posted on Jun, 21 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Long time lurker, first time poster, great topics, love the show.
I’m in a relationship with a woman that’s about 2 weeks away from being a year (my personal best). Things have been going great with only a few
hiccups that most relationships deal with save for one thing. Her ex.
It started when I found out that he had texted her late one night reminder her “how good he was at certain things” and wanted to come over for a
one night thing that they never discuss again. She decided (I found out later) that since we were less than 3 months into the relationship, she
didn’t want to tell me and hurt the relationship).
A month or so after this, he messages her again, telling her he’s sorry and didn’t realize that she was in a relationship. He apparently looked up
my FB account and saw a picture of me shirtless in a changing room. Irrelevant point, but I’ve lost over 60lbs in the last year & a half and where I
used to be embarrassed by myself shirtless, I’m now very proud of how I look. I’m not 100% where I want to be, but I’m leagues ahead of where I
was. He mentioned to her how weird it was seeing her “with a guy who takes shirtless selfies in the bathroom”. She defended me, saying that I was
great for her. I didn’t find this out until several months later, and man was I livid. In fact, I didn’t find this out until a month later when he
messaged her again wanting to get together for drinks. She finally told me what happened, and when I told her he was trying to hook up with her, she
swore up and down that that’s not how he meant it, and that he just was reminding her that he was a skilled conversationalist or some other BS.
After a lo~oong fight over this, she swore that she would tell him not to contact her anymore, and she did. He asked her if she was lying when she
said they could be friends, and he just wanted to get drinks together. But she stood her ground which is difficult for her because she’s very
passive-aggressive and hates confrontation.
So everything’s fine for a while until a few months later (about 2 1/2 months ago) when he told her he still had a picture that is important to her.
He offered to bring it by her house. She & I discussed it, and came to the conclusion that, because she works 1 week on, 1 week off between 2
different locations, that she would have him drop it off at her work. After a few weeks of this hanging over my head, and no contact, he messages her
again, telling her that “he’s really sorry, but he put it somewhere safe and now doesn’t remember where that is. As soon as he finds it, he’ll
drop it off.”
I told her that she needs to decide if this picture is that important to her, to either get it and tell him to piss off, or to just tell him to piss
off. Either way works for me, but I want this over with. I know all of this is just his way of keeping himself ingrained in her life. From everything
that she’s told me he is just that manipulative. And she has finally stopped defending him to me, after many, many arguments on the subject, which
seriously bothers me to this day.
Now she does something else that bothers me, she never puts anything up on FB about us. Not pictures, not status updates, not anything. Now I know
normally that’s she’s a private person when it comes to her personal life, and I’m sure that it’s because she doesn’t like that she’s put
on weight since they broke up, and doesn’t like how she looks, but with everything going on with her ex, part of me feels like she doesn’t want me
to be seen by him. She has removed him (mostly) from FB, but he can still see some of her stuff, and definitely has friends of hers that are also
friends of his, and because of how things have played out, I know he’s keeping tabs on her.
Normally I’m not a very jealous person, but this is really bothering me. Especially the fact that our 1 year anniversary is about 2 weeks away, and
this still isn’t dealt with. I don’t know how many more ways I can tell her how much this is bothering me, and while she says she loves me,
wouldn’t she try to stop hurting me if that were the case?
I’ve told her that this all needs to be taken care of before our anniversary, otherwise we may have to take a break and let her consider what’s
important to her. She tells me that she loves me, and she wants to be with me, but I can’t be in a relationship with her AND him. And I refuse to
start a new year of our relationship with the shadow of him hanging over our heads. I’ve given her opportunity after opportunity to deal with this
herself, partially because I didn’t want to tell her what to do, and partially because I was trying to be a good boyfriend. But I feel like things
are at a tipping point between us, and if she really wants to prove to me that she loves me, she needs to handle this.
Sorry for the rambling post, but I just want to make sure that I’m not in the wrong here, if I am, please tell me. I really care about this woman,
but can’t stand having someone else breaking my heart again.