My Boyfriend Still Talks to His Ex! 5 Important Things to Do When Your Man Contacts His Ex
When Your Boyfriend Still Talks to His Ex
Are you a little bothered because you just realized that your boyfriend still talks to his ex every once in awhile? Does it make you feel insecure?
While it's natural to feel a little weird about it, the fact that he talks to his ex isn't automatically a bad thing. Before you burst into tears and start planning how you're going to dump him, here are a few things that you should do when your boyfriend is talking to his ex:
1) Address the Situation Openly
Don't hide the fact that you're bothered or insecure. This doesn't mean that you should blame your boyfriend for feelings of jealousy that you might have. This simply means that you should acknowledge them.
Communicate your fears to your boyfriend. If he doesn't seem to care or acts really defensive about it, then maybe you should press him for more details.
2) Figure Out Why He is Talking to His Ex
Some people can genuinely be "just friends" with their exes. Maybe they started dating, realized their feelings were mostly platonic, and decided to remain friends.
This is the ideal situation if your boyfriend is still talking to his ex: they are basically close friends who have no romantic feelings whatsoever. There's little to be jealous about if their relationship was short-lived and not very fiery. Even better, if your boyfriend's ex turned out to be gay (or straight, if you're gay) and that's why their relationship ended, then there's not as much of a chance that something inappropriate is happening between them. (Granted, it could still happen.)
On the other hand, there's more reason to be suspicious if there's no conceivable reason that they're still talking. For example, let's say that your boyfriend and his ex had a purely physical relationship and went through an explosive breakup; furthermore, they were never very good friends in the first place. Why would they still be talking, then?
3) Consider How Long Your Boyfriend and His Ex Have Been Apart
Did they break up like a million years ago, before you even met each other? In that case, maybe the fire between them has cooled off enough that they can legitimately be friends without any drama.
On the other, hand, did they break up just last month? Did they break up because of you?
If it's only been a few weeks and your boyfriend is already talking to his ex, this might be something that you'll want to calmly address with him.
Your Strategy When He Talks to His Ex
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4) Spend Some Time Alone
Even if you find information that you don't like while probing your boyfriend about the situation, take some time to go off by yourself and think about what's going on. Before you react, reflect on what your rational response should be.
Remember that if you just allow yourself to react on an irrational insecurity, that you may do irreparable damage to your relationship. You might unwittingly send the message to your boyfriend that you don't trust him. Think carefully about what you've learned.
Obviously, if you've discovered that your boyfriend is sending naked pictures to his ex or something like that, there's less to think about. In unambiguous situations like those, you might just want to kick the guy to the curb.
5) Ask to Meet His Ex
If his ex really is just a friend, your boyfriend should have no problem introducing you. Sure, it's normal for him to perhaps feel a bit awkward bringing a current and past flame together, but it should be doable.
However, if he is still seeing his ex in secret, he'll probably feel too guilty to introduce you or allow you to hang out together. He'll probably be nervous that you'll figure out his two-timing ways.
If you do meet his ex, pay attention to how she (or he) acts. Does she seem nervous around you? Does she give you smug looks? Is she really touchy-feely with your boyfriend? If so, then you might have a problem. Even if there's nothing between them, she may be trying to rekindle something.
After meeting his ex, if you can tell that she definitely still carries a torch for him, advise your boyfriend of this. If you're uncomfortable with the idea of his talking to someone who clearly still wants him, don't be afraid to let him know.
Should You Forbid Him From Talking to His Ex?
At the end of the day, you can't forbid anyone of anything. There really are two possible situations here:
- He is still talking with his ex and there is no possibility that they will rekindle their relationship.
- He is still talking to his ex, and it's possible they may get back together.
Either way, he is the one who ultimately has control over this. The only thing you can control is whether you tolerate it or not. If you try to forbid him from talking to his ex, whether it is justified or you are just acting out of insecurity, you are fighting a losing battle. What's the point of a relationship if you can't trust your partner to make the right decision on their own, after all?
What to Do If Your Boyfriend Was Talking to His Ex in Secret
Did your boyfriend actively keep the fact that he was contacting his ex a secret from you? Did he lie when you asked him about it, but then you found out later that they were still talking?
Dump him, then. He was looking to cheat. There's no reason for someone to keep that kind of thing a secret unless they're planning to do something they're not "supposed" to do.
Sure, maybe he was just afraid that you would be mad or something, but that still begs the question of why he would rather avoid your anger than be honest with you. This points to some messed up priorities.
Trust is a foundational aspect of any successful relationship, and if you can't trust your own boyfriend, then maybe you're better off sending him back to his ex.
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