By: Lizzy Smilez for Divorced Moms
Just last week, a friend of mine, “Becky,” received an email from the “other woman.” Granted, when this woman (“June”) became part of the picture, Becky and her husband, “George” were in the midst of a horrible marriage.
He was addicted to prescription pain medications and he had all the personality traits and behaviour of an addict—explosive outbursts, blaming, sorrow, stealing money, hiding, lying, and more.
Becky and George had two young daughters and their relationship was toxic for everyone. Becky was going to file for divorce and she was getting all of her ducks in a row so she could kick George out of the house soon.
She was saving money, had selected an attorney after interviewing several, she had her “single mom’s budget” carefully figured out, and she was getting emotionally prepared.
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And then Becky found out that George had a profile on a dating website. That was the final straw. Becky moved out of their home, taking the two children with her.
Everyone’s life was in turmoil. The children were confused and hurt. Becky was unable to eat or sleep. And George… he had a new girlfriend already (yay for him! who needs to recover from a relationship when he can just hop into another one instead?).
That’s right, George had moved on in a matter of days, and he loved throwing it in Becky’s face. “See what a catch I am?” he texted her once. “I already have a new girlfriend and you will never find anyone as great as me. You’re a single mum—hahahaha.” Mature, right?
Flash forward to a week ago when June emailed Becky. June had just kicked George out of their home. She wanted sympathy and understanding from the one woman who knew her hell—Becky.
“George is a sick man,” June wrote. “I am done with him.” And June spent the next several paragraphs telling Becky of some of the horrible things George had done in their time together.
He lied, used pills, stole her medications, screamed and accused. He blamed June for his addiction. He promised to get well (but he didn’t). Gosh, this was all sounding so familiar, thought Becky. June was describing her marriage almost to a T.
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She needed a couple days to process this new information. She was initially … thrilled. She felt vindicated. George wasn’t really a great man and father who was just in a bad marriage with her. George was still an addict.