How Did You Explain Your Split?

Not that it’s anyone’s business, but how did you explain your split from a cheater?

“I didn’t like his girlfriend” is one that gets passed around here a lot. Did you have a snappy rejoinder? Or emotionally vomit all over strangers’ shoes?

To suddenly navigate the world unpartnered can feel fraught. Relationships are part of our identity, and even the most stalwart of individualists can feel awkward trying explain a fuckwit’s absence.

My advice here is to feel zero shame. About divorce or the chump condition (it’s sadly incredibly common). While I don’t suggest spray-painting their name on a bridge span (or unfurling the banner in this meme) — if it feels good, don’t do it — some snark is granted.

You’re the keeper of your story. So, Friday Challenge, how did you tell it?

TGIF!

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MichelleShocked
MichelleShocked
1 year ago

Something like “FW was sleeping with his coworker. I had no idea. Then I started noticing he was doing strange things and confronted him — I didn’t even believe it. But as soon as I confronted him, he walked out and moved in with AP. I had no idea. It was awful.” And usually a few more questions come up and I let them know I divorced him and made sure son was ok. Sometimes it’s 30 seconds… sometimes it turns into discussion and laughs. Sometimes it leads to discovery that it also happened to the person I’m talking to.

Jen
Jen
11 months ago

You’re explanation of what happened is exactly what happened to me.

LookingForwardsToTuesday
LookingForwardsToTuesday
1 year ago

I think that I had a tendency to emotionally vomit until I settled on “She left the kids and I to be with an old boyfriend of hers.”

If I was feeling extra snarky, I would add in that “her denying having had an affair and then bridging into suggesting an open relationship in a single sentence didn’t sit well with me.”

Just for effect you understand 😉

LFTT

NoLongerCARE
NoLongerCARE
1 year ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

I was threatened if I told her friends (anyone on Facebook) that she would make up stuff about me… Ok yea meh

Confused AF
Confused AF
1 year ago

I just started telling people recently, so this is a good question for me right now. 🙂 Well, I told my family and closest friends, when it all went down a year and a half ago. But then in the year of wreckonciliation and brain blending, I didn’t really tell anyone new, because I was hoping we could somehow work it out (silly me).
Now I mostly tell people a short recap of what went down. That I found out he had been cheating on me for our entire relationship with a bunch of different women and was basically living a double life. That I tried to reconcile, but it was literally impossible/I had nothing to work with. That does it for most people. If it’s my friends or people closer to me, we usually get into it more. Everyone asks, how I found out and that actually opens up a whole chapter about the last (and longest lasting) OW. So if people know her and her husband (who was the one that told me), I usually just tell everything as it was. The funny thing is that this guy (the OW’s husband) threatened my STBX (they used to be close friends) that he musn’t EVER tell anyone at all, especially not their common friends/friend group (because he’s still with her of course and doesn’t want the shame and judgement of staying with a lying cheating hoe). But I have no trouble telling them, they’re mostly my friends and acquaintances too. I’m just here, sitting in my chair eating popcorn, waiting for shit to go down. And it’s truly not out of spite or revenge or whatever, I just have no reason to lie to anyone in order to protect disordered people. It’s my story, my truth, so I tell it as it is.

susie lee
susie lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Confused AF

“I just have no reason to lie to anyone in order to protect disordered people. It’s my story, my truth, so I tell it as it is.”

I absolutely agree. My story I tell who I want. I don’t lie, or tell things I am not sure about, but basically I had the financial records to prove it, and he had an ethics complaint filed against him, and he got busted in rank. (she was his direct report).

He didn’t get to keep the life we had built together as I am sure he thought he would. And honestly I thought he would too. I readily admit that when I read of his demotion in the paper, it put a bounce in my step for a couple days.

This Shit is Not My Story
This Shit is Not My Story
1 year ago
Reply to  susie lee

Big question and concern here – when we out a cheater at work and they lose income, this can negatively impact us as well right? If I share the fuckwits behavior at work and HR fires him, I believe he won’t waste 2 thoughts on coming after me for child support. Has anyone here experienced this?

ISawTheLight
ISawTheLight
11 months ago

Yes, I didn’t pursue disciplinary action against OW for threatening me (she was my coworker; I did make a report so it was on record if she escalated), or report her and FW for their affair (yup, he worked there too), nor did I report them at their new job where he was her supervisor and I knew they’d lied about their preexisting relationship. Because then I ran the risk of FW losing his job and me having to pay HIM child support, and making him angrier than he already was. It was more important to me that my son be taken care of then that I get some kind of satisfaction from ruining their lived.

In the end it all came out right, so I’m glad I held my tongue.

CBN
CBN
1 year ago

You absolutely have to consider how your actions against him will affect you, and it sucks. I soooo wanted to ruin ex-FW – turn him into the Bar, get him prosecuted for felony bigamy – but that would have hurt my son and me financially if he was unemployed/unemployable, so I couldn’t. So you do have to consider all angles before you act. Generally better to wait for your settlement to act.

On child support specifically, yes, he might come after you if you go after him and get him fired. If he does get fired, you can argue that he’s voluntarily unemployed due to his own conduct and then try to attribute to him his former income for calculation purposes, but it doesn’t always work. (I was a child support attorney for many years in two different US states, and I’ve seen it go both ways depending on the judge.)

Confused AF
Confused AF
1 year ago
Reply to  Confused AF

Also, this bitch is in my wedding album. We (both couples) got married the same summer in the midst of their affair and we were both at each other’s weddings as well. They were cheating one year before that and the year after as well. Why the f* get married? She babysat my little girl. And wanted to be friends with me so much. It’s all so sick and twisted it’s hard not to tell people actually. So yeah, sometimes I barf too. But mostly with my close friends.

Redkd
Redkd
1 year ago
Reply to  Confused AF

One way I found out about one of his affairs was because the OW kept trying to be my friend. Then she suddenly stopped talking to me when I guess the affair turned from her just flirting with him to the real thing.

SunriseRuby
SunriseRuby
1 year ago
Reply to  Confused AF

Why get married? Lots of cake. And the cake-iest cake is wedding cake, I guess.

Chumpnomore6
Chumpnomore6
1 year ago
Reply to  Confused AF

I hope you’ve cut that whore’s face out of every photo. Hugs.

Confused AF
Confused AF
11 months ago
Reply to  Chumpnomore6

Actually FW has the album. In the middle of “reconciliation” he wanted to “make it right”, so he took the album and contacted our wedding photographer to make a new selection of photos for the album (without her in it).. funny shit. Like you can make it go away 🙂
He can keep it, look at the photos and weep, being a sad sausage most of the time.

Nut Cluster Free Zone
Nut Cluster Free Zone
1 year ago
Reply to  Chumpnomore6

☝🏻This 📷 ✂️

ThanksGodImFree
ThanksGodImFree
1 year ago

Also recommend burning the cut pics of her. Somehow burning the old photos and lie-filled love notes/cards was cathartic for me

Overit
Overit
1 year ago
Reply to  Confused AF

I’m so sorry. Stay mighty. These are crap people.

Mollygchicago
Mollygchicago
1 year ago
Reply to  Confused AF

That is really messed up . So sorry!

OHFFS
OHFFS
1 year ago
Reply to  Confused AF

“We (both couples) got married the same summer in the midst of their affair and we were both at each other’s weddings as well. They were cheating one year before that and the year after as well. Why the f* get married?”

I would guess that made the cheating even more fun for them. The more transgressive it is, the bigger the thrill.

FormerlyKnownAs
FormerlyKnownAs
1 year ago

I barfed on everyone. Everyone! The reason I did was because I was so utterly she’ll shocked I was looking to anyone and everyone for sense checking that it was indeed as bad as I thought it was. It’s one thing to find out your whole life was a lie, but I also had the massive post separation abuse to deal with. So because I was so confused I just looked to others to check my sanity. It helped because everyone else was also shocked by it!

CBN
CBN
1 year ago

Same for me, FKA. For me, it wasn’t even a conscious decision. I think subconsciously I was trying to check my sanity, like you, because I honestly couldn’t believe it, and I probably was looking to be comforted by others’ outrage and sympathy for me.

Giddy Eagle
Giddy Eagle
1 year ago

I did as well… unfortunately it bled over into my teenager’s world which caused a lot of distance in our relationship. That was a huge mistake and I’m still trying to earn her trust again.

CBN
CBN
1 year ago
Reply to  Giddy Eagle

I encouraged my teenage son to barf all over anyone he wanted to. And I he did, to his friends and also some teachers/counselors at school. So we both barfed all over everyone. I decided it was healthier for him (and me) to do that than bottle it up and have it become our shame. We didn’t do anything wrong. I know every situation is different, but we’ve never regretted it.

Nemesis
Nemesis
1 year ago

Same. The FW had been on staff at our church. (I was in the worship band.) He put on a good act, making everyone at church believe how devoted he was and much he loved me. Others would tell me how he would sing my praises in their staff meetings, and how lucky I was to have such a caring husband. 🙄 So everyone was shocked when I told them he had left me for a Chinese massage parlor worker while I was across the country caring for my sick mother. Turning off the security cameras on our home, sneaking out his shit like a thief in the night. People’s mouths were hanging open, expressions of wide-eyed disbelief. So shocked that I almost felt like I needed to apologize to some of them. They just didn’t know what to say.

Now, four years later, I no longer vomit on all and sundry. Usually I just say my husband left, and leave out the lurid details. Just depends on the situation. But I am not ashamed of it. It is, sadly, my truth. He is the one who should be ashamed.

Fool Me Once
Fool Me Once
1 year ago

I barfed on absolutely everyone too! I couldn’t control it! I also had massive post separation abuse to deal with and I feel like that is one of the reasons. He was so awful and was even telling people I just left him and he had no idea why.

Skunkcabbage
Skunkcabbage
1 year ago
Reply to  Fool Me Once

After spending years devaluing me to my face and to everyone in our tiny remote community, he was just baffled(!) that I ‘left’ him. He ‘just couldn’t wrap his head around it’. And the amazing thing is, that after years of emotional and financial abuse and rampant infidelity, I think he really couldn’t understand why I left.

WalkawayWoman
WalkawayWoman
1 year ago
Reply to  Skunkcabbage

Skunkcabbage, my sociopath ex thought I would never leave him. Can’t really blame him; it rained D-Days for three years while I threatened and attempted breakups that never stuck.

Until, finally, one did.

He still didn’t believe my words. He did believe the For Lease sign that appeared in the yard of our shared rental (the lease was in my name).

It’s been five years since I dumped him. These days, I rarely talk about him (except here). And I never use his name. He’s “my fuckwit ex boyfriend” or his contact name on my phone: Community Dick.

Hell of a Chump
Hell of a Chump
1 year ago
Reply to  WalkawayWoman

“And I never use his name.” Hah, if anyone mentions her ex’s name, a friend always responds with a quote from Romeo and Juliet: “My ghostly father, no! I have forgot that name and that name’s woe!”

She changed the punctuation a little for effect and added a deliberately bad plummy accent and overwrought “theatah” gestures. So much fun and people always laugh. Somewhere on the other side of town her ex monster dies a little and doesn’t know why.

susie lee
susie lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Fool Me Once

I wish I had spilled. I was so humiliated and confused, but I should have at least told anyone who would listen how abusive he was the year of discard.

By the time I got to where I could stand up again, it was too late. But, everyone knew he was a lying con man by then, so that helped a bit.

My advice to baby chumps is spill to anyone who shows an interest, even the nosy neighbor down the street. If you hold it in, it may come back to bite you hard down the line.

Nut Cluster Free Zone
Nut Cluster Free Zone
1 year ago
Reply to  susie lee

Nosy neighbors are usually the best gossipmongers ! Sing like a 🐦!

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
1 year ago

The people I barfed on got a lot of it and for a long time. I separated those who I told nothing (my parents and other people I didnt want him to look bad in front of) but the gals at work and Cheaters sister got it daily for a long time.

He said he was leaving me because I was a terrible wife then he didnt leave but when he said he decided to stick with me/kids then he moved away “to work” ( not to “live”, mind you) to a place 3000 miles from us where the main OW was also “working” (not “living”, she resided in Seattle). His excuse was that there were “no jobs” in Washington DC.

DrChump
DrChump
11 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

I projectile vomited to everyone and felt bad about it. I felt bad I was ruining FW’s name. I later found out that she had been planning all this and had painted me to be an abuser, not physically of course but the standard emotional, verbal and psychological. Most people have wised up but there are still those who believe sweet innocent FW. Man I was blinded by love and so trusting

Sionara
Sionara
1 year ago

The truth! To everyone…for at least a year as I recovered from my state of shock. I’m an introvert and I blurted out the sordid truth to total strangers…something about needing to see the expression on their faces, to confirm that his behavior really was that outrageous. That this new reality was mine. After I recovered from the shock, and was fortunate to retain the best #!@! lawyer in my city, the rage commenced. It powered me through the divorce. Now I’m in the phase of smiling and thanking my lucky stars that he is gone. Life is sweet on the other side!

QueenofChumps
QueenofChumps
1 year ago
Reply to  Sionara

I totally get this need for validation. I have this too. Waiting for the anger and rage to kick in…..

Doingme
Doingme
1 year ago

The dealbreaker was dating three women, getting tested for communicable diseased, and a ‘mistakenly’ freezing the computer on a child porn site.

He couldn’t use condoms, they don’t make them that small.

I also forwarded ho’s arrest records of assault, breaking and entering and felony drug charges to family.

DrChump
DrChump
11 months ago
Reply to  Doingme

Wow you really got the short end of the stick😆

OHFFS
OHFFS
1 year ago
Reply to  Doingme

“He couldn’t use condoms, they don’t make them that small.”
😄

Nut Cluster Free Zone
Nut Cluster Free Zone
1 year ago
Reply to  OHFFS

🎈 🤡🤣

Doingme
Doingme
1 year ago
Reply to  OHFFS

Part of his narrative to the women he tried to dupe was explaining his penile pump (which didn’t work) on the first date. I found out from a woman whose husband passed away that I knew. He told her we were separated and attempted to get empathy. She said there’s something wrong with him. Ho bragged he was the best lover she’s had despite the inflated 2 inches. Talk about faking it.

Bruno
Bruno
1 year ago
Reply to  OHFFS

Maybe the rubber erasers you can add to wooden pencils?

Hell of a Chump
Hell of a Chump
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruno

Great idea. Adds a bit of volume.

ChumpedForANewerModel
ChumpedForANewerModel
1 year ago

Looking back, I had a variety of answers and a few emotional vomiting moments as well. My lines are generally:
1. He asked for an open marriage but I did not know I was already in one.
2. I couldn’t accept his hooker habit.
3. I was too old for him.
4. I am a living cliche. He left me for a woman 32 years younger than him.
5. I would not accept cheating.
The worst one I guess was the emotional vomit I did on the poor soul who was collecting emergency contact information at work during COVID. I responded with the whole long, I don’t have a spouse anymore because he left he for his much younger girlfriend who just so happens to be a prostitute (she even had her website advertising her service which to me makes her a prostitute) and went on (probably for too long). Then earlier this year, I ran into this gentlemen again and I probably turned 50 shades of red at the time. We talked and I apologized and then he confessed that his wife left him many years ago so he completely understood. About a week later, he asked me out. We have been seeing each other since. We have some really nice times together and are taking it very slow. He has shown we what reciprocity is and it is fabulous. I guess this shows that sometimes two chumps find each other in the strangest ways.
For newly minted chumps, please don’t worry about what you say. The early days are the worst. There are people who will understand and empathize with you. Those are the keepers. Those that don’t get it are not worth keeping. The most important thing is to work through the pain and become that person that you are meant to be without a FW.

DrChump
DrChump
11 months ago

Tuesday story

Ginger_Superpowers
Ginger_Superpowers
1 year ago

ChumpedForANewerModel for the WIN!

Cam
Cam
1 year ago

Didn’t see this ending coming. This is adorable! Best wishes to you both.

Chumpnomore6
Chumpnomore6
1 year ago

That’s a lovely story ! I hope everything works out for you both.😘💝

ChumpedForANewerModel
ChumpedForANewerModel
1 year ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

It was the strangest way to start dating someone. When I saw him and he came over to talk to me and I turned 50 shades of red and apologized profusely. Then when he confessed to also being a chump, I knew he understood. We have a lot in common. My son is just a year younger than his son (both kids are NC with the FWs). The great thing is that we are both equal and I am discovering what reciprocity is in a relationship. That is special!

Hell of a Chump
Hell of a Chump
1 year ago

That’s definitely a vote on the side of blurting. How else are certain people going to find each other? It sounds like you both might have been too modest to connect under any other circumstances.

FormerlyKnownAs
FormerlyKnownAs
1 year ago

Oh wow! I didn’t see that coming! The universe works in mysterious ways. Love this and go you 💕🌸

OHFFS
OHFFS
1 year ago

I just said he had a long term affair, is an emotionally abusive bastard and that I was leaving him. I got criticism for not giving him another chance. Apparently I was supposed to pity FW, a poor widdle confused waif who just made a mistake. I didn’t speak to some of them again until they apologized. Others I never spoke to again because they did not apologize. I was completely done putting up with manipulative people after Dday.

Chumpnomore6
Chumpnomore6
1 year ago

I told the truth to anyone who asked (and some who didn’t 🤣).

Neighbour: haven’t seen fuckwit for a while, how is he? Me: I threw him out because he was cheating on me. Site manager who hadn’t asked why we split: Fuckwit cheated on me,which is why you’re giving me a cheque made out to me. Mutual acquaintance: We must get together and have a meal out. Me: Difficult, I threw the fucker out for cheating on me.

Family and real friends, I told them all the gory details of course. 😀

ChumpedToTheMaz
ChumpedToTheMaz
1 year ago

“He took his girlfriend on a cruise for our 20th anniversary instead of me.” That about sums it up. No shame here.

Cam
Cam
1 year ago

I hate him for you. What a bastard.

Caren Taylor
Caren Taylor
1 year ago

I would tell people that we both had a different idea of what monogamy meant. I thought it meant we would be faithful to one another, he disagreed.

FreeFromFW
FreeFromFW
1 year ago
Reply to  Caren Taylor

I’ve also been using this as a variation for professional settings as they knew I was married before – I tell them we wanted different things and leave it at that. For my personal relationships, I give them the truth – he cheated on me and I left. No shame or embarrassment from me. 🙃

UXworld
UXworld
1 year ago

Funny (or maybe not so funny) thing is: to the people who really matter, who have always had my back and always had the good example, I didn’t have to explain a thing. They got it. They were horrified, they felt horrible for me and my daughters, but they got it. I’m very fortunate.

❤️ Velvet Hammer ❤️
❤️ Velvet Hammer ❤️
1 year ago

I say that I found out he had a secret sexual double life, probably the whole time we were together.

It’s the truth, and also a great way to find out who my allies are.

Adelante
Adelante
1 year ago

That is what I say, too. It’s the truth.

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

I tell people he kept an ex gf on the side our entire relationship. I’ve never had anyone who failed to understand that.

Depending on how well I know them i might throw in that I also got tired of his poor boundaries and nasty passive aggressive playing dumb MO. He tries to keep a nice guy image but he’s not. Most people know someone like this.

Then I throw in his shitty toupee. That’s always good for a laugh.

❤️ Velvet Hammer ❤️
❤️ Velvet Hammer ❤️
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

Kim, I always laugh when you share about the shitty toupee. I’ve made it his porn star name.

Shitty Toupee.

😛

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

Velvet, I wish I could share a picture so everyone could see just how bad it is!

I hoped he’d come around and voluntarily get rid of it but it never happened. He knew I hated it and he had to know it was the butt of jokes everywhere. He was just so good at burying his head and playing dumb.

Her Blondeness
Her Blondeness
11 months ago
Reply to  Kim

He was just so good at burying his head

I sincerely hope this was intentional! It made me laugh.

I’m ok
I’m ok
1 year ago

Most people got the less succinct response but my best response was “I lost 75 superfluous kilos over night”

Helen Back
Helen Back
1 year ago

My chump elevator speech:
“I asked him to stop cheating on me and he said no. At first I tried to help him because I thought he had a brain tumor or was having a nervous breakdown or something. But I eventually had to let go because you can’t help people who don’t want to be helped.”

FormerlyKnownAs
FormerlyKnownAs
1 year ago
Reply to  Helen Back

Gotta love the brain tumor explanation. My ex MIL was convinced her son had a tumor. No, sorry, he’s just a flaming asshole.

Falling Forward
Falling Forward
1 year ago
Reply to  Helen Back

My FW got scanned for a brain tumor, too. All clear. It made me nuts to accept he was willfully hurting me. Stupid FW.

2nd Gen Chump
2nd Gen Chump
1 year ago

No, no, “they did a brain scan but couldn’t find anything”. See the difference? 🤭

SortOfOverIt
SortOfOverIt
1 year ago

FF,
I have on occasions wondered that myself. The cheating itself was shocking, but also not so shocking if that makes sense, but some of the other stuff he has said truly sounds like he lost his mind. My therapist actually asked if it was possible he was unstable. It’s that wacky. Alas, no. He is just that hell bent on rewriting history and not looking like the typical middle aged person cheating on a loyal spouse and blowing up their entire life and that of their child because they want to stick their dick into something new. It really and truly comes down to that.

Elsie
Elsie
1 year ago

“He chose to live near the beach as a single man over marriage and family here.”

In his eyes, I was perpetually deficient, particularly in the bedroom. He periodically talked about leaving for the beach for fifteen years. So when he took off when I asked for a separation and told his religious family he’d work on reconciliation long-distance, I knew it was a farce. Who is serious about their marriage and does that? Then he was perpetually vague about how he was spending his time and money, a big red flag for someone who was supposedly part of a couple working on things.

I gave up at the one-year mark (too long, really) and told him relationship discussions were over. It was all a game, and he kicked off the divorce in what my attorney called a “memorable and unprecedented” case. Yes, that’s how little my ex thought of me. Good thing that I refused reconciliation.

Squeaks
Squeaks
1 year ago

It’s been “he impregnated an employee”, for me. idk, I’m lucky in that the feelings of shame seem to have missed me completely. This is jarring for some people to hear, but… I mean, it should be. It’s a jarring, awful, traumatic thing.

ChumpBaby
ChumpBaby
1 year ago
Reply to  Squeaks

I really like this answer. This has happened to me and I have no idea what to say that honestly explains the gravity of the situation. I hope you are going ok

FormerlyKnownAs
FormerlyKnownAs
1 year ago
Reply to  Squeaks

Love the simplicity of that. Let people hang with the shock of it.

Lizza Lee
Lizza Lee
1 year ago

I just told people that he was emotionally abusive for a long time and then he started cheating. I’m an introvert and didn’t do a lot of vomiting. Like most abusers he had arranged our lifestyle to limit my IRL friends even though I had a bunch of internet friends. I did lots of virtual vomiting on them until somebody implied that I was being a drama queen.

After I filed for divorce he asked me what we were going to tell people as the reason. I believe the idiot asshat was expecting some kind of joint “we grew apart” moment. I told him that I was telling people that he was emotionally abusive and then he started cheating, but that may not work for him. LOL.

The very best was when I bumped into a women from his work. When she asked I told her that he was cheating. I KNOW that everybody at his family business heard about it. That made me smile.

Tall One
Tall One
1 year ago

We divorced on what would’ve been our 20th anniversary, so my go to is the snarky, “we got along great, just didn’t like her boyfriend.”

Part of my healing is to say, think and believe the truer response, “she simply did not love me the way I deserve to be loved.”

That'sMrsChumpToYou
That'sMrsChumpToYou
1 year ago

When asked by a co-worker (a religion teacher) how FW was, my reply was “I don’t know as he’s now living with his mistress of 3 years.” I said it factually with no emotion vomit which I believe helps disspell any “she/he is crazy…” narratives from FW. Word then spreads like wildfire.

That'sMrsChumpToYou
That'sMrsChumpToYou
1 year ago

Don’t get me wrong…I had verbal chump diarrhea for at least a year – and to some poor souls like when trying to negotiate a better internet deal (which they actually gave me as the rep was also a chump)! I learned to save it for counseling where it validated my feelings to have a neutral person tell me he was a real douchey narcissist.

Gonegirl
Gonegirl
1 year ago

I told the truth, he had a girlfriend and would not break up with her. He was not very sneaky about hiding it.

Stacey
Stacey
1 year ago

To most of my friends and family, I told the whole story. To acquaintances I’d run into, say at the grocery store or church, I’d say “ I thought we’d try marriage counseling but his mistress didn’t think it’d work.”

Life is good
Life is good
1 year ago

He was fucking my friend for 25 years…

Divorced Wine Aunt
Divorced Wine Aunt
1 year ago

He made it easy to explain with a simple TL;DR. Anyone asked about him or what happened (or DIDN’T ask 😜) I’d respond with, “He left me for the 20-year-old he was fcuking behind my back.” Easy-peasy.

loch
loch
1 year ago

On the old forum, I read something that I keep in mind.
It came from one of the longtimers:

” He was a liar and a manipulator. I wish I had found out sooner.”

susie lee
susie lee
1 year ago
Reply to  loch

Good response. It pretty much covers it all.

SouthernChump
SouthernChump
1 year ago

“He hated me! Apparently, I wasn’t as good enough as his sidepiece.” was my line.

Every time I said it, the recipients eyes would bug out and they would gasp with a quick “Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry.”

Elsie
Elsie
1 year ago
Reply to  SouthernChump

My ex used to joke about trading me in “for a new model.” That should have been a red flag, frankly.

Ultimately, he did, although I don’t know the extent. And life goes on…

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
1 year ago
Reply to  Elsie

We got married a week after his best friend got married. We were ostensibly doing well ( since I did not yet know of his cheating) but his friend was divorced after a year or 2. The friends first wife was rough, unattractive and was apparently fucking the UPS driver while the friend was deployed. He later went on to marry a beautiful heiress.

My Cheater used to joke that if he could get a second wife who was as much of an improvement as his friends second wife, he would have quite a gal. It was funny for a while because it was absurd – he wasn’t going to dump me for a new one.

After I learned that he was planning to leave me for Susan of Seattle, He made the joke again and I lost my shit at him.

After Cheater died, “beautiful heiress” called my up and told me off in such a horrid way, I had to pull the car over to cry. She may be pretty on the outside, but she ia a shrew.

Hurt1
Hurt1
1 year ago
Reply to  Elsie

When I was turning 36 (years ago), FW on several occasions said he was going to trade me in for 2 18 year olds. Yeah right, go right ahead big boy, I said. Flash forward & FW married a woman (not the OWhore) who wasn’t even born when we married. If my math is correct he was 51 to her 29. What the ever loving f*#k?

KatiePig
KatiePig
1 year ago
Reply to  Hurt1

My ex’s new girlfriend was about three or four when we got married. I like to joke that I ruined their big love story by marrying him. What was supposed to happen was her parents were supposed to rush into our wedding carrying her as a toddler and scream, “No! Don’t marry that adult woman! Rape our child instead!” It’s a dark humor but it’s even funnier now that he’s been arrested for attempting to have sex with a minor.

Conchobara
Conchobara
1 year ago
Reply to  KatiePig

FW’s sugar baby was 2 when we started dating and 6 when we got married. She’s 22 to his 48. Such a cliche! 🤢🤮

Overit
Overit
1 year ago

To strangers who ask, I tell them I don’t believe in Dating While Married with paid and unpaid “girlfiends”.

With friends and family who ask, I tell them to pull up a chair to hear a condensed Jerry Springer episode. I told the kids NO 23andMe tests because I do not want to add the “Who’s Your Daddy?” theme to the episode.

susie lee
susie lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Overit

I agree, though I consider his whore a paid whore. I had the credit card statements going three years back that proved it. Huge pay out for her. No wonder she was ok with staying in the alley.

BigCityChump
BigCityChump
1 year ago

Bc FW was cheating with a close friend who was integrated in all aspects of my life—including with my children and my in-laws, I just had to state that they were in love and having an affair. Then the person could do the calculations of how often they saw us all together and 🤮. Doesn’t everyone have their mistress and wife at the dinner table with their kids and parents? FW and ex friend act like I badmouthed them—as if. They especially act hurt that the kids don’t trust them—again AS IF that’s bc I badmouthed them. When I read the term “reverse victim offender” it all became crystal clear. After DDay my world got very big and theirs got very small. And now, other than occasionally voicing that I hope it’s a sexless tumultuous relationship, I don’t care.

Almost out
Almost out
1 year ago

I’m still in the process of getting out, but I plan to tell people the truth. He forgot to mention it to me when he decided we had an open marriage. Open to Tinder, Ashley Madison, prostitutes, and STD scares for me.

Falling Forward
Falling Forward
1 year ago
Reply to  Almost out

Take good care of yourself, Almost Out. Mine did this too, but wants to be the victim of the story. Once the truth was out, his poor pitiful me story changed to, “I fcked up…” which may work on compassionate people who have never been cheated on. However, I would love to be a fly on the wall when he pulls that on a Chump. I warn people that I am an open book and will answer all questions honestly and suggest that they consider how much they want to know, because it is some pretty dark sht. If I want to summarize, for polite society, I simply say, “he turned out to be a serial cheater.”

Ugh@him
Ugh@him
1 year ago

It depends on who’s asking.. or not asking and I’m vomiting to lmao

Sometimes its as simple as “he cheated now he’s gone” other times it’s “he cheated for 6 months, when confronted mentioned she was poly as a nudge nudge, then told me I wasn’t worth the effort and walked away”.

Then there’s my neighbor a few houses down (picture late 60’s, definitely had her best years in the 80’s and definitely doesn’t remember them, overly processed bleach blonde hair that I swear she’s had since I was a kid, smokes a pack a day and probably downs a 6 pack in the same time frame… she’s seen some SHIT in her life and is always ready and willing to help whenever you need it so long as it doesn’t mess with her soap opera watching).. anyways she was always badgering us (lovingly) about when we were getting married.. she asked ‘where that man of mine’ was and I told her he was gone forever and she thought he died 🤣 I was like ehhh sometimes I wish but no he was cheating and left. All I hear over the glass clanking as she’s pouring out her empties.. “ooooh that BASTARD” and “not to MY pet name she has for me“. She’s in her ways and odd, but a good egg.

Isawthelight
Isawthelight
1 year ago

When someone who didn’t already know all the details (that is, outside my small circle of close friends and family) would ask why I got divorced, my answer would always be, “He was not trustworthy.”
Also, I was not interested in dating for several years after the divorce because I was busy getting established on my own two feet, etc. Sometimes a friend would say something to the effect of “why aren’t you dating anyone?” I would respond, “I didn’t get divorced so that I could date. I got divorced to protect myself.”
I did not want to come off like a bitter woman, and that’s mainly because I was not bitter – I was thrilled, ecstatic, over-the-moon happy to be free of my FW. Life was better the minute I decided to really go through with the divorce.

susie lee
susie lee
1 year ago

Everyone knew when he got outed by an ethics complaint. We were both well known in the community, and the dirt spread like wildfire.

Few approached me, but when a couple did; I just said he left me for a woman he has been messing with for years.

I remember one old guy (I was 40 at the time, old man was about 7ish). Anyway, he started a spiel about how youngsters now days just give up, I cut him off and said “He left me for another woman, he did not give me an option”. To his credit he looked ashamed and apologized. He was buying our wood stove for a good price, so I didn’t want to kick him out. 🙂

I did tell him who the whore was, and how long he had been sneaking around that I knew of.

Caro
Caro
1 year ago
Reply to  susie lee

That old ”they just GIVE UP” trope really winds me up. Yes Frederick, they do, because they can. Before, in the good old days, you lived in misery, too ashamed and usually too financially dependent to dare to leave, no matter what. Now there are options, isn’t it GREAT??

Her Blondeness
Her Blondeness
11 months ago
Reply to  Caro

ITA, Caro. I tried counseling with Cheater #1 and without. Religious intervention. Asking Cheater #1 what needed to change so we could stay married. No response, no action. I had nothing to work with. Nothing. Nothing at all. However, I can look my son in the eye and say, “I tried everything, but your dad was not interested in staying married”. Can also say same to my very conservative, very religious family. It is much better to have the option to go when the option to stay is so very bad.

IDeserveBetter
IDeserveBetter
1 year ago

I couldn’t help but emotionally barf over everyone. Now I just say ‘We had different values. I value monogamy in a marriage and he didn’t “

CurlyChump
CurlyChump
1 year ago

If people knew FW & his family, I would just say, “Turns out the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.” (His dad cheated on & left his mom.)

I typically use, “It turns out we don’t have the same values.” Occasionally followed up with, “He ended up marrying that ‘friend’ we used to argue about right after we split.”

Tiggerly
Tiggerly
1 year ago

I stuck with “I didn’t like his girlfriend.” Short and succinct.

SortOfOverIt
SortOfOverIt
1 year ago
Reply to  Tiggerly

I really like this one and may use it myself when needed. It’s true and darkly funny.

Motherchumper99
Motherchumper99
1 year ago

We found out XH had been cheating for decades and he refused to stop. I had no choice but to divorce. I couldn’t live that way.

That’s the truth and nothing but the truth.

At the end of the day, no one really cares. I moved out of our 30-year community 5 years ago. I recently moved back. All the kids grew up and people moved. As I walk my dog or visit the local grocery I rarely see anyone I knew from the old days. Life goes on.

Most of the people in my life with only know me as partnered with my fiancé or never ask about my 25 year marriage and why it ended. It’s interesting in a way.

tallgrass
tallgrass
1 year ago

Wow – this gives me hope!

portia
portia
1 year ago

No matter who you choose to tell the truth to, it ultimately gets out. My Ex, father of my children didn’t want the kids to know and accused me of trying to ruin his relationship with them. My kids were pretty smart, they already knew we needed to divorce, before we told them, and they put all the pieces together on their own. They still loved their dad, but they understood why I didn’t want to stay married. Other people who knew the truth talked to even more people. Occasionally it would get back to his potential new squeeze. He accused me of telling them because I didn’t want him to be happy. I didn’t have to tell — he never understood that he told on himself by his behavior. He never understood he had offended old friends/couples we socialized with by showing up at events with a new friend while we were married. Some of his new friends found out he was married while at the events. He was absolutely clueless that his behavior was not appropriate.
Once, he invited himself and a new friend to be a houseguest at another friend’s home in Florida. He had frequently used their home as a stop in, and he never contributed anything as a guest. He told the friend they had been invited, and his friends wanted to meet her. We were divorced, but he had not told her the truth. She got along well with the wife, who I have remained friends with over the years. New friend repeated something he had told her over a friendly bottle of wine. My old friend decided to tell her the truth. Needless to say, her opinion of him changed, and her opinion of me changed. He accused me of calling my friend and telling her to do this! He never understood why his behavior was offensive. Clueless.

I guess “the Truth will set you free” has more than one meaning. Too bad, so sad!

SortOfOverIt
SortOfOverIt
1 year ago
Reply to  portia

Portia,

“My Ex, father of my children didn’t want the kids to know and accused me of trying to ruin his relationship with them. ”

I am not at this stage yet… my kid (12 almost 13) doesn’t know. I am CERTAIN the FW will pull this. We see it on this blog all the time. Dude, it’s the truth. Kids don’t need to know every nitty gritty detail obv. Especially if they are young. But WHY is it the betrayed spouse who is “ruining the relationship “with the child by telling the truth? And never the FW who cheated when he was married? I have seen a lot of posts on this site and see a myriad of situations with co-parenting. Some FWs do a better job than others. Some leave altogether. My child loves their dad. I hope that continues. But I am not LYING for them.

He could have realized he was done with me and told me, and left. BEFORE cheating. Instead he handled it the worst way possible. That was HIM not considering our child. That’s not on me.

portia
portia
1 year ago
Reply to  SortOfOverIt

My sons were 9 and 12. It actually amazed me how much they knew. I didn’t have to tell them. I never shared gritty details. I told the Ex I would not volunteer information, but if asked a question I would not lie. Not the answer he wanted. I had tried everything I could think of to “fix” the marriage. I was just tired, and over it by then.

My son’s learned more about betrayal and heartbreak as they grew up. Sometimes they would come and talk to me about it. They knew I had lived through it. When they experienced it, they understood more. Many of our friends told me later they were not sure if I knew, or how I could not know. My FOO starting point was an ode to stand by your man crap and looking to the wife for fault. I had already been sifting through that mess and discarding those useless beliefs. I knew his drinking and cheating, and financial irresponsibility’s were not my fault. He never understood that running around on his wife did not make him a “man’s hero.” He tried to explain it as part of his Italian heritage, too! Neither argument impressed anyone.

I guess I was just surprised that he was not ashamed of his bad choices, and never thought of consequences. He never grasped that no one, even his sons who loved him, believed for a moment these OW’s were just a friend. My only regret was that it took me so long to get myself together and do myself the favor of leaving. I lived the gain a life part of CL’s motto long before I found CL. I am so glad she put the message out there into the world. I hope others will not waste their precious time, but feel empowered to leave,

Elsie
Elsie
1 year ago
Reply to  SortOfOverIt

My kids were in college locally when my ex took off. I made scads of mistakes, but the one thing I did right was to focus on my relationship with them, period. I didn’t share the relationship garbage or how worried I was. I let his relationship fall as it may with them. At times they barely spoke to me as it was, but I was steady. Well, he spent over a year doing his own thing. He texted/emailed a few times but missed all of the birthdays/graduations/etc. during that period. It was like he didn’t have any kids.

When the attorneys got involved, I went no contact and explained to the kids what that was in case their father contacted them to complain. They talked with each other and went no contact as well. Besides that issue and the college/insurance part, I didn’t share anything with them about the divorce. They knew that I cried a lot, had a lot of office appointments, and occasionally would overhear phone conversations with my attorney, but I mostly shielded them.

He started sending them cards with checks and inviting them to visit, but they have remained no contact. I leave how they handle the cards up to them.

And yet I alienated them. Nope. He took off and has never owned up to what that did in their lives.

StrongerNow
StrongerNow
1 year ago

Mine is:

“Irreconcilable Differences. He wanted a wife and a girlfriend and I couldn’t reconcile with that.”

Bruno
Bruno
1 year ago

In the movie “Ghost Town” Tea Leoni says about her cheating, expired husband that he was “Disloyal”. In the early days I would vomit out all the details, but now I go with disloyal. It says enough to give the idea and if they want to know more I will go there.
Disloyal cuts to the core.

2nd Gen Chump
2nd Gen Chump
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruno

Watching her talk about her dead ex and never knowing why she wasn’t enough (despite being brilliant, gorgeous, funny, loving) hit me so hard. The only scene that hit me harder was Emma Thompson wiping away tears and putting on the happy face for her kids after realizing the gold necklace wasn’t for her in Love Actually.

Bruno
Bruno
1 year ago
Reply to  2nd Gen Chump

That is a great scene and if you can get past it, a redemptive story of two chumps finding each other. I recommend it to everyone I know who is going in for colonoscopy.

Ginger_Superpowers
Ginger_Superpowers
1 year ago
Reply to  2nd Gen Chump

First time I watched Love Actually was prior to DD#1. Now I’m emotionally shattered everytime I watch that scene. She’s such a great actress. I’m sure she tapped her inner chump for that Oscar worthy performance. I’d rather be with Greg Wise than Kenneth Branagh any day!

2xchump🚫again
2xchump🚫again
1 year ago

Yup emotionally vomited. My STBXH got ahead of the narrative and told a huge story at my family church. Grabbed the pastors, got his sad sausage story out there in living color. No sex ever…etc..me =PTSD from my work as a nurse. Got rebaptized with his online gf in the pew. I then told whoever asked, the real story of mental instability abuse, and cheating. Direct. Had a few that listened and believed. They were my rocks. The others were not my friends. My STBXH had a rage attack at church when the pastor asked him to return a large sum of money he had stollen from one of our accounts. Then my STBX flamed out in the lobby with real people watching him. The ones who cared figured it out but yes I talked and I filed.

Ginger_Superpowers
Ginger_Superpowers
1 year ago

Asshat decided to accidentally text me, my two children, my former Swiss BF and her two children at midnight on Good Friday a “I loved sleeping with you XOXO”, obviously meant for HoWorker/Wife. My son was away participating at a school activity in another city and my daughter had just gotten out of inpatient psych and bounced back from college to live with us. I had to to wake her up the next morning to drive her to outpatient psych and to make sure she saw the text. She came home that afternoon and asked who it was. Good times.

I was happy to send the text to anyone and everyone in town. Call it the “text heard around TC”. Relieved me of having to say much to anyone except telling my dad–the hardest conversation of my life.

ChumpOnIt
ChumpOnIt
1 year ago

I told everyone that he had been patronizing prostitutes our entire married life and who knows how much longer beyond that (trickle truth, you know). It was never my shame to bear, and if it sounds horrific, that’s because it fucking is. He did it right through several moves and the birth of a daughter. I wouldn’t wish this kind of deception on my enemy.

Josh
Josh
1 year ago

She wanted to be with other dudes.

TooManyTears
TooManyTears
1 year ago

Ya I pretty much told everyone.
My thought was: if I say it enough, repeat it enough, it must be true.
Looking back, I was in a state of shock and disbelief for a long time.
As far as oversharing… probably the worst? Was the poor fellow from the credit union calling me to tell me the car payment hadn’t been made in 2 months. I started crying and told him in between sobs how my husband had literally run off with his 20 years younger co worker and left me and moved in with her the same night. That he had told me he would keep up the car payments and I even told him how X had taken me to the company christmas party and everyone knew and the two of them never said a word to each other all night and it was so odd and everyone got quiet when I approached them! …. On and on !
That poor guy must have been a chump, too. He got all indignant and said he was going to call X and hound him day and night for payment. He said don’t you worry you won’t hear from me again!
The car payments were timely after that. As far as what I told friends neighbors community?
I said X has broken my heart.
He has moved in with his co worker.
I left the details for them to put together- not too difficult- a lying Cheater.

Juniper
Juniper
1 year ago
Reply to  TooManyTears

Maybe we need a Friday challenge about the kindness of strangers when they find out we’ve been chumped…

X always did our taxes. Post-divorce, I secured the services of a tax advisor. Sharing about X’s betrayal naturally came out as the advisor/I were discussing my income, newly divorced status, etc. My advisor shared that he and his now-wife had both been chumped by their first partners, 40 years ago. He gave me a discount on his services, and a few weeks later, offered me a job in his office.

Recovering Hopium Addict
Recovering Hopium Addict
1 year ago
Reply to  TooManyTears

Love that guy from the credit union. Such a great story of kindness when you need it most.

One person who sticks in my mind was my obstetrician, at my 6-week post-natal check, 2 days after D-Day. I was still in complete shock and hadn’t told anyone. She mentioned that because I wasn’t able to breastfeed, I’d need to use contraception. Of course that opened the floodgates. She hugged me as I cried. She was also speaking quietly in her native language; I never asked but am sure she was praying for me. Then as I pulled myself together and went to leave, she gave me another hug, looked me straight in the eye and said “He does not deserve you.”

I wish I’d listened to her then. Would have saved me 3 more D-Days over the next three years.

ByeByeFW
ByeByeFW
1 year ago

It depended on the person/relationship. Close friends/family know the full story. Some just know I’m divorced and others know he cheated. I was honestly never in the place of vomiting on strangers – I had friends and family for that lol

Skunkcabbage
Skunkcabbage
1 year ago

I got it down to short and sweet. “He put his wants before his family’s needs.”

Skunkcabbage
Skunkcabbage
1 year ago
Reply to  Skunkcabbage

When I’m feeling snarky I say, “He betrayed me in every way a man can betray his wife.”

kaela
kaela
1 year ago

I offered my home as a shelter and safe place for a woman escaping domestic abuse. Then my husband started fucking her. Both of them did their best to hide it from me.

If people ask I do try to include this context. I used to think that, if only I didn’t have such compassion for opening my home to an abuse victim, my husband would have never cheated on me with her. But he was already a cheater. Anyone capable of behaving this way needs to be dumped, and I’m kind of grateful that it happened this way. It dragged his secret life out in the open and made it obvious to me. It was pretty hard to hide it when it was happening in my own house. A convenient new fuck buddy delivered to him on-location? His wandering dick didn’t have to wander very far.

Keep your compassion for others in tact. It may feel like ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ at first, but after a year and some emotional distance, I’m glad I did what I did. It helped expedite leaving a fuckwit husband who never really loved me.

Magnolia
Magnolia
1 year ago
Reply to  kaela

It’s super predatory to fuck someone who is literally sheltering in one’s home to escape abuse. The cheating is gross enough. But his preying on her vulnerability, in the context of your genuine act of kindness and the woman’s likely perception that it was both he and you offering support, makes it extra extra gross.

Nut Cluster Free Zone
Nut Cluster Free Zone
1 year ago
Reply to  Magnolia

Yes. Supremely disgusting

Deeply Chumpy
Deeply Chumpy
1 year ago

What would be the odds of sitting on a train for an hour next to a woman whose story of betrayal was greater than mine! I was in a stage where I did not think

Deeply Chumpy
Deeply Chumpy
1 year ago

That I could live w the shame of my ex assholes behaviour. I vomited my story and my fellow train passenger her husband ended up in jail and embezzled money from her own family. Her bravery helped me believe I could rebuild my life…