Would you want to know of your husbands affair?
Allmond · 13/05/2021 14:46
When I was younger and super naive (about 10 years ago I am 30 now) I was in an abusive relationship with an older man, for 5 years.
He seriously affected my mental health and made me believe I was crazy. He psychologically and emotionally tortured me, and stalked me for years after I ended the relationship. He still attempts contact with me but I do not reply.
I was led to believe he and his wife were divorced.
I have recently unintentionally found out he is still with his wife and was never separated/divorced from her in the first place.
Now everything makes sense. He lived a double life for all those years. He worked away from home a lot which is how he got away with it for so long (his wife also worked away occasionally).
Now, I feel like if I was his wife I would want to know how much of a nasty character raging psychopath he is, but because I am still traumatised by it I would rather forget that relationship ever happened and avoid his potential retaliation.
At the time time, I’m thinking surely she must know how evil her husband is and be abused by him too?
Aibu for not saying anything?
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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PegPeople · 13/05/2021 14:56
I'd want to know but the odds are pretty miniscule that she doesn't already know what he is like. You won't have been the only affair and he's obviously never changed his spots especially if he still often tries to contact you.
So yes I would tell her but honestly don't expect her to be grateful or thankful, as you will be telling her what she already knows.
Iyland · 13/05/2021 15:01
To answer your question, yes I would want to know.
Honestly though, I would stay well clear. He is out of your life albeit only because you ignore his contact advances, this may ramp up if he catches wind that you've contacted his wife.
I wouldn't get involved.
KaleSlayer · 13/05/2021 15:09
You say you’d rather forget it ever happened so I’d do that in the situation you describe. You’re allowed to look after yourself and put yourself first. It’s not your responsibility to inform his wife, especially when it may cause you further problems because he is abusive.
Also, I imagine his wife knows his character unfortunately. Hopefully she will one day be free of him.
notacooldad · 13/05/2021 15:19
After all tbe time that has now passed I'd leave it and concentrate on your own well being.
You don't know whats happened in their lives over the years.
If you expect him to be nasty I really wouldn't want to rattle the cage.
Take care of yourself and look forward not back.
Lou98 · 13/05/2021 15:26
If I was the wife I would want to know - however, it sounds like this man put you through hell both during and after the relationship. I personally would be concerned about him finding out you told her and coming after you.
Only talk to her if you're fully prepared for that and have support around you - you need to protect yourself aswell
SavannahLands · 13/05/2021 15:29
I would want to know, but from a confession from him, not from someone who l did not know, and l was unsure that they were telling the truth, unless they had very good evidence to prove the facts.
If you are fairly happy with the life you now have, why dig up the pain of the past once more and potentially relive it emotionally by doing so?
You can never change what happened before no matter how hard you try, but you can move on and heal towards a better brighter future.
Ericaequites · 13/05/2021 16:01
My lesbian partner just passed. She swore she was not having an affair with a housemate she moved in while I had medical treatment elsewhere. I found journal entries, lingerie, love tokens, and evidence of shared drug use. It would have been easier if she had told the truth and we had worked through this. I feel angry and violated.
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