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vacantStation Sun 30-Jun-13 19:50:54

DH had a horrible surgical procedure earlier this year. We didn't want to tell anyone about it as 'twas intimate surgery. We did tell a couple, close friends of ours who were quite supportive.

Above friends were having a party for birthday. (Meal and drinks/dancing) which we planned to possibly shuffle along to for a few hours. This was about 4 days after DH was discharged from 3rd hospital admission.

Due to this surgery we basically went into hiding for what ended up being a couple of months! To avoid questions.

Friends knew that this was really private and we were avoiding people.

There was only one mutual set of friends going but above friends were short of numbers so invited a couple, friends of OURS that they have only met socially a handful of times... with us.

I was absolutely furious as we had not seen these friends for ages and were kind of avoiding seeing them until DH had recovered and above friends had not had the sensitivity to think about this,. To add to this

above friend had told them he was 10 years younger than he actually is. When we became aware of this, it was really a bit embarrassing. We told them that he had been dating a 16 year old girl (quite a few years before) and that he had lied about his age for about 3 years while this was going on. We didn't know he had actually decided to contiue this!

The disturbing thing was he has also continued this lie into his marriage with his lovely wife who became a great friend.
He told lovely wife that he wanted to be 27 as he had 'lost years' of his life to being depressed. She accepted this though all her family now believe him to be 27.

DH and i used to worry about him visiting this 16 yo girl who lived with this huge (and somewhat hard) family in rural wales. i.e if they ever found out he would get a pasting at best, at worst chucked in a hole never to be seen again.

The most uncomfortable think about this scenario is that at their wedding, the father of the 16 year old girl he was dating (he remained in contact with the family for years) got up and gave a speech about what a lovely 'young' man he was. (Friend and the 16 year old (now 21) are no longer in contact. 16 year old didn't want anything more to do with him. This was before the expensive wedding.

So anyway, i absolutely lost my rag with this bloke .. so did dh and said that we were really pissed off that he had put us in an awkward situation with our friends following dh surgery, Then this whole barrage of 'what the fuck do you think your playing at' re the age thing and lying and stuff came out....(which I know was a bit nasty and perhaps none of my business) I just feel that we were being brought into this rabbit hole of lies..(there were quite a few more too)

I am really glad to be away from it all. The guy was really controlling and hard work at times. Would walk around our houe like he owned the place and would be really aggrieved when we socialised with other people. He also turned up when we were on a date and would expect to be invited to family occasions.

It's our own bloody fault really . I think over years that the friendship needed to change as our lives were changing.

Me and DH both feel alot happier without the pressure and lies of this friendship but i really really miss this guys wife and feel years of friendship with both of them have been chucked away.

For all his flaws. (were all flawed right?) They were still people we cared about.

I regret not setting boundaries better and losing my temper. WIBU ? Shall i try and patch it up?

I have been in contact via text with wife and saw her briefly, it was lovely to see her and we rammed alot of talking into about 5 minutes but her H isn't comfortable for us to see each other or get a coffee or whatever. ~She says she needs to respect his feelings. She looked upset. I fee really sad. I don't want to harrass them but at the same time years of friendship are hard to erase. What would you do?

Thisisaeuphemism Tue 02-Jul-13 09:20:08

Thanks jellybelly, I'm taking notes. It's a brilliant satire on modern life, it's a comedy of errors without the errors, it's a bedroom farce without the bedroom etc, etc.

I agree with calamitykate.

vacantStation Tue 02-Jul-13 18:35:36

Hello smile

I missed a crucial bit of info that would explain some of the apparent weirdness of this situation and make it all a bit clearer. But never mind.

Thanks for all the replies though.

It is indulging my narcissistic tendencies hugely that so many people have an interest in making comments on this way long after I have lost interest in it myself.

I realise i don't actually give a toss anymore.

I love mumsnet. [smile}

BridgetBidet Tue 02-Jul-13 19:04:53

I don't think anybody else gave a toss either love.

BridgetBidet Tue 02-Jul-13 19:05:22

Glad to hear you've sobered up though.

TalkativeJim Tue 02-Jul-13 19:13:36

Sorry, but I doubt that EVEN MORE information would have helped here grin

EarlyInTheMorning Tue 02-Jul-13 20:09:53

Attention seeker much?

Celador Tue 02-Jul-13 20:24:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LookMaw Tue 02-Jul-13 20:38:55

Are you the pot growing neighbour?

TalkativeJim Tue 02-Jul-13 20:46:00

Celador-alas no, suffice to say it was HORRIBLE, INVASIVE and DEEPLY PRIVATE.

I say probed by aliens.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 02-Jul-13 20:49:38

OP are you the sort of person that puts cryptic attention seeking posts on fb that you never reply to?

MollyBerry Tue 02-Jul-13 20:49:39

Soooo what's this extra info... details on the op?

FeegleFion Tue 02-Jul-13 22:12:54

Och OP! I was interested hmm

Anyway, due to this very thread, I've decided to knock 5 years off my age. I think 10 years would get me heckles wherever I wander so from this day forth, I shall be 28! grin

Peachypossum Tue 02-Jul-13 22:24:03

That's 5 minutes I'm never getting back.

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