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Is a private detective the only way to know for sure?

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50waystoleave Thu 16-May-19 07:27:52

Have been seeing dp for nearly a year. He's met my friends, we've been away together loads, we don't live together. Everything is fine apart from one thing, my spidey senses tell me there is someone else (and I'm not someone with trust issues).

In the last 4 weeks he has rearranged 4 dates all for seemingly honest explanations. First his car broke down, second his mother got admitted to hospital, and the other 2 were equally believable but outing - in all cases impossible for me to check but also perfectly possible they were true. I also never stay over at his place - he's in a flat share and I'm in a house but now I'm wondering if there are other reasons.

I have met most of his friends but it dawned on me last night that I had not met the group of friends that are local to him (he's lived in a lot of different places).

We met on OLD and neither of us are on social media so I have no reference points for him. I am suddenly deeply suspicious and think he's playing me for a fool but I can't think of a way to unearth it and I'm also slightly worried I could be seeing things that aren't there! I have asked him outright if anything is up and he completely denies it. Do I put this to the back of my mind or do something about it?

Northernparent68 Thu 16-May-19 08:02:30

Spidey senses can be wrong.

None of what you ve posted is suspicious, I mean this nicely but if you carry it n like this you will drive him away

50waystoleave Thu 16-May-19 08:04:05

They can be wrong I agree and I (genuinely) don't have trust issues. It's never been a problem in any other relationship. But there is something about his behaviour that just isn't right.

SunburstsOrMarbleHalls Thu 16-May-19 08:25:23

I wouldn't incur the expense of a private investigator in this case. You are still at the dating stage in a newish relationship with no significant commitments so I would use your own judgement. If you are questioning his trust at this stage without anything specific then something is triggering this feeling. It could be intuition but it could also be something else like an issue about his commitment to you.

I know you say he is in a flat share but it is very unusual to never have stayed over unless you live very near to him, have you been to his place at all?

How often do you see/contact one another?

When he has rearranged your recent dates has he been the one to initiate further contact?

Have you met his mum or are you likely to meet up with her soon? It would be unlikely he would lie about her hospital admission if you will see her in the near future as you would obviously ask about her health.

Have you made any future plans?

You could make a new false dating profile to see if he is back on the OLD sites.

50waystoleave Thu 16-May-19 09:14:46

thanks sunburst that's a great idea re the dating sites, I hadn't thought of that

I've been to his place but not often and only been inside once and looking back on it, he was jumpy. At the time it seemed logical that because I had a house and a load more space that we were always at mine but now I do wonder. I think I've been ignoring the red flags because I've been so happy.

he messages me every day on whatsapp but he does have times when he disappears

I am slightly kicking myself for not seeing this sooner

canveyisland Thu 16-May-19 12:51:08

You are not his priority so don't let your yourself be just an option.
Very likely he has other 'friends' so dial it back down, remain casual and socialise with your own group. Unless you like to be messed about this person is not for you.

Trust your instinct and forget employing someone, you can tell what someone is up to by the ripples their activity leaves and you are seeing those ripples. Back into the dating pool with you grin

hellsbellsmelons Thu 16-May-19 14:37:15

I'd trust your instincts and just get rid.
It doesn't sound right.
What kind of car has he got?
That's he lamest excuse in the book.

DontCallMeShitley Thu 16-May-19 15:00:46 will give the names of people in his building, you may have to pay to find it though.

If you think he is married, look at online sites for marriages, death etc. or search records.

Go and watch his home.

HollowTalk Thu 16-May-19 15:03:19

No wonder your spidey senses are on full alert!

Does he ever spend the weekend with you? Can you call him whenever you like?

palahvah Thu 16-May-19 15:03:39

You've been together a year and you've only been inside his place once?

MMmomDD Thu 16-May-19 15:34:10

If, after a year of dating you are at a place where you are considering getting a private detective - all its sayjng is that you need to get our and move on...
Life is too short.
There is NO outcome of any ‘investigation’ that will make you feel happy in this relationship...
He isn’t making you happy and loved - and it doesn’t matter if it’s because he isn’t putting enough into it OR if there is someone else.

LemonTT Thu 16-May-19 15:55:44

Looking at this from a different angle, if I found out that someone I dated and then became involved with had me investigated I would dump them. I think any reasonable person would. So you would never to keep a major secret from him and basically lie to him.

So hiring a detective means you do something pretty unforgivable or you find out he has done something pretty unforgivable.

The bottom line is that rightly or wrongly you don’t trust him. That is a problem in itself. So you could address these concerns openly. Or you could call it a day.

FineWordsForAPorcupine Thu 16-May-19 22:54:06

I know that "instincts" aren't some magic force that always steers you right, but I do think that they are worth paying attention to.

You say that you aren't someone with trust issues and that you suddenly have this very strong feeling that there is someone else. I think the likelihood is that you are correct. You have also questioned him about this, and he has been unable to convince you to your satisfaction.

One of two things is going on - either you are picking up on something in this guy that makes you not trust him, or you have suddenly gone crazy and are suspecting a wholly innocent person.

You seem lucid and rational. You don't mention having struggled to trust him from the start, or having a history of wild suspicions. Ask yourself if you have ever felt like this before - not just in romantic relationships, but in friendships, jobs, strangers, etc. Do you have any reason to believe that you are given to unfounded suspicions?

But just "a feeling" is difficult grounds to justify ending a year long relationship. I can see why you are considering a private detective. Think of it this way - if you are proved right, you will dodge a bullet. If it turns out you are wrong, you will have useful info that you had a sudden, irrational feeling that you were unable to dispel, and maybe you could have a few sessions with a therapist to explore why. Either way, it's no one's business but yours.

Irishdolly Thu 16-May-19 23:11:44


There are so many ways to know
Can you call him anytime? If you give short notice to meet him, does he?

How often do you see each other? There's not much info to go off here but from what you say, I agree it does sound suspicious. I'm shocked you've been together for a year though?
How often is he at yours?

SandyY2K Thu 16-May-19 23:36:58

You've not met his family then?

My ex BF from way back shared a house with 3 other guys. That didn't stop me staying over.

Was anyone else home the time you went?

category12 Fri 17-May-19 06:37:00

You're making it a lot more complicated than it is. You don't trust him. The end. Time to call it quits.

KatherineJaneway Fri 17-May-19 06:41:11

How old is he?

Loopytiles Fri 17-May-19 06:51:00

It could be that he is seeing OW, one of his housemates or local friend often around his home or known to his housemates is an ex/OW, or even that he just isn’t into you and is lying when he doesn’t feel like going on a date.

“I've been to his place but not often and only been inside once and looking back on it, he was jumpy.”

Very odd not to any spend time at his place. Unbalanced. One option could be to say that you’re not happy about it and you’d like to start spending time at his place - see his reaction.

Agree that you shouldn’t go to expense of an investigator!

vampirethriller Fri 17-May-19 08:39:59

Are you sure he's not on social media? I had an ex who told me he wasn't, I believed him. He never took me to his house, I never met his friends or family, so I looked for him on fb out of curiosity and there he was with a wife and new babysad
Of course yours could be very different!!

RantyAnty Fri 17-May-19 09:41:09

You can do your own background check on him without having to hire anyone.

There are so many liars and users out there, I would do one on anyone I was serious with. You can't be too cautious these days.

Irishdolly Fri 17-May-19 09:58:46


What do you mean by background check? How would you go about doing this?

Mum4Fergus Fri 17-May-19 10:01:17

I think the very fact that you are considering this after less than a year together should be enough for you to move on from him.

RantyAnty Fri 17-May-19 10:19:22


By using the available public resources like and public records; marriage, divorce, criminal, work, social media of friends and family, google their name, etc.

You can find out a lot about a person this way.

Claphands Fri 17-May-19 11:21:09

put his email/mobile through Facebook too

CryptoFascist Fri 17-May-19 12:05:01

Yes to searching his email and phone number in Facebook and Instagram.

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