If we can learn anything from Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods, it’s that even the ‘tightest’ best friends can unexpectedly part ways.
It may not be a salacious scandal that millions talk about, it might be something that no one talks about. It can be quiet, slow moving and subtle, and in some cases, unutterably tragic.
No matter what the circumstances, it’s likely spectacularly painful and often heartbreaking for at least one party involved.
Mamamia spoke with three women whose best friends left their life. They shared with us how and why it happened, and most importantly, how it made them feel.
Side note – Kylie Jenner says she’s scared of Jordyn Woods after her betrayal. Post continues after video.
Casey and Lee
Casey*, 38 lost her best friend, Lee* to cancer two years ago. The pair had been childhood friends, their families were neighbours both sending their children to the same primary and secondary schools in Melbourne.
“Losing Lee was utterly soul destroying. In my situation there was nothing I could do to change the outcome, it was terrifyingly inevitable and to be honest I didn’t know how I would ever manage without her,” Casey told Mamamia.
“I know people say this a lot but we were really like sisters. Neither of us had our own, so we joined each other’s family.”
From eating dinner at each other’s houses multiple times per week, playing together after school for hours and then speaking on the phone after that, the two were inseparable.
“We fought, we made up, we were honest and open with each other and were just ourselves. This continued even when we moved away with our partners to start families, we just had to travel a bit further,” Casey said.
Then in 2017 both Casey and Lee’s worlds turned upside down when Lee discovered she had breast cancer which had metastasised in her liver.
“Discovering that Lee had cancer that could not be cured was utterly devastating. I watched my brave sister fight the fight of her life to try and stay with all of us. But both the disease and the treatments were horrendous on her mind and body and she slowly faded away. Watching her change from who she had always been, to what she was at the end, a shell of herself and knowing that I would never have my best friend back hurt beyond words.”
Although Casey has a loving family and close group of friends she says nothing can replace Lee and there isn’t a day she doesn’t think of her, miss her and imagine what life would be like if she was still here.
Fiona and Katie
Fiona* and her best friend Katie* were best friends throughout high school. They spent most weekends together and spoke every day. But their friendship began to unravel when Fiona moved to another city for university.
“She came to stay with me and suddenly went crazy one night. She was rude and completely horrible to my new flatmates and just turned into a completely different person,” Fiona told Mamamia.