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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20 Reasons You Should Date A Nurse, As Told By Their Significant Others

Who better to get advice from than the ones actually doing it?

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to date a nurse? Why do some people do it? Don't they have countless 12-hour shifts (including nights), bring home gross diseases, always tired, holidays are up in the air, and tell ungodly stories that make you nauseous? Well, there are a lot more bright sides we don't always see.

I could tell you that nurses are natural caretakers, compassionate, smart, a little sarcastic, patient, etc., or you can hear all that and more from people who actually date nurses.

So, I asked 20 couples to tell me why dating a nurse is the best decision you can make.

1. You get the best start to your day.

Ari and Victoria

"It means getting used to being woken up early in the morning by his goodbye kiss as he goes off to the hospital. As much as I hate my sleep being disturbed, I worry when I don't get my morning kiss." -Victoria

2. The BEST personalities come from nurses. 

Kristine And Makato

"You get to be with a person who has a genuine caring and nurturing personality. You get someone who can put themselves in your shoes and still find it within themselves to put aside their differences in order to make sure you are okay. You get a one of a kind individual that you feel can do anything because of what the field demands. You feel like the luckiest person in the world because of these things. ♥️♥️♥️" -Makato

3. No emergency will scare them away. 

Theresa and Andrew

"Ladies, you should date a nurse because you'll always have emergency care 24/7. Seriously, the other day I fell and cut my knee. He was over with supplies and basically performed a full freaking head to toe assessment before I even knew what happened. Also, have you ever seen a man in scrubs? It's really a win win situation" -Theresa

4. You probably don't need health insurance

Alyssa and Mike

"So I don't have to go to the doctor's every time my head hurts. You can help." -Mike

5. They have the best sense of style.

Jenny and Emily (basically each others significant others...bffs 4 lyfe)

"Date a nurse because they are kind, compassionate, and always there to take care of you. Sick? BOOM, they know what to do. Need someone that you can trust to talk to? BOOM, they'll listen and never tell a soul what you said. Like a girl in uniform? BOOM, scrubs all day every day." -Jenny

6. You have your own walking, talking, WebMD (without the whole "you're probably dying" thing). 

Taylor and Matt

"Date a nurse because anytime I do something stupid like fall in the river, dislocate my knee fishing, cut my hands on rusty objects, knock teeth loose, get sick, or worry about medical problems, I have my own personal WebMD." -Matt

7. You get random check ups. 

Hannah and Robert

"I was watching TV, and out of nowhere, she's checking my pulse. She tells you you're breathing too much. She tells you you're not breathing enough. It's constant check up's." -Robert

(In our defense, we check peoples respiratory rate for a living. I know when I see 24 breaths/min or 14 breaths/min. Let me be.)

8. Your anxiety will be diminished and you save a ton of money. 

Ari and Victoria

"I spend way less on doctor bills and medical supplies now that I can ask my boyfriend my medical questions instead of having to go to the doctor to be told I'm perfectly healthy. He keeps my hypochondria in check for sure. My response to the littlest pain or annoyance is no longer 'call an ambulance'."-Victoria

9. They know how to call out bullshit. 

Cheryl and Carmine

"You do not get a lot of sympathy - unless you are REALLY sick or hurt !" -Carmine

10. They are always willing to help out. Because of this, YOU get to help out by becoming a practice dummy! 

Sammi and Caleb

"When dating a nurse you become a patient 24/7. Any new thing she's learning in class, gets practiced on you. If you're thinking about dating a nurse I'll tell you this, DO IT! They'll always be looking to help anyone who's sick or not in a great place mentally and I believe that to be the greatest trait anyone could have and I see that in a majority of nurses" -Caleb

11. They change you for the better. 

Erica and Jack

"Okay so she makes me grossly healthy, when I want burger king or something like that she offers to make healthy burgers, she convinced me to quit cigarettes because it is unhealthy, she checks my blood pressure constantly and when it's bad she lets me know and I go to the doctor's" -Jack

12. You basically have your own superhero.

Bryanna and Ryan

"Uhhh, duhhh you should date a nurse because they save lives; you're basically dating a superhero." -Ryan

Isn't this all we wanted as kids?

13. There is no such thing as being "too gross". They've seen it all. 

Jocelynn and Brandon

"You should date a nurse because you'll have someone who's able to patch you up after a stupid night out with the guys. Plus, you get a girl who's always responsible and selfless who wears her heart on her sleeve on the job & off. Knows how to be serious, yet still manages to use her sense of humor. Also, I get to pick my nose & fart without her being disgusted by it (MOST TIMES)" -Brandon

14. You're confused a lot because of all the terminology they are excited to share with you, but  don't worry they'll explain it. (We know the doctors never do *cough* *cough* another reason to date a nurse). 

Julia and Will

"You confuse me with words of nursing that I've never heard of or can barely even pronounce. Be prepared for overthinking and stress. A good thing about dating a nurse would be they know how to help when you get sicky, and it's hard to gross them out." -Will

15. They'll deal with your shit...sometimes

Zoe and Bobby

"Cause they take care of you when you're sick, lol. And they have a lot of patience..."

16. Are you a nurse dating a nurse? You will understand each other and their struggles immensely. 

Stanley and Rachel

She said : "You should date a nurse because they're so caring & know how to take care of you & are really smart & hardworking (aka my baby)"

He said: "Date a nurse because they are the most passionate of people. They care harder than anyone else and they will always be concerned with you and making sure you are okay, not just outside with cuts and bruises but on the inside where it counts in your heart. Also like, we just get each other and understand the time and work it takes and that's friggin huge"

AKA, they're basically the same human.

17. You kinda sorta maybe get a free pass to do stupid shit, because your nurse will be there. 

Erin and Joe

"You can do stupid shit and not have to worry about going to the hospital because she'll take care of you when you ultimately get hurt"-Joe

18. You have a knight in shining...scrubs? Yea, scrubs. Scrubs are definitely more moveable than armor. They're always ready to come save you.  

Mary and Nate

"I would say, 'Dating a nurse is peace of mind knowing that they have things under control when you slice your finger open even though they're an hour away' -Nate

19. If you're still wondering if dating a nurse is best for you, take it from these ladies who LIVE WITH ONE. (They're basically each others significant others).

Sarah (the nurse) with all the ones who put up with her: Maggie, Jenna, Claudia, Sophie, and Mellissa

"They complain about a headache but won't take medicine. They will be unavailable for hours at a time when exams are coming up" -Jenna

"When they come home tired from clinical and get drunk they want to kiss everyone" -Sophie

"You'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about the human body. They'll talk sense into you if you go too deep into WebMD" -Jenna (again; she was very passionate about this topic)

"They become your own personal WebMD, more logical though"- Mellissa

This is a confirmation that everyone else's statements are correct.

20. But honestly though....

Jess and Filip

"The real question is, why would you NOT want to date a nurse?!?" -Filip

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To The Boy I Fell In Then Out Of Love With, A Final Message

I want people to understand it is VERY possible to fall in love with the wrong person.

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It wasn't right.

And as much as it pains me to come to this realization, it's also liberating.

I fell in love with you. But I fell in love with the wrong person.

I'm sorry for trying to change you. I'm sorry for trying to reconstruct who you are as a person. But, because I now see these red flags and understand the emotional exhaustion we caused each other, I know now it can't work. I had too much hope in the potential — the what could have been. The impossible. I envisioned the ideal, picturesque relationship with you. I thought that if you changed the things I wanted you to change, everything would be fine. I couldn't force you to do that, though. I couldn't keep forcing anything.

There are so many beautiful things about you I will cherish forever.

I see so much good in you that a lot of people couldn't. Our relationship was special and strong in certain ways. You were the first person I ever really fell for. And for that, I will hold a place in my heart for you that will never, ever leave, no matter who comes into my life.

You are irreplaceable.

That being said, it's important to also note where things went wrong. Where things just couldn't be fixed. Where tireless effort just wasn't worth it anymore.

Love isn't supposed to be easy, but it also shouldn't be nearly as difficult as we made it out to be. I'm sorry we couldn't love each other. Maybe in another time or another life, it will be different. But it won't work now.

To the boy I fell in love with, I loved you, but I can't be with you.

I want people to understand it is VERY possible to fall in love with the wrong person. Red flags can pervade, but you will push them under the table because you don't want them to be true. I want people to realize you can still find so much good in a person and fall for a person for so many different reasons, but they STILL aren't right for you. All of this is real and valid and NEEDS to get addressed. If not, you will find yourself in an endless, toxic cycle of hurt and heartache.

Below, I've attached an article written by Kristine Fellizar entitled "20-Easy-To-Miss Signs You're In Love With The Wrong Person." I would make a list myself, but I feel like her list explicates this topic well, and I related to many of the ideas embedded in her piece.

Don't look at your past relationships as a mistake. Learn and grow from one another. Find that person that shouldn't have to change anything for you. You deserve a love that is wholesome and worth it.

You can be happy. Love someone for them. No more molding. No more wishful thinking. Just loving.

Easy, simple loving.

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