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Why isn't leaving cheating DP an easier decision?

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Over the last 2 weeks my DP confessed that he has cheated on me with 3 women over the past 2-3 months (we've been together for 5 months, he moved in after a month). The first 2 were random women he met at a bar and it went as far as kissing/groping. The last one was with his ex who he got back in touch with about 3 months ago by email and then started meeting up with her, leading to sleeping with her. At first he admitted to just being in touch with his ex, about a week later in an argument he admitted he’d slept with her, this week’s revelations have included the 2 random women and yesterday the fact that he’d exchanged explicit emails with his ex, and taken photos of her.

Now I’m not usually the type to be anyone’s doormat. I have always read the regular cheating/affair posts on here and recoiled with disgust, sure in my long-held (but never tested) opinion that I would never take a man back if I knew he’d cheated on me (in any way, not just sex).

He says he detached himself from the reality of what he was doing, that he would never do this again – that he won’t go out by himself, only when we could both go out together – and of course that he loves me and doesn't want to lose me.

Most days since finding this out, I felt a sick knot in my stomach throughout the day, and my emotions change by the hour from anger, to pain, to sadness to relief. I think part of me could actually ignore what happened and I have a strong desire to do that. How is this possible? Is this possible, is it healthy? Or will it come back to haunt me when I wake up? Why is it so hard for me to actually mean it when I say to him that this is over and I cannot forgive him, let alone trust and believe him?

I’m not sure what I am looking for here, I haven’t told any of my friends/family because I feel like a stupid fool, so I can’t talk to anyone in RL about this and I have no experience of infidelity. Perhaps I need to hear from others that I would be an idiot to consider staying in this relationship because from the inside my perspective feels utterly warped.

MadAboutHotChoc Thu 02-May-13 11:45:23

You have been with him for 5 months - when you both should be in the first flush of romance and he has already cheated a few times?

I would run for the hills. This man is not to be trusted, is a serial philanderer and you can't monitor him 24/7.

Lweji Thu 02-May-13 11:45:49

Go, pack his stuff and throw him out.

You have been together 5 months and he has cheated 3 times!

MadAboutHotChoc Thu 02-May-13 11:46:23

His pretty words mean nothing when he can't keep his dick in his trousers.

Sugarice Thu 02-May-13 11:47:00

You've been with him for just 5 months and he's cheated with 3 other women?

Tell him to pack his bags, give you back your keys and kick his arse out and never speak to him again.

He's a twat who will keep doing this, he has no respect for you at all.

NotTreadingGrapes Thu 02-May-13 11:48:09

"Perhaps I need to hear from others that I would be an idiot to consider staying in this relationship because from the inside my perspective feels utterly warped."

You would be an idiot to consider staying in this relationship.

But you know that right? Like you know the two women he groped were probably more than two, and willing-to-bet-money more than groping? If he considers telling you, in 5 months that he has been unfaithful to you 3 times (that you know of) then just think of what he's not telling you.

Pack his bags. He needs to find a new home.

Lweji Thu 02-May-13 11:49:34

Also, next time, don't let anyone move in with you within a month, unless you have known and trust them for years.

scaevola Thu 02-May-13 11:49:46

At under 5 months he may not have seen the relationship as exclusive - had you discussed whether it was?

But it does sound as if he's not up for a committed relationship. If that's what you want, then it doesn't sound as if this is the right man for you.

scaevola Thu 02-May-13 11:50:50

Oh and "is it healthy?" - no. You need to go for an STI check.

I know how ridiculous it sounds, at least the sane part of me does. That is part of why I can't tell anybody, because I know that would be their reaction, it would be my reaction if I heard about it!

God, I feel so stupid.

scaevola Thu 02-May-13 11:54:29

It's not stupid. Cheats don't come handily labelled.

What would be stupid is letting the prospect of temporary embarrassment (which is misplaced anyhow - this is his flaw) hamper you in making your choice.

Yes I know that now - I don't think I'll ever let a man move in with us again.

And there were no doubts about the expected exclusivity of the relationship - he even got upset in the beginning when I hadn't removed my profile off the dating website we'd met on.

TallyGrenshall Thu 02-May-13 11:54:52

You have only been together for 5 months and he has been cheating for more than half of that time.

Pack his bags and kick him out

Or do you want to be sat there in another 5 months listening to him tell you about yet more women he has cheated with?

Do you really want to be in a relationship where you have to be glued to your partners side because the poor little baby cannot control his dick himself and just has to shag anything that moves?

bollockstoit Thu 02-May-13 11:55:17

He's telling you what a wanker he is. Listen to him and kick him out.

TallyGrenshall Thu 02-May-13 11:56:41

YOU are not stupid.

HE is stupid because HE is the one that has wrecked this relationship.

Sidge Thu 02-May-13 12:02:34

Just to give you something to compare it to - I've been seeing a guy for 5 months. We don't live together but are dating exclusively.

We're still in the hearts and flowers stage, all soppy and shagging our little socks off.

Surely that's how it should be, 5 months in to a new relationship? Not moving in and then in a matter of weeks looking around for someone else to shag.

You're not stupid. But you would be if you didn't kick him out ASAP. He's just using you.

Mumsyblouse Thu 02-May-13 12:03:40

You say 'move in with us'- does that mean you have children too?

I think the only thing that can be said is to use this as a warning to slow things right down in future, and to spend at least 6 months or more getting to know someone, seeing them with different people (work colleagues, friends, family), seeing them in different situations (stress, events, unexpected things) and just seeing how it plays out. You can't judge someone's character after a month.

As for what to do presumably as the house is yours, you ask him to move out! Surely he isn't expecting to stay after cheating 3 x in 5 months"

I know you are all right. I am saying the same things to myself, about everything. I just needed to see it in black and white, hear it from others. It is so awful that he could treat me with such disrespect on so many levels.

Lweji Thu 02-May-13 12:12:00

Honestly, you need action now.
Stop thinking about it.

bollockstoit Thu 02-May-13 12:12:13

And why has he told you about it? I'd be suspicious that someone knows what he's been up to and more revelations are about to come out sad

Isabeller Thu 02-May-13 12:12:51

Poisoned Apple.

Looks just like a healthy delicious apple.

You're right, Lweji, I think I have spent too much time thinking about rather than just acting my gut reaction.

5 months is the blink of an eye. Cut him out and you will be over him in weeks. Don't cut him out and you are in for a lifetime of heartache. Just do it. You would be a real fool to carry on with this guy.

Longdistance Thu 02-May-13 12:28:20

5 months is no time.
I take it, I is your house/ flat?
Just pack up his shit, and chuck him out. And if he doesn't return the key, change the locks.
He's a vile disgusting creature, and is no doubt using you angry

Charbon Thu 02-May-13 12:28:36

If you've let a man move in with you and your children after a month, I'd have imagined that family and friends expressed concern. If that's the case, maybe what's holding you back from taking the most obvious sensible course of action is an unwillingness to prove them right. It's a very common dynamic that people stay in relationships for far too long because of feelings of 'us against the world'.

I'd advise ending the relationship but after that, spend a bit of time analysing what led you to making such a rash decision and then doubting yourself and even considering remaining in such a relationship.

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