half of our kids’ chromosomes come from a lying cheater. This means that yes, I do have years of shit sandwiches on the menu.

Through CL’s and CN’s excellent points in today’s post and the other priceless articles and comments I poured through over the past few months, I have come to realize that his passive aggressive lying is the biggest thing I (and everyone who is in touch with him) will have to keep dealing with.

So I make sure that our elementary school aged kid keeps seeing a therapist and when our kid asks me about the divorce, I say: “I decided to divorce your dad because he lied to me about grown up things I will discuss with you when you’re older.”

Not dwelling on it, as well as staying open to our kid’s reports about activities and life “while with dad” (and being civil in his presence) have all helped me considerably lower my stress levels.

MidlifeBlast
MidlifeBlast
8 years ago
Reply to  Chumptitude

Chum pitied – He’s been her step dad for over 10 years. But I think she knows what he’s really like. I just didn’t want her to be dissapointed. Silly me. In fact it was me that asked him to reply to her message where she called him out on all his shit. Again – silly me.

Anyway. I love your quote “I decided to divorce dad because he lied to me about grown up things” I may well use that.

I have 2 little children that are his. And yes “passive aggressive lying” is a very accurate term. Thank you.

MB
MB
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

what’s an appropriate statement with regards to a 6 year old? I used to say “because we don’t get along” but now he’s asking why we can’t just make up and still be friends? I’m at loss for words.

anon
anon
4 years ago
Reply to  MB

LongTimeChamp you are a discusting “person”.

Longtimechump
Longtimechump
6 years ago
Reply to  MB

This is really timely for me as well. Back in June when I decided to end it after a number of DDays I told my 9 year old that he would be sleeping with his Dad and I would take his bed, and I wouldn’t join them in any upcoming family travels when his dad visited us in the summer. (we have been in a long distance marriage last 6 years seeing each other over christmas and 2 summer months). I told my son I was upset with his dad because he lied to me. Dad comes by, does his sparkly narc thing (I had not discovered CL then but was educating myself on NPD after a few youtube videos), classic hoovering with the right words and the right actions over two summer months, promised to finally reunite (he was adamantly against us living in the same place with him citing insecure situation in his country for years, which is a real BS but it was giving him great advantage of free time with whores and no child rearing or family duties. We essentially met twice a year for fun and travels. So chump me gets hoovered in with his great promises and starts the pick me dancing more vehemently than before. Because promises came with conditions: lose weight, start looking for a job remotely so you secure something by the time you are back, make new friends, be open for new sexual experiences (threesome etc). So after I moved back to my bed with him and we did some great road trips together my 9 year old son asks me, ” Mom, how come you slept with dad in the same bed and you came traveling with us after you told me you were mad at Dad?” I said, “well…Dad said sorry. He was really sorry.” And my 9 year old goes, “soooo…just one sorry was enough for you?”
I was dumbfounded. My son clearly has more common sense than me.
Fast forward 4 months, I am back with him for the long ago planned christmas break. In those 4 months, he got back to his entitled jerk actions and words. He purposefully “forgot” my birthday (which he did for 12 years but after all those heart to heart conversations during wreckonciliation I thought he would make that minimum effort, especially after finding out he took his 15-year long AP on the 2-week trip in Egypt for her 40th bday). So after I burst out re his “forgetting” and hang up on him (skype) and stopped talking (only minimum kid related stuff) he then decided that I acted disrespectfully for hanging up and did not make any effort to reconnect. Anyway, we flew over and I told him I am finally done- thanks hugely to CL and CN for the 3 months of hard-core unfogging my brains. He is his jerky entitled self – the guy in the summer was a show off unicorn. And it”s my shitty character again, and my disrespect and my inability to connect with him and my soldier-like ways – all the blame for not having a future family with him is put back on my shoulders. But thanks greatly to CL I now caught it right away – there must be something new going in his life, hence the narc divalue and discard. And bingo! A little snooping in his password protected phone (never complained re my eagle -eyed vision!) And I found a new love. Well. Technically an old one but rekindled.
So…now sitting on the beach (at least I get to enjoy the sun for a while before getting back to the cold), discussing amicable divorce and joint custody, and he wants his son over here around christmas as usual to which I will have to agree because there is an international custody issue and he may just be a jerk and create unnecessary problems with the double citizenship. This essentially means I am stuck spending christmas new years with him for another 9 years or so. He behaves nicely for this short time frame but I am afraid this will prolong my own healing. Plus, some common friends over here to whom I opened up decided to go Switzerland route.
Thoughts?

MidlifeBlast
MidlifeBlast
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

That should say “chumpitude” above ^^ but “chump pitied” is a good name too 😉

Chumptitude
Chumptitude
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

Midlife – You hit it on the head, silly us wanting to protect our kids from being disappointed about our exes’ character flaws. But the fact is that their father’s character flaw is real, and it would be even worse if we did not help our kids validate their own observations of his character flaws.

Let’s say, he is a leopard but leads everyone in the community, including his kid and me to believe that he is a tiger. I find out first hand that he is a leopard, and have proof of it. By not saying anything when I get questions or stay mum when statements are being made about him being a great tiger, I indirectly reinforce everyone else’s misguided perception that he is a tiger.

Our kid keeps getting powerful messages from him and the rest of the community that leads her to want to believe that he is a tiger. But by living with him, she sees that in fact he is a leopard behind closed doors. This is very confusing, and the worst possible outcome to me would be our kid doubting the validity of her own observations and gut feeling that in fact he is a leopard. This might lead her to ignore her own gut feeling (and obvious red flags) about other important relationships in her life (sounds familiar…???)

You see where this is going…

Do I wish that my STBX were an honest person and that I would not have to worry about future conversations about cheating and passive aggressive lying with our kid? Do I worry about our kid’s self-esteem as she finds out about my STBX flawed character? Absolutely!

But I have proof that my STBX is a lying cheater (leopard) despite his masterful ability to project a polished image as an honest, high integrity community member (tiger). This is the familiar lose-lose situation all chumps are faced with.

The realization that my silence about his lies would be even worse for our kid’s self-esteem was key in my decision to cite his lying as the reason of our divorce as a direct way to validate our kid’s possible current and future experiences with his flawed character.

Now please excuse me, writing this got me so worked up, I need to go and perfect my sand bag punching technique for a few hours…

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

MidLifeBlast–how old is your daughter/children? Don’t try to co-parent. Kids are smart enough to realize that what flies in one situation won’t fly in another (e.g., the kid who talks back to mom is still unlikely to talk back to teachers). Don’t have contact with the jackass yourself unless absolutely necessary, and then only by text or email. Tell your children the truth and let them sort through his bullshit until they tire of it and are old enough to go NC.

Hugs to you!

MidlifeBlast
MidlifeBlast
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

Hi tempest. The little ones (his) are 5 and 9. He has a baby on the way with OW.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  MidlifeBlast

The poor children. Your 9 year old is nearing the age at which he/she will start to understand what jackass has done, and will judge him morally for it. the 5-year old has a ways to go, and may still idolize the idiot for a few more years (esp. if he is sparkly or Disney Dad). Hard not to tell the truth to them when he’s about to have a baby with OW.

I’m so sorry; minimize your contact with X, don’t try & correct his parenting (it won’t work, and he’ll just use it as a source of power over you), but make sure your kids realize what will and won’t fly in YOUR house. (Post in the private forums as you need support or advice–it helps).

Datdamwuf
Datdamwuf
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

Tempest is amazing. If you look at the top of the page you will see a Forum link if you are logged into WordPress, otherwise you will see a Login in link. Click either one to go to the forums

ChumpB
ChumpB
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

How do you post in the private forums? (Also, Tempest, you are so amazing and I love love love your posts)!

ChestnutMare
ChestnutMare
8 years ago

“The arc of someone’s character…” I like that.
Crapweasel told the world that “we grew apart”. For a long time, I did nothing to dispel that crap, and still have little to say about it. What belies this?
I have no contact and absolutely nothing to do with him. I am raising HIS late sibling’s child, our daughter lives and works with me, and we have created our own ‘family’ within the animal rescue we founded and run. Crapweasel is not welcome here, and I think that alone says volumes about the dissolution of our marriage.

lee eskenazi
lee eskenazi
7 years ago
Reply to  ChestnutMare

I like and laugh with the word crapweasel, Love it!

ChutesandLadders
ChutesandLadders
8 years ago
Reply to  ChestnutMare

Today’s #6 resonated with me too. Thanks for that, CL!

I’ve been subjected to X employing transference to TRY to make me assume all of his character flaws. We’re two years divorced, and he continues to spew venom in every single email exchange regarding our children. When you’re down and out, it’s easy to believe the worst. It took me this long to realize I don’t need someone like him to give me approval. I have people in my life who really like who I am and always did, especially my kids.

I admit that at first, it devastated me to know how much he hated me. It bothers me less and less, but a part of me will always be saddened to know he was the center of my world for so long, and he threw me and our family away to go re-live his youth (which wasn’t that thrilling to begin with).

We’re two years divorced, and I’m so thankful I’m not married to him anymore. Meanwhile, he’s more miserable than ever as evidenced by every single exchange. They would have an element of comedy if they weren’t so indicative of his scary personality disorder.

Someday, I’ll post some. They’re amazing in their complete distortion of truth.

Chjrn
Chjrn
8 years ago

I love the line, “People who believe the worst about you don’t know you.” That is the truth! If they believe it, cut them loose also!

Marci
Marci
8 years ago

My first divorce was like a slow car accident. I knew for years he had cheated, I put up with crappy controlling inlaws and stayed “for the kids” until they graduated university. The numerous d-days I just stuffed down and made me focus on planning my eventual escape. Finally I left on my own schedule with the funds I had saved. Cheater admitted his wrongs, and we agreed to remain civil so that future things like kids weddings would be relatively stress free. Not perfect, but better than alternative. I did walk away rather than battle his expensive lawyer for my rightful share.

So,why was it such a surprise that the outlaws,,,Ex’s nieces and nephews, his sisters and cousins, all embarked on a smear campaign against me which included hate letters and lecturing my sons on what a bad person I must be to “leave” their father? None of them knew the truth because I had always kept it private what a douche The Ex was. He got away with being seen as the perfect spouse.

So, my response was to demand that he confront them, each one that sent me letters or dissed me on facebook. Tell them the truth. Admit his indiscretions. He actually did respond to them, telling them they had it all wrong and saying it was none of their business, and copied me in on his responses to them. Not a single one of them ever apologised to me. I had to walk away from my entire extended family of 30 years, and never get to see the next generation.

How did I get him to do this? I threatened to reopen the support case. Hit him in the wallet where his self esteem lives. But it still hurts to be wrongly condemned. In the end, freedom really is priceless.

Nicole S
Nicole S
8 years ago
Reply to  Marci

Marci- I don’t like spouse bashing either so I kept most of his emotional abuse to myself but told a few things to very close friends. I presented him as such a great guy when I knew he wasn’t but I strangely thought that if I had high expectations of him he would change and live up to them. It didn’t happen over the long run. Fortunately, I did surrounded myself with good and honest people and they have all seen right through him and his “we grew apart” narrative. Even his own brother and sister in law have seen through him. His mother is the only one still loyal to him and that is because she is a covert narc that doesn’t want people to know she raised a monster. At this point I tell the truth to anyone who is willing to listen and encourage women to not tolerate emotional and verbal abuse like I did. My in-laws have completely shunned me because my mother in law has bullied them to do so but I have healed enough to know I truly am better off without that nut cluster. Now that I have opened up to my own mom, she is heartbroken that I lived through so much emotional abuse and didn’t tell her about it. I really wished I would have told her.

ChumpB
ChumpB
8 years ago
Reply to  Nicole S

Ahh, Nicole S. What a similar situation. I am so sorry you endured such abuse; it is unconscionable, so hard to believe, so hard to accept that these monsters exist. I like what you said about the ex MIL. I do believe they can’t bear the thought of what monster’s they raised. I believe my ex MIL is some sort of Cluster B; a real piece of work who I cannot help but to resent. When I am feeling grounded, I really am glad to be free of the superficial, unkind bunch. Love your phrase “nut cluster.” Perfect. We really are all in this together and the support here is so helpful.

Nicole S
Nicole S
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpB

Thanks for the support ChumpB!

yooper01
yooper01
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpB

My MIL was a minister in her church. She introduced the OW to my hasbeen. Daughter of a family friend. When the affair started going online she paid for flights for the OW from Tx to Mich to stay with my hasbeen. They stayed at my in-laws home and cabin. She paid for many flights in and out in that yr long time period. My X and I lived in Wis. My MIL helped my X with the lies and cover-ups. My MIL and FIL were even even in divorce court holding his hand. My X wore his father’s lucky suit coat for the divorce. I guess it wasn’t so lucky. I retained all the property , bank accounts and retirement funds. He got an old pick-up his tools and his clothes. The look on my MIL’s face was priceless when the judge handed down his deposition. On the way out of divorce court I stopped and smiled at my now X-MIL. I said, “Good day for a divorce, I’m extremely happy with the out come” She was so pissed off froth was in the corners of her mouth. I sat in my SUV with my girlfriends and watched them come out of the courthouse. It was like watching a funeral procession. My X on the phone trying to explain to his honey why he got nothing out of a 29 yr old marriage.

After the divorce my X took off driving for Tx to be with his honey and her 6 kids by 5 different fathers. Within 60 days he was arrested in Tx and spent 90 days in jail for a traffic accident. I was paying the car insurances out of my funds. As soon as the divorce final I called and cancelled his vehicle. Wasn’t mine any more. No reason for me to cover it.

Roberta
Roberta
8 years ago
Reply to  yooper01

Yooper01, good for you! I just love happy endings that favor the chump! I just wish more judges would award the betrayed spouse. It doesn’t make up for ALL the BS we had to endure, but it sure takes some of the sting out of being thrown away like garbage. It also helps to get us on our feet and to secure a decent future for the left behind faithful spouse and family! I figure these cheaters wanted to walk away and start over, so let them walk away with nothing and start from scratch! Good riddance!

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  Marci

Marci, I love the term ‘outlaws’. It is very accurate!

chump-tastic
chump-tastic
8 years ago
Reply to  Marci

This resonates with me so deeply: “None of them knew the truth because I had always kept it private what a douche The Ex was.” Same here. I have always really hated when spouses crap-talk each other. It’s like…sure, you’re going to have disagreements, but don’t loudly complain about them every chance you get and then still expect your friends to love them. It’s not right to show you friends only the negative. So I downplayed every thing he did, and tried to convince myself that everybody has flaws, or that he was going through a hard time and I just needed to be patient, etc. etc. etc. Years of quietly swallowing his mistreatment later, it turns out he had been loudly complaining about me the whole time. So post-split, those jerks believe him and not me. I’m punished for my discretion. For trying to cover for him all those years. All I can do is hope that the not-yet-split will read this post and understand that they should be sharing what’s going on, at least with close friends and family. They should not have to go through it alone, even if they’re not sure divorce is on the table yet. They will be glad to have a D-Day-ready group of friends and family in place when the time comes.

Kate50
Kate50
8 years ago
Reply to  chump-tastic

Record your confrontation with the cheater for back up proof, that’s what I did and it was easy to do on my Iphone. I recorded it using my voice memo app (12 minute recording). I told him we need to discuss things again, I needed to, I hid my phone on a shelf where he couldn’t see it, tapped record when we started our conversation and started the questioning of everything again to him. Anyone who questions me who I think is significant, I offer up this recording for them to listen to if they want and most wanted to hear it. The look on their faces as they listened to it was disbelief. For me, it was vindication!

Btw, I practiced lots ahead of time to test that it would work before hand.

Chumpish
Chumpish
8 years ago
Reply to  Kate50

Chumptastic, “he was going through a hard time and I just needed to be patient,” and that he was complaining about me to others all along. Yep, that was me. OOOOOh, poor, poor X, he’s depressed, he’ll come out of it. Or, ‘male depression can lead to rage,’ it’s the depression talking.

The depression and rage came from a place deep in his pocket. He doesn’t like to be told what to do, and fuck that court order demanding payment. But he couldn’t ruin his image with that, best to blame it on the wife.

He typed it, skyped it, gplus’d it, hung-out with it, chatted it, link’d it…Russian astronauts probably know. Still unfuckingbelievable to me.

ChumpB
ChumpB
8 years ago
Reply to  Kate50

Kate50, I was so stunned by the increase in narc abuse during the last few years of our marriage, I too hit the record button one day when he began having a temper tantrum. Honestly, it sounds like a toddler going off, escalating, calling me an idiot, interrupting me, and in general he just sounds crazy. I needed it for me because of that sick thing narcs do called mind fuck where their behavior is really genuinely crazy but they are blaming you for it. This has been a huge hurdle for me to wrap my head around, i.e., it was him, NOT me! I know I am not perfect or blameless, but I did not cheat, lie, steal, and abandon family. That would be on him. I am willing to take responsibility but I am not responsible for his hurtful and unkind behaviors. No one deserves abuse, ever! But approx 98 percent of the time, he was blaming me. What a chump I was.

Beth
Beth
8 years ago

I had to deal with this with my family and friends. The funny thing was that the ex didn’t even like my family and friends. Real said thing he didn’t even like his family and friends.

The best thing was that I went no contact with all of them. It’s been years. I don’t miss any of them. Yes, it is very sad and hurtful events but to be honest with you all of them are so mentally unwell and my mental health has improved over time.

Now sometimes I do wonder if my family and friends and even if his family and friends wonder why I left so fast and I didn’t contact them since the day I left. Overall it was the BEST decision I made in my life was to go no contact with them.

Boudica Reborn
Boudica Reborn
8 years ago
Reply to  Beth

I did the same thing as you Beth, except one mutual friend contacted me, wondering why I mysteriously disappeared one day with no forewarning (MY exclusive family and friends knew the real situation and helped me vanish). However, when I told her the truth, as I believe I had mentioned before, she decided to remain neutral. When other mutual friends asked her if she knew anything, she directed them to my now XH – who’s narrative appears to be that I just decided to dislike the teachings of the church we were entrenched in. The same church that I was at the day before the move, hugging all my friends there, (I was hugging them goodbye, but they didn’t know it at the time).

Oh yeah, that’s the story. That’s why I would suddenly move 175 miles away and go NC with the pervert I married (shaking head). With all the whoppers he told me during our marriage, you would think he could come up with something more creative than that. How lame!

Beth
Beth
8 years ago
Reply to  Boudica Reborn

Yes, very lame indeed Boudica Reborn. It amazes me at times but at the same time it doesn’t (I hope that makes sense) how much in common all of us chumps have when it comes to these disordered things and their followers.

Now I have heard things that the ex said about the break up and of course none of them are true and of course all my fault. I can recall getting some phones calls from so called friends and not one of them asked me about how I was doing all they had to say is that the ex is upset with them for talking to me blah blah blah. I told them then don’t call me and I really don’t give a shit what he thinks or feel and go kiss his ass. Let’s just say they were speechless and I hung up. I still laugh about it today. These people would try to call me back in a few days but I didn’t answer and in fact I can recall these people emailing me with some sad sorry ass excuses and the sorries to me. I read in-between the words and knew they just wanted to keep tabs on me and go back and tell the ex. Also my so called family did the same. I can recall many times that I would be visiting my family and when I would leave their home within an hour or so sometimes even shorter than that I would get a call from the ex yelling at me and questioning my behavior. I knew within seconds where all of his information was coming from. I spoke with my family about it and told them if they continued then I would not be in their lives any longer. Let’s just say they didn’t admit (of course) to what they did and I told them well you can have the ex is he is that special to them and I will just go on.

Also I always thought that my step-mother was in love with the ex. How she would always flirt with him and touch him and other things I saw how she was about him (he couldn’t stand her and would tell me that she gave him the creeps with how she was around him). Plus, when the ex and I split up she wasn’t concern about how I was doing and said to me one day just days after the split up that she was upset that he wasn’t going to call her anymore. She was almost in tears with it. I just walked away shaking my head. I knew then she was in love with him. Also she and my father knew he was cheating and I thought she would have a better understanding about this because her first husband and my father cheated on her left and right. Creepy and just sick if you ask me!!!!!!!!!

When I knew I had to walk away from all of these people that I loved so very much it was very hurtful to me but I had to do it for my well being. Nothing was going to change and it would never get better. I saw how my family treated the others and I just didn’t want that in my life. It does suck very much but now looking back and now seeing how my life is now all I can say is that it is so peaceful. I have learned a lot over the past years with what I want in my life and it is not them. Plus I can really see how all of them (including my family and friends and him and his damn followers) are just so unwell in the head. I guess the only way to truly understand how mental they all are is to live it. I will never get back in touch with them. There is no trust and no love that I have for any of them any more. The best for my mental well being is to let them live their disordered way of thinking and living. I don’t want it in my life. I guess that has been one great lesson in my life is that is it ok to walk away from people that are not good for you and I have to stop trying to make things better. That isn’t my job. My job is to take care of myself and my life and leave the trash behind.

There are so many more things that I have forgotten over the years and I do recall from time to time. Let’s just say my family and friends shown me their true colors and really no lost for me. I know karma has hint some of them. In fact, I just found out that karma hit the ex’s first ow pretty bad. I still hope one day that karma will hit the ex and owife and the others around him that are so in love with his Godly life.

Phi Slama Jama Mama
Phi Slama Jama Mama
8 years ago

All of this is true, but yet…I think you have a responsibility to manage the public part of the divorce or breakup, best you can. Write off his family–it’s not fair to expect them to turn on their member, even if they know the truth. It’s not reasonable, and not what families do.

Choose some surrogates you think have sense, give them an edited version, without detail, and ask their help in impression management. Think of yourself as a business and take appropriate action. Remember less is more.

Ignore the rest. Step over it, then step higher. What CL says is true–character is a long-term endeavor. Truth will out. Justice eventually gets the arc, coupled with grace. Usually even their new loves learn the hard way…

You are free. Living well is the best revenge.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago

I have been wondering about this. Sort of a lesser version of taking out a whole page ad in the paper or my fantasy, hiring the Goodyear blimp. I have no desire to start a full scale war or smear campaign but we live in a tiny town. He knows lots of sparkly people but despite being a near hermit, having focused of Little Elf for so long, I have several well placed friends in town. The realtor that sells the most properties, a jeweler who knows everyone, the town chimney sweep…. I just want to make sure the quick, truthful version is out there. It is more about having Team ChumpyElf ready to defend me or correct people who they hear spreading shite about me than gossiping. And it isn’t gossip if it’s the truth.

Smart is Hard
Smart is Hard
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpyElf

ChumpyElf-this is kinda, sorta, how I got a little bit even (and it completely took away the anger I felt about my husband (many emotional affairs-a Pa, and general teasing of my wifely abilities) and my situation, because the powerlessness breeds anger, I think…) I made sure one of his family members, several of his/our close friends, all of my friends AND some of our professional acquaintances (think doctors, accountant…) knew what happened. It helped me to share, but I noticed I still harbored enormous anger which was affecting my day to day life. I knew I wouldn’t have a revenge affair, it wasn’t even on my radar-I would be incapable, as most of us on this site would be. I did, however, manage to make him aware of many (not all, he will still be surprised by that) the people I told-many he didn’t know about-and he fell apart, got soooo upset, etc. I enjoyed it completely. All I said to him at the end was “I’m sorry you are upset and that you feel that way (that it was wrong for me to tell our/his friends), and I guess I’m sorry for what I did-sometimes, when we make selfish choices we don’t realize the lasting impact they may have on others.” This was a particularly delicious exchange, because the light went on over his head, he connected the dots, and realized that I am not in the business of perpetuating his image management. And that I can be vindictive without necessarily sinking to his level. And that I really do feel much better, which I think pisses him off, which makes me feel even better…..yeah, it’s petty, but as you said, it isn’t gossip if it’s the truth.

Divorce Minister
Divorce Minister
8 years ago

Biblically, this is called the “fear of man.” It is the idea that another human being or beings’ opinion of us matters more than God’s. Proverbs rightly calls it a snare. It is easier said than done getting free of that snare, though.

Good thoughts here, CL, about breaking free of that snare. It is a miserable life living for other people’s opinions of us.

Nicole S
Nicole S
8 years ago

Yes DM! This is what has got me through the shunning I’ve received from my in-laws. Knowing God knows the truth and that his opinion matters most has been a huge part of my healing.

PamNZ
PamNZ
6 years ago
Reply to  Nicole S

God does know the truth plus you also know the truth about yourself. I’ve never been concerned about what people say about me that don’t know me. But my exes lies did get to me. They have to make themselves the victim somehow.

WhichWayDidSheGo
WhichWayDidSheGo
8 years ago

I thought that I shared a connection with my ex’s sister because we both have mental health issues – I have depression, she has bipolar. We talked about our issues and similarities and I once volunteered to foot the medical bills when she was in crisis and without insurance (it didn’t end up happening, but the offer was there).

I invited my ex’s first ex-husband to stay in our extra bedroom when he came to town to visit their son; I figured the money he would have spent on a hotel could be better used for the kid. When he came to visit we’d play board games, watch movies, share meals. The divorce was a long time ago and I hadn’t known them then, so I had no animosity towards the man.

Now that my ex is gone? Crickets. I didn’t expect them to be my support team, but I’m hurt that I didn’t even get a “it was nice having known you” or “thanks for everything and I’m sorry this happened”.

I have no idea what she told them. It’s possible that they think poorly of me, it’s possible that they’re both assholes, or both. And I really wonder what she told her son. After 5 years with him nearly everyday (from 10-15) I didn’t even get a goodbye. It’s like I never even existed.

She apparently discussed leaving me with her friends and when they didn’t argue with her she took that as their agreement. Again, I have no idea what she told them, but she did say “they knew we were having problems and hoped we’d work them out.” That was news to me. Her friends were better informed about our relationship than I was!

Nicole S
Nicole S
8 years ago

I’m with you WhichWay. I didn’t expect my inlaws to be my support team but since they told me for 20 years that they loved me like a daughter I did expect something like “just know that we will always care about you and are grateful you gave us wonderful grandchildren.” Instead, I got crickets. Jerks!

Nord
Nord
8 years ago
Reply to  Nicole S

My ex-inlaws did give me the whole ‘We love you and are here for you’ – and then joined ex in trying to discredit me, even to my own children. So I ghosted because no way was I going to pretend they were not toxic. It was hard, it hurt, but it was the best thing to do. Don’t regret it in any way.

Marci
Marci
8 years ago
Reply to  Nord

Yea, I got that too…my SIL emailed a terse “so sorry to hear things didn’t work out with you and Ex (29 year marriage and two sons)…we wish you well in your future life”. As if was going to another planet. And then later on her daughter sent me a poisonous letter saying how ungrateful and greedy I was for leaving the oaf.

And that same niece posted photos of her wedding with OW front and centre, on facebok, before our divorce had even been filed. They were aiding and abetting his cheating!

SIL is the woman whose hand I held for days in the hospital when her newborn twins died and she almost did. I did countless huge favours for her over the years, agh. Blood is thicker than water. Bet they have a clue by now what a shit their brother and uncle is.

Lyn
Lyn
8 years ago
Reply to  Nicole S

After 36 years my ex MIL said “maybe we’ll see you around sometime…” On the other hand, when anyone in his family contacts me I tell them that I love them and miss them. It’s so sad.

Other Kat
Other Kat
8 years ago
Reply to  Lyn

After 30 years my STBX FIL (the only one of our parents left) said, “Well if you’re ever in town, look me up.” Ok, sure.

WhichWayDidSheGo
WhichWayDidSheGo
8 years ago

(forgot to check the notify me box)

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago

I actually had people in my “in law” circle tell me I shouldn’t talk too much about the affair. That revealing “too much” could be bad for me. I had others tell me this too.. that I should keep quiet about it. I guess choke it up and keep eating the shit sandwiches in case his holiness ever wanted to come back to me.

This felt inherently wrong to me. Not that I’ve blabbed it to everyone, but I have told close friends and family, and frankly, if not for their support, wise counsel, and shoulders to cry on I’d probably be dead. I didn’t feel it was my place to protect his image.. or my image either (being cheated on isn’t great PR for the chump either) but it was essential in my healing. And I was amazed how many of my friends and even family said “I’ve been there” and I never knew it. I leaned on those people and I hope at some point I can return the favor with a future chump.

We chumps need each other.. we need the support and validation. This shit is painful and people don’t understand really unless they’ve been there. It’s not just “divorce”.. it’s betrayal, and many of us didn’t want the divorce, or our family to be blown to bits. It’s a trauma.. and we need to speak up so that we can find the healing we need.

PS- I hate the “We grew apart” excuse. That is always an excuse… marriages don’t break up because people drift a part a little… that is so lame and when I hear someone say that now, I am always skeptical.

Susan
Susan
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

I had very little supporters. I too was told not to tell many bc I would “taint” how others would view hubby if I would ever take him back.

The humiliation of the whole affair probably killed the marriage more than anything.

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  Susan

I don’t understand the logic of those you know who knew about your husband’s affairs and urged you not to divulge the news to others in order to avoid tainting your husband’s image. Didn’t you husband taint his image? If you divulged his infidelity to other people, then you were just the messenger. I wonder if you had said, ‘My husband committed murder,’ then your listeners would respond, ‘Don’t say anything; you might taint your husband’s reputation?’ Now some people might say that adultery and murder are not the same. I partly agree. However, both adultery and murder destroy something valuable.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Yeah that’s the RIC point of view. Chumps keep dancing. Chump don’t tell anyone. Don’t force the timid forest creature to be accountable. Chump don’t make any “demands”. Make home a “great place to be”. Aka, nice them into it. I had a crappy MC tell me to do all this stuff. Doesn’t work. DOES NOT WORK. I tried it. All it did was wear me down further and erode what was left of my self esteem.

MB
MB
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

your post sort of triggered me . Ex twisted my arm (because he was trying to recover his phone I was holding and I didn’t want to give it back, this is post DD), so he provoked me into pushing him, then .. called the police and said I assaulted him.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

Now that i am ready to tell a few more people the short story (he cheated for over a year, she is psycho and stalking me), I worry this will mess up my filing plans. My lawyer said we would just whip out a separation agreement that says we don’t file until ten years but that still leaves me mopping up the mess with Little Elf and not having time to plan on his behalf. I keep hoping Asshat will get struck by lightning and spare me all this trouble 😉

happily never after
happily never after
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpyElf

I actually had 2 very violent dreams recently where I was that person who “struck (the sad sausage) by lightening.” And my adult daughter was watching. She had her own dream where he was physically hurting her. PTSD? Anger issues? Immaturity? Or just collateral damage. What a POS. BTW, I would publish my story in the paper if I could.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago

Happily Never After–publish it in the private forums; you’ll feel better for telling your story.

Stephanie
Stephanie
8 years ago

I used to have dreams–before I knew about the affair(s)–that I was physically attacking him. I knew it meant that I was angry, but I really had no idea why. I think my subconscious was screaming at me, to pay attention to the passive-aggressive gaslighting.
I’m not a violent person, and I think the dreams were a way to express a lot of buried anger and bewilderment.

Lyn
Lyn
8 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie

I actually had a dream before D-day that I told my husband he could go to OW now because I was strong enough for him to leave me. Woke up thinking “what the heck?” Just proved to me that my gut is better at knowing the truth than my head.

WhichWayDidSheGo
WhichWayDidSheGo
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

I wonder sometimes, because I don’t know that my ex was cheating on me. It definitely would fit her history, but when she told me there was no one else, I declined digging into it. It hurts bad enough as it is.

Even if she wasn’t cheating on me, I still feel that I’m a chump. When she told me that she loved me, I believed her. When she said that we’d grow old together, I believed her. When she said that after she quit work and I supported her in her schooling I would have my turn if I wanted it, I believed her.

When the money was gone, so was she.

I knew about her history and didn’t care because I believed that people can change. Yes, she did shitty things when younger, but she was older and had matured and learned by the time I met her. And I was going to love her enough and in the “right way”, making cheating or leaving unnecessary.

As she was leaving she really fucked with my head. At one point she expressed disbelief that I hadn’t seen it coming, and then a little while later she talked about how good she is at hiding her feelings and almost seemed to gloat that I had thought she’d never leave me (and she was showing me!) She also said that she didn’t voice her displeasure to me because I wouldn’t have handled it well… so, as you can see, it was really my fault that she had to surprise leave me.

Thus ends my essay on why I’m a chump even if she wasn’t cheating on me.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago

WWDSG,

If you think she was cheating, she probably was. I learned the hard way that instincts are there for a reason and they are almost always right. For YEARS I stuffed my spidey sense when STBX was concerned.. on his little “friend”, and on other things honestly. He was prone to lie, hide and make things seem different from the way they were. Because I loved him so much, and was so attached, I put up with all of it. I spackled a long time. And maybe he spackled with me too, to be fair. But I was always loyal to him and I wouldn’t have given up on our family or shared history. I was in for the long haul from day one and demonstrated it over and over. But it wasn’t enough. He actually claimed I didn’t love him enough. I didn’t “give” enough. Good luck finding someone else who gives what I did over the haul buddy. LOL.

Mine also fucked with my head.. said things like “I don’t think I’ve ever loved you” (20 years and 2 kids later), “We have nothing in common” (Hello- 20 years and 2 kids), “I can’t believe you are happy with the relationship” (I wasn’t gloriously happy all the time but to me, that’s no reason to throw it away). These folks just have different values. It truly boggles the mind because we can’t think the way they do. Cheap thrills, grass is greener, all that is symptomatic of their desire to be happy and non bored 100% of the time. They aren’t happy with themselves so they medicate with THINGS, and interchange people. I see it now, but I never thought he’d interchange me.. I thought he was committed to the family, and to me. But in the end, I was something else that could be swapped out. If he could do that to me, he could do it to anyone. He’s not happy with HIM.

Nothing you could do WWDSG to keep her from cheating or to make her happy. You aren’t responsible for her happiness. So you were depressed. I was depressed, and I wonder now how much of that depression was due to HIM and him projecting his shit on me all the time. HE always said I was so depressed and anxious. Well, he created an environment that fostered it. He bought things (100K car) without telling me, we never had control of finances, he changed jobs ALL the time, I never knew when the next “shoe” would drop. Because I am an orderly kind of person.. I didn’t like all that “up in the air” stuff. It did create anxiety. But did he ever do anything active to address this? No. He wouldn’t ever admit to a problem.

I own many faults and I made mistakes in the marriage and would have worked on my side of the ledger, but he wasn’t willing to work on his. I suspect your wife was the same WWDSG. You can’t work with that. You can’t make someone willing who isn’t. You deserve better. There are women who will appreciate you when you are ready for them.

NCstevie
NCstevie
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

Wow newchumpatl, great insight. Almost identical story to mine, I guess it isn’t too surprising as the disordered jerks share so many similarities.

That’s why I love it here… helps to know you’re not alone and you didn’t imagine everything.

2kids2love
2kids2love
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

Amen! He was not happy with HIM. And I couldn’t do it for him. Maybe she will. Maybe she’s his soulmate and I was not. But I don’t think so.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  2kids2love

She’s not. They don’t have souls, so no possibility of soul mates. She’s new, and that’s all that matters for now.

happily never after
happily never after
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

Newchumpati–this is my story. Putting it in words clarifies so much.

WhichWayDidSheGo
WhichWayDidSheGo
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

I think you’re really onto something with that desire to be happy and non bored 100% of the time. And I too thought that she might cycle through people and things, but that I was a special case who was above it all. I feel like I should be hearing that wrong answer noise from Family Feud: Who is above being thrown away like garbage? Is WWDSG on the board?

Some days I accept that there’s nothing I could have done. And then there are days like today when I feel that I’ve lost my last chance at a lasting love relationship, that I failed, that I’m too sick to be loved, etc. It’ll pass, but it still sucks to be back feeling like this for even a minute. And I beat myself up for being so melodramatic, for falling back into a victim mentality. One of these days I’ll accept that wanting reality to be other than it is isn’t going to happen.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago

I bet with some distance from her, you might find some of your depression was due to your relationship. Not all maybe, some of us are more prone to depression, but her treatment of you wasn’t helping. May have been making it a LOT worse. Just pointing out.. that sometimes we don’t realize what the sources of our anguish are, until we get some distance.

Not that it doesn’t suck. I feel your pain WWDSG. It’s like having your heart stomped on.. I’ve felt physical pain with this, lost 15lbs (thin to begin with), sleep patterns disrupted, job impacted.. it’s affected my whole life. It has changed who I am. I hope at some point for the better but it doesn’t feel that way everyday. He was my college sweetheart and the one person I thought I could count on. It’s altered my whole perception of people. I had trust issues before (FOO) but now I REALLY do. Could I ever trust again? I don’t know. But I won’t worry about that today and neither should you.

It will get better. Day by day, hour by hour. Don’t give up, and don’t give up on love. Love is what is around you.. your family,friends,kids, it’s not just romantic love. Love yourself first. Your relationship with YOURSELF is the most important of all. Hugs.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

Cheaters rarely honor the “we grew apart” narrative anyway. They will typically say bad things about the chump to whoever is a receptive audience. That is why I now sing like a canary.

X’s own family knows the truth (I’m friends with former SIL), though he doesn’t realize they know the truth. On a recent visit to his family, he was spewing untruths about me (e.g., I turned youngest daughter against him, even though he knows I did initially try to get her to have contact with him). End result is he has now revealed himself to be a pathological liar to his own family, who will never believe anything else he says. Sucks to be deceptive.

Boudica Reborn
Boudica Reborn
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

So Tempest, “For ’tis the sport to have the engineer. Hoist with his own petard,”?
– Hamlet
Heh-heh!

Hugs!

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  Boudica Reborn

Boudica R: Perfect! I love that you are keeping me hopping and stimulated with your literary quotes and history documentaries! Hugs back atcha!

chumpnomore
chumpnomore
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

Tempest, I also sang like a canary when second Dday happened and cheater went off with his OW for a ten day trip (he didn´t cancel it , while our lives were falling apart). During those days he was gone I called everyone on his side of his family, and told them what was happening, and everyone was in shock because they always thought I was the best thing that ever happened to him. They thought that he is an idiot though they are a very disfunctional family full of alcoholics and closeted gays, but all are lovely to see during family parties! I don´t miss them at all, and they are very nice to me if we happen to meet, but they are all back together again for family reunions, without me. My ex just doesn´t talk to them about the divorce and acts like if nothing happened though he hasn´t dared to take his OW to any events. He would have wanted me to keep quiet about everything and simply inform everyone that we “went our separate ways”. The first thing that he said to me on DDay was that “no one, absolutely no one knows about this” and “I don´t want a divorce”….I made sure to that exactly the opposite became true! However, I should clarify that now, a year and half after DDay and two months after divorce I feel no need to tell the story to anyone, and if someone asks, I just say a one-liner and thats it. For me, the need to tell seems part of the initial healing process but I don´t want to spend another full minute of my life wasted on giving him more significance than he has now (which is nothing, except for being the father of my children).

This is getting too long, but I just wanted to add that the other day I met a women who had been cheated on 35 years earlier. She wanted to tell me her story as if it was yesterday. Her son told me that she had never gotten over it, and still lived every day in anger and hatred and her physical body showed it. It was a very strong reminder for me that I was NOT going to make that my lif: one more second spent on any chumpy attitude was a second gone that I could have lived a better life for my children and myself.

Lania
Lania
8 years ago
Reply to  chumpnomore

I can 100% understand that woman still being pissed off as all hell – even years later. Its something that, in some cases, the anger never truly leaves. Or is a way to propel people forward. I could validate that, and would never hold that against someone.
Maybe she had to deal with shit sandwiches, even years later, from fuckwits associated with the ex, or the ex himself. Or people pussy footing around and playing Switzerland.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  chumpnomore

ChumpedNoMore–good for you letting his family know the truth. I’m 3 days away from my D-day first anniversary (yup, 9/11), and more info has come out since the divorce that I do want passed on–X knows I divorced him on the basis of 1 affair I knew about from 8 years back; turns out the fucker is a serial cheater with lots of notches on his belt the past decade. I still want people to know that, but after they know, I’m willing not to discuss it with them anymore (no one wants to be bitter forever).

However, I’m also thinking about going more public with being a victim of infidelity; I’m in a field where I could make both clinicians and young people aware of the hazards of cheating & the blaming-the-victim mentality that seems to permeate some therapy. No firm decisions yet, but if I can help other chumps, even one, by publicizing my story, it is tempting to do so.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  chumpnomore

chumpnomore, this stood out to me “The first thing that he said to me on DDay was that “no one, absolutely no one knows about this”” The most important person to find out about an affair is the poor chump but the cheaters don’t see it that way. It is a small town. I’m nearly seven months out and marshaling Team ChumpyElf. If no one knew about it before, they sure as hell are gonna know about it soon. I think after I have had my say, and I intend to be succinct unlike my posts here, I will just focus on making the best life for me and Little Elf. And keeping Asshat out of our lives as much as possible.

violet
violet
8 years ago
Reply to  chumpnomore

This is exactly how I feel. My experience is part of who I am, but it does not define; my ability to overcome it does.

Jumper
Jumper
8 years ago
Reply to  violet

Beautifically stated. I will memorize those words, and repeat them to myself.

Arnold
Arnold
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

As far as i kinow, both my XWs’ families supported me in divorcing these women. First wife’s sister was one of the ones who told me about the cheating and offered to testify in court if there was a custody battle, as i had been the primary caregiver.
Her family then invited me for Christmas dinner after the divorce, as , traditionally, my first XW would not show up to be with her family ( when we were married, she used this time to spend with one of her OM and I would take our kids to her family’s house alone).
Second XW’s family has been very supportive, inviting me on golf vacation, over for breakfast and to plays. Oftne, when we would attened one of the kids’ functionsa t school, they would sit by me and their daughter was left alone in her seat.
This allserved me well, as their support amnd my kids devotion dispelled the smearing that was going on. This enraged my XWs’ and that was nice, as well.
I suppose each XW had a group of supporters but I never really cared what they thought of me. Thye were low lifes. like my Xs and I just never apporached them. Thier impressions had no effect on me.

Hope49
Hope49
8 years ago
Reply to  Arnold

Arnold, you know I think you received the best acknowledgment of all your devotion to your boys right there. BOTH of your ex’s families stood by you. THAT is the best judgment to be publicly displayed before any of us reach the pearly gates. Seriously. Their kindness and interest towards you and your boys reveal that you are a man of TRUE character. Now, what could be better than that! 🙂

Nicole S
Nicole S
8 years ago
Reply to  Hope49

I’m sorry Hope but I think the in laws sticking by the faithful spouse says more about their character, not the faithful spouse. When in laws stick by a cheater that says a lot about their poor character and it does not reflect on the faithful spouse at all. I’m glad Arnold had in laws that stuck by him but your comment suggests that us faithful spouses who didn’t have in laws stick by us didn’t have TRUE character. That is unfair and hurtful. Please reconsider your comment.

Hope49
Hope49
8 years ago
Reply to  Nicole S

Nicole, please don’t think I was somehow commenting on other chump’s lack of character. That is not my intention at all. I don’t know if you know Arnold’s story or not but it is STUNNING. His Ex-wife left him alone to care for a Down Syndrome child so she could screw around. He managed to care for the child with so many medical issues, continue working and he has supported his other son who has battled a serious drug addiction and gone through I believe it is 8 in patient treatment attempts. The man in my book is a complete SAINT and his ex-wives put him through complete HELL abandoning their roles as mothers. I admire his resolve to to the right thing, stick with very difficult child rearing challenges and not lose his mind.

Nicole S
Nicole S
8 years ago
Reply to  Hope49

I’m not taking anything away from Arnold. That must have been so difficult and he really stepped up! I do think most chumps would do exactly what what he did, man or woman. Therefore his inlaws support just is not a reflection of what he did, it is purely a testament to their strong character and yes Arnold showed amazing character too but the two are not related.

Arnold
Arnold
8 years ago
Reply to  Hope49

I think I just got lucky and that my XWs had acted so egregiously in the past , before I knew them, that their families had seen enough. I know I am not a saint and I just loved my kids, like most folks.
It has paid off, as we have a close relationship.

Stephanie
Stephanie
8 years ago
Reply to  Nicole S

I agree with you, Nicole, but you can both be right. You see, in-laws of good character recognize good character in the chumped son- or daughter-in-law.

Arnold
Arnold
8 years ago
Reply to  Hope49

I was lucky. The in laws had seen their daughters in action for a long time. One father in law apologized to me for not warning me. He said ” we hoped she had changed.”
My first wife’s sister told me that as I walked down the aisle with her sister, she turned to her husband and said ” I hope this poor guy knows what he is getting into.”
But, no one ever seems to take you aside and warn you. My picker was badly broken, or , at least very inexperienced.

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  Arnold

You have exception in-laws, Arnold! I wish that my parents-in-law, who knew that my now STBX had gay affairs (he TOLD them long before we married) had warned me! There’s no law that said they had to, but they could have spared at least three people (my two children, both by STBX, and me) decades of trauma by telling me before marrying him or at least encouraging him to ‘fess up.’ Perhaps their die-hard Catholic mindset prevented them from mentally ‘going there’ (acknowledging that their son had gay relationships although he told them he did), but not saying/doing anything, to me, seems like a sin of omission. Some people might say, ‘None of my business,’ as it is not THEIR marriage, but if someone is about to drive off a cliff and I know it and can warn that person, I feel obligated to do so, even though I am not the one about to drive off the cliff and that is not my car!

Stephanie
Stephanie
8 years ago
Reply to  Arnold

Arnold–
God forbid one of my kids does to his wife and kids one day what their father did to our family. But the way your in-laws handled their off-springs’ despicable behavior is how I foresee handling myself.
My xH is a coward with an attachment disorder. Conversely, my kids seem well-adjusted. So I don’t foresee having to choose sides. But it doesn’t hurt to plan for the worst.
Your in-laws seem like classy people. Sorry their daughters didn’t take on their families’ character.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

I have a lot of support in my X in law family too.. especially SIL (X’s brother’s wife). From the get go, she was super supportive and still calls me from time to time to check on me. She didn’t believe his cockamamie stories from the beginning, truthfully neither did his brother. He lied to all of them too, so you are right Tempest, it sucks to be deceptive because it does affect things. Will they still love him? Of course. They won’t kick him out of the family.. but they might not ever see him the same again.

Fact is, the women in the family (and BIL to his credit) could sniff out the lies he was telling because a few of them had been chumped. Once this happens to you, you see the signs. They couldn’t deny that, even if they REALLY wanted to believe him. His actions speak for themselves.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago

I completely agree with CL’s points 1-6.

Regarding 2 (telling the truth), chumps need to think clearly even as you’re falling apart. Pre-empt the cheater’s false narrative. First thing after D-day, as a precondition to even talking about reconciliation, I made X (then-H) call all the people who had known about his affair and explain that that was the reason why we had separated. Ha–no going back after that since HE had told them. Once it became clear we were headed for divorce, I eschewed his “we grew apart” nonsense and told people the real reason (X salivates at the sight of fresh meat). Sometimes I even overshared (nope, not a sexless marriage–we were having sex 3-4 x a week during his main affair; apparently the man has stamina). And I am glad I did what I did–he has been able to control some mutual friends who have heeded his admonition to not have contact with me, but the true story is out there and I won the moral war. Want someone to do the work for you? Tell the person most likely to pass on information to other people.

Don’t wait to get your story out just because you’re still shell-shocked; find a way to spill the truth so that you don’t scare people (e.g., “I didn’t like his girlfriend”). You will lose some friends who either don’t want to have to take sides, or who believe your X. Sad, but true (and well-worth ridding yourself of a fucktard). But at least give yourself the option of maintaining friendships by getting your story out there first. The cheater will not be fair, they will blame shift, they will smear you behind your back (heck, they already did smear you to affair partners who were convinced you were an evil, frigid, controlling jerk).

Those who believe your X, or want to play Switzerland, accept that they are no longer friends and stop caring what they believe. Move on, as CL says, and live your own life of integrity. But think clearly even as you’re falling apart, and do not succumb to the cheater’s desire for you to spew his/her muddled narrative.

Nicole S
Nicole S
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

I completely agree Tempest! Hiding the truth is not taking the high road. I didn’t tell people out of shame at first. Then I started telling a few people, then a few more and was amazed at the support and understanding I received. I actually gained friends through this and had people tell me they could now invite me over because the couldn’t stand my husband and they’ve stuck to their word. If you are new to this, don’t be afraid to tell others you truth and do it right away. I too over shared with a few people and told them I was guilty of only having sex with my husband about twice week. Turns out that’s not a sexless marriage like my STBX had me convinced nor is refusing to do some of the freaky things he wanted. Talking to others has been a HUGE part of my healing and I’m amazed at the amount of compassion I have received.

Arnold
Arnold
8 years ago
Reply to  Nicole S

IMO, one has to be somewhat careful about demeanor in disclosing. I tired not to ne overzealous and remained calm and matter of fact.
I have mentioned this before and I have seen one friend adversely perceived because of “fundamental attribution error”.
See, the cheater has, in most cases, already sown the seeds to others that you are unbalanced or nuts etc. So, if, understandably, you are a bit emotional , angry or too animated in disclosing, folks assume you are always that way vs just reeling in the aftermath.
My friend was very hurt and angry and he demonstrated this when he disclosed, as well as when he confronted. It played right into his cheating wife’s hands, as she had painted him to her allies as disturbed, thus justifying her cheating.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  Arnold

Nicole S, last night, I was waffling again about telling people. I mean, I literally plan to tell 2 or 3 but I thought, “Hmmm, they’re going to think I am a spiteful, jealous bitch.” The thing is, I am not making this shit up and I am far enough removed that I no longer start speaking in tones that only dogs can hear when I talk about it. I can’t search high and low in this little town for people who don’t know Asshat bc it isn’t going to work. If they don’t know him, they likely don’t know me either and I am not telling strangers.

Arnold, I am now giving your comment a lot of thought. I may not get all squeaky talking about Asshat and the Affair but I know I am very defensive. I need to figure out a way to just lay it out there without being compelled to immediately fill in the blanks. When I finally told the first friend I had in this town a few weeks ago, I found I didn’t need to say much and she asked questions that covered it all.

I am thankful I have not really wavered on believing he is an ass. Now if I could just stop acting like a nervous Nelly who can’t recite a poem in front of the class. It is not only not my fault but it is not my TRUTH to hide. Sigh.

Stephanie
Stephanie
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

Ohhhhhhh better believe I told all the town gossips what xH did to his family–nothing but the truth, abbreviated, of course. And they’re friends with a work gossip who probably told everyone at work. It got back to me from a few people who The Coward works with that they were sorry and disgusted with what he did.
I made sure to look good every time I went out–cute dresses and a smile. There were times that I was tired of being “so strong,” but I never regretted being caught on-guard around town looking presentable and happy.
Conversely, xH looks tired and old. He works to present the sad sausage look–no OW on his arm. I don’t think he’s proud of her in real life. I was someone he could be proud of. She, not so much, unless they are anonymous, or their current friends don’t know me. (He does have a friend thrice divorced who heartily approves of her, so he’s got that.) In fact, in the beginning, a few people believed their eyes–I must have been the cheater, light on my feet and beaming. No, I would correct–he left for someone he found again on Facebook. Yes, he’s that cliche. No, I can’t believe it, either. No, he’s not the great dad you thought he was–he sees the kids less than a handful of hours a month.
Of course his mother believed years of lies and exaggerations about me. I have pretty much written her off, too. If I have to see her I am cordially brief and poised. Sucks to suck, you know?

When I get down I remind myself–better her than me in bed with him. He is stingy, withholding, anxious and unhappy. He is sloppy, evasive and increasingly physically unattractive. The idea of growing old with him is, frankly, repulsive. She can nurse him, thanks. They’re actually probably a perfect match–she is financially desperate and indiscriminate. I will enjoy my freedom.

Roberta
Roberta
8 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Stephanie, I read your description of your cheater and how he met his Schmoopie and your description of him. We’re we possibly married to the same lousy cheater? They all sound alike! Like there’s a whole legion of these assholes walking around! It’s astounding!

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie

I like this! I finally started leaving the house more. I went out the past two Saturdays to have dinner with girlfriend and I dug out my entire boot collection to wear now that it feels like fall. Not feeling guilty for having more than two hideous pairs of old lady shoes just bc Florence doesn’t approve of my footwear. I live somewhere very, very small so I am hoping it will only take telling a few strategic people….

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpyElf

Oh, to have fall weather! and be able to wear boots! It’s 99 degrees here.

And yes–all it takes is telling a few of the most loquacious people…. ; )

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

I am positively giddy anticipating my first reveal. Hey, you think we’re just here to walk dogs? In the next month, I am also attending a philanthropic party, fairly informal, and the woman who heads up the group also happens to be the director of our excellent local domestic abuse shelter. I plan to hit her up for ideas and contacts. Since the police can’t help me now, what do I do after Florence wigs out? Other than call 911….

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

First day of school so I am slowly making my way down the posts. Yee haw! I posted above about the fact that I am finally ready to start spilling. It is freezing and fireplace season is fast approaching. I have a walking/hiking date with my friend later this week – she is town chimney sweep and she is one feisty lady. She is Asshat’s patient but I doubt for a minute she will believe he is in the right. Going to just start telling two or three people and i am not sure who. I feel like I’m choosing a Fantasy Football team!

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago

I’ve had to tell myself over and over to ‘tell the truth, but stop at defensiveness.’ I have often felt the need to defend myself from STBX’s false allegations. I quit doing that as my divorce case started sounding like a criminal case in which I, chump, was on trial. Now when asked, ‘Did you push Humpty Dimpty off the wall?’ or asked if I committed some other atrocity I did not commit, I say only ‘No.’ Doing so seems to save time, money, and sanity. Unfortunately, I might not be able to save my (good) reputation, but there’s not much I can do to protect myself and those who defend me from the smear campaign waged against us. I am living the most noble life I can, not to avoid condemnation, but to like who I am and do what I think is valuable.

Now I think of STBX as a vicious rabid dog who prowls the neighborhood, frequently poops on my yard, and occasionally bites my ankle. One of my goals is to decrease the time it takes to shake aforementioned rabid dog off my ankle to nothing. Ideally, rabid dog’s poop that cannot be removed will serve as good lawn fertilizer or fodder for a stand up comedy routine. Presence of rabid dog won’t stop me from walking through the neighborhood living my life.

Sadly, my mother still ‘supports’ my abusive STBX, calling him behind my back and suggesting that my kids live with HIM. I’ve had to let go of the notion that my husband and my mother had my back, The truth is painful, but I accept it.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  RockStarWife

How did I miss this yesterday? Yes, I agree about it being hard to not be defensive. I think chumps feel so assailed from all sides sometimes that it’s hard to be anything but defensive. The person we thought would fight to defend us totally stomped all over us.

Stephanie
Stephanie
8 years ago
Reply to  RockStarWife

That always breaks my heart when a chump is betrayed by their own family.

Chumps are often raised that way. Your mother has been undermining you for your whole life, would be my guess. It messes up your radar.

Enraged
Enraged
7 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie

That is SO TRUE!
My first relationship (I was 23!) was with a clear case of a narc. From a virgin he smeared me into some kind of a whore, while he was spinning 3 plates at least (found out much later). How did I get myself into that mess? The answer is my mother: she beat me on my head (why do you think I was a recluse until 23?) and made me think I am worthless. So I took crap.
That’s what happens when you let other people in charge of your well being and happiness.

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Thanks, Stephanie.

Arnold
Arnold
8 years ago
Reply to  RockStarWife

Yes, geting defensive or overly zealous in gettig one’s story out backfires. best ot be matter of fact and unemotional.

Luziana
Luziana
8 years ago

I used to agonize about what Cold Slab O’Meat told people about me after raving for years what I wonderful girlfriend and wife I was. What he told the coworker/babymama, what kind of super colon blow extra beans enchilada he fed the current Girl Fiend. How DOES one normalize the timeline of impregnating a coworker, tossing over one’s family, tossing over one’s pregnant mistress, and moving in with a third woman in less than six months? The answer is, you don’t. It doesn’t matter what comes out of his mouth. His credibility is nil.

I realized that although he and Girl Fiend play happy families, that doesn’t mean they are. I realized that Girl Fiend’s primary function appears to be to assist and bankroll raising someone else’s child, something I simply could not have done. Bravo to anyone who can. I realized I an glad to be rid of him, no longer envy them, and I just don’t care.

Then I realized also- this is who Hasbeen is. This is a cloud of circumstance of three grown ass adults’ making, and I don’t want anything to do with it, or anyone who is associated with it. I can build a new life. I can even when asked by new romantic prospects, just give the Cliff’s Notes version- that ex and I had different values. No one need know how spectacularly different until we are seriously involved.

The bottom line is, the whole world can know what The Cheater and AP did to you, and maybe 1% will even recognize what a travesty it was and applaud you for still standing. The world applauds happy facebook folks, ill children, weight loss and homeless to Harvard stories.

The kind people here at CL and a few chumps I know in real life are the only ones who get it. And I don’t quiet my version of things out of shame. If three people who should be ashamed can gallivant about like they’ve done no wrong I sure as hell won’t take any shame for them.

I keep trudging to honor myself, to really wash the pain away and grow something new in its’ place.

Plus, life without him is just more fun!

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  Luziana

Luziana- I was reading old CL posts this weekend and I came across yours (I hope it was you) about being in the cell phone store and doing the Elaine dance when he got approved. That made me crack up SO HARD my little one thought I had lost my marbles. OMG. I just wanted to thank you for that comment, it made my day. Your posts are awesome.

Luziana
Luziana
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

Thanks, My dorkdancing is legendary!

Erbrown83@gmail.com
Erbrown83@gmail.com
8 years ago

I could have used this two weeks ago when I found out the “story” that was going around to our mutual college friends (spread by my ex MIL). So they have been told I have been cheating for years and that caused the divorce and the ex is HEARTBROKEN! I went ballistic! I went so far back in my healing that I let the anger consume me! I told the one friend that I am closest with the absolute truth. She showed her loyalty to me by letting me know this rumor because she didn’t feel right hearing it and finding it so unbelievable without coming to me with it! So I told her all but have not reached out to any of the rest of them. My counselor – who is great- pointed out the Ex got exactly what he wanted. Me to look like the crazy ex, him to know he can still get to me and him to sit back and watch the show with his schmoopie on his arm. I am still pissed about it but like CL said, those who know you will never believe it and those who do believe it aren’t worth your time or energy.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago

Tell one more friend you can trust (preferably someone who likes to socialize), and leave it to them to tell the rest. It does suck to lose friends, but it turns out some friends are worth losing.

midlifeBlast
midlifeBlast
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

Tempest – loool!!! That is what the vicars wife offered to do for me. She said if anyone else gives her the ‘it was mutual’ story, she will set them straight *wink*

Lucky
Lucky
8 years ago
Reply to  midlifeBlast

She will set them straight. How about set th on fire 😉

ItsAJourney
ItsAJourney
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

Tempest is right. I found this is the best way to get the truth out. Find a friend that likes to talk, and give them the details you wish to share. I also specifically asked my family to tell people, because I wanted it out there faster. Telling friends and acquaintances that you’re divorcing feels pretty much the same as telling them about a death in the family; It’s a wet towel on any conversation. Tell your friends and family, and let them do the dirty work for you. They’re more removed, so repeating the information isn’t the energy drain that it can be for you.

Arnold
Arnold
8 years ago
Reply to  ItsAJourney

One of my XW’s brothers, who i still play golf witrh was at a HS reunion shortly after the discovery. He was approached by a friend of my XW who said she was sorry about the impending divorce but “wasn;t it incredible that Arnold is alleging cheating”. Well he simply looked at this woman and told her “Arnold has itr exactly right”.
This is the same brother n law who i mwt with early in the investigation process and who I showed the evidence i had compiled.
I said ” Dan, I am 98% sure Laurie is cheating”. He looked at me and said ” Arnold, why don’t you crank that up about 2%.”
Smart guy. Was HS Valedictorian and went to Princeton.

Arnold
Arnold
8 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

That is excellent advice. Coming from a third party, the information will be more believable. avoids the defensiveness/protests too much problem.

Anita
Anita
8 years ago

Ex’ s favorite narrative is “You are crazy.”. And guess what. By keeping quiet about the cheating, you are buying right into what they want. If people don’t know the story, they probably do think you are crazy. Now that I know what to look for, I can spot chumps a mile away. Behaviour changes without a cause are one thing. Behaviour changes due to another person fucking around on you are a completely different story.

Lyn
Lyn
8 years ago
Reply to  Anita

I’m pretty sure that’s the narrative from my ex — that I’m crazy. To be honest, I felt crazy after being lied to, ignored, and gaslighted. Anyway, I’ve watched his family criticize his brothers’ ex wives for being “crazy” too. For some reason they don’t mention their son’s alcoholism and excessive gambling.

Arnold
Arnold
8 years ago
Reply to  Lyn

Living with a disordered person will make you crazy. Silent treatments, rages, no- win situations, double standards, gaslighting , financial and emotional abuse.
After a while , you lose yourself and are walking in a minefield.
And, this type of abuse is relentless and insidious, such that it gradually erodes you. These folks are tireless. They never let up. Their investment in preserving their distorted reality is driven by a huge amount of fear and self hatred, such that if you dare to disturb it and the world sees what they think is a flaw in the family or yourself, the retribution is extreme.

Lania
Lania
8 years ago
Reply to  Lyn

“Yes, I am crazy. Want to see what I’m capable of, if you piss me off enough? Don’t piss me off – I’m running out of places to hide bodies!”

I didn’t say this with the ex who smeared my name, but I certainly was thinking it.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  Lania

OMG Lania, that is hilarious.

Kate50
Kate50
8 years ago
Reply to  Lania

Hahaha Lania, probably a lot of us had similar thoughts, I know I did.

NAWSbrat
NAWSbrat
8 years ago

I worked with a guy once who told everyone how his ex wife was crazy, hysterical, etc. Later taking a college class, I met her by coincidence. After tallking with her (over several months), it was clear she was *nothing* like her ex’s descriptions. Karma has a way of working things out, I believe.

Roberta
Roberta
8 years ago
Reply to  NAWSbrat

NAWSbrat, yes, the truth has a way of eventually rising to the top of the BS! It sometimes takes its time, but it does happen and sometimes just by odd coincidence. The way I look at it is what other people believe about me is absolutely none of my business! People usually want to believe the most awful and salacious tidbits! During my divorce I received plenty of “sympathetic” phone calls. Especially from my EX’s family. They just wanted the dirt. Like it was a Divorce Court episode. Now that the divorce has been finalized and I took him to the cleaners and exposed him for what a POS he really is, I NEVER hear from anyone! I say, to Hell with them! I know if my phone rings and it’s my ex SIL, I can almost bet she wants to gossip about some juicy tidbit that the Ex did. I don’t even answer! It’s just going to depress me and ruin my journey to Meh! Screw what other people believe about my marriage. I KNOW intimately the terrible details and that’s all that matters!

Marci
Marci
8 years ago
Reply to  Roberta

Roberta,
You could do an enthusiastic rant on your ex SIL…babble on about how Happy and Free you now feel. Talk her right off the phone. People don’t want to hear positive stuff. Bore her into hanging up. If she dares mention the ex, just respond with “hey he’s long gone from my radar.” and immediately switch to a hairbrain subject. Then suddenly have an urgent appointment.

Roberta
Roberta
8 years ago
Reply to  Marci

Marci, the last time I talked to her I basically did take this course of action. I could tell she wasn’t happy unless I was unhappy! Bear in mind that she LOVES drama, especially other people’s drama, as she is an alcoholic who has been through several rehabs that failed and her own marriage is hanging by a thread because of her addiction. But I suppose it’s much better to dig around in my troubles then to deal with her own! I imagine that once her Mom passes and her husband gets his hands on her inheritance then he’ll dump her in a heartbeat! Then maybe I’ll call her and pour some salt into her open wound! Turnabout IS FairPlay!

Lina
Lina
8 years ago
Reply to  Roberta

I got a call from his trouble making cousin with some BS made up reason why she was as calling when I hadn’t heard from her in over a year. Yeah, she thought I’m that dumb that I didn’t know she was digging for dirt. Didn’t pick up the phone.

Lania
Lania
8 years ago
Reply to  Lina

Sounds like what happened with the slanderous ex of mine. One of his friends decided they’d only talk to me to create more drama. I basically shut that shit down with ”Are you going to actually talk to me with a give and take of a real friendship, or is this going to be another drama-fest episode fishing for info to give back to king shithead? If its the latter, I don’t want to talk to you anymore”. Needless to say, they didn’t speak with me after that.

PucksMuse
PucksMuse
8 years ago

This is an excellent post. Also, I’ve noticed two trends in the cheaters’ lies.

1) The “Projection”: It’s like Inception, only all of the layers of internal constructs (read: bullshit and misdeeds) are flung out for all the world to see. My neighbor is divorcing his wife, who cheated on him, hid serious credit card debt from him and spent a good portion of the last year poisoning their kids against him. (“Mommy has a lot of enemies right now.” and “Mommy doesn’t want a divorce. I don’t know if Daddy is going to give us enough money to eat and have a place to live if he files for divorce.”)

But what is she telling people? She’s telling their friends and her family that they’re divorcing because HE’S cheating. Because HE is telling their children lies about her. Because HE moved money around without telling her. (There’s a small grain of truth to that. He moved several thousand from checking to savings, because she was blowing through it. She still had access to the savings, but it was more of a hassle to get it out of savings, as opposed to just using their checking account debit card. He was hoping to slow down her spending.)

2) “Out of Left Field.” One of my relatives is cheater. (Sigh). She slept with her husband’s best friend, got caught, went through faux reconciliation and counseling, got caught cheating again, her husband walked out. But what is she telling people? That their marriage is over because he didn’t support her dream of opening her own business.

All of us heard this explanation and said, “Wait, WHAT?!”

Yes, apparently, two years ago, my relative came up with the brilliant idea to open up a cute little gift boutique for kids clothes and accessories and specialty baby items. Her husband said it was a bad idea because a LOT of “cute little gift boutiques for kids clothes and accessories and specialty items” had failed in their town. In fact, the retail location that relative was scouting for her shop had housed TWO “cute little gift boutiques for kids clothes and accessories and specialty items” that had failed in the last couple of years. That was the last the husband heard about it, until my relative blamed his “squashing her dream” for their divorce.

My point is that you can never really predict what’s going to come out of their mouths. You can’t control it. You can’t control people’s reactions to it. All you can do is not give a shit about it.

In the words of one of my favorite memes, “Behold the field where I sow my fucks. See that it is barren,”

GladIt'sOver
GladIt'sOver
8 years ago
Reply to  PucksMuse

“One of my relatives is cheater. (Sigh). She slept with her husband’s best friend, got caught, went through faux reconciliation and counseling, got caught cheating again, her husband walked out. But what is she telling people? That their marriage is over because he didn’t support her dream of opening her own business.”

This is almost exactly my story. My ex cheated more than any person I have ever heard of, along with other typically narcissistic personality disorder behavior. When the marriage finally ended, he told people that it was because I didn’t support his destiny of becoming a famous actor. Oh, and that it was MY fault because I was the one who file for divorce.

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

GIO,
I’m sure that my STBX, who works in the entertainment field, believes and tells people that I held him back from ‘uber-greatness’ in all aspects of his life, including his career. (He did acknowledge me once in his career–by creating a song about how much he hated me. I just hope that he brings in royalties, which can be spent on our kids, for that song. Someday, when our kids are ready to date, I might tell them what NOT to do for their significant others and dates.) He conveniently glosses over the huge, life-altering sacrifices I quietly made for him and the damage he did to almost every aspect of our kids’ lives and my life, especially my career. Now he wants me to support HIM to the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed, which includes narcotic drugs and prostitutes.

PucksMuse
PucksMuse
8 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

I’m always amazed that chumps manage to hold “amazing” and “talented” people from their destiny of fame and fortune. If not for those horrible, horrible chumps, these people could be the Next Big Thing.

NCstevie
NCstevie
8 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

That’s awesome lol. Fortunately for me I have never really given a shit what anyone thinks about me, and specifically don’t give a fraction of a shit what x-hole tells anyone about me or his version of the demise of our lives. I know the truth and some day my son will. And ANY chance I get to share the ugly truth I do. I got chumped because SO many people hid the truth from me and I refuse to.

Any friend of his, after what he has done (especially to our son) is nobody I want to have as a friend. My family despises him, said he was NEVER good to me and our son….his family and their helpful enabling and pretending they don’t “know” or want to “know” what he is or is not doing is exactly WHY he doesn’t understand accountability. They always pretend he is just swimmingly awesome and perfect.

The reason I’m labeled as the “problem” is because I am the ONLY one who has ever dared stand up to him and call him out on his bullshit, every one else just looks the other way so as not to upset the little darling.

Good riddance.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  NCstevie

Sounds painfully familiar!!!

NCstevie
NCstevie
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

“Fuck em” is exactly right. His family are all selfish assholes. The only contact I have is with his kids, I love them. The rest I am glad to be free of.

Yesterday was our son’s 8th birthday and not ONE of them called him. His dad called him first thing in the morning . His two oldest siblings TEXTED him late last night, the other 2 didn’t even bother with that. Neither his dad’s parents NOR his dad’s two brothers called our son on his birthday. IMO that is pretty shitty.

Rumblekitty
Rumblekitty
8 years ago
Reply to  NCstevie

Good riddance is right. I pretty much flushed my X, his friends and family almost immediately after. Most of his family were a lying bunch of hyenas anyway, and also, they knew what X hubby was up to and said nothing. I figured “fuck ’em”. I don’t need them in my life anyway.

I think I whittled down my Facebook friends by 35 people on a Saturday morning. It was like peeling weight off. Fantastic!

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

I loved going to see the Tapisserie de Bayeux but I didn’t find any hidden nuggets of wisdom like THIS on there. Of course I was 11 ;O

SheChump
SheChump
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpyElf

Is there a way I can copy, save the send that out this xmas?

Deloris
Deloris
8 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

HAHAHA!!! That is brilliant! ?

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

I want a bumper sticker!!!

ItsAJourney
ItsAJourney
8 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

Love this! Putting it in my tool box for later.

PucksMuse
PucksMuse
8 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

My husband says that posting things like this is why I haven’t made friends in our Sunday School class.

CalamityJane
CalamityJane
8 years ago
Reply to  PucksMuse

I’d send my grandkids to your Sunday school class!

Chump Princess
Chump Princess
8 years ago
Reply to  PucksMuse

I will be your friend in your Sunday School class! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this!

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  PucksMuse

Because you post stuff like this, I want to be your friend! Love it.

arlo
arlo
8 years ago
Reply to  PucksMuse

Love that meme PucksMuse!

movingforward
movingforward
8 years ago

Ah yes, the gift that keeps on giving. One has to wonder what sort of stories they would have to make up to lure in the AP. Did he say he was in a sexless marriage? (I have news for AP- no he wasn’t). Did he claim his wife was a terrible person? (Affirmative to judge from the strange looks some of his friends gave me after bomb drop and the fact that most of them took off running at the same moment he did. I must say that it appears that they appear to have been clued in on his plans long long before I was- but to some bizarre version of events which has no basis in reality.) Did he tell all his different APs that he was in an “open marriage”. (Eeeeew). I believe that one of the reasons mine does not want to return to the city where we lived is that he told so many different stories that he was no longer able to keep them straight- and that some of his APs/coworkers had crossed tracks with each other and compared versions.

movingforward
movingforward
8 years ago
Reply to  movingforward

The hardest part though is whatever it is that they have told the kids- and you may not know what in the world they have said. My youngest (college age) son was so profoundly affected by his fathers words that he entered a severe downward spiral from which he was only recently begun to recover. He is an introvert and so it is impossible to know what has been said, but to judge from his actions I can only imagine the worst. He has moved away and cut off communications. What stories did the cheater invent that would be bad enough to cause my son to act in this manner? The strange thing is that he has twisted reality so much that my son is angry with me, and not with the cheater.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  movingforward

I’m sorry MovingForward–stay the course with your son, and tell him the truth if you ever get a chance. Kids need to trust, and they find it hard to know who to trust if they only hear cheaterspeak.

This is EXACTLY the reason chumps need to be honest with their kids about why the divorce is occurring. If they only trust the cheater, there will be a downfall with no where else to turn.

NCstevie
NCstevie
8 years ago
Reply to  movingforward

I have to agree, you never know what they are capable of or what damaging lies they will share with even their own small children JUST to make someone else out to be the bad guy. Always about preserving the self and self image. They are swine.

Never thought mine would go that far because our son is so young and sensitive…but he has. And why?? Because son liking his troll is more important to him than his son’s well being. Selfish ass.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  movingforward

Don’t worry, your son will see the truth in time. I am so sorry for your pain. These people are the worst, the absolute worst.

movingforward
movingforward
8 years ago

By the way one of the favorite tricks of cheaters is to claim to relatives that YOU cheated. By the time you find out about this he has the advantage of being the first one to lay the claim. From my son’s behavior I suspect that this is what may have happened. They have no conscience, and don’t really care how their lies affect the kids.

GladIt'sOver
GladIt'sOver
8 years ago
Reply to  movingforward

Don’t be surprised if your ex’s family KNOWS s/he cheated, but not only do they not care, they actually support such behavior. My ex’s family are all cheaters. It doesn’t matter to them in the least how much my ex cheated, they still feel it’s my fault. They tell my son things like, “Everyone cheats,” and they have slogans like, “Spouses come and go, but siblings are forever.” They rabidly support my ex, both financially and emotionally. Totally disordered.

NCstevie
NCstevie
8 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

The first time I seriously suspected an affair/cheating I called X-holes mother, I was crying so hard I almost couldn’t talk. Her response?? “Could you have done something that would MAKE him go elsewhere for sex?”

Couldn’t be HIS fault…no no no….had to have been something “I” did to him to MAKE him cheat. Really??? WTF?

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  NCstevie

My own mother said, ‘Lots of people cheat,’ and asked me if I had done something to make my husband get mad at me and cheat. I can’t describe how much these responses, which have come up in some form repeatedly over a year, have made me question my view of my mother, who is considered a saint by most, and my relationship with her. Sometimes, she does support me, though. It makes me wonder how disordered my STBX AND my other are.

MB
MB
8 years ago
Reply to  RockStarWife

holy shit, my OWN mother said something similar too! I’ve always suspected covert narcissism in my mother but when she started pushing me toward reconciliation with asshole sociopath, I just about lost my shit. It’s a shame because when I needed her the most, she abandoned me emotionally by siding with the cheater on issues like that I’m a difficult person, demanding, stubborn, spoiled, etc. I will never forgive her.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  NCstevie

What a bitch! Mother Asshat arrives in two weeks with her idiot husband and I am dreading their visit. I am praying to the Karma gods that the whole HIPAA mess with my hospital record blows up when she is here so that it can segue into him attempting to defend something wholly indefensible. She fancies herself to be a strong, independent, take no prisoners sort of woman but she also has a disgusting ability to overlook huge faults in her children. It isn’t motherly love to enable a bunch of disordered brats.

NCstevie
NCstevie
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpyElf

Amazing what you realize once they all show their true colors. I call the whole lot of them “The Pretenders”. His mother is vile and selfish bitch.

Her husband, their step-father, was an abusive alcoholic and SHE allowed him to verbally abuse and mistreat her boys. She let him kick x-hole out when he was 16. What kind of mother does that? A selfish one. Now that they’re adults she tries to make up for it by coddling them and pretending they do no wrong.

She is getting her dose of karma right now lmao, he AND his oldest son are both living with her in her condo and she has both of them, plus the 3 youngest kids all weekend twice a month AND the great grandbaby 50% of the time. She is trying to sell her condo with that circus going on. So much for the “quiet life” of living alone. X-hole will NEVER find anyone to rent to him and he can NOT buy so, she is stuck with him until the troll’s divorce is final or that disintegrates and he finds a new piece with a place for him.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

Mother and Dad Asshat both cheated. In fact, when they split up over one of Dad Asshat’s affairs, Mother Asshat went and shacked up with OW’s husband out of spite. I’m sure one of his brothers cheated. He was so judgmental about cheaters. His first wife cheated on him and it was so devastating and unfair. He left drunken, screaming voicemails for her but he expects me to continue keeping mum? He know it kills me to be un-classy (well, other than here!) so he is banking on me keeping my large trap shut. No dice. His older sister supports him but she is level headed and religious (in the good way). I would hope that, even if she never says it to me, that she would wholeheartedly disagree with Asshat’s shitty behaviour.

“Spouses come and go, but siblings are forever.” *shudder* Has anyone ever checked their freezers for human heads? They sound like a lovely clan.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  movingforward

Asshat told me that I *could* have cheated on him. Wow. That is enough to justify a year plus long affair in his pea brain? It reminds me of Ronan Farrow’s comment that “we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.” Looking at it logically, I must have been a multitasking whiz to be able to squeeze in all the cheating between taking care of everything. And considering most people work during the day, I somehow managed to go date/screw people in the evening while being the only parent to be with Little Elf every single night of his life? Yup, I’m the cheater. Cheaters are lying turds.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  ChumpyElf

No S$it!!! STBX made a similar comment and I was like WHEN would I have the TIME? I work all day, take care of the kids all night every night. I am here, EVERY NIGHT for him and for our children.. making dinner, doing wash, cleaning the house, paying bills, etc etc etc. As if I had the time or inclination to do such a thing!! Top it off, I thought he was my best friend and would have NEVER treated him that way!!! I thought we were a team!!

Annoying to the max.

fully trust that he sucks
fully trust that he sucks
8 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

After D-Day my husband really wanted me to date other men so I could experience someone else being “nice” to me. It made NO sense. Here I was heartbroken and as somebody else said… How many bonafide chumps can really do the revenge affair? I know I couldn’t.

It dawned on me he pushed on me to date so *i* would be seen and I could be my own evidence in the false cheater narrative. I have no interest in dating right now. I suspect it will be years before I do. I can tell it chafes his ass. nope. Sorry. I’m happy to be alone and don’t need a warm body in bed. Sorry. Not cheating and never did. not needy and fearing aloneness. look in the mirror, Hector the Projector!

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago

Mine wanted me to cheat after D-day so I would be more inclined to “even the score” and reconcile with him. Hmmph–to even the score, I would have had to sleep with the Dallas Cowboys.

Keep on Thriving
Keep on Thriving
8 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

Given time, your son might see right through those lies. A liar can only lie so much…

leli
leli
8 years ago

I just want to give a big shout out for my wonderful mother in law, who has perfectly trod the delicate path of showing that she thinks what my husband has done is terrible but without rejecting him and also being unbelievably supportive and caring of me and my children. This wonderful lady said that after all the hoarding and terrible treatment I’ve had I needed a project to keep me busy and she insisted on paying for a new kitchen for me. It really helped save my sanity. I wish all of you had been as fortunate as I’ve been.

Maggie May
Maggie May
8 years ago
Reply to  leli

My stbx’s entire family wrapped me in love and totally held me together. Don’t know what I would have done without their support. Really sorry that so many of you have not known that peace. They’re all so great that I have to wonder what happened to him.

moving forward
moving forward
8 years ago

Great post CL!

This was a particularly tough one for for me. EX was a master manipulator/lyer/gaslighter who obviously devalued me in front of everyone so he could justify his actions.

Post DD2 a few bits of the truth started to trickle down. For example, I learned my EX would regularly take the OW to parties including staff parties — and that he announced to his rec hockey team that he had a girlfriend. I learned that while others were seeing the truth, they were now caught in the web of lies themselves. Some unwittingly. Some not caring.

At first it was difficult to avoid asking what they knew. But they would not disclose any details — and the damage is already done. It was and still is darn difficult to look into their eyes. It was a sad realization that these were not friendships.

Everyone knows the character of my EX and frankly – they can have him.

I continued to keep the details to a minimum in the early days (we were getting a divorce). To some – he cheated. To a few others – EX bought a house and moved in with a 25 year old while we were still married. And to almost everyone — I really am much HAPPIER.

Hold your heads high chump nation. There is nothing wrong with you. These people are not worth the tears or the anxiety.

Let go
Let go
8 years ago

Just sticking this bit of info in here. Read an article that Ohio State has found one simple question can give you all the info you need on a prospective mate. It is, “Are you narcissistic?”. Because these people see nothing wrong with being that way they often are truthful. Also read that narcs and sociopaths often intersect. Scary. These people have no trouble making you the bad guys. They want what they want and will run over you to get it.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  Let go

Someone a few days ago also suggested telling someone “no.” Narcs don’t take well to no; if you get nasty pushback, run (think Kanye West or Donald Trump).

Enraged
Enraged
7 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

That test is accurate.
My SBXH was very proud that he had “passed” the test question that only a psychopath would know the answer to. The answer of course, involved killing someone for some selfish purpose.
Now you can point your finger at me for being such an idiot and have married him.

We may cognitively know they are off. And yet we must fulfil our soul’s journey and learn a few lessons, regardless of what our brain knows. These sub-humans are great teachers, I must give them this. What we learn is always about ourselves, it’s not about them.
That’s why, knowing cognitively of the disorders is of little comfort. We must know it in our souls, what are our strengths and weaknesses. Trust that we are awesome!

GladIt'sOver
GladIt'sOver
8 years ago
Reply to  Let go

That’s a good question. My ex had no problem in admitting to being narcissistic (he was professionally diagnosed as NPD) and would actually laugh about it.

AllOutofKibble
AllOutofKibble
8 years ago

Great pointers Tracy!!!!
Number 6 will be my guiding light now.

Thankfully the only people we have in common are the neighbors, whom the HasBeen has already told that I am horrible. Oh well, he has to be out of the house by the end of the month and then they won’t see him so much and they’ll have to deal me……and the truth. Honestly I’m not close with any of these people, they’re nice people, great neighbors, and all but their opinion of me means nothing. They can think whatever they want of me when I walk by. Talking about him gives him power in my life and frankly we’ve reached the point where he doesn’t have any. I’m sure MIL thinks I am a horrible person and the HasBeen likely lied to her and told her I did something terrible. I am just glad I never have to see her again, unless she lives to see the kids graduate from high school.

If nothing else this whole experience has be back where I belong, with longtime friends and allies who know me for who I am and have wondered where I have been and welcomed me back with supportive words, open arms, and loving hearts. My one true wish for every chump is to have people like this in their lives. I don’t need to win any battles. I don’t want to engage. I just want him out of my life and reduced to as little contact as possible considering we have children.

Gaby
Gaby
8 years ago

The monkey is such a savvy image manager that even after cheating and abandoning me after 20 yrs he tells people: She is really the love of my life, but you don’t know “the whole story” and I am a gentleman so I won’t talk about it.

That leaves people thinking “what did she do? Is she a psycho? Poor guy, he is so sweet, she must be terrible”.

It drove me crazy at the beginning. Now I just remember that the people that really love me, beginning with my adult kids, know that I am a normal person, I was a great invested wife, that I loved their father and he is the disordered one.

ChumpyElf
ChumpyElf
8 years ago
Reply to  Gaby

Asshat alternately tells sad sausage stories or he gushes about me. I often wonder what his close coworkers must think. Just because it makes no sense! So I am an awesome mother BUT I don’t have Little Elf’s best interests at heart. I am am amazing cook BUT I never cook dinner. I just saw a tag on a gift bottle of wine from a patient: Dr Asshat – Thank you for being such a wonderful, caring doctor. Cheers.

Gag me.

Enraged
Enraged
7 years ago
Reply to  ChumpyElf

I can tell you what I thought of one colleague who returned to work and spewed at everyone how horrible his girlfriend was, from being drunk, beating him while he was sleeping, to getting his money. I thought I heard him telling the story enough times to other people, that I didn’t want to hear it again. I cut him short.
My gut feeling has told me that I didn’t like his person. Ever.
Now, being wiser myself, I have given some thought and the stuff he said doesn’t make sense.
I KNOW he was the perpetrator. She probably was just a chump.

Let go
Let go
8 years ago

“To what extent do you agree to this statement, I am a narcissist.?” You can read the article by typing Ohio State narcissist question.

nomar
nomar
8 years ago

I’d say it’s a good rule of thumb that you lose half of everything in a divorce. And I mean everything. That goes for money and assets but also friends and even family (when you include in-laws). Just assume you’re going to lose half. It’s not just, it’s not fair, and there may be some exceptions to the rule. But assume that it’s going to happen.

The good news is that the friends and family you lose are the worst, those lacking a spine or compassion or character. You lose them, but you don’t need them. Or rather, you need them the way you need a portfolio of Enron stock or a house built on a haunted Indian burial ground. Your life will be better without depending on them. Having fewer friends and family members in your corner isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the overall quality of the people around you goes up.

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  nomar

If all I (and my kids) lost was half, then I would be happy. As STBX keeps taking me to court for things he falsely alleges I did (but he did), the Court (attorneys and others who work in the legal system) will get virtually all of my assets. My disordered STBX will keep taking me to court until there is no money to fight with. If you can get anything close to a decent deal with just your STBX or a mediator, then take the deal!

nomar
nomar
8 years ago
Reply to  RockStarWife

Your situation sucks, RSW. I didn’t mean to suggest that everyone can *expect* to end up with half their stuff, just that expecting to lose half is a sensible default setting. In my situation, I only had one minor child left at home at the time the divorce came through, and though I paid through the nose to be the primary custodial parent he chose a year and a half later to live with his mom and her latest affair partner (teenagers love an environment with no boundaries) while I paid child support so they could live in our former family home. So, yeah, I know what it’s like to not get 50% sometimes. But I think it’s a trap to think that we’ll keep most of our friends and family *because that would only be fair.* I suffered that delusion for a long time. Assume you’ll lose half and at least you cushion the blows.

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Hi Nomar,
Sorry that you got a raw deal. I hope things improve for you.

GladIt'sOver
GladIt'sOver
8 years ago
Reply to  RockStarWife

RockStar, I can relate. My ex managed to get out of giving me anything close to half by quitting his $100K job within weeks of our separation, and never working a regular job again (it’s been over five years now.) He literally was willing to become homeless and lose everything rather than work a job and pay ordered child support. He moved halfway across the country a few months ago and now lives with his father. He has no job, no car, nothing. Does occasional odd jobs under the table for money and feels absolutely no shame about any of it.

goodbye dr ego
goodbye dr ego
8 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

Glad it’s over,what a loser that man is.quitting a job to obsolve parental financial responsibility,lives with his father and now odd job man.well didn’t life work out well for him….. Yuk

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

That seems so completely insane and counterintuitive. He’s destroying his OWN life?? So that he doesn’t have to support his offspring? Jesus that’s stupid.

GladIt'sOver
GladIt'sOver
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

“Completely insane” would be a pretty good description of my ex, actually. He’s fairly evil, as well. But he considers himself to be very inspirational, and actually wrote a book about himself saying so. He thought it was going to be a huge bestseller (it wasn’t) and told our son that when he went on book signing tours around the country, he would take son along. As it turns out, the only book signing he did was at a donut shop in Cleveland owned by his sister’s friend. No tour involved.

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

GIO,
Sounds as though you and I married twin spawned by the Devil! My cheater quit his very lucrative job to start some ‘artsy’ (translation: unpaid with virtually no hope of producing income) project–a week before he started the divorce process. He sat on his rear (and who knows what else) for approximately a year, some of it not paying child support, while being ‘artistic.’ He know tells everyone how enlightened he is, sharing his ‘new-found wisdom’ with anyone who has the misfortune of encountering him. According to him we ‘non-artists’ just don’t get art; maybe not, although I studied art here and abroad, but I do know some accounting: no money in and lots of money out = bankruptcy.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

ROTFLMAO!!!!! A book? About HIMSELF? OMG.. that’s hilarious.

Enraged
Enraged
7 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

Why aren’t they making movies like these? THIS is happening! The monsters are walking amongst us!

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

If GladIO wrote her full cheater story as a screenplay, it would get rejected by Hollywood as being unbelievable. (and who would play your X? Vince Vaughn? Steve Buschemi? Mickey Rourke? ooh ooh–Christian Bale?)

GladIO–the fact that you’re not babbling nonsense & twiddling your thumb in a rocking chair 16 hours a day is a testament to your strength of character. Hope you’re doing well, friend.

Deloris
Deloris
8 years ago

I have no idea what ex POS cheater told anyone about me because I haven’t asked, and that’s the way I intend to keep it.

I do not give a fuck about his or anyone else’s opinion of me. I know who I am and that’s all that matters.

The day I discovered his cheating was the day I drop kicked his dysfunctional ass to the kerb. That same day I told family and friends (mine and his) we had split up and the reason for that was because I discovered he’d been fucking some whore he worked with for nearly a year behind my back. He has 100% ownership of that – not me.

ItsAJourney
ItsAJourney
8 years ago

A similar CL post helped me tremendously when I finally decided to give my cheater the boot. For years I kept everything to myself while I tried to determine if I would stay or go. He tried to spin me the “we grew apart” line, but I was prepared… thanks to CL. I saw it coming when he went into his monologue about being married young, and not knowing ourselves. I told him that I couldn’t go along with his “we grew apart” story, and that I’d be telling the truth. Knowing that he would look like a liar, he’s now telling people a fairly accurate version of the watered-down truth. I can see that it’s disarming to people; it makes him look more evolved… like he’s owning his problems. I’m sure it will catch up with him though. He’s too disordered to hold it together for long.

I think chumps are typically “good” people. We tend to deal with things truthfully and honestly, and want to believe the best in others. When we deny the truth and submit to the “we grew apart” line, it poisons us. Even if we think it’s for the best we are still poisoning our spirit because we’re living a lie. It creates great dissonance that can throw us into depression. My advice to the newly chumped: be truthful. Living a lie will only benefit your cheater. If you’re too depressed to function, to take care of the kids and work, believe me, cheater won’t care. They. Don’t. Care.

newchumpatl
newchumpatl
8 years ago
Reply to  ItsAJourney

Ah yes, the “we married young” tripe. As if that makes any difference. Character isn’t something that evolves with age, sadly. I used to think people “grew up” and I guess some of us do..maybe we learn a little here and there and make better decisions.. but some people never grow up. My STBX is basically the same kid I married… just more wrinkles.. but he’s the same person. I always thought his pros outweighed his cons.. but he’s always been entitled, selfish, and difficult to keep happy. He’s always shifting, from thing to thing, hobby, cars, jobs, toys. He blames me for our marital problems, of which I own many things, but the truth is, HE changed. He wants to say I am not the person I was but that’s projection. He got bored with me just like he eventually bores with everything.

Plenty of people married decades, my grandparents (both sets), my parents, aunts/uncles. I am sure their married lives weren’t pure bliss… but they understood what commitment meant and that some things are worth the long haul. As Tracy says, comes down to values.

Tempest
Tempest
8 years ago
Reply to  newchumpatl

My X was 45 when we married, and he married too young–his maturity level was still about 17.

TiredChump
TiredChump
8 years ago

My initial reaction to DDay, aside from shock, was to wonder who knew and what they thought of me. Such a weird reaction, to turn the blame on myself and worry that it looked like I had failed….when I was merely loyal and unsuspecting.
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Further, when I realized how many of CH’s co-workers, golf partners and friends knew about the 2-plus year affair, it was awkward. I felt they should have told me (even though they are really his friends and colleagues, not mine.) I felt unbelievably stupid to have ignored the signs and to have been the last to know….

During these past 8 months, I have confided in very few people, and mainly sought advice here on CL, because I am still pursuing that unicorn of reconciliation, I know our children and my family, as well as our “couple” friends are so “ethical” they could probably never get over CH’s betrayal – especially with someone 26 years younger that was his direct report.

Keeping it to myself has been somewhat lonely, but for me the solitude has helped me think more clearly about what I want. I have tried really hard to focus on myself and decide what is right for me and me alone. I don’t really care at all about what anyone thinks and I’ve realized I will be fine and my children will be okay despite any separation or ultimate reveal. But in t hose first few days, I really cared about what the neighbors/town/other parents/congregants would think.

I would be dumbfounded if my husband tried to “smear” me, but i guess its just part of my DNA to not believe people do what they do. At this point nothing more could surprise.

However, I do know that my family and friends would never believe any excuse CH tried to give, as there is “NO EXCUSE” for cheating where I come from. We were raised to know that any honorable person would work on or extricate themselves from one relationship before starting another.

RockStarWife
RockStarWife
8 years ago
Reply to  TiredChump

Tired Chump,

I, too, was virtually the last to find out that spouse was up