13 Breakup Stories That Will Have Your Heart Aching, Too

13 Of The Worst Breakup Stories That Will Have Your Heart Aching Like You Went Through It, Too

Nothing breaks like a heart.

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Heartbreak, it's not fun, especially when you break up with someone and it doesn't end on good terms. The good thing is, so many other people go through breakups just like we do, so it's nice to be able to empathize with others and relate to their stores. I decided to ask 13 people to tell me their worst breakup stories. I completely feel for these anonymous individuals and it's awful that they even had to endure these types of situations.

Some responses were lightly edited for this article

1. "I never felt so unwanted in my life"

"I wouldn't call it the worst breakup story, he didn't sleep with one of my friends or anything terrible. I just knew that the relationship needed to end. I wasn't happy, I had become a person I didn't even remotely recognize, and I'd never felt so unwanted in my entire life. So with a heart full of love for him, I ended it. I knew time would heal all wounds and I knew my future wasn't with him. He guilted me into going out to dinner with him again and all I felt was more confusion because he suddenly had a desire to make me happy. I knew it was an act so I never took him back. Within two months of the breakup, he started dating a bridesmaid from a wedding we were both at.

"Today, I constantly hear stories of the crazy things she does and he consistently reaches out to me once every 6-12 months. For my own sanity, I blocked him on everything. I had forgotten I had LinkedIn until several months ago so after he messaged me on there, I had to block him from that social media platform as well. I'm sure his next step will be to create another Facebook or log in to someone's profile to message me."

2. "He went back to his ex"

"Worst breakup story is my boyfriend broke up with me over text message, claiming we had no time for each other and that he was going to be working a lot, but then turned around and starting screwing his ex."

3. "I broke up with my ex for $5"

I was in the eight grade and I had been dating the same girl for over a year. We were about as serious as 13-to-14-year-olds could be, but it was probably never going to last. One day, in the library, my best friend and I were talking and somehow the conversation led to my girlfriend and how I wasn't really ever going to end things even though I mentioned it quite a bit. We made a $5 bet that I wouldn't dump her and 10 minutes later I did.

"This was probably no big deal for my ex because, to my knowledge, she is still unaware of the bet and is now happily married nearly over a decade later, but for me, this was the absolute worst. Valuing my girlfriend at $5 is a mark of shame I still bare, I probably could have gotten $20."

4. "He broke up with me because of my scars"

"I had an ex break up with me because I had to get two tumors removed from my breast and he said I was ugly now that there is going to be a scar and that's after dating for four years."

5. This one is self explanatory

"I broke up with a guy because he didn't like Mozzarella sticks."

6. "He gave me and his family the exact same gift"

"I dated a guy for a very long time - off and on for 14 years. The final break up was one Christmas, he comes out with three identical packages. Gives one to me, one to his sister and one to his aunt. He gave us all the same throw blanket. I managed to maintain my cool and after a while left. I ran out of his mother's house so fast, he was trying to catch up with me. I cursed him out and never saw him again until about five years later. We sort of made up but never dated again. We're friends now and my current beloved gives me great gifts (not that l need anything). By the way, I still have that throw."

7. "He broke up with me while I was in class"

"I was in class and he was texting me and I told him I wanted to talk after I got out of class and he wouldn't wait. So, he basically broke up with himself."

8. "He started dating his best friend's teenage sister"

"He asked me where I saw our relationship going and I told him I liked him and wanted to be with him. He told me he didn't think he would have time for me because of his job and that he still had trust issues because of his ex, but was conflicted on what to do. He couldn't give me a straight answer. He didn't talk to me for a week. We had an awkward conversation on the phone that led to nothing that had to do with why we were even on the phone. Then he ghosted me and a month later, apologized because he should've just told me he didn't want to be in a relationship with me.

"A few weeks later, he was in a relationship with his best friend's younger sister who was still in high school. All the times he went to visit his best friend while we were talking suddenly made sense."

9. "He broke up with me without me knowing"

"I was dating a guy long distance when I lived in Cleveland. For Thanksgiving, I was going to fly down to Florida (where he lived). I spent $400 on a flight and told my parents I wasn't going to be seeing them because I was seeing him for my Thanksgiving break. Two days before I was set to leave, he started acting sketchy and blocked me on everything out of nowhere. We hadn't had a fight or anything. He literally just blocked me. I had to cancel that flight and spend another $300 flying back home (where my parents lived at the time). I called the hotel I was supposed to be staying at and asked if he had actually put in a reservation/deposit for the week. They said no. His name was listed but my name wasn't, another girl's name was.

"Weeks went by and I never heard from him. I was back in Cleveland at this time. I was sitting in class and he texted me a picture of a girl saying 'This is why we broke up.' I guess he was cheating and seeing some skank on the side. However, I never knew we had actually broken up because he just randomly blocked me without explanation. The whole thing was a mess. Never again. Can't trust these dudes."

10. "She told me was leaving for college and that I couldn't go with her"

"How it happened between me and my ex is I noticed her acting weird by not communicating with me a lot as she had used to. Before the breakup, I had only seen her at a friend's birthday, Valentine's day, and the last day before the breakup. She acted fine when I was with her but something was off. On my day off I wanted to visit her job but she told me not to and that there was something she's been wanting to tell me. She had me wait a week while I was panicking about what it could be. Finally, she told me while I was at my job that she was leaving to Montana for college. I told her I'd go with her because I was also wanting to propose to her. She told me, no and that I couldn't I had noticed on her Snapchat that she was hanging out with some guy, which she said was a 'friend of hers.'

"A month after the breakup, she told me the real reason she broke up with me was that she wasn't happy in the relationship and that she thinks she likes the guy she's been seeing and hanging out with. Later, on they actually became a couple and she also made a new Facebook adding some of my friends from school but not me. I haven't heard from her since."

11. "We broke up and he got a job at my restaurant"

"We dated for a little over two years and I thought I was going to marry him. I broke up with him due to many factors, one being alcoholism. Less than a week after we're over, he flips his truck in a ditch and gets arrested for a DUI. The next week, he gets a job at the restaurant I work at and now we're co-workers and he acts like I don't exist. I truly don't understand men."

12. "He broke up with me because I had pink hair"

"After my ex-fiance and I ended it, I started dating a friend's brother/ coworker. We dated for 6 months or so and I decided to dye my hair. It was supposed to be magenta but got messed up in the process and turned into bubblegum pink. That night he said I was still beautiful and the pink hair was 'fun.' Two days later, he ended the relationship because 'I was not pretty enough anymore.'"

13. "He cheated on me with a stripper"

"When I was 17, I got involved in a long distance relationship. We dated for two and a half year and got engaged. He kept promising to move to Florida and kept falling through with that promise. He moved to Texas and stayed with his dad, saying he could make more money to officially move to Florida. About two weeks into the move, I found out he cheated on me with a stripper. The relationship ended shortly after that because the trust was gone and he still had no plan to move to Florida. He is now happily married and I am just trying to find my way."

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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An Open Letter To The People I Decided To Stop Fighting For

"Stop begging and fighting for people to love you the right way. Stop investing time in people who don't mind if you stay or leave." — Reyna Biddy

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To the people I decided to stop fighting for,

It's not you, it's me. It's me who made the choice to put your needs above mine for longer than I should have. It's me who let myself be involved in an endless cycle of giving, without taking. It's me who continues to see the best in people even when shown a million reasons to take off the goggles-- to not float back down to Earth, back to reality. But to crash into pieces of what was once a flawless facade.

But it's you who were never going to change.

You were never going to see all the ways you hurt me, and I was never going to force you to. Just as you failed to understand, I failed to tell you there were repercussions... because there weren't.

I am a kind person, and I will not stop being kind. I am a compassionate person, and I will not stop being compassionate. I will, however, stop letting my kindness and compassion act as a gateway for mistreatment, for not second chances but third and fourth and fifth chances. Chances that you never asked for, but that I gave you anyways.

I have to walk away from the one-sidedness, from the excuses that I handed you on a silver platter. I let you walk all over me, and I even shined your shoes in the process. I am done using amazing memories as a means of masking toxicity with a happy past. The thing about memories is that they're used to reminisce about the previous, but I used them to excuse the things that you do in the present.

You were never going to stop making me feel small when all I'd do is try to lift you up. I suppose the more you let someone treat you as though you're small, the more they believe it is OK to do this, it is OK to belittle you. But it was never OK, and that's on me. It was me who'd tell you the ways you had hurt me, only to have you repeat them over and over again without consequence. And it was me who was fine with this.

I am without anger, without frustration, and without sadness.

I feel nothing but love for you, but I must also love myself enough to stop fighting and to let go of things not meant for me, things that no longer bring me joy and peace in my life.

Now I am exhausted, far too tired to fight for people who judge instead of love, who bicker instead of trying to understand. Because you weren't going to change. You won't change. And that's OK, that I've made peace with. But I have to change — I have to stand up for myself, and I have to walk away.

So I lay down my armor and I throw up my shield because it's time to start protecting myself, to start fighting for me.

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