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25 People Get Real About The Shortest Relationship They've Had And Why It Ended

Welcome to the Ex Games: a content series about love lost. Whether it's the realization things need to end, the act of rejection, the reality of being single, or the resurrection that is moving on, the Ex Games has every stage of a breakup covered.

And to really bring these stories to life, we've launched the Ex Games podcast, where we delve into the two sides of a break-up story with a new couple each week, and aim to end up somewhere near the truth. Because when it comes to affairs of the heart, everyone plays, but does anyone win? Let's find out.

I don't think I can officially call any of my relationships the "shortest" because most of mine end around the same time: after six tequila shots and a bagel in the morning.

No, I'm totally kidding. I enjoy dinner as well.

But I wasn't always the girl who could fill a book with all of her short-lived relationships. I used to believe that when someone takes you on a date, they had the intention of committing to a long and happy relationship.

It wasn't until I moved to New York and met the first boy I really fell for that I learned what "keeping your options open" meant. Because that's exactly what he did with me. He tossed my heart in a basket filled with all the other girls' hearts he was stringing along. And it wasn't until I developed real feelings that I learned the truth.

And that truth is: Most people don't "settle" these days. We're always waiting for the next best thing or the newest upgrade.

We match with three different people on Tinder before our Bumble date is even over. We've got so many choices that we don't feel the need to dedicate time to any one person, and that's where "almost relationships" and "short-lived flings" come from.

As relationship psychologist Dr. Gregory Kushnick points out, "It seems like a second date feels like a marital commitment for many millennial daters." No? Just me?

These days you can mourn a breakup for longer than a "relationship" lasted. Not me. I treat breakups like lessons.

If it didn't work out in 10 minutes or three weeks, it wouldn't work out in 10 years or three kids later. And three kids is an awful lot. Especially, coming from a girl who might hold the world record for the fastest killing of houseplants ever.

I say embrace it; for better or worse, there are more dating options now than ever. If Jay-Z says "on to the next one," so be it. At the very least, you can take comfort in the fact that these relationships are probably shorter than any of yours ever were.

One And A Half Weeks

“I found out he practiced Scientology.”

- Emily C., 29

Three Months

“It ended after three months when I figured out he had other girlfriends in the cities he visited often for work.”

- Joey D., 34

Two Weeks

"Every time we spent time together, all he could talk about was the size of other women's breasts (I was basically flat). Specifically, a woman he worked with."

- Donna S., 35

24 Hours

“It ended because his mother, who was Indian, called to tell me I wasn't good enough for her son since I was a useless little black girl whose mother was probably on drugs and that it was over because she forbade it – in much harsher words than I've written. I was 13.”

- Ayele A., 38

Two Dates

"His idea of telling me good night was to take his goods out of his pants... I looked at my watch, said 'I have to be at work in five minutes, and that would be five minutes for me if anything, so good day to you, get out of my car.' And that was that."

- Rebecca F., 29

Three Months

“The relationship lasted about three months but ended when he brought his wife to watch me perform stand-up. We had sex about three hours prior.”

- Ashley P., 27

Two Dates

"I was 15. Lasted two dates. I knew he was gay. He came out 40 years later."

- Mary M., 54

Three Months

“When we were at a hotel pool, he refused to wear a towel, getting water all over the slick tiles and there were older adults and children around. I told him to be careful and he replied that he paid enough for this place, someone else can wipe it up. There was a 0% chance I was going to stick with him after that.”

- Abby S. 38

Three Dates

“There was this Brooklyn lawyer who went to Burning Man between our first and second dates and decided he suddenly wanted to live in a commune and have a lot of kids.”

- Missy G., 41

Three And A Half Weeks

“We were together for three and a half weeks. But I kept getting sh*t for it because everyone thought I stole him from another girl. And his sister hated me. She was a big reason why we broke up. There was too much drama plus he also turned out to be a man whore the whole time and super emotionally and mentally unstable. He would send me the most bizarre self-loathing texts.”

- Jenna M., 25

One Week

“We met when he came home for spring break to visit his parents. He was only 21, and I felt like a predator but his pop culture knowledge made me give him a chance. We meshed so well, and I fell hard and fast. The sex wasn't bad either. But he was still a flaky 21-year-old, and what was I really going to do when he went back to [school for] his sophomore year 7,000 miles away?”

- Chloe M., 28

Three Months

“Three months with a narcissist. Within three months, he displayed all of the symptoms of that personality disorder. I caught him swindling people and warned a friend who was about to be swindled. That led to a violent ending of the relationship that gave me the opportunity to practice my self-defense skills. He started the physical assault and I ended it.”

- Tammy H., 51

One Week

“I dated a beautiful girl for one week. During a nice dinner out, she insisted on Instagramming the whole thing — including a trip outside to grab a shot of the sign.”

- Michelle A., 37

Two Months

“Two-month whirlwind romance came to a screaming halt when she announced she was moving in with me at lunch with me, her, and her mum in attendance."

- Alex R., 24

One Season

“We hung out a lot over winter break because my roommates had gone home and I had the place to myself. Things were going pretty well, but it seemed like we were always at my place and he didn't want to go out with me anywhere – he even offered to go out to get food and bring it back! I didn't want to be a secret, but frankly, once I found out that he was sharing a queen bed with another guy to save money on rent, I totally lost interest. Dude, I'm the one that should've been embarrassed to be with you!”

- Lauren H., 27

Two Weeks

"We started dating, spending long days together – for two weeks – [until] I discovered he plays World of Warcraft excessively, had a dirty home, was married to a woman in another state, masturbated with a butt plug, and was quickly needy of me, and quickly started discussing how much he wanted a family because he grew up with a dad thinking he was a vampire and a mom who was always pawning him off."

- Laura E., 31

Three Weeks

"He was really into movies, had told me, and we'd talked about films. While he stepped into the bathroom, I took a closer look at the DVD collection that was lining the floor all the way around the apartment and crammed into bookcases."

- Susanne R., 49

One Month

“I dated a guy for about a month. It was going well until he sent me a long rambling text about how he was going back into therapy because his ex-fiancé had stolen a lot of money from him and he was having anxiety attacks about being serious.”

- Amanda C., 28

Three Months

"He was 13 years older than me (I was 23 at the time) but he behaved more like my peers than some of my peers did. He was simultaneously 'too young' and 'too old.'"

- Anna P., 31

Three Dates

“I was in high school and went out with a guy a few times... then he told me we couldn't be together because the Ouija board told him our child was going to be the Antichrist... so he had to date one of my best friends instead because, apparently, their kid would cure cancer or something monumental like that.”

- Frankie W., 31

One Month

“I dated a guy for 1 month and broke it off for several reasons: 1. He lived with his parents, drove a car his parents gave him, and his parents paid for his gas. 2. He got mad at me for getting a tattoo on my foot in memorial of my great-grandpa who passed away. Told me he 'didn't understand why I couldn't memorialize him in a less permanent way.' 3. He told me one night that he thought my dad was lazy and needed to lose weight. My dad who works sometimes 50-60 hour weeks as a programmer for Starbucks.

I'll be honest and admit that I even took the rude way out and broke up with him via text message. But, honestly, most of the time I had to come to him, and he wasn't worth my 30-minute drive.”

- Kristin G., 29

One Month And A Half

“He came to nurse me back to health when I had bronchitis, brought me soup and stuff. When he realized I got bronchitis from sleeping with someone else, he said I wasn't 'kindhearted' enough.”

- Lindsay B., 30

Three Months

“He was obsessive. I was in school and he'd call the house nonstop. So I broke up with him. He didn't get it and the whole last month was us 'breaking up'. He ended up getting a broken heart tattoo.”

- Angel G., 33

One Month And A Half

“[We lasted] about a month and a half, two weeks of which I was on the other side of the country! I let him stay at my place those two weeks (surprise, he was homeless at the time), and it was dirtier when I got home than when I left. He was very obsessive, clingy, and, unfortunately, legit, crazy. He took everything I said and twisted it or was otherwise offended somehow. Said he loved me after a week. Ended up flipping out because I told him he needed to pay bills if he wanted to stay any longer.”

- Andrea M., 35

Five Months

“The relationship was about five months or so. We were out at a club and got into a huge fight because I knew that one of his best friends had cheated on his girlfriend. I told the girl about it and she confronted her then-boyfriend and my boyfriend. My boyfriend was angry and said he couldn't trust me and I broke 'guy code.' So he called it off.”

- Jiana L., 24


How Long Does It Take to Get Over a Breakup? It Depends

Heartbreak typically represents a serious source of emotional, even physical, pain. You loved and you lost, so it’s only natural you’d experience lingering grief.

As you work to collect the shards of your heart and patch yourself back together after a bad breakup, you might wonder, “How long will this misery last?”

Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer. It might take a few weeks to get over a break up or a full year or two.

People recover from grief at different paces, for one. You also might need more time to recover from certain relationships, particularly those that lasted longer or felt more meaningful to you. You may always carry some memory of your loss. That’s normal, too.

But you will heal, in time.

Here’s a closer look at what might affect this amount of time, and some tips for recovering and moving on.

Plenty of people have tried to calculate an average

Perhaps you’ve heard the theory, popularized by various media sources, that breakup recovery requires half the amount of time you spent in the relationship.

Having a solid end point to look forward to might help you feel a little better, but recovery doesn’t always follow a clear timeline.

People sometimes find themselves still grappling with pain and grief more than a year after ending a relationship that was over within months.

Others might heal and move on in a matter of weeks, even when the relationship itself lasted a year or longer.

Online polls

When looking at the timeline of breakups, lots of sites refer to a “study” that’s actually a poll conducted by a market research company on behalf of Yelp.

The results of the poll suggest it takes an average of about 3.5 months to heal, while recovering after divorce might take closer to 1.5 years, if not longer.

Scientific research

While the poll mentioned above doesn’t really qualify as an actual study, that doesn’t mean researchers haven’t considered this age-old question.

In one 2007 study, researches surveyed college students who’d gone through a breakup within the past 6 months. The breakup had happened, on average, in the 11 weeks before the study.

The authors reported that a significant number of participants reported increased positive emotions — including empowerment, confidence, and happiness — following the breakup.

Since the breakups happened an average of 11 weeks before the study, these findings seem to imply many people recover after about 11 weeks. This time frame only offers an average, though.

Remember, the study looked at people who had gone through breakups within a 6-month period, so it could take 6 months to see this improvement, if not longer.

Another 2007 study aimed to compare the level of distress people thought they might experience after a breakup with the actual distress they experienced.

Of the 69 total participants, 26 experienced a breakup within the first 6 months of the study. These participants reported on their distress by filling out a questionnaire every 2 weeks. Their distress declined steadily over several weeks, just as they had predicted, and by the 10-week mark, they felt better.

What the participants got wrong, however, was how much distress they actually experienced. The results suggest they weren’t as upset as they thought they’d be.

While these findings don’t conclusively offer a specific timeline for recovery, they do suggest two things:

  • You might start feeling better fairly quickly.
  • You could feel a lot better after about 10 weeks.

Keep in mind that both of these studies were quite small, making it hard to draw any major conclusions from them.

It depends on a lot of factors

If experts haven’t landed on a clear timeline for breakup recovery, it’s pretty safe to assume there is no fixed time frame for healing.

The truth is, breakup recovery varies so widely because so many different factors can affect the process. Your own experiences might even emphasize this.

If you’ve gone through a few breakups, take a moment to look back on how your recovery from each played out. You probably didn’t heal at exactly the same pace each time.

A few potential factors that might affect recovery include:

Your commitment

Generally speaking, the more invested you were, the you’ll likely experience when the relationship ends.

Perhaps you like your partner’s company and enjoy spending time together but don’t really see a future. Eventually, you mutually decide to look for something more serious elsewhere.

At first you miss seeing them and feel some loneliness and regret. But once a few weeks have passed, you’re ready to get back out there.

When you believe your relationship has lasting potential, however, you might feel significantly more distraught when it ends.

Say you thought you and your partner were completely in love. Perhaps you just moved in together or started talking about kids.

Then suddenly something happened to turn your relationship upside down. When a breakup comes as an unwelcome surprise, confusion and hurt can make it even tougher to overcome the rejection.

When you live together, dividing your shared life back into two separate lives can add even more pain, especially when you also have to cope with unwanted changes in finances, living arrangements, or shared friendships.


When a relationship ends because a partner cheated, recovery might follow something of a rockier path.

Along with processing the breakup and learning to cope with the loss of your partner, you also have to come to terms with the fact that they shattered your trust.

The trauma of betrayal can have a lingering effect on your mental health and make it harder to move on and fully trust future partners.

Relationship quality

Healthy relationships often have a positive effect on your well-being. Lower-quality or unhealthy relationships, however, might not offer the same benefits.

If you and your partner fought a lot, had communication problems, or always seemed on the verge of calling it quits, you might feel more relieved than upset when the relationship finally ends.

Maybe you didn’t fight but just weren’t that interested in each other. You stayed together since it felt comfortable and having a partner seemed more convenient than going it alone.

In either scenario, ending a less than satisfying relationship probably won’t leave you upset for long. You might even find that the breakup makes you feel better.

Whether you dumped or were dumped

Making the choice to end a relationship that no longer feels fulfilling will probably offer some measure of relief.

It may seem like a given that the person doing the rejecting will feel less distressed. This is often, but not always, the case. Even when you realize the relationship isn’t working out, you may not necessarily want to break up.

Maybe you still love your partner and wish you could maintain the relationship. Recognizing that you made the right decision could certainly help you bounce back more quickly, but you’ll likely still grieve your loss.

To contrast, rejection can sting quite a bit, even if you didn’t feel terribly invested. Getting dumped can affect your sense of self-worth and leave you feeling vulnerable long after the breakup.

Can you help things move faster?

There’s no other way to say it: The post-breakup period can feel pretty awful.

Maybe you can’t seem to get your mind off your ex, and every distraction you try reminds you of them even more.

Restful sleep may be a thing of the past, or you have no appetite. You might even feel actual physical pain. Sad and miserable, you wonder how long it will take to start feeling like yourself again.

It’s entirely understandable you’d want to speed up the recovery process. Most people don’t enjoy wallowing in heartbreak, and breakup grief can be a heavy burden to carry.

There’s not much you can do to hurry your healing, but cultivating patience and letting time work its magic will help. Your pain might feel intense now, but it won’t last forever.

How to start the healing process

While you may not be able to heal your broken heart any faster, you can still take care of yourself in the meantime.

These tips can help boost your resilience and improve your outlook as you begin the recovery process.

Remember, it’s OK to grieve

Accepting the loss of your relationship, and all the painful feelings that come with it, is an important step toward recovering from heartbreak.

It might seem easier to push those feelings down and pretend you feel fine, hoping you’ll convince yourself. Yet suppressing your feelings won’t help you work through them. Only by acknowledging that distress can you begin to let it go.

Sitting with your sadness, betrayal, anger, and despair might hurt at first, but mindfulness meditation and similar approaches can help you get more comfortable recognizing and accepting these emotions.

Get more tips on processing breakup grief.

Spend time with friends

Social support can make a big difference as you recover from a breakup.

Friends and loved ones can:

Simply spending time with family and friends can remind you of the love you still have in your life. This love may not be quite the same as romantic love, but it’s equally important.

Focus on self-care

In the days immediately following the breakup, you may not particularly feel like going to bed and waking up at regular times, showering, leaving the house, or cooking.

It’s totally fine to give yourself some time to let things slide. All the same, sticking to your regular routine can add structure and normalcy to your days. It could make it a little easier to cope with your grief.

Taking care of your physical needs also gives you the energy you need to heal. Encourage yourself to eat well, get some exercise, and make time for quality sleep. It really can make a difference in your mood.

Find more post-breakup self-care tips.

Keep a balanced perspective

As you begin to process the breakup, try to look at the relationship — and its demise — objectively. Putting all the blame for the breakup on yourself, or heaping it on your ex, probably won’t do much for your recovery.

In fact, research suggests taking a negative view of your ex could help you get over them more quickly. But doing so also seems to increase the amount of distress you feel.

Instead of denying or invalidating your feelings, remind yourself it’s OK if you still love your ex. Give yourself space to fully experience those emotions. A journal offers a great place to express your thoughts about the breakup and lingering feelings.

Then try moving on to a positive distraction.

How to know you’re ‘over it’

While there’s no surefire way to determine when you’ve finally recovered from the breakup, you’ll probably notice a few of the following signs:

  • You can think back to the good times you had together without pain.
  • You no longer avoid shared activities or favorite restaurants.
  • You feel whole and complete as your own person.
  • It doesn’t hurt to think about them.
  • You feel ready to try dating again and open up to someone new.

The bottom line

Experts can’t answer how long it really takes to get over a breakup, but rest assured, your recovery will take just as long as it needs to take.

From the depths of distress, it’s often tough to see any light above, but you might see improvement sooner than you expect.

If you continue to struggle with distress, a therapist can offer guidance and support with the healing process.

Crystal Raypole has previously worked as a writer and editor for GoodTherapy. Her fields of interest include Asian languages and literature, Japanese translation, cooking, natural sciences, sex positivity, and mental health. In particular, she’s committed to helping decrease stigma around mental health issues.

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There's no getting around it: Breakups are terrible, even if they're handled with compassion. They can shake you to your very foundations, causing you to question your confidence AND your faith in love itself. If you've been broken up with, you're grappling with the very real pain of rejection on top of mourning a lost love. When you're the one who chose to end things, there's often guilt swirled into your sadness. Even in the most amicable, mutual situations, a split is an ending—and in a culture that emphasizes "forever" as a relationship goal, we're made to feel like an ending is a failure.

In reality, breakups are often the shattering preamble to a new-and-improved life (one that can eventually include a relationship with someone you're more compatible with). But in those first few brutal days and weeks, you've got every right to feel inconsolable. In time, though, you can move onward and upward. Here's a few ways to start feeling better fast.

Allow yourself time to grieve.

No matter the circumstances of your split, your feelings are valid and processing them is a journey in itself.

"You're losing a big part of your life when you break up with someone. They are a friend, a lover, a confidante and maybe a housemate," says Charly Lester, dating expert and CMO of Lumen, a dating app for people over 50. "They've probably been a daily feature in your life for some time, and you need to grieve that loss almost like you would a death."

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Tess Brigham, a therapist and life coach based in California, agrees. "It's okay to feel sad one day, mad the next, in denial the day after, and back to feeling sad again."

Consider deleting your ex's number—for now, anyway.

Maybe the two of you said that you'd stay friends. A post-breakup friendship may well happen in time, but "time" is the key word here. Very few exes make a seamless transition into friendship immediately (and if you think you've done it, see what happens when one of you starts dating someone new).

"If the breakup was instigated by the other person, delete their number from your phone, so you aren't inclined to contact them," Lester says. It'll help you avoid the dreaded drunk-dial, and eliminate the impulse to send ill-advised texts.

Protect your heart with a social media purge.

Whether you're scrolling through old photos of happier times or hitting refresh on your ex's profile to analyze every update, Facebook and Instagram can be pure poison for the brokenhearted.

"Trying to decode if your ex is happy when he or she posted a picture from brunch is just going to make you feel bad about yourself," says Brigham.

No matter what an ego-wounded ex may tell you, it's not unkind to unfollow them; feel free to block them in the name of mental health. You can also choose to "snooze" a Facebook friend for 30 days by clicking on the three dots in the right-hand corner of a status update, so they won't appear in your feed for a month (you'll still need the willpower to avoid checking their profile, though).

"The same goes for their friends and family," Lester suggests. "If you think it's just going to make you obsess over your ex's every move, mute or remove them from your social media."

Don't contact your ex unless absolutely necessary.

Are you sensing a theme here? Distance is tough, but crucial. Moving logistics and figuring out shared dog-custody is one thing; calling or dropping by to get that one sweatshirt you "need" is another. DO NOT DROP BY.

"It isn't going to help your healing process, and the quicker you can adjust to life without your ex in it, the better it's going to be for you," Lester explains.

Schedule plans with friends.

"In the early days after a break-up, you're likely not to feel great, so try to distract yourself as much as possible," says Lester. "Make plans with friends so you don't have time to wallow."

Book a dinner date with your best friend—and if it turns into an hours-long hang, all the better. If you're the type to neglect non-romantic relationships when you're in love, come armed with an apology (and the intention to never do that again). You might throw your energy into forging new friendships, too.

Before you dash off those invites, remember to strictly stick to buddies who make you feel like the best version of yourself, instead of those who don't. Your heart is like a wounded baby animal right now, and it needs to be pampered!

Make a breakup playlist.

Music has a powerful effect on mood, which is why the breakup mix is a key part of your post-parting toolkit. When you find yourself adrift in a churning sea of emotion while driving to work or rage-cleaning your apartment, let the breakup playlist be your constant.

As for what to put on your mix? That's intensely personal. According to a 2016 study, listening to sad music is a source of comfort for some, while it makes others feel worse. If you know from past experience that moody songs will soothe you, go for it. Otherwise, you'll want to step away from that Adele album, pronto.

Consider energizing talk-to-the-hand jams that make you feel...well, "Good As Hell," to quote a Lizzo song. "Truth Hurts" is another excellent option—and so are all of these perfect breakup songs.

Return to the things you love doing, but they didn't.

Remember how Indian food used to be your favorite, but your ex nixed that takeout option every time? Order curry tonight, and enjoy the taste of sweet freedom.

"When we meet someone new and start spending a lot of time with them, some of our favorite activities can easily slip away," Brigham says. "Now that the relationship is over, it's time for you to start practicing daily yoga, bike riding, board gaming, whatever it was that made you happy that you might have put on the shelf while you were together."

Lose yourself in a good book.

Is there a better (and more affordable) form of escapism than an absorbing read? Put one in your tote and head to the park or a coffee shop—it'll get you out of the house, and you never know who you'll strike up a conversation with about the page-turner in your hands.

Need recommendations? Start with 13 books that'll help you heal after a breakup, or make your way through every Oprah's Book Club pick ever.

Keep it (and yourself) moving with a new workout.

Exercise helps your body get a shot of mood-lifting endorphins and serotonin (you can listen to that breakup playlist while you work out!). And if you've never had a fitness regimen before now, that's okay: A recent study suggests that starting today can still yield major benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and early death. Besides, it's difficult, if not impossible, to weep your way through an entire Zumba class.

Travel and explore new places.

Enter a new headspace by exploring a new location. It doesn't need to be a lavish, Eat, Pray, Love-style solo trip, either: Start by switching up your route home, or check out a restaurant the two of you never went to.

"When you're in a relationship, it's easy to get stuck hanging out in the same places, doing the same things," Brigham points out. "Push yourself to explore parts of the city you've never been in, or take a weekend trip by yourself to somewhere you've been meaning to visit but haven't had the time."

Do not get a "breakup haircut."

Or, at least wait a second before getting bangs for the first time in your adult life. Same goes for quitting your job, getting that tattoo that seemed brilliant last night, and all other major life changes.

According to Lester, it's best to write these urges down and revisit them a few weeks later. "Your emotions are likely to be running high, and you might not be sleeping or eating in a normal way, which can affect your judgment."

Resist the urge to obsess and fume over what went wrong.

"We learn a lot about ourselves through our relationships—both the good ones and the not-so-good ones," says Brigham. That said, "going in circles and feeling angry and resentful isn't going to help you learn about yourself and what you want in a relationship. It's going to keep you stuck in the problems of the past."

Try to accept that the relationship ended for a reason, and focus on picturing what you'd like to give and receive with your next partner, instead. Meditation and therapy are two ways to let go of anger about the ways you were wronged (and definitely skip bringing the topic up on future dates). And speaking of dates...

Don't rush into the dating game too soon.

If you do find yourself ranting about your last relationship while on a Tinder date, that's a clear sign that you need more time, Lester says.

"While meeting new people can be a great way to realize there are plenty more fish in the sea, you don't want to be sobbing about your ex over drinks," she adds.

Rethink your definition of "closure."

It isn't that there's no such thing as closure. It's that too many phone calls, DMs, and "one last talk" coffee shop meetups are committed in the name of achieving it, when all you're actually doing is reopening a wound. True closure only comes with time.

Lester breaks it down like this: "In my experience, there are two scenarios. You either get enough time and emotional distance to be able to look back and appreciate why it didn't work, or you end up with an 'eclipse effect.' That's when you meet someone else so amazing that they completely eclipse all your previous thoughts of your ex."

Finally, when you're ready, forgive.

"Forgive yourself for mistakes you made in the relationship, and forgive the other person," Brigham says. "We don't forgive for the other person, we forgive for ourselves."

Letting go of the bitterness will help you find that friendship with an ex eventually, if you both want it. More importantly, it will help you move forward.

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How to Break Up Respectfully

When Relationships End

In the beginning, it's exciting. You can't wait to see your BF or GF — and it feels amazing to know that he or she feels the same way. The happiness and excitement of a new relationship can overpower everything else

Nothing stays new forever, though. Things change as couples get to know each other better. Some people settle into a comfortable, close relationship. Other couples drift apart.

There are lots of different reasons why people break up. Growing apart is one. You might find that your interests, ideas, values, and feelings aren't as well matched as you thought they were. Changing your mind or your feelings about the other person is another. Perhaps you just don't enjoy being together. Maybe you argue or don't want the same thing. You might have developed feelings for someone else. Or maybe you've discovered you're just not interested in having a serious relationship right now.

Most people go through a break-up (or several break-ups) in their lives. If you've ever been through it, you know it can be painful — even if it seems like it's for the best.

Why Is Breaking Up So Hard to Do?

If you're thinking of breaking up with someone, you may have mixed feelings about it. After all, you got together for a reason. So it's normal to wonder: "Will things get better?" "Should I give it another chance?" "Will I regret this decision?" Breaking up isn't an easy decision. You may need to take time to think about it.

Even if you feel sure of your decision, breaking up means having an awkward or difficult conversation. The person you're breaking up with might feel hurt, disappointed, sad, rejected, or heartbroken. When you're the one ending the relationship, you probably want to do it in a way that is respectful and sensitive. You don't want the other person to be hurt — and you don't want to be upset either.

Avoid It? Or Get it Over With?

Some people avoid the unpleasant task of starting a difficult conversation. Others have a "just-get-it-over-with" attitude. But neither of these approaches is the best one. Avoiding just prolongs the situation (and may end up hurting the other person more). And if you rush into a difficult conversation without thinking it through, you may say things you regret.

Something in the middle works best: Think things through so you're clear with yourself on why you want to break up. Then act.

Break-up Do's and Don'ts

Every situation is different. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to breaking up. But there are some general "do's and don'ts" you can keep in mind as you start thinking about having that break-up conversation.


  • Think over what you want and why you want it. Take time to consider your feelings and the reasons for your decision. Be true to yourself. Even if the other person might be hurt by your decision, it's OK to do what's right for you. You just need to do it in a sensitive way.
  • Think about what you'll say and how the other person might react. Will your BF or GF be surprised? Sad? Mad? Hurt? Or even relieved? Thinking about the other person's point of view and feelings can help you be sensitive. It also helps you prepare. Do you think the person you're breaking up with might cry? Lose his or her temper? How will you deal with that kind of reaction?
  • Have good intentions. Let the other person know he or she matters to you. Think about the qualities you want to show toward the other person — like honesty, kindness, sensitivity, respect, and caring.
  • Be honest — but not brutal. Tell the other person the things that attracted you in the first place, and what you like about him or her. Then say why you want to move on. "Honesty" doesn't mean "harsh." Don't pick apart the other person's qualities as a way to explain what's not working. Think of ways to be kind and gentle while still being honest.
  • Say it in person. You've shared a lot with each other. Respect that (and show your good qualities) by breaking up in person. If you live far away, try to video chat or at least make a phone call. Breaking up through texting or Facebook may seem easy. But think about how you'd feel if your BF or GF did that to you — and what your friends would say about that person's character!
  • If it helps, confide in someone you trust. It can help to talk through your feelings with a trusted friend. But be sure the person you confide in can keep it private until you have your actual break-up conversation with your BF or GF. Make sure your BF/GF hears it from you first — not from someone else. That's one reason why parents, older sisters or brothers, and other adults can be great to talk to. They're not going to blab or let it slip out accidentally.


  • Don't avoid the other person or the conversation you need to have. Dragging things out makes it harder in the long run — for you and your BF or GF. Plus, when people put things off, information can leak out anyway. You never want the person you're breaking up with to hear it from someone else before hearing it from you.
  • Don't rush into a difficult conversation without thinking it through. You may say things you regret.
  • Don't disrespect. Speak about your ex (or soon-to-be ex) with respect. Be careful not to gossip or badmouth him or her. Think about how you'd feel. You'd want your ex to say only positive things about you after you're no longer together. Plus, you never know — your ex could turn into a friend or you might even rekindle a romance someday.

These "dos and don'ts" aren't just for break-ups. If someone asks you out but you're not really interested, you can follow the same guidelines for letting that person down gently.

What to Say and How to Say It

You've made the decision to break up. Now you need to find a good time to talk — and a way to have the conversation that's respectful, fair, clear, and kind. Break-ups are more than just planning what to say. You also want to consider how you will say it.

Here are some examples of what you might say. Use these ideas and modify them to fit your situation and style:

  1. Tell your BF or GF that you want to talk about something important.
  2. Start by mentioning something you like or value about the other person.
    For example: "We've been close for a long time, and you're important to me."
    Or: "I really like you and I'm glad we've gotten to know each other."
  3. Say what's not working (your reason for the break-up).
    For example: "But I'm not ready to have a serious boyfriend right now."
    Or: "But you cheated on me, and I can't accept that."
    Or: "But we're arguing more than we're having fun."
    Or: "But it just doesn't feel right anymore."
    Or: "But there's someone else."
  4. Say you want to break up.
    For example: "So, I want to break up."
    Or: "So I want us to be friends, but not go out."
    Or: "So I want to stay friendly, but I don't want to be your BF/GF anymore."
  5. Say you're sorry if this hurts.
    For example: "I don't want to hurt you."
    Or: "I'm sorry if this isn't the way you wanted things to be."
    Or: "I'm sorry if this hurts you."
    Or: "I know this is hard to hear."
  6. Say something kind or positive.
    For example: "I know you'll be OK."
    Or: "I know we'll always care about each other."
    Or: "I'll always remember the good times we had."
    Or: "I'll always be glad I got to know you."
    Or: "I know there's another girl/guy who will be happy to have a chance to go out with you."
  7. Listen to what the other person wants to say. Be patient, and don't be surprised if the other person acts upset or unhappy with what you've said.
  8. Give the person space. Consider following up with a friendly message or conversation that lets your ex know you care about how s/he is doing.

Relationships Help Us Learn

Whether they last a long time or a short time, relationships can have special meaning and value. Each relationship can teach us something about ourselves, another person, and what we want and need in a future partner. It's a chance for us to learn to care about another person and to experience being cared about.

A break-up is an opportunity to learn, too. It's not easy. But it's a chance to do your best to respect another person's feelings. Ending a relationship — as hard as it is — builds our skills when it comes to being honest and kind during difficult conversations.

Reviewed by: KidsHealth Medical Experts


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