Internet commentators were blown away after a woman detailed the resentment she had for her cheating sister-in-law.
In a viral Reddit thread posted to the r/TrueOffMyChest forum, Redditor u/resentful3 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) recounted the events that fueled his vitriol for his brother’s wife and continue to haunt him to this day. .
Posted on September 27, the viral thread received over 11,000 upvotes and 600 comments.
“My [ex-husband] been unfaithful,” OP began. “With my brother’s wife.
Continuing to explain that her ex-husband’s infidelity was unforgivable, OP said she filed for divorce as a result of his cheating.
Unfortunately for OP, the same couldn’t be said for his brother.
“I divorced my husband but my brother stayed with his wife,” OP wrote. “So she’s still here.
“I blame him,” OP added. “And I don’t like having to see her at family events.”
Infidelity, whether emotional, physical, or both, can have devastating effects on a relationship.
When an individual leaves their partner, the fundamental trusting relationships necessary to thrive begin to erode and, in many cases, do not end. Cheating is for many an automatic break and immediately means the end of a relationship, a sudden end.
Data published by the American Psychological Association over the past decade has revealed that between 20 and 40 percent of divorces in the United States involve at least one extramarital sexual contact, and a pattern of distress and conflict as a result.
Yet large numbers of married men and women continue to cheat on their spouses, despite the obvious risk and potential consequences.
Over the past two decades, national surveys conducted by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy have shown that 25% of married men, as well as 15% of married women, have had at least one extramarital affair.
When affective and sexual relationships without sexual intercourse are considered, The New York Times reports, the number of unfaithful affairs increases by 20 percent.
But while about 40% of adults who admit their infidelity are separated or divorced, 50% of cheating spouses remain married to the partner they knowingly cheated on, according to Couples Therapy Inc.
Countless articles and advice columns on the internet cater to cheating partners and couples who have been cheating. Each outlet offers unique insight into how to move forward in the wake of infidelity, but there is a clear common thread: Couples who survive cheating can do so because both partners want save the relationship.
When a partner feels different or too betrayed to continue with the person who hurt them, the relationship is likely already over, according to Very Well Mind.
As half of cheating spouses can attest, some couples are able to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, even when other loved ones are left in the dark.
Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors expressed their disbelief at OP’s awkward family dynamics and how often his sister-in-law’s infidelity must come into play.
“Can you imagine bringing a new boyfriend to see the family?” Redditor u/We_All_Float_7 questioned in the main comment of the post, which received over 11,000 upvotes.
“‘She’s my sister-in-law,'” they continued, posing as OP. “‘Don’t fuck that one.'”
Redditor u/DanceMom1987, whose comment received nearly 5,000 upvotes, offered a similar response.
“Whenever you see her, ask her if she has heard from you. [ex-husband]“, they sarcastically advised.
“I would make family events as awkward as possible,” added Redditor u/UrDadsFave, receiving over 3,000 upvotes. “She would like to stay at home.
“Yuck,” added Redditor u/ayymahi. “She has no shame in showing up to family functions like she hasn’t ruined a marriage.”
Newsweek contacted u/ressentful3 for comment.
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