My high school boyfriend was extremely jealous. Anytime I so much as spoke to another guy, he would have a meltdown. The first couple of times it happened, I was surprised, but honestly, I was also kind of flattered. He wasn't abusive or mean… just kind of intense about it. However, it didn't take long for that to wear extremely thin and go from an ego boost, to annoying, to a deal breaker. It wasn't always clear in past relationships when to end things because I didn't know how to know when a relationship is over. But not this time.
I remember the exact moment it was over. I was talking to a classmate when I saw him out of the corner of my eye — well, actually, it was more like I felt his eyes burning into the side of my head. His face was a mixture of pain and anger, and in that moment, something in my mind just clicked. It. Was. Over. The thought of dealing with his insecurity for one more minute made my skin literally crawl.
Turns out, I'm not alone. A Reddit user asked women to tell them "about a time when you knew the EXACT moment your relationship was over," and the answers are fascinating. The reasons why these women ended their relationships run the gamut, but one thing they all have in common is the fact that when you know, you know.
When the little things were too much:
And the not-so-little things, too:
When the trust was gone:
When they were selfish AF:
When they were abusive:
When there were problems in the bedroom:
When they realized they had fallen out of love:
When they were jealous:
And then there's this monster:
Wow! Yeah, if your partner is more worried about the bottom line than your cancer, that's a pretty big sign that it's time to bounce.
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