Hi there Doc!
Firstly, I know this isn’t as serious or deep as most of your columns, but I need help!
I’m now married to the love of my life, which is AWESOME, but our relationship started out pretty rocky. Which is the crux of the problem.
Before I met “Greg” (husband) I was super overweight and in an abusive relationship, which I feel was based on my weight and that partner’s fetish. I had weight loss surgery around 20 years old, for my health and happiness, then the guy I was with (for three years) and I broke up for a lot of reasons. Some of them were because he fetishized my weight, but honestly just tired of the emotional and sometimes physical abuse. Losing the weight made me feel like I was in top of the world and I kind of spiraled. I worked at a club at the time so opportunity was ripe and I took it. I slept around and went to a bit crazy, often mixing social groups which caused a bit of tension between the people I was with and embarrassment on my part. Eventually I met my now-husband at an unexpected place and I was out of the game completely…
Or so he thought.
For the first two years I still craved attention. And it wasn’t even that Greg didn’t give me that attention, he totally did. He made me feel like a queen and still does. I feel like at that point I thought I missed out on so much that i wanted it ALL. I never crossed the physical line while I was with Greg but I did cross some lines.
I flirted, I gave my number out to ghost the guy on purpose, I sent boob photos just to feel that “power.” I would sneak messages with a guy, “Chris,” who I knew from a previous job, back when I worked with my abusive ex-boyfriend. Chris sided with me after the abuse came out when no one else did.
The thing is, Chris and I would have been perfect for each other of circumstances were different. We started messing around when we still worked together, and he saw what was going on with my abusive ex and really helped me get out. He told me all the things I need to hear but I do believe he meant it. The thing holding me back was that he fucked any girl he could. When I told him we had to stop, it seemed like it did… but that was the same time I met Greg.
The sexting, however, didn’t. They were explicit and I wanted his attention. I wanted to be with him at the time because it was so perfect and with my new-found confidence I could have anything, right? Well, Greg found the texts and flipped out. I wanted this to work out with Greg, so I made the choice to block Chris (and his close friends) on social media and changed my phone number. We worked past the sexting and eventually got married.
I’ve recently discovered through Facebook that Chris is dating “Liz.” Liz is a close friend of Greg’s best friend, so I’m worried that Chris will show up at events and get-togethers with her.
I feel like I’ll be able to act normally. I’m genuinely happy Chris has found a woman he’s (maybe) compatible with, and I am past that whole time in my life. I’m nervous because Chris might not feel the same way and it seems to be just casual with Liz. I know he tried to find me many times times after I blocked him/his friends and changed my number, but that was four years ago. I know that if Greg ever saw Chris in person he’d end up in jail or we’d be getting a divorce on stress alone.
How do I deal if everyone is in the same place at the same time?
-Potential Blast From The Past
Hey Doc, I have an issue.
I was dating a girl for about six months (I should qualify that I am also a girl), and things had been pretty good. I (still, even now) care about her, and she made me happier than I’d been in a while. She’s still publicly closeted, so we were secret even from close friends and family, which I was fine with. No, really, I was. I’m a very private person and my slowness to make relationships public has caused issues with girlfriends in the past, so I had no problems with being secret for as long as she wanted.
Things were a little rough for a while, mostly because work was hectic (a colleague was away and I was covering for them) and her parents (who are a good third of the reason she’s still closeted) were in town. We sat down and talked about it, and mutually decided to take a break. I could focus on work for a while without worrying about always being absent, and she wouldn’t be lying to her parents when she said she wasn’t dating anyone. This break was supposed to be about a month, with the understanding that we wouldn’t see other people during that month.
A week after that conversation, I visited a quiet restaurant a bit further out of my way than usual because it had really good reviews, and saw her tucked away in the back corner of the place, on a date with a guy.
I wanted to avoid jumping to conclusions and definitely didn’t want to make a scene, so I opted to leave quietly. She evidently noticed me as I did so, because when I glanced back at them she was staring at me like she’d seen a ghost.
I’ve mostly ignored her calls and texts, which has been difficult because, well, I’m pretty angry. I had made sure she knew that I was okay with an open relationship, and she’d said that she wanted to be exclusive.
My coping strategy for shitty breakups (which is what this is rapidly becoming) has always been talking about it with friends, but I can’t really do that this time. Outing her would be a first class scumbag move, and my friends aren’t stupid. If I tell them I broke up with someone, they’ll notice the sudden absence of my ex from social gatherings and put two and two together. I know my friends knowing that she’s not straight probably isn’t a big deal, but for me it’s more the principle of it. If someone’s closeted, for whatever reason, you respect that and keep the secret.
I’ve made this needlessly complicated, but here is my problem in essence. My ex broke my trust, and not being able to talk to my friends about it is fucking me up and making this far more draining than it needs to be.
Sorry for the rambling letter,
Stressed and Emotionally Exhausted