Closure Does Not Exist

ZombieclosureI got a really nice letter from a really nice reader “Chump Chap.” He wrote to me after he realized that he’d just gotten a non-apology apology from his cheating ex. But he didn’t realize it was a fake apology until later. And then it was GAH! She’s wasn’t sorry was she? Chumped again!

The non-apology apology is a whole separate post. What I wanted to write about was the grievous chumpy mistake Chump Chap committed — he sought out his cheater to ask her why.

It’s idiotic, but we all do this, Chump Chap. You aren’t alone wanting “closure” from your cheater.

Oh why oh why oh why did you do this to me? WHY?!

Logically, you direct this question to the person who fucked you over — the cheater.

Except it isn’t logical! They don’t have a good reason. And every reason they give you, I promise you, chumps, is going to piss you OFF.

“I dunno. Got bored I suppose.”

“He had a nice ass.”

It’s worse if they’ve spent any time on infidelity boards. Now they have a whole new vocabulary to mindfuck you with.

“I was broken from my FOO issues. It was the toxic shame borne of hand bell choir and that ugly sweater my aunt knit that my mother INSISTED I wear — I couldn’t bear my uncoolness, and I needed external validation. Lots and lots of validation. So I learned very early to lie to get what I wanted. (A Somalian refugee stole the sweater. I’m allergic to hand bells.) I guess I never stopped. Fucking those strangers on Craigslist was a coping mechanism. But I never stopped loving you, Chump Chap. I suppose a part of me will always love you. But I’m involved with Nigel now — and it’s complicated.”

Why would you stick your head in that blender?

Ask cheaters why they cheated, the worst of them are going to blame you. “I cheated because you’re fat” or “You weren’t meeting my needs.” Or they’re going to wax poetic about their affair partner. “What Tiffany and I have is real. God, she’s so good for me. Look, it’s all for the best! We’re both in better places now!”

Resist the urge for closure, chumps. Relationship autopsies do not bring relationships back to life. And thank God, because imagine the Walking Dead nightmare that would be. (Actually, anyone who has experienced false reconciliation has lived exactly that nightmare.) These things are better left DEAD.

Because when you ask your cheater why — especially after they are your ex — what you’re really trying to do is keep the relationship alive. You need sparkles. Gimme a hit on the crack pipe of hope. You want validation from this person that they Really Didn’t Mean It and have a very good reason for putting you through this hell. You want validation from the very person who just invalidated you. Was I so bad?

Look, cheaters cop to needing “closure” all the time. “I just have to meet her at that hotel in New Mexico… for closure. It just isn’t right to dump her with a no contact letter. What we had, well, I owe it to her to do it in person.” We know what closure means — it means they can’t quit the kibbles.

With chumps though — it’s like we can’t quit feeding the kibbles. Because seeking them out, demanding an answer, is kibbles to the cheater. We are reinforcing their centrality in our lives. It is the opposite of meh.

We may think we’re seeking closure to shame them, or demand accountability. They don’t see it that way. They see it as kibbles. “Isn’t that sweet? Chump can’t get over me. They’re so broken up. God, I’m fabulous. I’m sorry there isn’t enough of me to go around. Well really, I offered you a piece but you wanted the whole thing. Too bad, so sad.”

Closure doesn’t exist. Well, not in the sense that they’re going to give you a reason that will make the heavens part and confer enlightenment. You do the hard work to heal yourself over time and find acceptance. It’s probably never going to make sense to you why they betrayed you. If you’re a good person, it shouldn’t make sense.

Why did they cheat? Because they could. Because they gave themselves permission to do it. They didn’t care about how it would hurt you. Not enough.

Ouch. There’s your closure.

This one ran previously. But I needed closure. So I ran it again. 

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Carmel
Carmel
6 years ago

You are SO right!!!! So so right. I sought closure right at the beginning and his words still ring in my head to this day. They were so hurtful. He was, and is, so messed up; how the hell was I ever going to get a rational answer from him?!

little red riding hood
little red riding hood
6 years ago
Reply to  Carmel

^^^THIS^^^

WhyAskWhy
WhyAskWhy
6 years ago
Reply to  Carmel

The answer I got was, “because I knew you’d forgive me”. He knew I was a Chump long before I knew.
And now if I bring it up he gets irritated and says, “you act like it was so many”. BTW it was six and I told him one was too many!

Nyra
Nyra
6 years ago
Reply to  Carmel

Same here!
What gave me the most closure was when I thought about the math equation that the Bible gives us for marriage.
1+1=1 in a marriage relationship.

When adultery changes and breaks that equation, the relationship is equal to a big fat ZERO (1-1=0)….. Unless of course there is a true unicorn involved and the marriage relationship is reconciled.

CL’s No Contact goes right along with the Zero Relationship.

Justine
Justine
6 years ago
Reply to  Nyra

Agree.
I finally came to the conclusion after 2 years separation, that there would never be an answer to my question of “why?” that would make me say “Oh right, now I get it!”
After that whenever the why popped up in my head, I answered it with “because he’s an arsehole “.

Pissedoff
Pissedoff
6 years ago
Reply to  Justine

We need s like button for that one!

BeenThereandWasAChump
BeenThereandWasAChump
6 years ago
Reply to  Justine

Exactly!! That’s when I started to heal, when I took my friend’s advice and started answering every question I had about WHY with ‘because he’s an A$$HOLE’ – because there really IS no other reason. Sad, but true.

Phoenix
Phoenix
6 years ago

There you go. It’s odd, but really it has the best boundaries, and slams the door on mindfucking speculation.

Jean
Jean
6 years ago

I love this I say it out loud often

Loulotte02
Loulotte02
6 years ago

My STBX cheated from year 12 to 19 of our marriage because he was unhappy during the first 10 years of our marriage…
That’s what I got for an answer when I asked him why he cheated…I almost lost my mind trying to untangle the skein of fuckupedness and danced the pick me dance for seven years…and then I met CL and CN :))

GladIt'sOver
GladIt'sOver
6 years ago
Reply to  Loulotte02

On Dday, now-ex told me that he’d been unhappy from the very beginning of our 20-year marriage. What’s funny is that right up until Dday, he always said he was happy, he loved me, I was his best friend, he would never want our marriage to end. All that changed on Dday to he never felt passion for me, only married me because he thought I would take care of him, had nothing in common with me, was miserable from the start.

The only place where closure exists is on TV shows. In real life, it’s a very rare occurrence. I finally simply had to accept the reason ex did the things he did is because he is a bad person. Lying and cheating are central to his very being. He covers it up really, really well, however, so it’s confusing. Glitter on a turd, and most people think he is gold.

Whodoesthat
Whodoesthat
6 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

Ha that is the exact speech i got….apparently he had felt nothing since the kids were born (eldest is 21) charming. He added that he would miss my cooking …. seriously . Amoung our circle of friends we were the most unlikely couple to split so i dont feel like somehow i missed something.

Chumpy McChumpFace
Chumpy McChumpFace
6 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

<<>> Me too, me too!

Closure for me was his infidelity. It was the final piece of a puzzle I’d been trying to put together for 27 years. You see, I picked up a puzzle all those years ago and there was this picture on the box of a wonderful man. But when I opened the box, laid out all the pieces and found out where the edges were, I realized that someone must’ve switched out the contents of the box. The colors were all wrong. Did I return that puzzle to the store? Nope! I love me a good puzzle. I doubled-down and decided to put that fucker together. I studied those pieces, I spent years trying to work out how they went together. When that infidelity piece got put in and I pulled back to see what the picture was, that’s when I saw it: it was a very subtlety shaded coward.

I boxed that mother-fucker up and handed it to his schmoopie.

I don’t do puzzles anymore.

OutOfSparkles
OutOfSparkles
6 years ago

Genius!

Darkstar
Darkstar
6 years ago

Love this

PianoMom
PianoMom
6 years ago

I love this analogy!! Perfect!

spiritwoman
spiritwoman
6 years ago

I put my 1000 piece puzzle together and discovered a piece missing. I looked all over for that piece so the picture would be complete. It would have been so beautiful I would have had it framed. Unfortunately it wasn’t an edge piece that could be hidden but one smack in the middle.

PuzzleChumped
PuzzleChumped
6 years ago

That was awesome McChumpFace! I’ll never figure out those pieces of him that don’t match the rest of the puzzle. Moving towards “meh” and the puzzle went into the recycle bin.

Sucker Punched by a Saffa
Sucker Punched by a Saffa
6 years ago

Brilliant !

Cleopatra
Cleopatra
6 years ago

LOVE!!

champchump
champchump
6 years ago
Reply to  GladIt'sOver

Dear Wasted, Glad, this is why ChumpLady is so invaluable! My x did this to me too. We were married for 30 years, and when he left he told me he’d been unhappy for 10. No, 20! He also said he never loved me. I asked him why he married me then, and he said “Because YOU wanted to.” (Funny, I never noticed him doing much else simply because _I_ wanted it.) I asked him if he still had any feelings for me at all and he said, “I guess… as the mother of my children.”

True chump that I was, I was devastated by these words (at that time I did not know about the rampant infidelity). I spent months trying to convince him to save the marriage and the family. I just couldn’t figure out what was happening to him. I spent a few hundred dollars on some RIC counseling—the gal told me to wear red when I saw him because men can’t resist women who wear red.

Then I discovered CL and read others’ experiences—like yours—that were eerily similar to mine. I was floored. I realized it wasn’t me, it was HIM. I started reading about Cluster B personality behaviors, which fit him to a T. The more I read CL’s blog, the more I realized my x is not unique.

That was when I stopped blaming myself. Finding CL and gaining an understanding of narcissistic personality disorder has been the best closure of all.

P.S. Wasted, I would also say get a lawyer. I can’t imagine any state where he could walk away with all of your home equity after you’ve been married for 13 years. He wouldn’t be able to in mine.

onemoreday
onemoreday
6 years ago
Reply to  champchump

OMGosh. Change a couple of numbers and you’ve written my story. He’d been unhappy for all of our marriage, married me because I didn’t dump him (not kidding. His words) and I was convenient, never loved me, and then there were the FOO issues that marriage therapist concentrated on with him. Want to know why? Because he already knew the issues weren’t with me but with his mother! Who, FYI, was a cheater.

Then the infidelity was disclosed. Oh, that little old thing? It wasn’t anything. I was already unhappy. I already didn’t love you. Plus it’s over. THAT’S why I can still work with her. Because those feelings are extinguished. But don’t call her a whore. She was sweet and innocent. I was older and took advantage of her (FYI, she played that card well and she was a cunning little thing. Not excusing him, but he was PLAAAAAYED).

There is no way to earn trust back. When they play that tune of “I’ve been unhappy for years” and “I never loved you,” it’s a death of the marriage. He’s changed his story since then but I can never unhear those words. I can never reclaim the marriage I thought I had. I can never unsee the fibers of the carpet that my face pressed against as I cried in fetal position. Forgiveness? It’s reaching “Meh.” Forgetting? Those experiences and feelings are etched into my cells. The pain and anger are all but gone. But forgetting is not an option.

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  champchump

This is part of their delusion and how ultra special and entitled they are. Also is part of the threat to keep you in place and under their control. Don’t buy it and don’t be intimidated. You have one good shot at getting out of this with what you deserve. Don’t let them make you believe you’re at fault and don’t deserve. It’s part of their mindfuck.

If they are giving, be on alert too. Mine thought by giving me stuff during the divorce (which I filed for as he was wanting cake), he was leaving the door open in case he wanted to return. When they realize there’s no return, watch for the rage channel to flip on….

Cleopatra
Cleopatra
6 years ago
Reply to  MJB

Oh, but it’s the BEST revenge EVER if you realize that they are being “generous” while trying to keep that door open to play along with their generosity. My ex is flummoxed by how happy I seem and how gratefully I accept “stuff”. I see that rat brained idiot thinking “is she really happy to see me? Wow, she’s acting so thankful.” when in truth I’m happier than I’ve been in years now that meh has arrived- and I am thankful – but not to him but to God in heaven because He got me out of Hell on Earth. I don’t think rat brain is going to flip on the rage at me for a long time because I’m so “nice” and “sweet” but meanwhile back in ‘ho-ville who do you think is catching all kinds of fresh hell every time he has to write out that support check? Who is getting all the blame for how fucked up his life is now. I hear through the grapevine that she’s going insane because he’s telling her that I’m doing so well, that I look so good, I seem so happy and other coworkers in their office are delivering the same news! Talk about sweet, sweet revenge, I’m living well, choosing happy and flushing those turds into the sewer where they can stew in their own stink. When he tries to come back (and I feel certain he will) it is going to be the most gratifying feeling to kindly thank him for the compliment and hand him a giant shit sandwich in a to-go box for him to carry back and share with his ‘ho. CHOOSE HAPPY CHUMPS! CHOOSE IT. It won’t come overnight but when it arrives you will completely understand the platitude that the best revenge is living well.

OutOfSparkles
OutOfSparkles
6 years ago
Reply to  Cleopatra

Cleopatra – you are a goddess. I know I should be doing this with my sparkly turd – he has flashes of generosity and I’m pretty sure will be more generous if I was nicer to him. I do manage to be nice to him from time to time but it is so hard to keep up as he is so vile, particularly to our children (he is so entitled, he wouldn’t see it). We are coming up to mediation – I should try harder! I know it will work.
He married OW within 6 months of leaving (we were together 20 years but not married) – and essentially has bought her. However, I know he would like to be “friends” particularly as he has totally fucked his, already tenuous and maintained by me previously, relationship with his children, and I am basically the bridge to them (I don’t use this). It also helps him maintain his self-image as a good guy – he has written me emails telling me how “kind” he is!
I need to remember your mightiness! Be nice – for me! And for my kids! Not for him.
🙂

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  Cleopatra

Oh I’m playing ‘nice’ with him. Mainly for my kids now. I’ve been trying to figure out why he’s being vindictive now with little upper cuts and jabs. I’ve been told it’s because he can’t believe I’m doing so well without him and he’s pissed. Yep, move along asswipe. Nothing left for you here is what I’m thinking. But that shit eating grin on my face now is a big F U for the smirk he gave me when he ran off with young schmoopie 🙂

Cleopatra
Cleopatra
6 years ago
Reply to  MJB

Brillant!!! You rock! You know you’ve taken back your power when the rat brains react. Getting to meh is great. Getting to indifference is powerful. And I think that you are exactly right – you aren’t reacting the way you are “supposed to”. It’s the ultimate ego smash and it sure does diminish the “prize” – especially when your life isn’t emotionally related to him anymore. I faked it so hard for so long and then like the Velveteen Rabbit one day I woke up “real”. Real rabbits get to LIVE because they recognize and value REAL hearts. Fake rabbits don’t because they don’t have real hearts. They have SAWDUST in that hollow place. You, my friend, are a real rabbit. Real rabbits can’t ever understand sawdust ones. So why would you want to understand and relate to a fake rabbit anyway when you can choose the real ones to give your love.

Wastedyears
Wastedyears
6 years ago
Reply to  Loulotte02

Thanks for sharing…I thought I was alone. I’ve been married for 13 years and was recently told that he was unhappy for 7 years oh no wait 10 years….chump me was stunned when he said this. It’s been 5 months since d-day and last night he “refused” to pay for the divorce. He cheated on me for a year and a half and when I tried to make it work for 2 months after that- he went back to her 2 more times. The only way I knew was because I “caught” them together. Meanwhile he went to counseling with me the morning before and lied straight to the counselor’s face and paid $200. In cash! Who does that? We went through mediation and now he’s threatening to withhold my share of the proceeds from the sale of the house…why? He wanted the divorce…he wanted to go live with his mistress…you’re getting what you want…you would think he would just let me go in peace….18 years of my life down the drain….sigh

OutOfSparkles
OutOfSparkles
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

Wasted years. You have heard it enough times but I’ll add my “get a lawyer” to that too. I’m in the process of going to mediation soon but I have a solicitor and a barrister for it. Initially I wanted everything to be nice and amicable, and initially he was very generous in his offers – but he kept changing his offers (obviously downwards!) and then never replying to the documents put together by my lawyer (he is much better off than me but I have been paying my lawyer to do it). I actually changed lawyer to a more assertive one recently and, actually, they reckon I am entitled to a fairly good deal, in my circumstances. At least with good legal representation, I will get what is fair, whatever that it – as decided by independent people, not an entitled narcissist (like your ex most definitely sounds like too).
You can’t trust them to do the right thing – in fact, the only thing you can trust them to do is what is best for them. And you don’t have to. I love the other stories of great outcomes posted to you too – and I will remember the advice from HateHWWs pastor (even though I am not religious!)
Good luck to you! These bullies make us forget that we have rights but we do!
🙂

Chumpinrecovery
Chumpinrecovery
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

I guess I am lucky. He only said he hadn’t felt like my husband in “years”. He didn’t specify how many of our 22 years married at that time that was.

Polly
Polly
6 years ago

So then you lawyer up and get the advantage over him. His reluctance to get a lawyer and file is to YOUR benefit and his disadvantage. If he wants to hobble along you can run laps around him in court so fast his head will spin. Even if you don’t go through with a divorce or you reconcile etc etc, protect your assets. force a postnup. You can call off lawyers laters and have a safety net in place.

Crazy lady
Crazy lady
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

Nearly forty years down the drain. STBX doesn’t want to go to lawyer and get divorce. I have to do it. It must be some type of powerplay for him!

KarenE
KarenE
6 years ago
Reply to  Crazy lady

Crazy Lady, This seems to be some kind of cheater narc standard behaviour, from their playbook. It gets them off the hook for being the one who officially ended the marriage, it allows them to eat cake a little longer, and it makes it clear that ‘you are not the boss of them!’.

They are such children.

MuffinChump
MuffinChump
6 years ago
Reply to  KarenE

My thoughts exactly, they don’t want to take responsibility even for ending the marriage. My narc dragged it out for two years of torture, until every shred of trust – the trust that had been the foundation of our family’s life – was utterly and irrevocably destroyed. At which point, I finally took ChumpLady’s advice and pulled the plug my damn self; but God am I weak from this weird battle. The divorce is now just a week or two from complete. Onward.

Why, indeed.

HateHWWs
HateHWWs
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

Wasted, Sugar is spot on! Get you a good lawyer but also talk to anyone that you know has had to go through this shit storm and make a list of everything that you want! It’s not up to him – NOT AT ALL. The law is the law and no one can change that, not him nor his lawyer. Don’t listen to anything he says because he is trying to scare you into agreeing with him. Don’t agree with anything that you don’t want. Your lawyer can put in the paperwork that he pays all divorce fees, including your lawyer fees. Whether you get it or not is up to the judge and the judge only. Ask for everything and I mean everything! Even if you cannot afford to keep the house, ask for it and do whatever you have to do to get it in your name and sell it if you have to.
The only 2 things that I wish I would have known to ask for is for the paperwork to state that the kids’ pics are not to be posted anywhere on social media and that there are no sleepovers allowed when the kids are with their father.
Make a list, as long a list as you want to make. Ignore him and avoid all contact possible. This is now a business deal and you’re in business to WIN what he made the conscious decision to GIVE UP!
What he got – his clothes, his boat, his hunting stuff & 2 of the vehicles (they were really old).
Of the 6 investment accounts, I got 5 of them in totality.
The 6th account was used to pay off my school loan and then it was halved between us.
AND I get child support (minimal because he has to carry the kids on his insurance but just the mere fact that he has to write that check to me is satisfaction alone).
My very wise Pastor told me “keep your mouth shut, hold your head high, make your list and don’t leave off anything, and let’s go to court! Most judges side with the mother 99% of the time. State the facts of the business transaction only. The judge don’t care about feelings in the court room.”
So, I did what I was told to do and I came out overwhelmingly well!
Keep taking care of the kids and if he wants to argue about custody, then the judge can decide the custody.
Best of wishes to you!!!

BeenThereandWasAChump
BeenThereandWasAChump
6 years ago
Reply to  HateHWWs

Your Pastor gave you excellent advice!! Good for you!

CarryOnMyWaywardNerdGirl
CarryOnMyWaywardNerdGirl
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

Wasted-This is not the sort of man you should be in mediation with. Get a lawyer!! It’s totally worth the money!

Mom9193
Mom9193
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

Wasted Years – get angry!! Then use that anger to make sane and rational decisions. Mine didn’t pay for the divorce — he wanted mediation— but after 30 years, I wasn’t going through this without a lawyer and she was awesome. He’s on the hook for our daughters’ college loans which he insisted upon and he co-signed. Get lawyered up and protect yourself.

I also got the ILYBANILWY scenario and it hurts like crazy but when you realize that they are the dysfunctional person in the relationship, it makes it easier to move forward with your dignity intact.

March on!

Got-a-brain
Got-a-brain
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

Here’s the thing… these sicko’s use your emotional distress to their advantage…. pick them while they are ripe so to speak!

Someone caught in unbearable emotional pain isn’t in their right mind – literally. You need someone advocating on your behalf. Sure, it’s going to piss him off, and you’ll get more about what an aweful person you are, but once you pull yourself out of that dark hole, and are in your right mind, you’ll have a different perspective.

Rumblekitty
Rumblekitty
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

I second that. GET A LAWYER!

Sugar Plum
Sugar Plum
6 years ago
Reply to  Wastedyears

Get a damn good lawyer. It doesn’t matter what he wants but what is fair. My X WANTED me to take him off the deed and mortgage and he wanted to skate out of all of our financial bills leaving me holding the bag. Oh and he didn’t want to pay for the divorce either.
What he got? He paid for the divorce. He also had to pay the mortgage in it’s entirety for 4 years (allowing me to get my degree) as well as pretty much all maintenance, taxes, and homeowners insurance (for same 4 years). He also got about 80% of the debt. Fuck you stbx.

NoMoreNarcs
NoMoreNarcs
6 years ago
Reply to  Loulotte02

That’s pretty F’in’ MIGHTY, LL.

You totally flipped the script just like Chump Lady is always encouraging us to do!

VulcanChump
VulcanChump
6 years ago

Only thing I got that was close to closure with Mac was that he didn’t like my friends or my drinking. I told him where to shove it.

Paintwidow
Paintwidow
6 years ago
Reply to  VulcanChump

Because your friends probably had him figured out and he was the reason you drank.
Plenty of people don’t drink, but there’s no way I could of survived this without the glass of wine I would drink as I tossed a frisbee in my backyard for my dog and reflected on how fucked up it all was.

Paintwidow
Paintwidow
6 years ago
Reply to  Paintwidow

^her. Sorry.

VulcanChump
VulcanChump
6 years ago
Reply to  Paintwidow

Nope, Mac is a he. We’re both Catholic, but he was much more into “clean” living re: sex, liquor, organic food…. and also interpreted the Faith in a more strict manner. Hence, he didn’t like that my dear friend is part of the LGBT community- though of course he didn’t actually say so until the day in question.

His other justification was that Sue actually loved him and I’d never loved him even though he loved me- we’d been going out all of seven weeks!

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  VulcanChump

Oh wow. Yes. She didn’t like my drinking and friends. Non reasons. Just bs to try and get me further off track.

VulcanChump
VulcanChump
6 years ago
Reply to  OneDaySomeDay

And I’m not saying I don’t have to be careful how I drink, but bringing my best friend into it was low. In fact when he said that, I knew something else was up and flat-out asked if there was someone else. His response was ” If I said no, I would be lying.”

Roman A Clay
Roman A Clay
6 years ago
Reply to  VulcanChump

When I asked my Narc Ex-wife if there was someone else, she flat out denied it. Then I uncovered the Facebook messages between the two of them where she recounted our conversation to Prince Charming: “He asked if there was someone else. I said no, of course.”

Of course. At least he can’t say he doesn’t know the woman he eventually married is both a cheater AND a liar. And they’re expecting a baby any day now. Welcome to 18 years of child support, Prince Charming!

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  VulcanChump

Damn that’s cold. Was it your best friend then or just your best friend being brought into this because he/she knew more of what was happening out of your sight?

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  OneDaySomeDay

Nevermind, just saw your reply further down ?

AllOutofKibble
AllOutofKibble
6 years ago

There was closure for me.
All the “why?” Questions I asked in my head trying to figure things out need with the same answer,

TRUST THAT THEY SUCK!

I now tell fellow chumps, there is no why, there is only the fact that they suck as human beings. That’s my closure. That’s all I need to know. They don’t think and feel like we do so they will not have a reason why, an excuse, oh sure there are all sorts of excuses but no reasons.

ImAPhool
ImAPhool
6 years ago
Reply to  AllOutofKibble

Pretty much all there is

mickeyblueeyes
mickeyblueeyes
6 years ago
Reply to  AllOutofKibble

I listened to a song by Father Jon Misty and this lyric summed up cheaters for me…

“…You’re a glorious shit The entire world revolves around”

Mandie101
Mandie101
6 years ago
Reply to  mickeyblueeyes

So many songs about narcs…

Off the crazy train
Off the crazy train
6 years ago

Oh yes, I did this on DDay. “Why, why, why?” I wrote over text (I confronted him over the telephone). A bit embarrassing now that I had to ask him three times in a sort of begging way. Thankfully, I found Chump Lady soon after, and quickly learnt never to ask ‘why’ again.

Oh, out of interest, the reply I got was something along the lines of “things just aren’t right between us.”

Oh, so that’s ok then! Exit affairs are a totally legitimate way to bring an end to a marriage. Oh, by the way, thanks for not bothering to tell me that things weren’t right between us, and not bothering to tell me about your affair, and leaving me holding the baby and special-needs son.
Pah.

Don’t bother asking why. You won’t learn anything.

Helena
Helena
6 years ago

Mine was an exit affair sitch too. What I got after twenty years was, my feelings changed years ago, feels like we are roomates I love the life we live but there is something missing. Blah and blah and more blah. I should have told him to get out right then and there as he wasn`t really looking to fix anything but like many of the rest of you didn`t want to see or believe that. And actually in the shock and confusion couldn`t think anyhow. That was the first convo leading up to his making the great escape. About two weeks later after staying out the entire night till noon the next day stumbled defiantly in the door with no shame and told me he met a girl.. No fake remorse for the spineless coward, clothes in garbage bags and out by that evening.
That was my closure and all probably most of us ever get and honestly looking back almost two years I could have done without the parting words Anything else they would have said would probably have made us feel worse anyhow. The best closure is that they are gone

Denise
Denise
6 years ago

I have a similar situation. I am now left raising a 1.5 year old and and 7 yr old with special needs. This has been so hard and finding my closure and letting go of the anger & resentment is such a challenge. I have been working on me & my business and things are going great. I’ve lost 85 lbs, dating scene is great and took coaching for my business and doabled my income. You would think that’s enough to boost my confidence and not be mad or resentful but I still am. Any tips?

Nyra
Nyra
6 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Denise,
If you haven’t checked out Divorce Ministers blog yet, I encourage you to check out what he put up today!
He addresses the injustice of it all.

Denise
Denise
6 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Thank you Everyone! If it wasn’t for the fact that I am looking and feeling healthier and better and I am able to afford the lifestyle I was used to when we had 2 incomes coming in I don’t know what the hell would be of me. I’m learning to turn my pain/anger into motivation and I do feel proud of that. I want to show myself, my girls and my ex that we don’t need his cheating ass. He’s someone else’s problem now and I have another shot at a better life!

ImAPhool
ImAPhool
6 years ago
Reply to  Denise

You Go Girl!!!

deedee
deedee
6 years ago
Reply to  Denise

It took me more than a year to get over the rage, and settle into a manageable level of residual anger and resentment. At some point I told myself that I should send flowers to the OW because Ex was a crappy, self-centered, emotionally distant partner who I’d still be with if it wasn’t for her.

I’m 100% sure that after the initial shmoopie-love-bombing he did with her, he fell back into his old, crappy, self-centered, emotionally distant ways, and now he’s HER problem, not mine.

Thinking these thoughts always makes me feel better! 😀

P.S. congratulations on losing 85 lbs and doubling your income! See what you can accomplish without that dead weight in your life?!

Off the crazy train
Off the crazy train
6 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Denise, in some respects you are far ahead of me, in all that you have achieved. Well done!

In terms of the ‘internal’ stuff- the anger, the resentment etc, I think it’s a matter of time. Helped along by keeping away from your ex in all respects- that includes social media. Keep contact between you totally grey rock and only discuss your children and divorce proceedings. Have as little to do with him as possible.

I know myself that when I don’t hear from him for ages, I start to feel better, more like me. The minute he starts emailing about this and that, it sends me down, or like you, angry. I still get bursts of anger at the injustice of it all. But then I go and have a rant about it to someone who I trust. Then I change the subject and I start to feel better.

Your anger & resentment is totally normal and healthy. Don’t fight it or punish yourself for feeling it. Just channel it. Have a rant with someone you love and trust and give yourself some time to feel angry when it comes on, then change the subject and move on. Do this each time.

You are doing so well. Believe me. What you’ve already achieved is fantastic. Keep going. Forget that idiot. Keep focusing on you and your kids.

Nyra
Nyra
6 years ago

Are there other words to describe our reaction to being betrayed, treated treacherously, abused, violated, & defiled by our spouses?

Why are such negative words used to describe the natural reaction to being a victim of adultery? I think it takes the focus off the cause & prevents victims of adultery from progressing through the stages of grief more quickly. We’re stuck in denial longer because we’re afraid to express anger because we’ll be labeled with all those negative words. Being angry is not always wrong or sin. Adultery is!

I agree with others, these feelings are natural & healthy. We cannot work through this life changing event & heal without going through these emotions. Something terrible has happened to us & our children. No sane person could be “happy” to have that bomb dropped on them and their family. The cheaters can be calm & in control because they have not been violated and are focusing on image control.

If this is the point you’re at, please remember that it is part of the healing process. It does not define you. It’s evidence that you are the sane partner and parent. Put that energy to good use–don’t condemn yourself for it!

CeliA
CeliA
6 years ago
Reply to  Nyra

Nyra, thank you for these words. I needed to hear it today. Anger is all part of the process. We are allowed to grieve as much as we need as long as we are not hurting anyone else. NC and Time are essential to our recovery. Wishing courage, grace and strength for everyone here. We will get through this because we deserve love, kindness, and peace.

ImAPhool
ImAPhool
6 years ago

Recently i read a blog about how to get out a funk, I’ve heard the advise before but sometimes it takes different words or a new source to make you think about it.

One of the quotes was
“The primary cause of unhappiness is not the situation but your thoughts about it.”

We all waste so much emotional energy thinking about why or how come or wtf, we keep ourselves stuck – makes it harder to move forward when you’re constantly thinking of the past. I haven’t figured out how to not do this myself, but being aware of it helps and makes me more conscience of it. Its a work in progress, for all of us

ShrylKL
ShrylKL
6 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Trust that they suck. I think it takes time to see the big picture and know that you are better off now and they are screwing with someone else’s life. Good for you that you are moving on and improving your life in every area. I hope you are very proud of yourself. It’s hard to be betrayed and not feel resentful for a long time, but you’re on your way to Meh! You are a great mom and you are mighty!

mickeyblueeyes
mickeyblueeyes
6 years ago

Yep I got something like “because you made me feel un-noticed” I still don’t understand what that means. Like you said I learnt nothing.

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  mickeyblueeyes

Oh I got that one as well. I retorted with facts. That I was there every day for her, always asked her how she was doing at work and she’d always tell me so much that there wouldn’t even be any time left for me to tell about my day. Or if I went on longer than usual I’d get the you talk too long…

Then it was the kids that took up most of our used to be together alone time. Well yeah. That’s what they call adulting and trusting.

But hey, after 6 years of building a life and memories together, I guess I still should provide her all the kibbles she was used to be getting.

In no way could she look ahead and think, wow it’s a hard time and it will get better in a couple of years when they’re older. Our first kid and they turned out to be twins. Double whammy to your free time.

So yeah she felt unnoticed is what I got as a reason as well.

Yuck. And when you feel unnoticed you of course have to go to your husbands best friend since preschool. Another double whammy, make it extra painful.

Of course I chumped along until dday #2.

Sigh. Ah well, she’s stbxw now and things are in motion. Thank God I didn’t chump along till my 60+.

Chumplawyer
Chumplawyer
6 years ago
Reply to  OneDaySomeDay

I got “I don’t like you and I don’t like people like you.” I still don’t know what that means but that was his reason. Seemed to like me just fine to be with me 18 years plus 2 kids.

And I’m so sorry. Double betrayal here as well. My ex-husband and my upstairs neighbor/dear family friend. They are still together. I’m at meh but it sucks for my kids. I just work on continuing to be the sane, awesome parent that I am. My girls are young but they already get it!

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

And now that I’m in a bad place she starts to suggest I should work on myself and maybe see the kids less for a while. Eugh. Time to get mighty. I’m in a bad place because of you. I’ll be fine. Thanks for being there CL

ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
6 years ago
Reply to  OneDaySomeDay

OneDaySomeDay that day gets closer day by day. Hugs to your mighty self

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago

Thank you prince(ss). ? I know it does, for all of us. *hugs*

NoMoreNarcs
NoMoreNarcs
6 years ago
Reply to  OneDaySomeDay

There is no reason why you have to share anything with her.

There doesn’t need to be any discussion with her about “how you aren’t doing so well”. You don’t owe her any of this.

chumpinrecovery
chumpinrecovery
6 years ago
Reply to  OneDaySomeDay

Good God don’t let he take the sane parent away from her kids. She’s done enough damage already.

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago

Yeah I know, I’m trying to not go full rage but keep calm and yes mediator is there. Time is here for rationality and keeping the conversation going. Don’t want to go full on lawyer because Europe and that means no fault. Dads can’t get full custody that easy, let alone 50/50 from the get go.

She’ll not get the kids more then necessary.

Appreciate your concerns everyone. Thank you for telling me what I need to hear.

Free Vix
Free Vix
6 years ago
Reply to  OneDaySomeDay

Um, maybe SHE needs to see less of the kids for a while, given that she just personally blew up their home and family, and screwed over their dad, all for the sake of attention. I hope you shut that down and that you’re working with a good lawyer who will help you preserve your parental rights.

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  Free Vix

Nyra

Yes, I got the ‘believe me I’d never take them away from you’ multiple times during that conversation.

Based on her trustability after ddays #1&2 I read that as: ‘Hey, if you don’t agree with me I will. Or maybe I just will, whatever.’

So yeah… They’re almost all the same to a tee. I mean. This comment goes here to prove me I’m right and the whole idea that they have the same playbook is right. #Datestamped

Awakeningdreamer
Awakeningdreamer
6 years ago
Reply to  Free Vix

Nyra

The phrasing in thoughtful considerate tones comment is on the money. Buyer beware.

Nyra
Nyra
6 years ago
Reply to  Free Vix

Yep!
Sounds like she’s trying to manipulate and control the kids’ perception of what/who blew up their home & hurt their father.

I’ve learned that my kids & I need to beware ANYTIME X phrases anything as if he’s being thoughtful or considerate of others. He definitely has an ulterior motive when that happens. EVERYTHING is for his benefit–never someone else’s!

Supreme Chump
Supreme Chump
6 years ago

I asked my exh “why”. I asked more than once. The second time I asked him I told him I deserved answers. Do you think I got them? He got a real pissy look on his face and spouted nonsense. I called him out on the nonsense. He then started to go outside. I followed him demanding answers. He broke into a run. Actually running away ?. Running through the side yard. He then turned around and charged at me and screamed he was leaving but he just hid in the basement for awhile.
No answers, no closure. There was drama, anger, and frustration, though.☺️

Helena
Helena
6 years ago
Reply to  Supreme Chump

Mine kind of did that too as I wasn1`t letting him drive off without better answers or so I thought, he too hid in the garage and was flinging his stuff around and loading up the truck yelling I confused him. Sounds like you had another spineless coward like I had

ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
6 years ago
Reply to  Supreme Chump

HAHAHA he RAN AWAY and HID from you??

No words except so many words!

How do these people not realise how undignified, immature and childish they are? How do they not know?

GetMeFree
GetMeFree
6 years ago
Reply to  Supreme Chump

Lol. Mine packed up enough to fill the backseat and trunk of his car and left when I was 6 months pregnant. A few weeks later, he was hiding in my basement, too. After 6 weeks of this, I told him he needed to find somewhere else to stay until he got some help and figured out why he was unhappy and willing to hurt his wife and kids so easily (already went through dday#1 and wreckonciliation 2 years previously).

At that point, I didn’t even know about OW#2. He saved that for 4 weeks after my c-section. I dug just enough to know it had been going on while I was pregnant and then I stopped asking why. I was done listening to his half truths and lies. The narrative from him was never honest. It was instead whatever he needed to justify his choices and actions or to purposely mislead me. That is when I went no contact (or grey rock since we have kids). Getting distance is the only way to get clear from their mind games.

This is not a Test.
This is not a Test.
6 years ago
Reply to  Supreme Chump

Supreme,
That is so freakin’ hilarious. Mandie nailed it- he is a PUNK ASS BITCH.
Watching the Monty Clip was right on cue.

I am not trying to one up you, but thought I would provide more comic relief on the closure trick.

One day in a confrontation, the Infested was sitting on the couch. I started interrogating him vainly to “get some answers” He got and went to the guest bedroom. He came back with a huge, heavy comforter I use in winter.

He sat back down on the couch and put the comforter over his head. Draped it over his head and body. Like a child playing a ghost. He sat there with the comforter over his head and would not respond.

The dogs saw this, thought it was a wonderful new game and began play attacking the comforter. I had just taken in huge, strong yellow Lab who had been discarded on the road.

She (revived after living in my house and all the goodies) would take a running leap and literally bounce off his head with her front paws with great force and delight. She weighs about 110 lbs. I said nothing.

He did not remove the comforter but wiggled around and yowled “Owwww…..Make them stop….. Wawawaaaaaaa” and then starts to moan and simper like an infant. This further excited my little gang of hoodlums and they started throwing toys to the lump under the comforter.

It was one of the most revolting man baby things I have ever seen in my life. I stopped talking and packed a suitcase for him like a wild woman. I ripped that comforter off his fucking head and said, GET OUT OF MY HOUSE.

Whodoesthat
Whodoesthat
6 years ago

Ha bloody ha this reminds me of my fucktards exit. He went out drinking a few days after telling me out of the blue he wanted a divorce. I had been awake for days just trying to let that sink in after 20 years and eventually realised what was actually going on. ie he (and his elderly parents!) Had set me up and gouged the accounts. I stormed into the bedroom and flipped out screaming he had fucked me over how dare he …blah blah. And he wakes up makes some crying noises about being tired and what time was it then curled into the fetal position and fake cried “i did it for the kids” ….in other words spent all our money and even the kids savings on holidays and expensive hobbies presumably so the kids would think he was dad of the year . Trouble is dad of the year left us all penniless and since he and the new victim are having so much fun hes decided not to bother supporting them any more after 18 . Dick

Waffles
Waffles
6 years ago

This Is, I just got a lady chub for you. ?

jaded61
jaded61
6 years ago

OMG…that is hilarious. I think this would make a great cartoon.

Sucker Punched by a Saffa
Sucker Punched by a Saffa
6 years ago

Tears are rolling down my cheeks in laughter ! Guard dogs on the loose ! It’s like a cat leaving a poop in the shoe of somebody it doesn’t like !

Lyn
Lyn
6 years ago

Me too, I couldn’t stop laughing as I pictured those dogs throwing toys at him under the comforter.

FMT
FMT
6 years ago

Those 2 stories made me laugh until tears were streaming down my face. On the subway. My God these people redefine “childish.” Lolol

played
played
6 years ago

This is one of the best stories I have read in a long time. Comforter over the head? What a freak and loser. I am so glad the dog had your back, that you got a laugh, a threw the jackass out. Lame, lame, lame.

Keepin'Calm
Keepin'Calm
6 years ago

This Is Not A Test, OMG, I laughed out loud! HILARIOUS! Good for your dog. Good for you for getting him out of your house. You are free from that jerk.

Beth
Beth
6 years ago

That story made my morning. Hahahahahaha. What a man baby.

Amiisfree
Amiisfree
6 years ago

Great story! Also, YES to packing that suitcase. Mighty!

Off the crazy train
Off the crazy train
6 years ago

Oh my. Not only is this hilarious, but the pulling the covers and blankets over themselves is EXACTLY what my ShiTBoX (STBX) husband used to do! He’d be there on the sofa, hiding under the blanket. Or pull the duvet over his face.

Or, he’d pull up the hood on his hoodie and pull it as far down over his face as he could- but continue to sit on the sofa with me, or even with his parents sitting there.

Or, if our boy was kicking off and the baby was screaming, he’d not help out, he’d stay sitting on the sofa and get a cushion and put it over his face.

Hiding under fabric?

Weird and childish.

Chumpalicious
Chumpalicious
6 years ago

Funniest closure I have ever heard. I laughed out loud. First time in a while. Thanks

Supreme Chump
Supreme Chump
6 years ago

This Is Not A Test, wow. Just wow. The visual is hilarious. Good grief. I know the kind of disgust you feel as this is actually going on before your very eyes, but I hope you can laugh a little bit now at how ridiculous the behavior is. It’s all so mind-boggling.

The dog though…LOL HAHAHAHAHA

mickeyblueeyes
mickeyblueeyes
6 years ago
Reply to  Supreme Chump
Supreme Chump
Supreme Chump
6 years ago
Reply to  mickeyblueeyes

LOL

There’s probably a Benny Hill clip that will also do. ?

Supreme Chump
Supreme Chump
6 years ago
Reply to  Supreme Chump
Mandie101
Mandie101
6 years ago
Reply to  Supreme Chump

He ran away…What a punk.

Mandie101
Mandie101
6 years ago

If you acknowledge that cheaters are messed up and mentally warped, you know that any answer to the ‘why?’ question will come up deficient.
Save yourself added mind fucks and avoid if you can.
Most of us unsuspecting ones in the heat of the moment will blurt out why, but I suspect it’s the shock talking.
Does the why matter? It won’t change the facts. They screwed us over and wasted our time. Don’t give them another second.

Mandie101
Mandie101
6 years ago
Reply to  Mandie101

Mine told me he cheated because I told him to do what he wanted. This was after discovering one affair and several inappropriate flirtations.
Yes it was at that point that he decided to listen to me and do what I suggest. ? When I told him screwing around was bad for the family and himself…That fell on deaf ears.

Waffles
Waffles
6 years ago
Reply to  Mandie101

Fucking dumb ass twat-waffle.

Gorillapoop
Gorillapoop
6 years ago
Reply to  Mandie101

My ex-cheater said he wanted an open marriage because he wants “all the things.” I think that’s pretty accurate. Good luck with that, living in your parents’ basement, trawling sexfinders.com and fetlife.com, and trying to succeed in a new business. This swirling turd has all the executive skills of a horny 13-yr old who spent the last 10 years leaving me to open his mail for him and take care of all his bills, tickets, and bad life choices. Yesterday I had to text him “where are the kids? You said you would drop them off at 6:30.” His reply: “sorry, things made me late.” There are those pesky ‘things’ again. What a douche. I thought I had poor taste in men before I married him, but now I have to face the fact that I actually managed to pick the worst of them all. Literally, I married the worst man I have ever met. After I thought I had “fixed my picker.” Thank God I have my kids, it makes it all worth it. On to the next chapter of my life with two kids, instead of 2, plus 1 with “special needs.” God help his next victim.

ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
6 years ago
Reply to  Gorillapoop

HAHAHA he RAN AWAY and HID from you??

No words except so many words!

How do these people not realise how undignified, immature and childish they are? How do they not know?

Lady b
Lady b
6 years ago
Reply to  Gorillapoop

I can totally relate, mines a man child. Why I asked ‘because I just wanted something for myself’ oh and The old ‘you didn’t appreciate me’ which may be true. Hard to appreciate someone who lets and expects you do everything and works too much to buy crap he doesn’t need.
Onwards and upwards, no more questions I don’t need more pain inflicted on me.

Helena
Helena
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady b

Me , myself,I they sure use these words a lot. You just reminded me of that. I had to hear what about what I want as I was screaming at him as he got his crap together to leave. I think that is our collective answer here people. What they want, no other reason needed

Gorillapoop
Gorillapoop
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady b

Bwahaha! My ex just got a letter that he bounced his car payment. I still get his mail because he hasn’t bothered to change his address. It’s been 8 months. This is the 4th time he’s missed a payment. The last time, they tripled his car insurance rate because of it. Meanwhile, I just put a deposit down on a brand new car of my choosing. #imaybesadnowbutimdefinitelywinning.

chumpinrecovery
chumpinrecovery
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady b

Mine was under the impression that he had spent his whole life doing things for others with no return so he decided to do something to make himself happy for once in his life. The guy was totally delusional if he thought that was the truth.

Whodoesthat
Whodoesthat
6 years ago

Funny i got that line too. A beligerent (like a 16 yr old) “i do everything for you lot…what about me!??” I was so stunned i had to remind myself i was hearing this from an adult with 3 teenage kids who are all perfect btw so nothing to complain about there. So sure enough he did make it all about him and he is now acting like the most selfish person i have ever come across. Any time i even hinted at needing financial help with the kids after he walked to his AP he countered with cries of extortion and blackmail until i gave up. So if course no closure…the more you look the more hurt comes raining down on you . Funny thing was he used to be president of the humanist society. ..hilarious. i always thought those freaks had no souls !!

UXworld
UXworld
6 years ago

“Because they could. Because they gave themselves permission to do it. They didn’t care about how it would hurt you.”

Once this bit of simplicity sunk in and took hold, (2 months post d-day, upon reading LAC,GAL), acceptance fell over me like a warm blanket, the question “why?” never reared its head again, and gray rock became SO much easier.

Beth
Beth
6 years ago
Reply to  UXworld

Exactly UX. It is the answer to all “why” questions. They knew exactly what they were doing and that what they were doing would hurt us. They. did. not. care. Once your mind embraces that foreign concept the rest is easy. I am often bemused that so many such sub-humans are walking around apparently reading from the same playbook and I am even more often amused by their stupid antics, but I never spend a moment wondering why now that I accept this premise: “Because they could. Because they gave themselves permission to do it. They didn’t care about how it would hurt you.”

Meh or Bust
Meh or Bust
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth

I get the totally selfish “knew exactly what they were doing” part. I just still get hung up on the part where they don’t care if they hurt us. It really seems to be intentional infliction of emotional pain. Is it punishment for some perceived injustice we’ve done to them? Uh oh. Did I just ask “Why?” Am I trying to untangle the skein?

Dammit.

Ok, lemme go re-read LACGAL. Also, just got a copy of Splitting by Kreger/Eddy. Will dive into that, too.

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  UXworld

At my Dday #2 with a new schmoopie from the first Dday (our teenaged daughter’s young coach at our kids school), it really hit me what a complete entitled selfish ass he was. It’s mind boggling how this 48 y.o. man thinks so much of himself that he’s chasing around after a twenty something young girl. Really?

It was bad enough he could do this to me, but to his kids? How’s that shit sandwich at their school in front of their teammates and friends?

I was mighty (granted not the 1st Dday) and told him ‘I’m done. Amicable’. What did he do? Chase even harder after schmoopie. I think she played some cat and mouse with him for a while before she realized she didn’t want a nasty old man with baggage.

A year later he’s telling our teenagers ‘He didn’t mean to hurt anybody’. I’m sure in his mind this is true. We were all just collateral damage for him and his entitled wants at the time.

Once you see them for who they are, there really is no going back.

mila
mila
6 years ago

Here’s why: Because he could, and because he wanted to. Nothing to do with me. Good riddance, I deserve more.

kmanning
kmanning
6 years ago

Why?

Here’s the internal monologue of a cheater:

“I want this. I deserve this. Therefore, I will do what feels good for me.”

That’s it. They’re about as deep as a puddle.

SureChumpedAlot
SureChumpedAlot
6 years ago
Reply to  kmanning

deep as a piss puddle

Feelingit
Feelingit
6 years ago
Reply to  kmanning

The simple truth! Elequently stated km.

Feelingit
Feelingit
6 years ago

Reading the posts today, I am not at meh but maybe I am closer because I am not asking why but rather what? As in wtf and wth? This week has been turbulent with the legal aspect. We had our mediation hearing where his only request was counseling for the kids- I agreed no problem.

Three days later he emails estranged adult daughter that I am crazy and that he is so sorry for the pain he has caused but he had to leave because he couldn’t take it anymore. Day after, he gives middle son the same line in person.

Yesterday, adult son goes to counseling appointment arranged by cheater. Session starts with son as cheater is late. Cheater barges in 15 minutes late and begins ranting that he went to mediation and feelingit doesn’t want cheater to have custody. Therapist tells him she is talking to adult son now and that is an issue for later. He leaves, does not wait for adult son as the weather is nice and the fish are calling.

So now, I do not wonder why, I know why: he is disordered. But I still wonder what? He left over a year ago and I have had the children nearly 100%. I stopped consulting him on anything regarding them last fall so what the hell does he think will be different if I have sole custody? Is the answer to that also he is disordered.

Btw the complaint I filed months ago clearly stated I was requesting sole custody and now this is news? Oh forgive me, Fuckwit probably didn’t have time to read it, you know with fishing and all.

chumpittychumpchump
chumpittychumpchump
6 years ago
Reply to  Feelingit

Are all your kids adults?

Feelingit
Feelingit
6 years ago

No, 2 out of 5 and the third will be come October.

GetMeFree
GetMeFree
6 years ago
Reply to  Feelingit

My STBX doesn’t read either. 2 months after the temporary order was put in place granting him standard parenting time, he went to his court ordered parenting seminar. That is when he realized he had every other weekend and every Wednesday night.

He sent me a text telling me that I have not complied with the order. Ummmm…you are the one who didn’t pick them up at those times. You are the one that requested seeing them only when it fit in your schedule. He NEVER even READ the order beyond the support amount.

Guess how many Wednesday nights he has seen the kids since his revelation? Zero. And on his weekends, he spends a whopping 1-2 hours with my older daughter taking her to dinner. And the baby? She was diagnosed with a seizure disorder almost a year ago and he still has not bothered to get training to take her. But yeah…I was the one who did not comply with the order. I am the one “keeping” him from his kids.

Feelingit
Feelingit
6 years ago
Reply to  GetMeFree

Of course, nothing is ever their fault.

Eilonwy
Eilonwy
6 years ago
Reply to  Feelingit

Well, the longer you’ve had official or unofficial sole custody, the more likely the courts are to grant it to you! I hope you are documenting, if not, start now! I expect the sudden demand for custody is motivated by some whim of self-interest that will fade quickly, but some of these people prefer conflict, and they will sustain and escalate hostilities via any means available to them, so you need to be prepared to demonstrate that you are the best custodial parent.

violet
violet
6 years ago
Reply to  Feelingit

He doesn’t want the kids, he wants the control. For so many of these cheaters, that is 100% what it is about. Heaven forbid that they have to do any actual parenting. No, they just want the power to tell you how to parent and how you are doing it all wrong. Or, they are looking for a way to avoid paying child support. There is an epidemic out there of parents who use the presumption of shared custody as a way to avoid paying their financial obligations. Do they have any sincere desire to actually take care of their kids? Hell, no. But they’ll hold their breath and turn blue in the face before they will agree to provide the resources necessary to care their own flesh and blood. It is a disgrace.

Whodoesthat
Whodoesthat
6 years ago
Reply to  violet

Too right…mine wanted a few outings for coffee/movies when it suited him to try and make up 50% parenting to dodge child support. Didnt happen. Kids were appalled at his behaviour and treatment of me and just kept their distance. Who knows how its going with new victim….he wont even tell the kid hes still on talking terms where he lives!!

Feelingit
Feelingit
6 years ago
Reply to  violet

You are so right violet- Control is the spot on one word description of his entire mantra!

Anita
Anita
6 years ago
Reply to  violet

Yep, x wanted 50/50 as well. Only to avoid paying his share.

Anita
Anita
6 years ago

Well, x “didn’t do anything wrong” ( aka, I didn’t catch him with his dick in the whore), so there’s no need for x-planation, is there?

IDeserveBetter
IDeserveBetter
6 years ago

I asked many times and got a different answer every time. I’d say well that doesn’t make sense because you thought our marriage was over yet we went on holidays and I bought you a new iphone last week and we were looking at buying a new home and we had sex …doesn’t sound like a marriage that is over. Try again. So then there was a different reason….and then another. And so you were unhappy for 7 years but were okay with cheating on me, risking my health, leaching off me but you couldn’t summon the courage to just leave? Then it was “It was just a big Fuck You to you” because you didn’t respect me. (has a whole lot of respect from a whole lot of people now- NOT) Yes none of them make sense except the “He sucks” reason.

Ispyacheater
Ispyacheater
6 years ago
Reply to  IDeserveBetter

I asked many times too. Always different answers. I got the classic,’I love you, but I’m not in love with you.’ That was my favorite! Cheater also said him and OW had an emotional connection and she understood him and I put our 10 month old first and seemed to interested in our child.
My closure, he is a complete sink hole of a person. He cheated because he could.

Jane
Jane
6 years ago
Reply to  IDeserveBetter

IDB,
I also got a different response each time I asked;

“You were too independent I couldn’t do anything for you”- This was the guy who was too idle to even take a coffee cup into the kitchen !
“I didn’t get enough affection” – This was the guy who pushed me away when I tried to cuddle up in bed and wouldn’t sit next to me on the couch and watch TV. ! ( He sat in another chair)
“She (slutbag) looks after herself” WTF does that even mean?
“You got too ‘Womans Libbish'” – seems he didn’t like me standing up for myself and wanting an equal distribution of household tasks (I worked f/t as well as he did)

I came to the conclusion that his head was full of broken biscuits and slutbag was welcome to him.

Years later, I asked one of his friends why it took him 5 years to marry slutpants after we got divorced. (And then only when she got pregnant)
I was told “Oh, he wasn’t sure and he says he didn’t want to make another mistake.” Whaaaaat?!
I wonder at what stage in our 8 year marriage he decided that he had made a mistake, and why he never conveyed that information to me ?!.

I agree that none of this makes sense, except to confirm that these people are mentally one sandwich short of a picnic.

ArmchairPsychology
ArmchairPsychology
6 years ago
Reply to  Jane

Jane – this guy sounds hopeless. It’s like a textbook insecure narcissist who needs to feel more important than the woman he’s with but also wants a mommy-wife to take care of him. He’ll never find someone to fill that bottomless pit of emptiness.. you just do you 🙂

Jane
Jane
6 years ago

You got that right Armchair!
Well, he finally married slut-bag (when she got pregnant). So now she has the joy of running around picking up after him, while he sits on his (now) fat arse waiting for his meal to be put on the table.

She finally “got her man”, but, oh boy, what a catch (sarcasm)

I bet when he was whisking her off to hotels for dirty weekends (on my money) wining & dining her and telling her what a wonderful relationship they had, she never envisaged real life with him would be like it is now. LOL !

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  Jane

Jane our ex’s sound eerily similar. I always said my ex was ‘high maintenance’. He was very emotionally needy. He expected me to drop everything at once to answer my phone no matter where I was, even at work. If I wanted to talk about anything in my life, I knew I would have to beg him to listen and he would only give me less than 5 minutes of genuine conversation. He would talk endlessly about everything wrong in his life. It was exhausting to listen to and I started to mentally roll my eyes. About a year before my Dday #2, it really hit me I was getting nothing but a paycheck and demanding husband/father for my kids out of this. I actual started thinking if he was gone, my life would actually be easier. I just needed to figure out the financials of this (I support my mom). I think in that last year, I started changing and would call him out on his bullshit. Once we were at a restaraunt for a celebration and he ordered an appetizer he knew I wouldn’t eat. I requested another kind and he gave me grief that we didn’t need all that food (we made about $300,000 combined salary). I told him ‘as long as you’re good, you’re happy. Never mind about everybody else’. He was fuming at me. He would frequently call me a ‘martyr’.

The funny thing is, I would have people telling me I was a saint for being married to him. They would be laughing and joking about it, but I think there was definitely a hint of truth to it. I think anyone that peeled below that initial layer saw it. He was the life of the party and mister personality if he wanted to be. If he didn’t, he would be absolutely miserable and sulking the entire time. I learned to not ask him to go to my stuff.

When I found out about young schmoopie for my Dday #2, I initally thought she’s a lucky, lucky girl!!!

Jojobee
Jojobee
6 years ago
Reply to  Jane

Jane,

“His head is full of broken biscuits” just slayed me. I laughed so hard because it is so eerily accurate. Broken cookies for brains! Just take the most childish item that is non-sustaining but only a junk treat and then consider that it is not even whole and coherent but crumbled, disorganized, and shredded to dust in places. What a perfect metaphor for cheaters petulant, childish, disordered thinking and behavior.

Gonegirl
Gonegirl
6 years ago

I asked something similar, “Why her?” His response? “She (Ho-worker)does what I tell her to.”

Entitled much?

Strad
Strad
6 years ago
Reply to  Gonegirl

My cheater XH said, “If it hadn’t been her, it would have been someone else.” Now he’s married to her. HAHAHAHAH GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. They deserve each other.

hollowbunny
hollowbunny
6 years ago
Reply to  Strad

Oh Christ on a cracker. My cheater said the same thing. Fact is, any wet hole holding a mirror up to him whilst covering her own face was a potential affair partner. But definitely not long term. I think he’s realized regretfully that married people who sleep around make lousy partners. Call Mensa.

Whodoesthat
Whodoesthat
6 years ago
Reply to  hollowbunny

Yeah i learned to my cost that when he used to say “every holes a goal” …. it was not in jest . Sob probably thought he was being clever and telling me what he was really like. Pervert

hollowbunny
hollowbunny
6 years ago
Reply to  Gonegirl

“She doesn’t judge me, she gets me, she does everything I tell her to do, she’s the only good thing that happened to me the whole year, shes a good person who helps people, she appreciated and flattered me, agreed with everything I said, she orgasmed all the time, she swallowed and when I couldn’t get it up again, then she let me leave and was never needy. She’s long gone now, because I do not want to be with a liar and a cheater, and she was a horrific wife and mother, was not attractive, always wore the same clothes, was crass and unprofessional and not respected and we lost clients because of her.”

I guess god doesn’t give with both hands.

chumpinrecovery
chumpinrecovery
6 years ago
Reply to  Gonegirl

The question that keeps going through my mind is “what is so special about her or so terrible about me that it was worth breaking up our family over it?” I haven’t gotten an answer because I haven’t bothered to ask him as I know he won’t answer.

Feelingit
Feelingit
6 years ago

It is nothing to do with you, they are making a deal with the devil. That never ends well.

Ispyacheater
Ispyacheater
6 years ago

I know what was so special about the OW and why her, she was ok with him seeking out others for Craig’s Lust 3 somes. She was more than willing to help Cheater find Bi-men to have sex with and she believed all his lies. From the emails I found between the 2 of them she was aware of his need for Gay sex, yet agreed that didn’t make him bi. She understood his need for hard core porn and even shared a few images and websites with him. She was in awe of him stroked his ego and put him first. With all that I see why he picked her and am glad he did!

Doingme
Doingme
6 years ago

That is an all consuming question, Chumpinrecovery. It’s all about the fantasy, the thrill of the chase. It never has to do with the chump. Once unmasked he blatantly revealed it was ALWAYS about the thrill of the chase. Additionally he WISHED he could do all the things with me he could do with her. His exact words. Well that’s great. She allows him the necessary growth I evidently stunted.

He gets to go on vacations and rack up credit card debt.
Buy a third unnecessary vehicle.
Have sex on demand where ever or when ever.
Abandon his family and work part time.

First year out he’s lost a good percent of his business and telling me he thinks about me all the time. He gets hit with a huge tax bill and has to take out a three year loan.
Second year he’s playing the victim blaming me for his lack of seeing his granddaughter and crying all the time. He loses his employee and now has to do all the work himself. He gets surgery and has health issues.
Third year out his DREAM (scream) GIRL is given the ultimatum to get therapy for her inability to interact pretty much with anyone outside her home. They are evicted from the love shack dump.

They lack basic life skills. There is nothing wonderful about either one of them. Even if they won the lottery they would still be disordered. What she has, is the asshole

Jojobee
Jojobee
6 years ago

You won’t get an answer, but, it’s actually really straightforward and easy: he did think it was worth destroying you and the kids…because you mean that LITTLE to him. It was the worst of the truths for me to grasp. He did not love us. He never really had.

neverwouldhaveimagined
neverwouldhaveimagined
6 years ago
Reply to  Gonegirl

Yes, cheater x said it was “easy” with her, and she never questioned him.

Anita
Anita
6 years ago

Once I realized you don’t have to “catch” them with their dick in a whore, that is all the closure I needed. Sneaking, lying, treating you like shit, that’s all you really need to know, IMO.

WifeOfKingTantalus
WifeOfKingTantalus
6 years ago
Reply to  Anita

I too realized this. I had to finally ask myself… does catching him with his dick in a whore change any of the horrendous behavior, abuse, neglect, mind games, stealing, lying, and repeated death threats? umm… hmm… no. This man doesn’t put energy into anything in life unless he gets money or results out of it. So I concluded no one treats their wife this way unless the dick is in the whores or they are in the process of getting to that goal. I do have all the evidence in the world except catching him in the act. After I confronted him on Dday2 he said “life’s too short” the rest of the sentence is implied. But was clear to me “life’s too short to waste his time on me when its better spent collecting whores”. I asked why more times than I want to admit. All the answers damaged me worse than I already am. I wish I never asked why.

ANC
ANC
6 years ago

By asking Why to these people is to project your own values on them. It’s hard to stop doing that. It’s hard to realize these things are not like emotionally healthy people. They will spout a bullshit excuse, “I thought you didn’t love ME!!” ( and so I have been a serial whore for decades…) AND trust me, they will also change the narrative about your relationship history.

To ask them why opens you up to further abuse from these turds.

GetMeFree
GetMeFree
6 years ago
Reply to  ANC

ANC – You nailed it. Asking why is trying to get them to see what they have done. You are trying to get them to understand what you know…that these actions and choices are damaging to relationships, hurtful beyond measure, and just plain wrong. We see it and we desparately want them to see it. Problem is this line of thinking assumes they they have character and a moral compass inside somewhere.

Sayonara Sad Sausage
Sayonara Sad Sausage
6 years ago

Today is my four year anniversary after being together six. I filed for divorce one week ago after probably my 7th or 8th D-day of finding texts, pics of women from Craigslist, dating website apps blah blah blah. The first D-day was three months after our wedding when I caught him on the phone with a woman turns out they were texting/calling each other 200 times a day. Thanks to CL, CL book, and CN I said fuck the why, bottom line I don’t deserve this shit. I used to drive myself crazy trying to figure it out, fix him, feel sorry for him, and all it got me was depressed and isolated from friends and family. The why I came up with is they are all selfish fuckwits that only think about themselves. Listen up CN YOU DESERVE BETTER!!! Don’t give them anymore kibbles come here if you have questions we will help each other. Remember Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

WifeOfKingTantalus
WifeOfKingTantalus
6 years ago

YES this! Fuck their bullshit vomit of why. I need a time machine to go back and not meet him.

Eilonwy
Eilonwy
6 years ago

Good for you! On your anniversary, I am wishing you many happier years ahead. Let us know when the divorce is final so we can throw confetti for you.

Sayonara Sad Sausage
Sayonara Sad Sausage
6 years ago
Reply to  Eilonwy

Thank you Eilonwy he texted me “for what it’s worth happy anniversary love you” sayonara sad sausage no more kibbles for you… ????

pregnant chump
pregnant chump
6 years ago

I got the a bunch of excuses including I didn’t feel wanted by you for 2 years, since our son was 6 months old. Bearing in mind I was 18 weeks pregnant when he said this, with a baby that he very much encouraged me to try for. It really amazes me how delusional these cheaters are.

FedupChump
FedupChump
6 years ago
Reply to  pregnant chump

This reminds me of when I first suspected my husband of cheating. I knew he had a crush on his co-worker, because he’d randomly bring her up in conversation. We went to Seattle for a holiday “stay-cation” during winter of 2015. We brought along our 18 month old to enjoy the festivities as a family.
One night, he went to the hotel pub for a beer and returned 5 hours later. He gave me some BS story about walking through town, and meeting some new friends.
If Being MIA for five hours didn’t convince me something wasn’t right, his lack of sexual attention was a huge red flag. Having hotel sex was his favorite activity, but this trip he had zero interest in getting it on.
Less than a week later, I found out I was pregnant. He seemed excited about the pregnancy, I, not so much. But we went ahead and continued the pregnancy and he left me two months later. (I think I was also about 18 weeks).
If anything good came of this fuckery, it’s my absolutely perfect baby girl. She’s almost a year old now and every day I am so thankful for her and my three year old son.
Honestly, I’m glad he waited to leave us. If he had left us sooner, I probably wouldn’t have gone through with the pregnancy, (if the stress alone didn’t cause a miscarriage).
I would never have met my baby girl who has blessed the universe with her presence. She is undoubtedly special, and her beauty has renewed my faith in a higher power.
With her birth, the universe exclaimed; “here is this amazing child, and through her, you will find your strength”.
Let’s hope I don’t fuck it up.

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  FedupChump

I’m happy you have two beautiful children and are the sane parent for them. I wish I hadn’t taken the asshat back when he left for Schmoopie #1 when our kids were 2 and 4 y.o. We would all be better off now. If it hadn’t been this schmoopie, it would have been another. Same for your asshat. Nothing special about his crush.

When I was pregnant with our first child, my doctor had his high school daughter spending the summer observing his practice. My asshat couldn’t be bothered going to most of my appointments. He showed up for my ultrasound as they thought our son was breech. Brandi had come in to chat with me and see how I was doing. My 32 y.o. husband (whose a physician btw) looked at me after she left the room and sheepishly asked me ‘That Brandi is so sweet. Why do you think she’s not married yet?’. I responded “ummm, probably because she’s all but 16 y.o.’ My alarm bells were ringing loud, but it would take me many more years to trust that he sucked.

ArmchairPsychology
ArmchairPsychology
6 years ago
Reply to  MJB

Oh gross! Why do they have to sexualize everything! Beware of that physician wanting to become a “mentor” one day.

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  pregnant chump

Ugh, disgusting assmaggot. I’m sorry for you. I got the same thing but in reverse. She didn’t feel attractive during and after pregnancy. I gave her space but always let her know I still found her attractive and wanted her. No problems there.

But hey, she didn’t want it and the rejections eventually took their toll on me a bit. I couldn’t always react calmly to her rejections anymore. And that was taken into her mind as being selfish of me.

Eventually not long after birth she had oral sex with best friend (preschool) of me one night (at least that’s all I ever got out of her on that), hid this fact for over a year and finally couldn’t take it any longer, because yeah, we were drifting apart.

The rejections had gotten milder and less in between this and dday #1 but afterwards it felt like something had always been off and I’m guessing some sort of guilt was the reason why. Secrets suck.

Jane
Jane
6 years ago
Reply to  pregnant chump

That’s awful, I’m sorry x

IDeserveBetter
IDeserveBetter
6 years ago
Reply to  pregnant chump

I’m so sorry <3 🙁

Out West
Out West
6 years ago

When I was new to CL I read this post. It was like being hit by lightning. Power. They cheated because it makes them feel powerful. Then I was able to place my ex’s behavior into the lexicon of entitlement that narcissists feel makes them special. My ex is not special, he’s not unique. He is a narcissist. That can’t be changed. I have uttered less than 10 words to him in the last two and a half years. He’s not worth my time or emotional real estate.

Chumptitude
Chumptitude
6 years ago

48H post-DDay #1 – His reasons?
“I didn’t tell you because it did not feel real, she does not live here.”
“I didn’t tell you, I knew you would be mad.”
“You worked too much.”
“I can compartmentalize in a way you can’t understand.”
“We need to go to therapy.” He’s been calling therapists charlatans for as long as I’ve known him.

In the same conversation, he proceeded to try and tell me that yes, he sent a no contact email to his mistress. Yes, she replied, but no, he could not forward me these emails because he “erased the account… and can’t do anything to retrieve it” It was gmail, which had a restore function a call and less than $10 away, that was too hard for him (he has a PhD in computer science)…

I started calling lawyers that day. So glad I removed my head from that blender…

CL is spot on: Seeking answers to “The why” question only inflict more pain… Stick with the facts of “what” your cheater did, it is already painful enough, and at least these you can use these facts in court to untangle yourself from your cheater…

gaychumpdad
gaychumpdad
6 years ago
Reply to  Chumptitude

Chumptitude, I got the “I have compartments” too. What? Now I realize there was only one compartment. I was in it, but as CL wisely says, he just Did. Not. Care. And CL statement that I love: “I don’t care what flavor of fucked up it is, get away from it!” We are mighty!!

GetMeFree
GetMeFree
6 years ago
Reply to  Chumptitude

My STBX has been saying that counseling and therapy is a waste of time for YEARS! Guess what his latest OW is? A mental health counselor specializing in marriage and family therapy. Sometimes, I have to laugh out loud at the ridiculousness that is him.

Chumptitude
Chumptitude
6 years ago
Reply to  GetMeFree

GetMeFree, I know, only CN gets that none of us can make this shit up! Keep forging on, distance yourself for their future faking as much as you can!

(((GetMeFree)))

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  GetMeFree

Wow she’s the super special snowflake that can fix him!!! Good luck with that. Not enough gorilla glue in the world to put a cheaty humpty dumpty back together.

UXworld
UXworld
6 years ago
Reply to  Chumptitude

“I can compartmentalize in a way you can’t understand.”

Somebody out there in Narcville is getting a whole lot of mileage by originating this bit of mindfuckery. KK said this to me constantly, as if it were a superpower recently bestowed upon her by uncovering a lost magical amulet deep in the woods somewhere.

Actual words to me: “See, this is why you need to start to do some serious work on yourself. I can separate aspects of my life so that they do not impact each other. You can’t seem to be able to do that.”

Chumptitude
Chumptitude
6 years ago
Reply to  UXworld

I know right, the “compartimentalization” argument only goes to show how disordered the cheater is, if you need different compartments to live your life, then you should definitely see a psychologist to get treated for your dissociative personality disorder.

I’m NC/grey rock (thanks shared custody), and if I were to break NC, my reply would be along the lines of “please clarify which part of our divorce decree does not convey my comprehensive desire to get you the fuck of my life… It’ll be my pleasure to pay the legal fees involved in rectifying this oversight promptly.”

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  UXworld

Oh wow. Yes, this is also something that she mentions from time to time. I can seperate actual love from sex. It’s not intertwined for me.

I know for myself I’m not capable of this really. It’s like:

When all is good, sex means 10% of the total to me, when shit gets bad it can make up for 90% of the total.

I guess in a cheaters point of view sex with other people can make up for 90% of their misery when they feel bad about themselves. And sex with their husband/wife can make up for 10% of their misery… Never mind, my brain is going wobbly hahaha.

WifeOfKingTantalus
WifeOfKingTantalus
6 years ago
Reply to  UXworld

I was told the same. with the addition of “that was the bad me yesterday… this is the good me now that you’re talking to”. FML. In my opinion I think it’s less of a superpower and more of a sociopath. it’s so beyond my comprehension I have trouble even telling anyone.

chumpinrecovery
chumpinrecovery
6 years ago
Reply to  UXworld

Normal people shouldn’t be able to do that. Only the villains have that “super power”.

WifeOfKingTantalus
WifeOfKingTantalus
6 years ago

100%

Kathleen
Kathleen
6 years ago

It’s all so sad for us chumps…

After long marriage, I tearfully asked him “Why
did you do this “. His response was …
“You nagged – I wouldn’t have fallen out of love
with you if you didn’t “.

Never had closure after almost 2 years divorced.
Don’t even want it anymore. He & whore are supposedly happy traveling the world, happy, in love.

Just want to stop thinking of them & be somewhat happy myself. Still hurts a lot.

Mama duck says quack quack
Mama duck says quack quack
6 years ago
Reply to  Kathleen

“You nagged – I wouldn’t have fallen out of love
with you if you didn’t “. You know he is lying, right? He did because he is a jerk, an asshole who had no respect for his family neither valued what you had together. It has nothing to do with you. And don’t start me on the nagging thing, they know so well because wives have to resort to nagging. The time I did not nag guess what happened? He ignored the leaking in the bathroom until the water leaked to the apartment below us and we had to pay to fix two bathrooms instead of one, our and the neighbors . He would not fix anything if not for awful me nagging. He is very handy, can fix and solve just about anything in a house, very very talented. But his heart was not at home. It was just an act.
Please dear, do not let that lie or any of his lies into your heart, ok? Promise?

violet
violet
6 years ago
Reply to  Kathleen

I am so sorry that you are still experiencing such pain. It really does take a long time to heal after a long term marriage. I wasn’t even close to okay after two years; I was still so damn angry! And I was mourning the dreams we had of retiring and doing all the things we had put off to raise a family. But, as cliched as it sounds, time does help.

Will I ever be who I was before X cheated? No, I will always wear the scars of what he did to me. I now accept the scars as who I am. I view them as my battle scars, proof that I survived what I thought was unsurvivable. That is enough to make me proud of who I am today.

The other thing time has given me is an understanding that the bed of roses cheaters want to pretend they fell into is actually (usually) a bed of thorns. Cheaters take themselves with them when they leave. While your X may be pretending to be “so happy”, he still is the miserable human being he was when he was married to you. As I like to tell my kids,”No matter where you go, there you are.”

It is okay to grieve, it is okay to be sad. That is part of how we humans process loss. The important thing, though, is to treat yourself kindly, to do all the things you never could because you were putting everyone else’s needs and wants before your own. Give yourself permission to “drink milk straight from the carton.”

What helped me heal more than anything was doing precisely that. Find a tumbled down beach shack and make it my own? Check. Travel to funky cities X always hated? Check. Create beautiful gardens from seed, with my own sweat? Check. Sleep late when I am not working? Check. Control the fucking remote? Check and double check. Eat cereal for dinner over the sink? Tastes better than a gourmet meal! Not all days are good, but all days are mine… and that is something no one will ever take from me again.

Differently Chumped
Differently Chumped
6 years ago
Reply to  violet

Violet, a beautiful and inspiring response. “Give yourself permission to drink milk straight from the carton”: exactly!!! Love it. I felt relief in my soul just reading this.
I didn’t realize how much I was walking on eggshells. I am always checking my phone, making sure I did not miss a call from him or there would be hell to pay later on. Or maybe not this time. But being locked in fear, always, always waiting for the other shoe to drop. This is no way to live.
I want to find my own beach shack, plant my own garden!
“Not all days are good, but they are all mine”. . . Priceless.

Nyra
Nyra
6 years ago
Reply to  violet

??

FedupChump
FedupChump
6 years ago
Reply to  violet

Thanks for you beautiful words, Violet.
I love that you found your shack on the beach. I love eating cereal for dinner too?
Sometimes over ice cream ?

Kathleen
Kathleen
6 years ago
Reply to  violet

Violet,

Thank you for the clarity I try to see everyday. One has to experience the discard , humiliation & the pain of trying to stop loving the cruel ex.

Your words are so true… knowing other women (men) that have gone thru this is comforting. We’re not alone.

I have to stay strong & hope one day I’ll be past the one of the worst experiences of my life.

Hugs to you…

GetMeFree
GetMeFree
6 years ago
Reply to  violet

I love this!

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  GetMeFree

Wow beautiful. Thank you so much. Time to be me again!

I loved your ‘no matter where you go, there you are’. I’m keeping that one, hope you don’t mind ?

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  OneDaySomeDay

And you stbxw will always be someone blowing your friend because it makes her feel super special. I would much rather be you in all this than her. You can fix yourself, heal, fix your picker, move on to a healthy new you, be the sane parent for your kids. She will always be lowly her–on her knees blowing someone for attention and kibbles. You can eventually feel sorry for her, but there’s nothing to work with there as you will never ‘fix’ her.

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  MJB

Yes, this so much. Thank you for just stating what my emotional self sometimes just loses in all the fog that keeps coming back. Wonderful to hear this.

She can only fix herself. I tried, but hey, that’s what chumps do, that’s what decent good people do.

?

Cheaterssuck
Cheaterssuck
6 years ago

I asked why on dday. He told me “Our marriage was over anyway.” Of course this was a hot news flash to me since we were still saying ” I love you”, still having sex and still doing couple like things like taking vacations. One was less than a month prior to dday.

Not a hell of a lot of closure in that remark until I demonstrated how a marriage becomes truly over….I like to call it divorce! There is your closure!!

deedee
deedee
6 years ago

Ah yes.That elusive closure thing.Narcissistic sociopaths don’t want to give you closure so that you remain hooked and constantly chasing after answers that never come.
I put my head in that closure blender so many times,for way too long.It prolonged the pain and handed him the power,which he got a high from.I mistakenly thought that if I got reasons,answers,it would ameliorate the suffering.It caused more and he blameshifted his behaviours on to me.Looking for closure is a form of pain shopping I wish I had never done.Similar to the whole let’s be friends thing,it just multiplies the pain.

Cactusflower
Cactusflower
6 years ago
Reply to  deedee

Amen DeeDee! I think the thing that slows a lot of us victims down initially is we don’t know what a “narcissistic sociopath” is. When we finally stumble upon it, and read and learn, it’s a huge epiphany. BOOM there is your abusers personality in a nutshell. Then you come to CN and read similar stories. Their playbook never changes. I’m in a state of meh, but what still breaks my heart is reading other stories about the shitty times of life when the victims are discarded. (Which is of course from the narcs playbook). Pregnant and raising a disabled toddler? Moved to another state and have no friends or family? Support them thru a health scare (but they still had time to cheat?) The final move of the narcs game is to leave you at an inopportune moment. Put that knife in and twist it.

Whodoesthat
Whodoesthat
6 years ago
Reply to  Cactusflower

This is so true …playbook indeed. I truely thought he must have had some type of brain injury until i realised that rewriting history and getting time lines all mixed up is part of the act. I am told it helps them resolve what a great guy they are in their own heads while avoiding everyone elses reality. It also helps when the narc parents in laws go along with this delusion.

Queenie
Queenie
6 years ago
Reply to  Cactusflower

My ex left me with three children alone in a new city we were meant to move to together. I moved first,he was meant to come a bit later but never turned up,I was wondering why til I paid him a surprise visit in our old home city and found him in bed with someone. I had to remake my life and deal with a traumatised family with not a single friend living anywhere within 150miles. He picked the most vulnerable time to leave me.

Ideservebetter
Ideservebetter
6 years ago
Reply to  Cactusflower

Omg this is so true!! He dumped me at home after surgery to go to the footy club. I was out of it. Months later I got a bill from the hospital for painkillers and anti-inflammatory I had never been given. I found them on top of the fridge. He went out when I had a miscarriage. When I told him I was pregnant with our second child he told me I had ruined his life because he would have to get a job instead of leaching off me and pretending to study. He was never there for me but I made excuses. I cared for him during knee surgery and supported him for years through back injury. He couldn’t work but was on Craigslist able to have sex on backs of cars. Btw we still had a sex life after 19years together but one of his reasons was there are weeks you don’t touch me!! Weeks!! There were sexual harrassment claims too that I was able to whitewash as they don’t know him like I do he just has poor social skills. In a way it’s like a veil has been lifted and you get to see them for the true monsters they are.

MyRedSandals
MyRedSandals
6 years ago

He said, “I want to be with someone who is more like me”.

So, Asshat, it took you 40 YEARS to figure that out?!?!

PianoMom
PianoMom
6 years ago
Reply to  MyRedSandals

Interesting, wanting to “be with someone who is more like them.” Just who ARE they? They were one person when they agreed to be with you. Now they’re someone ELSE? It’s the whole narcissistic mirroring thing. They are huge empty holes. They have no SELF. They leech off of whoever they latch on to for validation, and in the process, suck their source dry. Then move on. NO, they don’t want to be with someone who is more like them, they BECOME someone who is more like the new supply. Took me a long time to understand this about fuckwit/loser, especially when I saw his current choice of “life partner.” A younger version of ‘coochie, coochie’ Charo. (He’s a musician, she’s a (loosely put) singer (as I was, also, when we met). But in every other respect, NOTHING like me, for sure! What a joke.

FallingIntoPlace
FallingIntoPlace
6 years ago
Reply to  MyRedSandals

Mine said, “I feel like I’m in my 20’s again. And you can’t do that.” WTF? We are in our 50’s married 28 years. This was a month before DDay.

chumpinrecovery
chumpinrecovery
6 years ago
Reply to  MyRedSandals

And he will probably discover that being with someone just like him isn’t all that much fun after all. How many of these turds could handle the shit they dish out to others?

Keepin'Calm
Keepin'Calm
6 years ago

chumpinrecovery, you’re so right. My ex could dish it out – big time. Jokes, snarky humor, you name it. But turn the tables on him? He could NOT handle it. I hope that his whore is like him and she gives it to him big time. And I hope they are absolutely miserable together.

K findingmyway
K findingmyway
6 years ago
Reply to  MyRedSandals

Yes, 40 years, that’s what I have. 39 married. I am currently pain shopping, can not help it. Will try to stop. A work in progress. The Hopium I smoke is that if I can find the missing piece of info then I will fully understand and maybe he will get the help he needs. Almost 7 mos. since D’day. and the pain is increasing. D in progress. Turning 61 today, this really sucks.

ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
6 years ago
Reply to  K findingmyway

Nobody deserves that. Hugs to you on your birthday, lovely K FMY XXX My marriage was 23 years, and even then, I couldn’t believe he wasn’t the man I thought he was. That’s a major part of the grieving. Looking forward to hearing that you’re doing OK. XXX

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago
Reply to  K findingmyway

K FMY–Happy birthday. Your gift to yourself should be to distract yourself with fun & self-care, and keep thoughts of fuckwit at bay. No good answers will ever be found.

chumpinrecovery
chumpinrecovery
6 years ago
Reply to  K findingmyway

PS. Happy Birthday. I hope you have plans. If not, make some, even if it is with yourself. It may be hard to believe it now, but it will be happier for not having that jerk around to spoil it for you.

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  K findingmyway

It is extremely painful and I’m sorry you are going through this. My first Dday I was trying to find that piece too. Now I know it was so I could fix it. If only he could see she’s not his dream girl and she’s bat shit crazy. If only he knew he was going through a midlife crisis and he will regret what he’s done.

It is painful to think you’ve invested so much of your life with someone who just doesn’t give a shit about you. Well maybe they don’t want you to die, but they sure aren’t exerting any energy into helping you! It really is all about them. If they come back, it’s because of them-not you.

I wish I had internalized this the first Dday. I hadn’t found CL & CN then. I remember reading how it gets better, but I was so deep in the pain I didn’t want to hear it. But it does get better. Cut bait and let that self centered, entitled ass go.

chumpinrecovery
chumpinrecovery
6 years ago
Reply to  K findingmyway

He won’t get the help he needs because he can’t admit he has a problem. I had the same issue with STBX. I tried to get him to see an IC for his sake. He said he was going to do it but never did. At one point he even tried to use it as bargaining chip to convince me to let him see Schmoopie while still living at home (discreetly of course). I am glad I didn’t make that bargain as he never would have followed through. Of course he still continued to see Schmooopie before he moved out anyway.

brandib
brandib
6 years ago

They cheat because they can. Plain & simple. The only explanation or anything remotely close to an apology I got was, “I did things that I’m not proud of.”

Yeah, well, so did I…I married your sorry ass.

OneDaySomeDay
OneDaySomeDay
6 years ago
Reply to  brandib

Haha yes, that one came around as well. Thanks for the lol ?

EyesOpenNow
EyesOpenNow
6 years ago
Reply to  brandib

Good one!! Hahahahaha!

Feelingit
Feelingit
6 years ago
Reply to  brandib

Lol!

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago

First step in real healing: Chump must accept (a) you cannot reason with the disordered, and (b) you will get neither logical nor fair answers from them.

There are countless other things you can do with your emotional energy than seek answers from a cheater, all of which will be much more beneficial (including counting the average blades of grass in a square foot of your lawn).