Breakup stories are the worst. Even when told in a funny manner, more often than not the hurt is still palpable. Nonetheless, we can’t stop poring over them because we usually can relate in one way or another, and as such feel like a normal human bean.
No one likes airing dirty laundry but some of us at CLEO are very bravely sharing our breakup stories. And if you’ve ever gone through anything similar, at least now you know that you weren’t really alone.
“I was minding my own business one fine Sunday night when I got a call from an unknown number claiming to be my then boyfriend’s girlfriend. Funny right? Since I thought I was my then boyfriend’s current girlfriend. We met, corroborated our stories (he had even gotten her pregnant and convinced her to get an abortion at one point) and proceeded to ambush him at his house.
He spent the rest of the night threatening to call the police on us, convincing me that she was a crazy stalker or begging for me to forgive him. Two seconds before I left, he proceeded to tell me how he’s “not good enough for me” and then I will find someone whom I deserved. He also owed me about $1,000 at that point, but thankfully he ended paying me a month later.
The two of them ended up getting back together and years after this happened his girlfriend still texts me to tell me how special I am to her and that she wants to be friends with me. #DatSh*tCray.”
– Cheryl, Fashion Stylist/Writer
Into thin air
“I used to go out with an air stewardess who was based overseas. We tried to do the long distance thing for a couple of months and, while it was a challenge, things went pretty smoothly… until she ghosted on me. We used to at least message each other every day, and then there was radio silence. I couldn’t get through to her for days, and my mind went into overdrive (Did she get into a serious accident? Did her plane crash?).
After four agonising days, I get a call from her. She said the long distance thing was hard and that she had been really busy or something (I can’t remember the specifics – this happened about a decade ago!). I thought it was massively disrespectful to leave me hanging for days, so I broke it off with her… and then immediately regretted it (come on, I was young and stupid!). I called her back immediately and she didn’t pick up. Tried contacting her for weeks, and she just ignored me. Took me about a month to finally accept that it was over. Man, what a loser.”
– Syafii, Sub-editor
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“My boyfriend at that time was in the army. He was the sort to get in trouble a lot and was in and out of the detention barracks, though never for more than two weeks. One particular night, we had a row and he vanished on me. He called me in the morning to apologise, which was shocking to say the least, but turns out he had gotten himself into even more trouble and was gonna go into DB for a much longer time.
I visited him at some point and made it clear we were done after reflecting on all that he put us through over the two years. He was understanding, and in spite of the breakup and his circumstances, continued writing to me. He also ensured that I had a nice time during my 18th birthday some months later. In retrospect, it was all very bittersweet.”
– Adora, Writer
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“I broke up with my university boyfriend while in the throes of a total quarter-life crisis. We were doing long-distance and he still hadn’t finished university, whereas I was suffering and slaving away for an evil boss in advertising. It was just a routine conversation where he asked me why didn’t I just move back to Canada and then I decided spur of the moment we had to end it. The next day at work, my eyes were so red from crying, I told them I was having an allergy attack and went home to cry, sleep and listen to Snow Patrol.”
– Karen, Associate Editor
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“Breakups by definition are miserable affairs and thus don’t make for great stories; but I do remember drinking one too many vodka cruisers one night, and feeling like this song really spoke to me as a I gave a heartfelt rendition of it from my stage (bed) in duet with a pal, both of us most probably accessorising with blue tongues from the aforementioned Cruisers. And I wondered why I was single! (I did feel a lot better by the end though,).”
– Claire, Editor-in-Chief
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