on Jun 08, 2011 @ 01:27 am|
I have a very unique problem, as I have never I’m 28 years old, my (now ex) boyfriend is 33, As for my ex boyfriend’s parents, they liked me In the beginning of our relationship, I tried to And guess what? Not long after our conversation, Now, what’s done is done. This relationship is (1) Why was
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I’m 28 years old, my (now ex) boyfriend is 33,
As for my ex boyfriend’s parents, they liked me
In the beginning of our relationship, I tried to
And guess what? Not long after our conversation,
Now, what’s done is done. This relationship is
(1) Why was
mso-fareast-font-family:SimSun">(2) Why was my ex SO BLIND to the obvious truth
I understand that family is family, and that it
|Some families have unhealthy ties on Jun 08, 2011 @ 02:11 pm|
I'm so sorry to hear of this awful experience you've had and I can't even imagine the hurt and confusion that you're feeling right now. I can somewhat relate to this, only the difference is it was not my husband's sibling and when he was aware of this person's meddling, etc. He was on my side. So based on this I have a few things to say.
First, this family seems like they are VERY close. Perhaps too close. I understand they each had their own "apartment" but how separate were they really? In my experience, some families would be able to function just fine in a living situation like this. For others, this would make an already borderline-controlling family (or family member) tip over the edge and I think this is the case here. Some families you really need to cut ALL ties and perhaps that means living a little further away. Some families have a hard time realizing that although you're still a family, not everything is their business and sometimes it takes drastic measures to make this clear. I know for us, it would not work to live in this situation. We'd have the same problem you did! So I think this played a huge factor.
Second, even though you had plans to one day get married, I think you should count yourself fortunate that this happened NOW rather than after a wedding. It'd be such a mess. You need a man who will stand up for. Not only that, but one who even if he doesn't completely agree with you will listen to your concerns and address the problem the best that he can. If you meant enough to him, he would have told his sister to back down because his ultimate goal would be to make his relationship with you work.
It really bothers me that he would just sit there and let his sister walk all over you. My husband has put members of both his own and my family in their place in situations where this happened to us. I'll share a quick story with you. My in-laws initially were not happy with my relationship with my husband when we were dating. I was his first girlfriend and I think they had a hard time letting go. Eventually, they told him he had to pick: me or them. He said me so they packed his things for him and told him he was no longer welcome in the house and he left. My point is that if a man really loves you, you will come before his family. Every time.
I wish I could tell you why his sister chose to act this way but I truly have no clue what would possess a SIBLING to do this. A parent, maybe, but a sibling I don't understand. Perhaps she is jealous of the relationship you two had and wanted it for herself. She chose to act the immature way and destroy it. On the other hand, some people are so off in their thinking that they don't even know why they are acting a certain way. Either way, she seems a little off her rocker!
My point in all this is a) that if this is how he'd react to a situation this extreme when you're dating, it certainly would not have gotten better if you had gotten married. If he's not on your side now, he never will be. And b) it's possible to have an unhealthy family dynamic in which family members are TOO close. Meddling, controlling, etc. At the age of 29 and 33, I'd hope this would have been worked out. Again, I'm so sorry you had to go through this. Keep your chin up and wait and see what happens. Maybe he'll realize he was wrong and what needs to change if he wants to keep you. Hugs!
|I find it weird too on Jun 08, 2011 @ 10:40 pm|
I can empathize with some of the things that you said because I have also had problems with my boyfriend's side of the family. However, as I read more and more I realized that your situation is quite strange and if I were you I would be confused as well.
I think that your ex's sister is extremely insecure and jealous. It seems like there were a lot of complications in her life and your ex was there from the beginning for her. He may have been the only steady thing in her life and she knew that she can always count for him for everything, including finance. The more time and the closer he is to you, the more she loses her influence on him and she could not allow that to happen. That was why she was constantly trying to bad mouth you. If you and your ex got even closer or got married, your ex would probably listen to you which includes maybe cutting her lose financially.?
Your ex probably grew up very close to his family and believes that nothing is closer than blood. Even if his sister was wrong and he knew it, he might not want to admit it out loud. He was protecting his family and he assumed his sister had his best interest in mind so whatever she says, he wouldn't tell her to shut up, but would rather listen.
Overall, I think the situation is messed up. If your ex chooses to be that close to his sister and let her meddle in everything he does, he will never have a healthy relationship with anyone else because I fully believe that his sister will do that to anyone that may come close to him.?
Ali de Bold
|Completely agree with Anonymous on Jun 09, 2011 @ 01:51 pm|
I'm so sorry this has happened to you but it is a major blessing that this happened before you two got married. You would have had to deal with this for a lifetime. And a husband that does not prioritize your relationship or feelings above all others.
When you get married it should be you and him against the world. That doesn't mean that you should be at odds with family members or other people in your lives, just that you protect and value your relationship as the most important one in your life.
The fact that he didn't see how she was treating you as a problem and that he didn't even attempt to defend you is a huge red flag. What kind of man allows someone to treat the person they love like crap?
As for her, having a hard life or personal issues does not excuse a person from being a decent or respectful human being. Everyone has to take responsibility for their own actions. We all have our challenges but I have no patience for people who choose to wallow in their mistakes and use it as an excuse to continue being a loser.
I think you need to put this relationship behind you and make sure that the next man you fall in love with is prepared to stand by you through thick and thin. XO
|Joining your club! on Jun 11, 2012 @ 03:50 pm|
I can fully relate to every part of your story. I came across this looking for an explanation to the exact same situation that I faced with my ex-boyfriend's sister (I call her his sister wife). We all lived in a house together and she instigated a lot of issues between my ex and I as well as giving us no space. I ended up pregnant by my ex and moved out-of-state when my relationship ended. She says rude things about my son. She sits in the background commenting when I am skyping her brother with his son. She has no boundaries and he won't give them to her. It is, in my opinion, extremely unhealthy. I too think my exes sister has jealously issues. I found her to be a bully to his daughter who lived with us and she made a rude comment about my son online, so I really believe she hates that she will never carry his child. She would come into our room when the two of us were there together, getting some alone time (which with a child and a full house, you don't get a lot of) and just stand there and divert all of his attention to her. She would lean over him to look at his computer screen, resting her breast on his back and shoulder(she was bra less around him...gross). I too have siblings. We did not grow up in the same house, so I tried to be understanding of the closeness too at first, but it started to really bother me and in evaluating the demise of our relationship. I realized how much she did to cause division between us, I have tried to explain this to him (mostly to explain, why I don't want a relationship with her or for my son to relate to her) and he can't grasp the concept. He sees nothing wrong with her or any of her actions. It is really sad, because he is missing out on a life with his son. But I like you have been accused of being paranoid, This is probably why more people don't speak about this issue online, they are afraid to sound crazy. But this situation is very real. I also lived it and I think you for sharing your story, because I was starting to feel alone in recognizing the unhealthy relationship between my ex and his sister.
|Thank you for the post on Sep 28, 2012 @ 08:04 pm|
Thank you so much for posting this. I needed to read someone else's situation. My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost a year and I'm starting to see some things that are making me think twice, especially about his family. In particular, situations involving his sister that is near his age. She acts one way in front of him, like she is so happy for us and supportive of our relationship. But when he is not present she acts totally opposite. Her comments are very rude and even insulting. She made the mistake of putting her rude comments in an email which I let him see. And of course came the excuses for her along with an apology, but he apologized on her behalf. She never apologized directly to me. I have one eye open and one foot out the door because thus far I'm seeing a couple of warning signs. If things work out between he and I... Well, I know who I won't be close to.
|Sounds familiar... on Feb 17, 2013 @ 06:24 pm|
Hi, This is the first time I've read about someone experiencing a scenario so similar to my own. Except the problem here is a brother and a messed up female cousin, who both see my partner as the main pole of stability in their self obsessed and overly dramatic lives.
What you said about the argument and your partner just staying silent and even letting you leave.... Was chilling. I experienced the same thing with my bf's brother. I exploded after having had enough one day and it somehow became my fault. I had to apologise and my bf never defended me or saw how his brother had been goading me for weeks. My mother died when I was young and my family disintegrated after that. His brother used that as an argument point: I have no family so am trying to control my bf and stop him seeing them. It was so untrue (I do have family, just my dad walked out on us, and my siblings and I just drifted apart, but I have close cousins and aunts) and showed such paranoia...
This accusation still gets thrown at me, but in a less direct way, so it goes under my bf's radar. If I ever bring it up, I get called paranoid... "My family has never thought that way about you. You have to get over this."
I'm currently experiencing a new problem - his brother is most definitely sabotaging my stuff when he comes to stay. I've got some good proof it's him and I'm not going mad. My bf will not entertain the thought. Ive developed insomnia and am clearly distressed, but my bf is ignoring it. I've just realised my boyfriend sounds awful in this - normally he is the sweetest guy in the world and I know I mean so much to him. He gave up a lot to be with me and supported me when I decided to do a masters (much to his family's displeasure).
|submitted before finishing on Feb 17, 2013 @ 06:30 pm|
I never finished my above rant.
Basically my bf is blind when it comes to his family and will never see them in their true light. His cousin (not enough time to cover her) and brother are horrible individuals, my bf's friends dislike them (so I KNOW it's not me), but he will never see that. I don't think I can live with this for the rest of my life. I know if I leave him, I'll just become the ex who hated his family and he'll never understand how they affected me.
|Complicated! on Feb 19, 2013 @ 01:03 pm|
I think the other girls here have given you some really great advice, and I agree that it's better you ended things now before you got married or had children. It doesn't sound like he's going to change when it comes to this issue. As mentioned, some families are just weirdly attached like this, so much so they are blind to the fact that their family relationships are going to negatively impact new relationships.
All I wanna say is, you go girl! It takes a very strong person to respect your boyfriend enough and be understanding and calm about his nosy sister for all those years, and an even stronger person to realize it's gone too far and have the guys to end things.
The whole situation reminds me of that Friends episode, where Rachel's new boyfriend's sister comes to visit and she notices that they're really close...like, too close...like having a bath together and stuff. And everyone else notices it's weird, so she ends things.
Anyway all the best to you in the future!
|Better Off... on Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:33 pm|
Oh my gosh...
I want to start off by saying you are one strong cookie to have lasted this long in this situation... I don't think I could have lasted in this toxic relationship.
I'm glad that the 2 of you never ended up getting married or having children.
I am blown away at this man's attitude towards his sister's behavior. It is not healthy that he was letting his careless sister run his life.
It could be jealousy on her behalf. She could selfishly be trying to ruin his relationships in fear of losing what she has.
None the less...that is really odd and shocking. Good on you for leaving, you deserve love, passion, respect and so much more.
Best of luck with your future relationship(s).
|rose20 MAY 4,2013 on May 04, 2013 @ 03:09 am|
i had also a situation just like that. and i really hate this a lot. sometimes for having this problems and questions ,i think her sister like him.For GOD sake they were siblings. just because my boyfriend sister had a ruined life shes also trying us ruined. whats worst there in everything she does to me is they had a fight , my boyfriend and his sister because his sister get jealous when she knew that in the motorcycle my boyfriend put my name in there like a sticker in my boyfriend motorcycle. she got mad and over act. this is out of her business right? and another thing here is they slept in the same room that i couldn't take it!