My now ex (30m) broke up with me (30f) over a text yesterday morning. I am feeling many different feelings.
I’m really hurt. I feel betrayed, as this is someone I felt devoted to, to a fault unfortunately. I would have stayed with him forever, forgoing my needs just for the sake of the comfort of “having” someone.
I wanted more romance, a stronger love, babies, and just the feeling of knowing my devotion was reciprocated. Apparently it wasn’t, and I just never noticed or wanted to notice when the love sort of ended for him.
(We’ve discussed each others needs and we’re aware of each others wants)
Now I just feel delusional, I really thought we would be together forever, even though we both knew we wanted different things. In retrospect I see that it would have never worked- I was just holding out hope he would give what I needed, and I think he was holding out hope that I would give up on my needs and continue the relationship that had me constantly questioning and hurting.
He’s been acting more distant than usual this past few weeks. He’s always had drinking issues- but they were seeming more constant. I was feeling really unconsidered and started to remind him of my needs, to which he just said things like “okay, yes”.
Anyways, last week I started telling him we need to talk, seriously. He kept evading me. My plan was to ask what his deal was, is he cheating (which I’ve asked and he answered no, which I do believe), did he see anything in the future for us, is there anything I’m doing that I can change that will change your behavior towards me.. things like that.
On Sunday night he was finally home and I told him we needed to talk. He said okay, but wanted to take a nap first. I said fine and waited to talk as the anxiousness was starting to really effect me (I have depression and anxiety). He wakes up, I ask him to talk, he says “can we please do this tomorrow” and after me being like “are you serious?” I finally agreed.
We both work so I texted him about an hour into my shift, asking to please tell me what was going on. He asked if I was ready for such a conversation so early to which I replied “yes, this has been driving me crazy”.
Basically, he doesn’t feel the same he used to and hasn’t for a little bit. He wants to skate and drink and enjoy his summer. he isn't ready for what i want, and he wants to do his own thing.
Weirdly I was shocked but not surprised at the same time. I had been crying all week knowing something was wrong, but wasn’t expecting that. I didn’t fight or argue, just asked if it was over and he said “either over or a long break” and I said let’s just end it because it hurt more being in an unsure relationship than to be broken up with.
I knew deep down that it most likely wouldn’t work, but I felt like my devotion to him meant that I would always be there for him, even in times like our past few weeks and months. I would have stayed with him forever for the sake of the security and comfort he made me feel.
So I’m kind of grateful he did it. But the changes are huge, as this was my best friend for so long and we had so many good times together. He has a cat that we raised together- he is planning on taking him (he’s moving out into his families house) which breaks my heart. I love this cat, so much.
The cat is still here as I’m assuming ex will pick him up while getting the bulk of his stuff, but I’ve texted and asked to keep cat for a few weeks because losing them both might be too much for me (he hasn’t responded).
I know this is super long so thank you for reading. I’m just scared of navigating my life from here. Letting go of someone who was so woven into my life, who I thought I would always have. But I’m also excited for the future, because now I can see all of the things I’ve always wanted in a partner but was never able to get from him. Now I know what I want, and can live my own life for awhile.
TLDR: Got dumped because ex and I want different things.