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Letter to the Girlfriend of my Abusive Ex

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Dear girlfriend of my abusive ex;

We don’t know each other, but I am sure you have heard a lot about me, as I have about you.  I am the crazy psycho ex-girlfriend of your boyfriend.  It has been brought to my attention that my name is still being uttered in your presence—by him and by friends and family.  Of course, I doubt any of it is positive.  It must annoy and bother you each and every time my name comes up as I am the ex for a reason.

It seems my existence is troubling your relationship with someone who is now my past.  Please be informed that although I was absolutely hurt by the slow, yet abrupt, end of my relationship with him, I have moved on with my life.  If you must know, my life has been pleasantly happy without his constant control, jealousy, and abuse.  I have no desire to put something so negative and unhealthy back into my life.  So many years of enduring the hardship of that relationship was enough.  I am still healing from the damage it has done me, but as I said, I have moved on.

I understand you.  I was once in your shoes.  He told me his ex (the girl before me) was crazy and psychotic.  She was the cause of their break-up.  She controlled him.  She abused him.  She even tried to hurt herself to manipulate him.  He loved her at first, but didn’t during the latter years.  I believed him.  I even disliked her for the things she supposedly did and was doing to him when I came into the picture.  Little did I know, I would end up just. Like. Her.

Our relationship took off as fast as lightning.  We were committed to each other within the first month.  He made lovely promises of forever ever after.  He literally swept me off my feet.  I was so in love, with the most charming and perfect person I could possibly imagine.

He was over every chance he got.  I thought it was romantic that he missed me and wanted to spend time with me.  He called me whenever I wasn’t with him.  He would pout and whine when I didn’t answer right away.  He even surprised me personally with flowers at work at least twice a month.  Everyone and myself thought it was cute.

He became concerned about me attracting unwanted attention from men, so he encouraged me to dress more conservatively.  My wardrobe of a variety of beautiful clothing dwindled down to t-shirts and loose jeans and sweat pants.  I wanted to get a haircut, but he told me that I was beautiful just the way I was.  So, I kept my hair just the way he liked it.  He told me the way I wore my makeup reminded him of his psycho ex-girlfriend, so I changed the way I wore my makeup.  And then I stopped wearing makeup altogether because he kept insisting wearing makeup reminded him of his ex.

He was so in love with me that he wanted more time with me.  He told me that if I loved him, he was all I need and I would be all that he needed.  And besides, my friends were not helping our relationship.  They were taking me away from time that could’ve been spent together with him.

We would get into the stupidest arguments.  Little arguments that I shouldn’t even have started.  I shouldn’t have made him angry.  And that was when he would bring up his ex.  Why am I being like her?  And so, I hated her even more and tried my best to not be her.

If men gave me attention while I was out with him, he blamed it on the way I dressed.  And he told me to cover from head to toe.  “If you just didn’t dress that way,” or “Why did you look at them?  I know you like them,” or “Why are you being a whore?”

He accused me of cheating too many times for me to count.  Little did I know, it was his guilt talking.  He was screwing other women behind my back.  I blew a friend off when she told me he slept with someone she knows.  He loved me.  He couldn’t have done what people were saying. He said he loved me. He told me not to believe what others were saying.

The more I gave him, the more he took.  I used to be an outgoing gal. I hung out with friends, males and females alike.  My best friend was a gay man.  He told me to stop being friends with him because he was only pretending to be gay to get into my pants. I used to go out every Friday night to the clubs with my girlfriends. He didn’t think a girl with a boyfriend should be venturing into venues that would entice other men to look at me or to approach me. My friends started to see him for who he really is. They warned me. I told him about what they said. He told me my friends are looking to cause problems. If I didn’t stop hanging out with them, they would be the cause of our relationship ending.

I valued my relationship. I loved him. I wanted him in my life. So, I stopped being with those who cared for me. I stopped doing the things I loved. I stopped being me.

I believed it when he promised me a future in forever. I believed it when he said it was us against the world. People were trying to meddle in our fairy tale love story. We couldn’t let that happen. And so, I made sure he was the only person I ever needed in my life. My friends, my sisters, my family, those whose love and care I have—I isolated myself from them.

It was too late when I realized it. He was abusing me. He occasionally put hands on me. However, he didn’t hesitate to call me names and say hurtful things to lower my self-esteem and self-worth. At first, I was strong and told myself that I wasn’t anything he said. But then I started to believe them as time went by.

I tried so hard to escape. For years I would leave him, but he would honeymoon me back. Each time I told myself this was the last time and I wouldn’t go back, but I did. And each time, it was harder and harder for me to leave. When he felt he was losing control of me, he broke up with me. I would go begging and crying for him to give me another chance. Only under certain conditions, he said. And so the cycle continued.

People called me crazy and psychotic because of what he told others. She’s a crazy bitch; she tried to kill herself. He strangled me to the point of blacking out because I wouldn’t go with him to hang out with his friends. He blamed me for his life situations and family problems; things I didn’t and couldn’t have any control over.

I finally left him for good one day. I was hurt, but I don’t regret it. I had forgotten how wonderful life could be. I had forgotten who I was. During these past few years, I have rediscovered myself and I am learning to love myself all over again.

I am not writing this to gloat. I want you to know that there is at least someone out there who understands exactly what you are going through.

Yours truly…

6 thoughts on “Letter to the Girlfriend of my Abusive Ex

  1. I totally understand your situation! I am sure my ex also tells other people about what a horrible person I am all the while never acknowledging that he beat me up, destroyed my things, broke into my house, and otherwise threatened me all the time. I have left him too (the best thing I ever did, even though I loved him and continue to), and his trial for his crimes against me is this Summer. I am trying to move on, and while difficult (I have to wait for the conclusion of the legal proceedings), at least I am not still in a relationship that might have killed me. Keep strong, and try to tell others that the perceived acceptable attitude of dominance and violence towards others you are in a relationship with (whether ts be traditional, male dominance over females, or gay, as it was with me), even through the lens of culture, is never acceptable. Even if I have to go through the process of a trail I hope that my ex will realize in his future relationships that it is NEVER right to be violent to another person.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. Although I did write this letter, it is not my personal experience, but words and experiences I have heard from abuse survivors. I wrote this blog from a survivor’s point of view.

      1. Great writing! You encapsulate what all us survivors feel, or should aspire to feel. I want to change the culture of “dominate and control your partner” to one that is more inclusive and accepting.

  2. What an inspiring article. If only one person hears your words and finds the courage to step away from the verbal or physical abuse they are suffering. That is some powerful movement. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Wow, well written.
    My dearie is not abusive..probably because he witnessed how his stepfather treated his mother. He vowed not to be like this. Anyway, he learned more from this mother, who was a kind person before she died (after she outlived her former 2nd husband).

    I only know personally of 1 woman in an abusive relationship. I hired her, a recent Filipino university grad immigrant. She met her Caucasian hubby by letter who sponsored her and married her. But then she seemed tired shortly. I found out he visited he work site….travelling over 200 km. from the U.S. into Canada. She was on a temporary work visa for a construction project where she and I were employed.

    She was terrified. It was the first time I met someone visibily fearful of her hubby. Within 2 wks. she resigned from her job. I feared her hubby made her quit her job.

    As you can see, I was from a family where my parents didn’t physically abuse one another. (My mother was a picture bride. Very lucky.)

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