It’s official, folks: romance is dead.
Online confessional Whisper has asked readers to submit the real reason they got married…and it’s pretty depressing.
The website, which asks people to write in with anonymous secrets, has published a list titled ’17 Surprising Reasons Couples Are Getting Married (That Aren’t Because They’re In Love)’. And oh boy, they didn’t hold back.
From the practical to the downright ridiculous, the submissions are a brutally honest insight into the world of marriage. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is going to be just the tonic for all the single ladies out there…
Whilst all of the confessions are heartbreaking in their abject lack of genuine love and romance, some are worse than others. It seems that for many people marriage is the best of bad options.
Some are nursing broken hearts – “I’m only marrying my fiance because the man I do love married somebody else” – whilst others are unable to find a way to leave – “I’m getting married only because I feel too trapped to get out.”
Others have considered their options from an oddly strategic standpoint, and decided marriage was the key to a better life.
“I’m only marrying my fiance for financial security,” wrote one reader, “Without him I couldn’t make my car payments. Oh, and I would be homeless as well.”
“I’m afraid I’m only marrying my fiance because his salary will allow me to actualise my dreams,” wrote another.
Hear that? That’s the sound of a million wallets crying.