Dating can be a battlefield, but it’s nothing compared to dealing with a nightmare ex. These stories expose the worst of the worst. There are brutal revenge tales, heartbreaking infidelity, stalker ex-girlfriends, and so much more. If you’ve got a healthy relationship, or are happily single, then thank your lucky stars—because these Redditors definitely didn’t find “happily ever after.”
My ex got custody of our three kids and got 70% of my take-home pay for child support which required me to move into the barracks. Then she immediately moved out of state without telling me, despite the divorce decree requiring my consent. All but guaranteeing I would have no contact with my kids. And that’s not even the crazy part.
The crazy part is that just a few years later she decided she didn’t want to be a mother anymore so she signed up with a carnival and left the girls on their own without telling me or the girls beforehand. She called my oldest daughter a few days after leaving to tell her to call me. They hadn’t called me before that because they had apparently grown accustomed to their mother disappearing for days at a time.
My children are all grown and married now, having their own children. They all learned after coming to live with me that I wasn’t the monster their mother had brainwashed them to believe I was, and they all agreed to be adopted by the light of my life whom I would have never met if I had not been divorced. Only one of my children has any contact with her biological mother.
2. A Work Of Art
My first serious live-in girlfriend cheated on me with several of her past partners. I could never catch her doing it, but for a variety of reasons I knew. I was nuts about her though, and she lied like a politician. Finally, one of my friends came up with a horrific plan. Unbeknownst to me, he slept with her too, to “prove it.” Uh, yeah, thanks for that, I guess (?).
I packed up my stuff and left, peacefully. However, I had forgotten to grab my art portfolio from behind the couch. I called her that afternoon and said I would be right down to get it. As I pulled into the driveway, she dropped the lit match onto the gasoline-soaked pile of my entire life’s collection of artwork. Never did another piece of artwork again.
3. Who Didn’t Let The Dog Out?
My mom’s friend was getting divorced. She was staying in the house but had left so the husband could gather his things without her being there as he moved out. She never thought that he had a weird revenge plan up his sleeve…While packing, he gave the dog a laxative and locked her in the master bedroom. Poor girl had explosive Malamute diarrhea everywhere.
In fact, the dog was so upset about her accidents that she tried to dig herself through the door. That dog was such a good girl, it broke my heart. Luckily, the wife kept the dog and the husband was convicted of animal maltreatment charges which helped the wife keep custody of the kids. In the end, the joke was on him. Karma’s a real kicker ain’t it.
4. Liar, Liar
I had an ex spread a rumor around my small hometown, saying that I had mistreated her throughout our relationship. I couldn’t figure it out at first, but all of my (platonic) girlfriends suddenly started hating and avoiding me when I would visit. When I called my ex out on it at a party, her heartless response chilled me to the bone.
She just started laughing and said, “Oh yeah, I was just mad at you and told people that. Isn’t that funny?” All I could do was shake my head and say, “No. That’s not funny at all!” I still have to correct people to this day, two years later.
5. Life’s Better
While we were still married, my ex got pregnant with the guy she was cheating on me with. Fun fact: He’s also married to someone else. She has this idea that he’s going to leave his wife and they’re going to get married. She got a lawyer and filed for divorce. I got a lawyer too. Only thing is that he works for his wife’s father who is setting him up to take over when daddy retires.
He realized that getting a divorce means his cushy career is over, confesses everything to his wife, and begs for her forgiveness. His wife takes him back and he cuts off my wife. Seeing that her dreams of living with her boyfriend are over, she claims that I’m the father, which is impossible because by that time we hadn’t done it for more than a year before conception.
This does not stop her from telling everyone who will listen that it’s my kid. She had her lawyer drop the divorce proceedings. I tell my lawyer to start them with me as the plaintiff and that I want to dispute paternity. I move out and she starts stalking me. She shows up at my job and tries to get in. I work as a civilian in R&D at an army base.
The MPs do not take any of her complaints and wind up detaining her when she tries to run past the gate. She calls me at work to bail her out and I tell her that whatever she’s done it’s not my problem and hang up. I also was able to get a restraining order, which she violated repeatedly. She asked for everything; both cars, the entire house and contents, savings, my retirement account etc. Plus 7 years of spousal support.
I offered no support and half of the assets. If she wanted the house, she’d have to buy me out and refinance in her name only. But it didn’t end there. When the kid was born, she tried to put my name on the birth certificate anyway. But I had already successfully disputed paternity so that didn’t go over well. She had to go after lover boy, who was definitely less than happy to see her.
In the end, we split the assets equally. I sold the house and she got no spousal support. I don’t know if she was able to get money for the kid from her lover or not. She called me a few times after the divorce, wanting to get together and talk. The calls were in violation of the restraining order, but I never reported it.
About 6 months after the divorce was final, I was offered a new job on the other side of the country. I took it and never told anyone outside of my family where I was going. Almost all of our friends believed her when she claimed the baby was mine and made me out to be the asshole so I didn’t really feel the need to tell them anything.
Life is much better now.
6. Spread The Love
My ex-wife started sleeping with my best friend of 14 years as soon as we separated, but I’m pretty sure that their affair started before that, when we were still married. Yep, not only did my ex crush my soul, she also took my best friend. Oh, and he was also married throughout the whole time. I hear they have a baby now…and he is still married to his wife. Whatever. I hope karma comes for them soon.
7. Femme Fatale
This happened in my town. This recently divorced guy went and got himself a crazy rebound girlfriend. One day, they’re drinking and they start arguing. She starts punching him and he’s so gone that he falls on the ground. So she just goes and stomps on his face…wait for it… while WEARING HIGH HEELS. The heels pierced through his eye and gave him brain damage. Seriously.
8. Messed Up
This was from when I was a kid and my parents were going through a divorce. My dad was a total sociopath. Manipulative, physically and emotionally abusive, drug dealing, the whole 9 yards. Even though my mom was finally able to get out, he still had visitation rights. His family kept on bugging my sister and me who were still under 10 years old, to try to convince my Mom to talk to him.
She finally did try to talk to him when she came to pick us up at the station from where it was agreed to meet when he had his time with us. They immediately got into an argument, he started throwing one of his temper tantrums, grabbed my mom and tried to beat her. Little did he know, he did this all in front of an officer from the LAPD who stepped in immediately.
He let go of my mom with a look of pure terror on his face. I think that was the day I realized he was sociopathic and didn’t want anything else to do with him and his crazy bible-thumping family.
9. All’s Fair In Love
My ex wrote a poem about my you-know-what being small. It was like 10 verses long, and it was actually very good, if I’m being honest. She sent it to all my friends, but not me. I found out that she did this when my friend showed me it five years after we broke up, and I had to be like, “GOD, she owned me.” Anyway, it’s not that small. Just saying.
10. Tie Her Down
My ex got wasted and drove her car into the middle of the desert. She sent her friend a picture of the GPS and said I didn’t love her so I wouldn’t come and look for her. She wouldn’t answer my calls but kept calling her friend saying I didn’t care. I looked for two hours before going back home because I needed to work in the morning.
She came home and started banging things around and came into our room and threw her phone at me saying I didn’t love her. She punched me in the face multiple times and got taken in by the authorities. After I filed for divorce she completely lost it. CPS wouldn’t let her kids stay at the house because of the DV charge against her so they stayed at her parents.
She purposely stayed at the house so that I couldn’t see my kids. I refused to be alone with her for the fear that she would hurt herself and blame me so I always went to the house with someone if I needed anything. She got tired of this and decided to just remove everything from the house while I was at work. Everything that wasn’t in my kids’ bedrooms she literally carted out of the house.
Curtains, ceiling fans, and all of the furniture minus the dining table that I don’t think she had room for. I thought—well this sucks—but at least she’s gone, so I can change the locks. She broke in and took the locks the next day while I was at work and left nothing but the holes in the doors to swing open in the wind. But her path of destruction only intensified.
She took the window locks and cut the power cord to the garage door opener. She also took the blender that I borrowed from my mom and popped the air mattress that I borrowed to sleep on. Then she flipped off the main breaker to the house. Then swore in court to the judge that someone else must have done it. She’s the wildest woman I’ve ever met.
11. Tragic Payback
I started dating a girl when we were just out of high school. Her ex-boyfriend was a loose cannon, and when he found out that we were dating, he tried to “befriend” me. I was unaware of his horrible habits until one day, he tried to beat me. When that didn’t work, he called the authorities on me for a trumped-up charge. But his final “screw you” was horrifying.
He put my girlfriend’s little brother in the car with him and drove off a bridge, killing both himself and her little brother. It’s still a tragic legend in my town, and no one has ever been able to forget it.
12. Unwanted Sugarbaby
My ex went through my wallet when I was asleep one night, and copied my credit card numbers. At about the same time he took a check from my checking book and made a bunch of similar checks using an online program. Then he went on a three-day shopping spree while he was in another city, before I realized what was happening and tried to stop the money hemorrhage.
He caused huge financial damage, bounced checks, violation of credit limits. It required weeks of recovery, claims, and negotiations with banks and credit card companies to recover the stolen funds and get new accounts set. Total carnage.
13. The More You Know
I came home one evening and found a note from my girlfriend, saying she didn’t love me anymore, she had moved in with her parents, and she would appreciate it if I could be gone during the upcoming weekend so she could come and collect her stuff. Stunned and stupid as I was at this point in time, I complied. This turned out to be the biggest mistake of my entire life.
I came back home Sunday evening to find the place completely empty. She took everything, except one thing: a 22-volume Britannica she bought the month before, despite my protests, and had only paid the first instalment for. When I asked for an explanation, she told me that since I had a job and salary and she was a student, I would be able to replace all the furniture and pay off the Encyclopedia.
The first thing I did was sell the books and spend the money on a trip to Paris. Witch.
14. Savior Complex
This was pretty narcissistic and ridiculous: My ex broke up with me and took our jointly-owned car to another state. He proceeded to lose a series of jobs and failed to help pay any of our joint debt, when the agreement had been that he would pay it all, as I was a poor grad student and he was supposedly walking into a six-figure salary.
I had to track down his mom to get my name off of his car loan as he wouldn’t answer my emails about it. I then had to slowly pay the remaining joint debt off myself to preserve my credit. Then he had the gall to make a post on social media about how he purposefully left his high-paying job to follow his dream and become a penniless writer.
He brought up our relationship in the comments and mentioned how he had paid all of our joint debt himself when he left since he could afford it and I was just a student. After all the time and saving it took me to get rid of that debt myself, that was pretty awful to read. Pretty much the whole post was very self-congratulatory like that; a lot of people bought into it and stroked his ego, too.
My ex kidnapped the kids during their weekend visit and moved to a small town in the next state over. It took me two years to get them back. She eventually burned all her bridges in the town she moved to and went home to her parents’ house. Since her parents were not pleased with her choices and were on my side during the whole deal they called me to let me know where she was. I went and got them.
This was over 20 years ago and they have both grown up just fine. I’ve since remarried and my second wife has been a wonderful mother to them. It took a lot of work to fix all the damage but it’s mostly ok. But one lasting scar remains. My son has a distrust of authoritative women and my daughter’s afraid to have children because she’s worried she’ll turn out just like her mom.
16. A Less Than Ideal Family Situation
My mom was a real piece of work in this department. My mother is mentally unstable and was very abusive to me as a child. When my father finally moved out and asked for a divorce I was luckily old enough (13) to legally decide who I wanted to live with. I, of course, chose my dad and that enraged my mother.
By court order, she was allowed to live in our four bedroom house while me and my dad had to move in with my aunt into a two bedroom house. We lived there for four years while my mom did everything she could to slow down the divorce proceedings. During this period my father was court ordered to pay the mortgage and utilities on the house my mother was living in.
She would leave all the lights on and crank the heat with the widows open just to drive the utility bills up. She once left the garden hose on for a week into a drain to even make the water bill outrageous. When it was finally all over and she had taken my dad for as much as she could she decided to sue him for my college fund.
I called her and told her if she went through with it I would never speak to her again, she told me if I wanted it I needed to move in with her before I turned 18 so she could get child support from my dad. I refused, she won the case for the money and my dad had to use most of what was left of the fund to pay for her lawyers costs.
17. Just Wanna Know Where You Live
My ex called my company, talked her way up the chain to the president of the company, and told him I was suicidal and had threatened to do something drastic at work. I later learned that she thought this would be a roundabout way of getting my address which I didn’t share with her after I moved out because she’s COMPLETELY CRAZY.
18. A Honeymoon They’ll Never Forget
A relative of mine had a marriage that lasted for less than three weeks. They had been together for a couple of years and had even gone to premarital counseling at their church for a few months to get ready for the big change. Their wedding was super lavish and it was clear to everyone that a lot of prep and money had gone into it.
At their wedding, they announced that they were expecting their first child. Everything seemed great. Unfortunately, the whole thing blew up as soon as the wife discovered that he had been cheating on her for almost their entire relationship, and with multiple different women. She found this out while in a foreign country on their honeymoon, four months pregnant.
I know from her mom that she had complications in her pregnancy that they attribute to the stress of all of this.
19. Going Great Lengths For Girls
While we were separated and working on our divorce, my ex would come and whine to me about relationship issues he was having with my cousin, whom he’d had an affair with and for whom he had left me. He had moved in with, not just her, but her common-law husband as well. And then he was upset by how many other boyfriends she had.
This is my cousin who has had more baby daddies than she has had babies. Two of her offspring are simultaneously half-brothers and cousins. She has never been known for her monogamy, but my ex claimed to have been in love with her since they were children and this was magically supposed to make her return his affections. It was a recipe for disaster.
Among the best witnessed-from-a-distance bits of this nonsense were him getting jealous of her visiting her husband. One time, he even ran her off the road in his work van. Overall, he spent so much time screwing her that it derailed his entire career. After spending only a year at one job, his employers invited him to resign or be fired.
Then there was the time he went on a first date with a woman, and it went horribly wrong. Are we surprised? No. He brought our kids with him on the date, and then expected the woman to invite all of them over to stay the night. His date was rightly horrified at the whole thing. But what really took the cake was his next “relationship.”
One day, he drove a company vehicle to this woman’s house and ended up threatening her with a pistol. This resulted in a firing, a restraining order, and loss of his right to carry a weapon. After that, there were even more crummy dalliances. One girlfriend insisted that if he really loved her, he would move into the homeless shelter with her. So, he fabricated being kicked out of his parents’ house and spent the next month sleeping outside on the shelter’s patio before intake.
He’s currently trying desperately to find another girlfriend to move in with as the current one is throwing him out to move to Virginia with a new boyfriend of her own and naturally blaming me for the fact that his two oldest children both refuse to talk to him at all. Two of my shortcomings as a wife, as said by him, were being too classy and not providing the drama he felt requisite in a relationship.
20. You’re All Mine
I dated this guy for about three months and then I broke it off because he was trying to control me. Before we broke up, he was living with me and subletting his apartment. Well, once we broke up, I obviously wanted him gone. Unbeknownst to me, though, he had gotten himself a residency permit—which meant that legally, I couldn’t kick him out.
I spent nine months fighting this. In the meantime, he would slap himself in the face until it was bright red and then call the authorities and say I was beating him, I would get detained and then let out the next day when he decided not to press charges. He did that about once a month. The apartment was in my name, too, so I couldn’t just leave it without penalty.
I was essentially stuck. Nothing I tried to get him to leave worked. Finally, I met a new guy, and the ex decided that if he couldn’t have me, no one could. That’s when he dealt me his cruellest blow yet. He lied and told everyone I know that I had herpes and had a history of getting knocked up and getting abortions. All the rumors essentially ended my new relationship.
I couldn’t take it anymore. I called my dad, had him come pick me up, broke my lease, and got the heck out of there.
21. Protect The Kids
My ex kidnapped my three boys from my house when I went on my first post-divorce date. Our loved and trusted babysitter was with them. I had left dinner ready and the kids bathed and ready in their jammies. I left for the movie theater when I got a text from my babysitter that she was sorry for not doing the dishes after dinner.
So I texted back, “That’s ok, I can do dishes later, but you’ve got a couple of hours as well, the movie hasn’t started yet.” She was at home as my ex-husband had shown up and lied saying that he was supposed to have the boys that night and that I had said it was okay. I was livid. I knew he was a bit crazy, but I had no idea he was capable of this.
I stepped out of the theater, called him and he said, “If you are going to be dating strangers and endangering the lives of my kids, I will take them.” So I called the authorities and they did a report. We went to court and he was found in contempt for violating our parenting plan.
22. Bonnie And Clyde
I dated a hot/crazy girl in high school. When we were going out, I thought that I would be super cool and take her to my parents’ lake house for a weekend. After we had (inevitably) broken up a couple of weeks later, she and her new boyfriend rented a U-haul van and cleaned out the house of all of the furniture. She even took my eight-year-old little sister’s bunk bed.
The only thing left was fridge, because they couldn’t get it through the door. Dad found the house trashed and was shocked, but we didn’t find out she was the culprit until a couple of years later, when her boyfriend got caught on another charge. He admitted to taking our stuff since the officers were able to match the serial numbers on our old washer and dryer.
I knew something was up when she called me up that Thanksgiving, just before we got the news about her boyfriend, and said that she really loved me and really missed me. Stupid me thought this girl was coming around and we would get back and life would be great. Two weeks later, I was giving my report to a detective and she is now currently behind bars.
I am now married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and she is my best friend with a baby on the way.
23. Like A Drama Series
So after we got divorced, my ex immediately started dating a bald dude who was part of a larger white supremacy group. I will give him credit where it’s due, he asked for my permission to date her since we were still married but separated which caught me off guard. He got my full blessing ending with us discussing her red flags so we shared a laugh over that with a parting, “She’s your problem now.”
Well, fast forward about four years later and she calls me crying her eyes out. Now, I had changed phone numbers twice since then, so I had no idea how she was able to call me. She tried to explain to me, between breaths from crying, how she screwed up and needed me back, which was a first for me to hear. At that time I was very happy living with my then-girlfriend who treated me like a king and I had a life that I only thought was a fantasy back when I was married.
Her voice brought back a whole lot of memories and all I could say was, “I’m sorry, I can’t”. Fast forward two more years and my then-girlfriend and I had gone our own ways, as amicably as possible. The guy who was with my ex-wife contacted me on Facebook, which I use to keep up with old friends and family, asking me if I had a minute and walked me through his current torment.
He ended up having two kids with her and she waited until they were both old enough to walk, then literally kidnapped them and fled to a different state. I only knew the latter part when she reached out to me a while after she fled but she was smart enough to leave out exactly where she was. She wanted help with what I assume was money and general security given that she made terrible choices and had a coordinated gang actively hunting her down.
Since I was no longer a complete moron, I politely declined and wished her luck. I have no idea what came of all that since her Facebook account is gone. It was fun for me knowing just how big of a bullet I dodged and it’s like a drama show where the last season that was aired ended abruptly, dangling me in suspense. It was one of those situations that I really want to know what happened but I don’t want to get even remotely involved.
I don’t even know who to root for because I don’t know what really went down or what would happen if he caught up to her. The best situation in this is that the kids are okay and that they are taken care of. But being stuck between two crazies tells me that’s more hopeful than realistic. This experience taught me that it’s perfectly okay to look at a situation and truthfully say, “You know what, this is neither my fault nor my problem.” and walk away.
24. Father Knows Best
She wouldn’t let me off the lease for our apartment, but still had her new boyfriend move in with her. They got it on in the bed I slept in, as well as on pretty much every surface of the apartment. I won in the end, though: Her dad called me to tell me he was sorry for raising a daughter who could do something like that, and said I was a better man than her boy toy new boyfriend. Feels good, man.
25. All That For Flattery
The divorce was fairly amicable, but my ex met a woman on the internet and moved her into his apartment a month later. She hated seeing me because I had hurt him but was also still in love with him apparently. She decided that getting my son removed from my custody would solve all her problems. So she called my work and made ridiculously false allegations to my administrator about my conduct with students but sounded wasted and wouldn’t leave a name or contact information.
The admin pulled her number from the caller ID and my ex confirmed that it was that heifer’s Oregon phone number. I had to get a temporary protective order for her, so my ex had her move out. And then she did something unforgivable: She slashed my tires on Mother’s Day. And he kept dating her for another year even though he knew about everything! My therapist at the time told me that my ex probably found her behavior flattering.
26. Let It Go
This is about my psycho, stalker ex. I’m a girl, and I was 17 at the time while he was 19. I met him through this guy I went on one date with, but there was no connection so we moved on. Me and this new guy started dating a year later. He seemed nice, shy, funny at times, and we just had fun together. I was his first girlfriend.
He was in my life for about two years. But eight months in, I started to notice things about him I HATED. He was a COMPLETELY different person around me than everyone else. He only showed his real personality to me, and it was dark. Everyone else thought he was sweet and innocent, especially his mom. Meanwhile, he would call me horrific names when we were alone.
He would also get mad if my phone ever went off around him, and even more mad if I answered it. This was always followed by statements like, “Who the heck is that? Are you sleeping with someone else?” He would get mad if I ever talked to another male in public, even a waiter or cashier. He would act fine until we left, then he’d start screaming.
He then told friends at his school EVERYTHING about our bedroom life, and he would text me nonstop all day long. If I didn’t reply, he would call over and over. I think the record was 40+ calls. No surprise, he was so controlling that I could never see my friends. He could see his, but I couldn’t see mine, and he hated all of my friends who were guys.
He would constantly tell me about how he was going to get revenge against them. Revenge for what? I don’t know…So long story short, he’s a jealous control freak, and it only gets worse from here. If you’re asking yourself, why did I not break up with this dude?! Well, I did, two or three times. But it wasn’t as easy as just saying, “I’m breaking up with you” and having him disappear.
No, no, no. This guy would not disappear. But to fast forward, I was finally at my last straw. I didn’t care anymore, and I broke up with him for good. He was so angry, he threatened he would tell my parents all these lies. Still, I cut off all contact with him, and it drove him completely insane. I should have known what was coming then.
One night, I was hanging out with this other guy I had been seeing. We were sitting in the parking lot of a grocery store at the time, which is two minutes from my home. All of a sudden, I see my insane ex drive by our car. No mistake: It was definitely him, even thought he lives a 30-minute drive away, and there was no reason he would be on this side of town.
It was also after 10 pm, so he’s truly a creeper. Then he started doing even stranger stuff. He made a fake profile on Facebook and browsed for girls who went to high school with me, then added them. He tried to become their friend, then would badmouth me to all of these girls from my school. Honestly, I thought it was hilarious.
Who knows what he told all his friends about me, but he’s had them all gang up on me since. His guy friends threatened to beat me up, come to my house and trash everything inside. I even had to park my car at my dad’s place for a week, and I actually moved there for a while too. I was sure they would slash my car’s tires or put sugar in my gas tank. But the worst was yet to come.
After we had been over for a while, I was still with that other guy, and one night we had been hanging out and he was driving me home when my phone rang. It was my psycho ex. Since he calls me non-stop, I picked up out of anger. Blah blah blah blah. Then he heard my boyfriend say something in the background. “Who the HECK is that?! Who are you with?!”
I said, “Anthony,” and hung up. He called back over and over, and it was basically a bunch of yelling. He said he was driving to my house now, and I had to be there. Then I started freaking out. We got there, and he pulled up. He ran up to my front door and proceeded to open it. I yanked him by the shirt back outside and the fight continued from there.
He finally got into his car and started to leave, and he almost ran over my foot with the car. I haven’t seen him since, but I recently got a disturbing text from him: “Your tail light is out.” I’m sitting there thinking…WHAT. THE. HECK. Apparently, he had been driving behind me, or following me. I also learned that he has moved out of his mom’s house and is now living up the street from me.
I’m still thinking, WHAT THE HECK. That’s no coincidence. FREAK! I still get letters from him in the mail occasionally. They were long letters. One was creepy, all it was was a piece of copy paper with pink hearts drawn all over it. Most are about how he realized what a jerk he was, how he never treated me right, and how he knows he will never have me back.
Darn straight. I don’t read them anymore, I just put them straight in the trash.
My ex-wife freaked out when I got engaged and bought a house with someone else, so she took off for months with our son, and spent that time harassing and stalking me, filing bogus charges, etc. I told her my new fiancée was pregnant, that it was an unlikely pregnancy, and that it was a very easy one to lose, so please stop causing us stress. Her reply was heartbreaking.
All she said was, “I don’t care.” She cost me my fiancée, the pregnancy, the house, and my new job. She ruined both of our lives, and messed up life for our son. All because I didn’t want her. I told her at the beginning that I had met someone, that it was serious, and could she please just act like an adult and share our son and everyone could move forward.
She said yeah, sure, no problem. The day I told her I was getting married, she started her revenge. No one’s life has recovered since.
28. Worth A Buck
My grandparents got divorced when my mom was around seventeen. In their lawful battle, they worked out that they would each get half of the sale of specific shared assets. There was an old junky car and a fairly new RV. My grandfather sold the RV and the car for a dollar each. He handed my grandmother a buck in court.
29. Band Of Brothers
During my second deployment to Afghanistan, I deployed with a friend of mine who I now consider to be a brother. When we first started our tour, his wife told him she would write weekly. We eventually found out this was a big fat lie. This brother of mine goes months without hearing from his wife, and the longer he doesn’t hear from her, the sadder he gets.
His morale dropped so low that my commanding officer suggested putting him on suicide watch. Well, about nine months into our deployment, he finally gets a letter from her. After mail call was over and we were dismissed, we all ran to our tent as fast as we could to see him open the letter. After seeing how excited he was, the most horrendous thing happened.
He ripped the envelope open, and inside were divorce papers. He went through some very, very rough times after that, but we were always there for him. I took him into my own house, and I’ve never been happier to have practically a real brother living with me. We both still look out for each other, and I still hate his ex-wife with a passion.
30. Runaway Dad
My ex simply doesn’t know how to be a dad, and the way he treats his children is horrendous. For the last ten years, he’s completely ignored our three children while living with another woman and her three children. Our oldest is his son from a previous relationship, who I was awarded custody of and he is his only living biological parent. What a disappointment.
31. Let’s Go To The Tape
Right after high school, there was a girl who liked me, but the feeling was not mutual. She decided to cope with her rejection using the means at her disposal—and came up with a diabolical plan. She was an assistant manager at a video rental chain in town. I had stopped renting there, but my rental account was still open.
So she started checking out movies under my name that I never actually borrowed. They would of course never get returned, so massive late fees plus replacement fees showed up on my account. She also changed my mailing address in their system so that I would never receive the notices in the mail and never cotton on to the whole thing.
It wasn’t until close to a year later that I started getting the phone calls from debt collection agencies. It took years to get them to stop, and it negatively impacted my credit because I had no proof that the debts weren’t valid, whereas the video chain had computer records of the rentals. In all honesty, I would think it was genius if it hadn’t completely ruined my life.
32. I Guess She Saw It Coming
My former next-door neighbor got married not too long ago. Less than two months later, she moved out and said that he was abusive and a drunk. Then, just a couple of weeks later, he shot and killed their new neighbor through his front door after an escalating feud involving the neighbor’s dog allegedly getting shot by a bow and arrow.
I told my ex-husband I wanted a divorce. The next day when I went to work he packed our entire house into a U-Haul and put it in storage. Even with a court order he refused to give my stuff back. I left my marriage with the clothes on my back. Years later, he decided he was above the courts because he managed to get away with that.
He took our son across the country telling me that he was moving with one day’s notice. He told me I couldn’t do anything about it. Of course, I promptly hired a lawyer and we went back to court. He lost joint custody of our son but it took a year of fighting, chasing him down, and not seeing my son. He made my life miserable for years, and now I’m finally free of him.
34. She’s A Man-Eater
I got screwed over by both my ex and my $5,000 divorce lawyer. During negotiations, we reached an agreement that she did not want anything from me except $1000/month in child support. By the way, this is after I came home from work a couple of months previously to find nothing but an old chair in my house. She had movers come and take everything while I was at work.
Still, I said OK, and we left it at that. We were now just waiting for the court date, when her lawyer was supposed to bring our agreement to the judge. Anyway, I show up in court with my lawyer, we go in front of the judge, and her lawyer goes: “We want child support, alimony, and we want the husband to pay the remainder of the car loan. We also want the husband to pay for my services, because he was the one who filed for divorce.”
Judge goes: “Sounds good. We are done.” Meanwhile, my lawyer did not open his mouth or look up from whatever he was reading during the entire court session. And this jerk had the audacity to mail me a card later, congratulating me on the positive outcome of my divorce case. So for the next year I paid 75% of what I made, leaving me with nothing.
I sold my car, moved out of my apartment, and couch surfed for a while. The day the ex received her last alimony check, she got her final revenge. She married my ex-best friend, which was why I filed for divorce in the first place. It took me five more years to pay off her car and her lawyer, and she is currently on husband #4.
35. That Girl Crazy
My ex would stalk my Reddit account and angrily text me if she didn’t like my posts talking about how she’d brutally cheated on me (which she was totally guilty of). I remember finding out in the worst way possible. I’d just come home from seeing my grandmother on her deathbed when I caught wind of my girlfriend’s infidelity. Worst. Day. Ever. But it didn’t end there.
Since then, she keeps texting me accusatory messages about my sabotaging her attempts to get a job that requires a security clearance. Apparently it was my fault and not the fact she had already been denied a security clearance for mental instability.
36. Puppy Love
My ex broke up with me with the usual excuses of “I need my space” and “I’m not ready to date.” However, less than a week later, she showed up crying and saying she had made a mistake. I take her back…only to have her immediately ask me to watch her apartment while she goes to Hawaii for a month with her family. Then it got weirder.
I stupidly say yes to watching her apartment and taking care of her puppy, which wasn’t potty trained yet. Afterward, she gets back in town and is real distant right away. After being back a week and going out to dinner several times, she breaks up with me again with the same excuses—only this time she met a guy in Hawaii and they are soul mates.
Turns out, she had already made plans to meet this guy on vacation way before reuniting with me. She only got back with me because her friend who had agreed to watch her apartment dropped out because she had gotten a new puppy and didn’t want to house train it. I’ve never felt so betrayed or so angry, and I do not have that girl in my life anymore.
37. No Power
My mom left a bad ex years years ago and we decided to get some good ol’ fashioned petty revenge. We were teenagers around then and my friends and I removed the batteries out of everything in the house that we could find. Then we also took the 1, 7, and 13 balls from his pool table. That’s it. It still makes me happy when I think about it.
38. Show Me The Money
My ex girlfriend and I shared a bank account after living together for two years. I know, the groundwork for a happy ending, right? Well, the entire time she was lying about having a job, all while I was working every day. So I broke it off with her and moved out, then went to the bank to close our account. There was just one big problem.
I was told that both parties had to be there to close the account, but she wasn’t coming around for a while. So I just took my name off the account and opened my own new one. Fast forward three months later: I had a few grand saved up and was doing well. At the time, my ex actually wanted to get back with me, even though she now had another boyfriend.
I had no interest in her anymore, and tell her no. The next night, I go out to get something at the store and none of my cards are working. I call my bank, and they tell me that there is suspicious activity…on my joint account. Yep, in a fit of what I can only guess was revenge for my refusal, my ex had written $40,000 in bad checks from our old account.
The bank saw that I used to be on that account and drained it completely to cover the $40k. I am not a guy who has credit cards so this was my only source of money, period. I was flat broke.
39. Character Witness
My ex lifted a car and did 18 months in state prison. Based on what I was able to find online at the time, he had approached a car dealership and showed interest in buying a vehicle. They allowed him to take it home for a 24-hour demo. But he never returned it. They reported it stolen after they attempted to contact him multiple times to return it.
They then contacted the state authorities who put a BOLO out. They found him driving the vehicle on the other side of the state where he thought he wouldn’t be found. I found out about it when I got an unexpected phone call from the sheriff’s office. I asked why they were calling me about this and they said my ex told them I would vouch for him as a “character witness”.
I told the officer over the phone that my ex was a lying sack of poop and shouldn’t be trusted. The officer laughed, thanked me for my time and hung up.
40. For This Couple, It’s the Least Wonderful Time of the Year
My friend married this woman after years of dating. They had only been married for about six months when, on their first Christmas as husband and wife, he bought her a present and she got him nothing in return. Later that night, she left their house without an explanation and didn’t come back until the next morning.
Apparently, she had made an account on some dating site earlier that day, met a guy, and slept with him that same night. She came clean to my friend the next day, and that was the end of their six-month marriage.
41. A Bundle Of Joy
I was dating this girl for almost a year. She was always super happy and smiley and just amazing to be around, not to mention she was the artsy cutie in the top of her class in Visual Design, which is just my type. When college started back up after the summer I met her, I started hanging out with my college friends, going to the nearby dive bar and just being a normal college student.
One of these friends was a girl I’d known for years. She had a boyfriend, I had a girlfriend, and we never thought of each other as anything more than brother and sister. Anyway, the girl I was dating started getting jealous and wanted me to spend more and more time with her. So, I pretty much lived at her dorm while I was wasting a year’s lease on my apartment, all the while not being able to see my friends.
Next semester rolls around and she can’t afford the dorm fee. Being the idiot I am, I offered for her to come live with me and even give her part of my savings to help her out. This was a HUGE mistake. I was no longer “allowed” to drink or hang out with any of my “terrible friends.” So, we have many extremely heated arguments resulting in hot make-up times.
One night, she ticks me off so much that I punched a hole through the wall and dent my fridge with my already fractured fist. I tell her to get lost. She comes back to me a week later and tells my parents I am a terrible person and makes up lies about my lifestyle, saying I do hard substances (I don’t). I have to console my mother for days.
My mother was very, very upset that I was a supposed hard user (which, again, I’m not). To top all that off, my ex proceeds to tell me she is pregnant with our baby. I say to myself, “I’m OK with this. I’ll do the right thing and just pay child support.” But it doesn’t end there. She changes her mind about keeping the kid and asks me to give her money to get an abortion.
I talk to her and make sure this is what she wanted to do, because my head is spinning at this point. I had a lingering thought that maybe she was lying, so I asked to see the test results. They seemed legit so I give her MORE money this time to help with the procedure. Later on, I found out the dark truth. The papers were forged with the skills she had learned as a Visual Design student.
She played me HARD. Darn, am I glad to have her out of my life.
42. Karma Bites
We were living in a different state and my ex wanted to move back to her home state a year into our marriage. I really had nothing tying me down in that state so I was down for moving if that’s what she really wanted. It had been about 6 months into the move and she cheated on me with a co-worker while I was working full-time and trying to finish up my bachelor’s degree.
She told me that she didn’t feel the same way about me and that she needed to move out to do some thinking. It was driving me insane trying to think about what could have gone wrong. I had a suspicion about that co-worker but I didn’t have any proof. I checked our phone account online and sure enough they were talking every night after work while I was out working.
I followed her one time and sure enough she was going to this guy’s house. I confronted her about it and she finally fessed up. So they continued dating after we finally divorced and I was able to move on with my life. Karma came for her in the end…She ends up getting pregnant by this guy and he disappears before their baby is even born.
43. Rough Ash
My ex-wife told me that I could leave my stuff in our house while I found somewhere else to stay. I assumed this was a goodwill effort to keep things as amicable as possible between the two of us. Nothing could have been further from the truth. When I went to get my stuff back, she had burned them all. So that was very rough.
44. Got His Baby Back
I had a 1969 Dodge Power Wagon Pickup. No power steering, no power brakes, four-speed manual transmission 4×4. A beast of a truck and a beast to drive. When we divorced, my ex took my truck. The judge said since she was giving me custody of our 3 kids and I would need the family car, it seemed only right she got my truck. Three weeks after finalizing, she was going down a muddy road and ditched it.
She damaged some of the front suspension and called the local guy with a tow truck to get it towed back to where she was living. Since she needed a car, he told her he would trade her a Chevy Citation for the broken down truck which she agreed to. He then called me and sold me the truck for the cheapie price he originally had on the Citation.
I loved it. I had to spend a couple hundred on repairs but she was freaked and mad when she learned I got my truck back.
45. Confidential Information
Three years after I broke up with my ex, she found out who my new girlfriend was, somehow got her phone number, bought a disposable phone, and texted the new girlfriend that I was cheating on her. She used a different name and, using her previous knowledge of a birthmark location and what I like to do in bed, came off as pretty darn believable.
This threw my new girlfriend into rage and she didn’t believe me due to the contents of the message. Forever alone.
46. Going All out, Without Being All in
My neighbor’s daughter got married and threw a huge wedding day bash for everyone that she knew to attend. She spent a total of about 50 to 70 thousand dollars on the event. Then, not even two weeks later, she got divorced. She had been cheating on her husband throughout the engagement, but still wanted to experience her “special day.”
I heard later on that she had asked her mom whether she would actually have to live with her husband after they got married. That definitely should have raised some red flags.
47. A Dog’s Life
My ex euthanized our dog, then lied that he died of natural causes. The dog was old and blind and she had pleaded that she wanted a weekend with him. Then the next night she sent me a fake text saying that he passed during the night because he coughed and then just stopped breathing. That stuff wasn’t true at all.
I found out later after finding and calling the vet she brought him to that she bad-mouthed me and said that the dog was suffering and needed to be put to sleep because he was in agony and I was supposedly letting him suffer. She had him put to sleep like the day she took him home. Never got to say goodbye due to that witch.
48. Mrs. Wrong
She hunted down my next girlfriend on Facebook through their mutual friends, then told those friends they needed to meet because she was worried for the safety of my current girlfriend and needed to tell her some things about me. My girlfriend at the time decided to meet up with her, and broke up with me that night after. I soon found out what had gone down.
My ex told her I used to beat her and that I slept around all the time and cheated on her. She even said that I’d cheated on my current girlfriend by sleeping with her (my ex) only a few weeks prior. Not only did I lose my girlfriend at the time, but a lot of my friends heard all of this and avoided me afterwards. I lost a lot of people who I thought were good friends.
Then, my ex called me like a week later, saying breaking up with me was the biggest mistake she ever made and that she wanted me back. It was all a ploy to get me single again…like…she thought I’d just take her right back since I was single. WHAT? The next girl I dated, I told her right away that I had a crazy ex. She said she was more appalled that my girlfriend at the time even agreed to meet her. We’re getting married in a month. 🙂
49. They Were Fake
My coworker finally got divorced after two years of trying to work it out with her hubby. She had a disabled child that her ex refused to help with and pay child support. She decided to sell her engagement ring, diamond wedding band, and several pieces of jewelry her ex gave her over the years and that she was able to keep after the divorce. But that’s when the dark truth came out…
Every gem in her rings was fake! Her jeweler told her that the gems had been recently swapped out for fakes. So the two years she was working it out with her ex, he was replacing all her jewelry with fakes.
50. Hitting Where It Hurts
My in-laws are mega into food and wine, as in they literally travel the world on food and wine tours, are part of clubs, etc. They told me about a nasty divorce where the husband was the wine aficionado, not the wife, but the wife was pissed off about getting divorced. The husband got all the wines in their extensive cellar.
However, before he was able to collect them, the wife soaked every bottle to remove ALL of the labels. So technically the wine was not damaged, but the husband had no way to know what he was drinking for aging and pairing purposes (which is a huge deal to wine drinkers). So I think she got the last laugh on that one.
51. Stop Me From Cheating
My first ex kept manipulating me into sleeping with him far more often than I wanted to by saying things like, “I can’t control myself, so if you don’t do it with me whenever I want, eventually I’m gonna end up cheating on you.”After breaking up, he kept crawling back, but by that time, I wasn’t taking any more of his mistreatment.
52. A Too-ugh Life
My mom went out and got braces put on my teeth that I didn’t really need, knowing that my dad would have to pay half for them. She wanted to cause him financial heartache. She then proceeded to not take me to the Orthodontist for routine care because he wasn’t paying his half, and I ended up having to pull the braces off my own teeth at the age of fourteen because they were falling off on their own.
It ended up rotting several of my adult molars too. As an adult, my mother’s weird revenge plot has cost me thousands of dollars and given me some serious self-esteem issues over my smile, or should I say, my lack of teeth.
53. Always Put the Seat Down
Came home from working a double shift and found the toilet seat up. Either my wife didn’t pee for 20 hours straight or there had been another man in my house. I suspected it was her “gay” friend from work. I also knew that said friend was trying to sell his house, so I called the real estate agent and asked the see his place.
Right inside the front door, I recognized one of her jackets hanging in the mud room. Proceeded to the living room and bam…right on the mantel was a picture of my wife and this guy. Right there. We divorced shortly after. She ended up marrying this guy…then cheated on him…and now they are divorced. Didn’t feel bad for him at all.
54. Facebook Official
My ex’s sister sent a Facebook message to all of his contacts on the day of our separation, including my family. Before we announced anything, her message was a vicious call to action. It demanded that everyone should immediately delete me, and that if I said anything about why we separated, I was lying. Basically, this created a lot of curious questions and a lot of laughs.
55. Full Circle
I know a woman who was married for a couple of months, and then got pregnant. Her husband told her to get an abortion. Being in a small town, she had to drive several hours to the nearest clinic, but as she waits outside for an hour or two, she realizes she can’t go through with it. So she calls him to tell him she can’t do it. He hangs up on her.
After a long drive back, she comes home to her house, which is now completely empty. Like, everything, including the ice trays in the fridge, is gone. The only things left are a rocking chair and some of her clothes. He never shows back up. But there’s a happy ending: She had the baby girl. That baby girl grew up and I married her. The woman is now my mother-in-law and she is a wonderful person.
56. Make Up Your Mind
After years of telling me she wanted a child, that she wanted to be a mom, that her life’s dream was to be a stay-at-home-mom, my ex got pregnant with the first guy she slept with while we were getting divorced and put the kid up for adoption even before it was born. This was a long-standing thing with her. She always wanted something and the second she got it—she immediately hated it.
57. Near Death Experience
My buddy’s dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. He starts going to chemo and his wife starts going out with some other guy. His sister found out his mom was cheating on his dad, so she told my buddy and he sat his dad down and talked to him. Dad confronts cheating mom and she says, “my fortune teller told me that the best way to get over your death would be to start something new with someone else.”
Now mind you, his dad’s not dead, or really even close to death. The cancer is responding well to chemo, and he’s been slowly getting better. She literally tried justifying cheating on him because he might die…She no longer lives in the house and, to the best of my knowledge, has been ex-communicated from the entire family.
58. Success As Revenge
We were nearly homeless because my ex was out of a job. I began to build a business out of desperation. He would belittle me and the business concept, berate me, get in my face and scream at me that I had no idea what I was doing, etc. If you’ve ever built a business you know how imperative support is. I had a couple hundred in the bank when I left what had become a toxic household. But boy, I got my revenge in the best way possible.
My business went on to make $100,000 its first year, the same year we were divorced, and continues to thrive.
59. Photo Finish
While splitting up all of our stuff during our divorce, my ex opted to claim ownership of every single photograph in the house. Including the very small handful that I still had of my brother who had passed years before. I found them by accident while making sure she wasn’t taking more than her fair share, and she claimed it was just an oversight that my five pictures were wrapped in an envelope, inside another envelope, and packed in the bottom of a box.
Karma: I’m a solid foot taller than her and she outweighs me by 40 lbs now.
60. Ain’t Your Alarm Clock
Two years after our divorce was final, my ex asked me if I would give him a five am wake-up call the next day because he had an early flight for a business trip. I said of course I wouldn’t do that as we aren’t married anymore and that he should buy an alarm clock. He overslept, missed his flight, and thought he was going to get fired. Then he called me to berate me for not calling to wake him up. He sure was a real delight!
61. A Sentimental Loss
My father built the house I grew up in with minimal help. He spent two years working on it and did the hardwood floors, staircase, bathrooms, and hung every cabinet by himself. Every piece of trim in the house was run through a lathe with his own two hands. He even did the spackling for all the ceilings and all of the paint work.
Then my mom cheated on him for a year and bought him out of the house. Now my mom and step-dad have a pretty sweet place to live, and I can tell it hurts my dad whenever he has to go by to pick up my sister and stand in the entryway of the house that he built and watch their fat dog scratch up the hardwood that he was so proud of.
62. Playing Victim
Prior to the divorce, my ex established a pattern of asking me to sleep with someone else which were usually threesomes with friends of his, mine, or ours. He got increasingly demanding and moody until I conceded, then reacted with extreme insecurity, jealousy, or possessiveness, and needed reassurance afterward until it happened again.
It destroyed me as well as all of my in-person friendships and I still don’t understand why he needed to go through that psychodrama over and over or why I didn’t leave sooner. He really just wanted an on-demand smut service and couldn’t take no for an answer. And he also couldn’t stand the thought of me having feelings for anyone other than him.
Yet he consistently thought I was waiting to cheat on him or abandon him. Shortly before I filed for divorce he broke into my apartment twice. Once because he “wasn’t done talking” and then because the apartment complex director told him I couldn’t legally kick him out of the apartment. He harassed me while I was sleeping, called the authorities and DCF because I blocked him on Messenger.
Then he chose to publicly throw a couple of punches and an energy drink at the TBI survivor he had chosen as my most recent sleeping partner, as if any of this was that person’s fault. He harassed me again in the backyard while refusing to leave and told the authorities that I had attacked him. I filed a restraining order and divorce on the same day.
Four months after our divorce was finalized and he was granted full custody of our three kids for every school vacation, he decided to move halfway across the country to live with his mother. She’s still taking care of him. His kids aren’t particularly interested in talking to him and haven’t seen him in over a year. I offered to pay for him to stay here over the summer so he could see them, but he said nah.
This is a fair reflection of his level of engagement with his kids prior to divorce, too. I don’t doubt that he loves them, but he rarely chooses to spend time with them, because it’s stressful. The authorities, lawyers, office of child support employees, and the judge have all responded the same way to his endless “victim” spiel, with a tired sigh, a roll of the eyes.
He continues to think his situation is everyone else’s fault and totally unique.
63. You’ve Got Mail
Let’s see…she sent bizarre postcards under random people’s names with gibberish written on them. Three postcards to my work and three to my apartment manager’s office. She also sent adult magazines to my landlord and called Pizza Hut to deliver $100-worth of pizza to my work, leaving me to cover the bill. She also got me on a mailing list for Victoria’s Secret, which got sent to my work. And as a final “screw you” she also took a ton of stuff out of my apartment, claiming they were hers because she bought them…you know, using my money.
64. Hello From The Other Side
I went on holiday with my new girlfriend and my ex took over my Spotify and kept playing Adele. Send my love to your new lover. I don’t have any social media at all and cut her off completely. I’m a difficult person to get at and Spotify was her only option. Thing is, we were driving to San Antonio bay just before sunset, literally one of the happiest times of my life.
Fast forward three years, we’re engaged and she’s four months pregnant. It definitely didn’t have the impact she expected.
65. You’re A Mean One
She took all of my Christmas ornaments from when I was a kid when she moved out. I didn’t know until months later when I gleefully went to set up for Christmas, went to the basement, and BOOM saw a note from her in the empty box that used to hold all my Christmas decorations. The message just said, “The Grinch was here.”
66. Right Under Their Noses
After my ex realized that I was never coming back to him, he told his mom that I had been stealing from the family the whole time we were together. Then he literally put it in writing that I had a key to his parents’ home and would sneak in and take his dad’s guns and his grandmother’s jewelry. And also that he had been powerless to stop me.
It was always his druggie sister. Always. Anyone with eyes could see it, but no one in the family wanted to believe it.
67. No “I” In Team
My ex called me up after we had broken up for about a week. She told me that she had done a pregnancy test and she was pregnant and the baby was 100% mine, since the guy she cheated on me with always used protection. Being a bit dumbfounded, I asked “So… what do you want to do?” This was the wrong answer, as I found out.
She raged at me, called me a no-good guy who didn’t deserve her, and hung up on me. I called her back and she said, “I don’t need anything from you! I wanted to see the kind of man you are. You didn’t say ‘What do you want us to do!’ You asked me what I wanted to do! I never want to hear from you again!’ Oh, but she wasn’t done yet.
Two days later, she calls me up again and tells me that she’s not pregnant, she was just testing to see “what kind of man” I am and judging whether or not to take me back. It didn’t even cross her mind that maybe I didn’t want to get back with her, but I guess that was besides the point in her head at that moment. So… yeah…
68. Magic Trick
My ex left me in the middle of the night. He just packed all his stuff and disappeared. Absolutely nothing led up to this. We didn’t have the best relationship, but we had a pretty good few weeks and a really good day that day. He shows back up hours later for something he forgot and asks if he could take my iPhone charger.
I still have abandonment issues to this very day and it has negatively impacted every relationship I’ve had since then because I haven’t been able to really let my guard completely down with anyone in fear of being suddenly left again. Romantic and platonic. Plus I now get extreme anxiety and start to freak out if I haven’t heard from them for a while. The icing on the cake?
While cleaning out the rest of his stuff weeks later, I found a list of all the things he was planning to take with him. On that list, was my turtle. My pet turtle. Not ours. Mine. That’s been with me since high school. Freaking psycho.
69. Drama Llama
My ex continuously texted at all hours threatening suicide and I would rush over to do a welfare check and he’d open the door with a smile saying, “Hey, since you’re here want to come in for a drink or sleep together?” It was a hard pass. He started upping it and I rushed over to see that he’s nowhere to be found. I started to panic and called his parents and friends.
Turned out that he was just at a bar. Another time, he left a funeral playlist, a note and disappeared off the face of the earth for almost a day, then reappeared so wasted that he almost ran into the house. After that, I just couldn’t take it anymore, so the next time he started texting I warned him that I would call the authorities if he was being serious and that I wasn’t coming to check.
He went 0-100 real quick about how he would be dead before they got here, etc. So I called them, and he ended up getting 5150ed for the night, became very upset with me the next day and demanded a ride and so on. I hung up, called his mom, and told her that it’s not my mess anymore then gave her the address. So then he just found new ways to torment me for a few years but that one stands out the most.
70. For Your Eyes Only
I broke up with my girlfriend in college, and she went crazy. She e-mailed my mother, who thinks I’m a wonderful Christian boy, and gave her very detailed accounts of some of the bedroom acts we tried, and also intimate pictures of me. She CC’d me. But! Since I’m on the computer 100% of the time, I got the email right when she sent it.
Also, since I set up my mom’s account, I knew her password. I went in and deleted the message before she ever saw it. I also blocked all my ex-girlfriend’s email addresses at that time. But oy, my heart was a-pounding.
71. Last Chance
My ex called me the night before his wedding to his second wife and asked me if it was really over. He said, “This was our last chance to be together. Are you sure it’s over?” Literally the night before he got remarried. I guess he didn’t think that me asking for the divorce, paying for it and filing the paperwork wasn’t the clue that it was over.
72. Deployed Outta There
When he was going on deployment, I got that horrible feeling that something was going on. I looked at the phone bill details and found many calls to a phone number that wasn’t our friends. With dread, I called that number. The woman who answered was aghast because he told her he was single. My heart dropped even further.
Funny thing about that call, this was not the first time she had been seeing a man that she didn’t know was married. She told me that during our conversation. It was surreal. Anyway, he filed for divorce during the deployment and was trying to get it pushed through as quickly as possible. He must have told that new one that he was divorced.
Our kids were 3 years old and 1 year old at the time. It was devastating to me, and I was so clueless back then. Looking back, I realized that the cheating had been going on for a couple of years. I don’t know why he didn’t break it off with me earlier or why he agreed to try for another child when he was seeing other people.
It took a while to get beyond the pain and betrayal. I’m a much happier person now than I was then, and more well-rested now that the kids are older.
73. Surprise, Surprise
We were still in divorce proceedings when my ex moved in with a woman and her 2 kids whom he had only known for two months. Then, her mom moved in shortly thereafter with her 2 dogs. The house was pure chaos and my daughter slept in a closet when she went there, because the girlfriend’s kids got to take over the big bedroom. And surprise, surprise, the relationship crashed and burned within a year. Good riddance.
74. The Girl Is Mine
A relative of mine, Ted, is going through a divorce. His ex-wife has been a wreck for several years, regularly telling him and their five-year-old daughter that she hates them and doesn’t want to ever see them again. Ted is hoping for primary custody because he dotes on his daughter and wants her to be raised by her competent parent—him.
So, when the lawyers are working out the divorce settlement, the ex starts claiming that Ted is violent, and beat both her and their daughter, and she wanted 100% custody with Ted barred from seeing his daughter. This lead to rare and supervised visits for six months. Ted—who is a counsellor for troubled teens, for God’s sake!—hardly gets to see his daughter.
The daughter is distraught, and the ex-wife is grinning like a demon. The good news is that ultimately, Ted prevailed. The social workers and therapists all agreed that there was absolutely no evidence other than the spontaneous accusations of a manipulative and psychologically unsound woman. The daughter repeatedly said she wanted to live with daddy, he wanted her, and could provide for her.
The case isn’t done yet, but all the ex’s plans have backfired so far. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
75. You’ve Don’t Got A Friend In Me
My ex-husband messages or calls me every November. Our divorce was finalized in November 2015. Last time I decided not to answer because I’m in a committed relationship now. But every year, like clockwork he would call. Our divorce was messy to say the least and after our final court hearing we stood outside for like an hour talking about his girlfriend problems.
I guess he just needed a friend but I don’t anymore. At least, I don’t need him as a friend.
76. And Your Little Dog Too
My girlfriend of three years, who was living with me, slept with a guy at her company. I found out through some digging that they were sleeping together regularly from around the time my mom passed. She was upset when I found out and kept me up all night, right before I started a new job. I went ballistic and told her she had to move out of the apartment.
The next morning she attacked me, hid my work computer, and barricaded herself in the bathroom to prevent me from going to work. I kicked her out of the apartment, but later felt bad and let her back into my life. I had bought a condo at this point and gave her a key. I even bought her a dog on Valentine’s Day and asked her to get engaged after a while, to which she said yes.
A few months later, I found out the truth: She was sleeping with yet another guy while I was at work, and I later found out she had cheated on me numerous times over the three years. In response, she attacked me physically, wrecked my condo, threw glasses at me, took a knife to my throat, and threatened me. I had to physically restrain her from ending my life.
Eventually, the authorities removed her from my condo and I kept the dog. I hate reminiscing about this she-devil…But there is a happy ending. As I said, I kept the dog. A couple weeks later, I met my future wife. We started off walking the dog and went on trips. I later rescued other similar dogs, and found them homes, and ultimately gave my sister the dog that was meant for my first fiancée.
I got married to this new better, genuine person who has since restored my faith in humanity.
77. Stop Calling
At least one a year, my crazy ex calls me or emails me. I’ve blocked his number countless times. Last September he got an app and started texting/calling me from random numbers which I kept blocking. I never reciprocate any contact whatsoever. It has been six friggin years this coming October. I’m married. I really hate him.
78. Do You Want To Play A Game?
I had major depression, couldn’t get out of bed, and used substances to try and feel some kind of emotion other than soul crushing sadness. I had hardly spoken to my buddies at the time; they used to come over and try to get me out of the house, but I was too busy drinking alone. One day, my best friend walked into my house and found me on the floor after I made an attempt on my life.
When I checked out of the hospital, him and my other friend took me for a drink to discuss how I was. While we were at the pub, we met up with some other people. That’s when I met my ex. We were together for about a year and a half, and it turned me into a different person. I stopped drinking as heavily and I was getting better, coming out of my depression at long last.
The first half of our relationship, which was kept in secret because she said people would get angry, was blissful. We were perfect and completely in love. We spent hours talking through our problems and our lives, how similar they were and in fact how her life was so much worse than mine. We really understood each other. Then the bottom started to drop out.
She cheated on me several times with my one of my best friends, but I let that slide. After all, I needed her. Then, on New Year 2009, I had a massive party where I invited all my friends and her. She went upstairs with a guy she had brought. I followed them up and told her she couldn’t sleep with the guy in my bed since I had to sleep there, you know?
He left embarrassed when I told him I was her boyfriend, which she denied, and I asked her what the heck she was doing. She started screaming and pretending to cry, then ran downstairs into my kitchen. My best friend came over to me when I walked downstairs and told me that she had told everyone horrible lies about me, like I beat her.
I went to talk to her in the kitchen and I asked her why she was doing all this. Her response broke me into a million little pieces. She told me everything had been a lie, everything she told me about her life, her battle with depression and addiction, her telling me she loved me, it had all been a game to her, for fun.
Except my two friends heard every word, and told everyone else. The tables were turned. Now she’s with another guy and I’m with someone who does love me for who I am. Good luck to her new boyfriend and thanks to her for letting me hit rock bottom, because after her, the only way I could go was up. I’m happy again now.
79. Double Trouble
The relationship was slipping for about 6 months, all the while I asked if there was someone and my ex assured me there wasn’t. One night I get a call from a mutual friend’s fiancé at the time telling me the texts and snaps she found on her husband-to-be’s phone with my wife at the time. That’s when it became official we were splitting.
I think they are still together but I can only imagine the lack of trust there between two known cheaters. The silver lining is about a month after I found out she was cheating and the official split, I got notified by a friend that she was riding around the city on one of those electric rental scooters and crashed into a curb and busted her teeth out. Thank you karma.
80. Only Skin Deep
I had a neighbor who was a really good-looking skirt chaser. He spent his teenage years cheating on his gorgeous girlfriends and whatnot. By the time he was twenty-something, he fell in love with some girl and said he was going to marry her. His dad is really loaded, and he was going to inherit his dad’s company. Basically, it was all going well for him. Until everything changed.
He got into a car accident. He wasn’t driving and he was wearing his seat-belt, but when the car got hit, he flew out the window. He didn’t get any ugly-looking injuries, just a scratch or two on his arms and a small bump on his head. However, he couldn’t walk anymore from then on. In fact, he could barely move at all.
He spent a couple of years in bed being taken care of by his mother. And then the hammer came down. His girlfriend sued him. He’d been bed ridden for a couple of months when her lawyer started a fuss about how he’d promised to marry her and had taken two years of her life with that promise. She actually sued him for not being able to marry her anymore.
Apparently, she’d been with him those two years prior to the accident only because of his dad’s money. When she realized she wouldn’t have any of it anymore, she freaked out.
81. Date Crasher
About six months after the divorce I had moved into a small apartment and had a date over at my place. I hadn’t heard from my ex in a few months and they were always very cordial. My date and I were watching a movie and cuddling on the couch when there’s a knock at the door. I figured it was one of my friends and just opened it without checking first. It was my ex-wife.
She pushed the door open and came in and I had no idea how she found out where I lived as I had never told her. She comes in, livid that I have a date over. I told her it was none of her business but she threatened the girl I was with. The date ends up leaving after a few minutes of dealing with the wench. She then proceeds to pull a knife from my kitchen drawer and threatens to kill herself.
I was a decent person, I calmed her down and got the knife away. We talk in a calm manner for a while where she says she misses me, blah, blah. She then goes to use my bathroom which was in my bedroom. She didn’t come back for a while so I go to check, fearing she did something stupid. Well, she did, but not anything harmful.
She is lying in my bed, full-on naked, touching herself. When I walk in I’m like, “What in the world!” She proceeds to say, “Don’t you want this, don’t you miss this?” When I said “no” she tried to throw herself at me. I resisted and pushed her away. This battle goes on for what seems like forever with her continuously trying to take my pants off and kiss me.
Finally she gets the hint and leaves. Craziest day ever.
82. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
My friend has been dating this girl for a few months now and they’re crazy about each other, but right before they were dating, she was going out with this other guy she really wanted to get away from. So she breaks up with him and goes after my friend. A few weeks ago, her now-ex contacted her and told her a chilling story.
He confessed he had attempted suicide and that he was in the hospital under 24 hour care. He knew exactly how she would react, and sure enough she starts crying and blaming herself for weeks. For about two or three weeks, she’s completely messed up and full of self blame for what happened, until she starts talking to one of his best friends and discovered that he had made the whole thing up.
There was no suicide attempt, and he had been telling all his friends that the reason he was talking to her was because they were considering getting back together. He also told her a few other lies, like he was going off to college to play football, that he had bought a horse, etc. I don’t know why he lied about that stuff; it doesn’t make a lot of sense to anyone.
The story does have a happy ending however. She and my friend, her current boyfriend, messaged and called everyone who knew the both of them and told them the truth about what happened and what he had said. Including his mother. He lost a good amount of friends that day, as he should have, and my friend and the girl are still together.
83. Bad Acting
My ex-boyfriend called me and pretended that he had been hit by a car while we were talking. He even tried to voice the crowd that had gathered around his body. He wasn’t fooling anyone. I saw right through that god-awful acting. But it was pretty funny listening to him mimic a woman’s voice. Points for trying to be inclusive, I guess.
I think he was trying to get me to relive my trauma of being on the phone with a friend who actually had been hit by a car while we were talking. Which is a completely messed up in itself. Too bad he didn’t realize that hearing the real thing is wildly different than hearing an idiot try to act it out. Dodged a bullet with that one.
84. The Key To My Heart
In college, I dated a girl who was a raging alcoholic. It was the day after Valentine’s and we had been going out for eight months. We woke up at my place like any other day and I started studying for midterms. She said that she’d let me study for a while and left. About four hours later, she came into my apartment, nearly unable to stand.
Puzzled, I asked where she had been, and she told me she just finished a bottle with some of her bartender friends. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon. After about an hour of trying to calm her down and put her to bed to sleep it off, I asked her to leave. She became so upset that she started throwing my things around in the apartment.
I couldn’t get any work done, so I physically dragged her out of the apartment, hoping she’d go away. Then she turned her anger to my car. She grabs a “For Sale” sign out of a neighbor’s yard and tries to etch her name into the paint. I was able to get in and drive away before the artwork was complete, however. I then went to a friend’s house and studied for a few hours…until I got a horrific phone call.
It’s around 9 pm, and it’s from my deranged girlfriend. She proceeds to tell me that she just regained consciousness to TWO GUYS WITH HER IN BED IN A RANDOM APARTMENT. She didn’t know them, she didn’t know the apartment. I hung up and tried to digest what just happened. To get my mind off of it, I went out to a local bar to unwind. A female friend of mine happened to be there, and after a few drinks she said she didn’t want to go home to her parents’ house, so I said she could crash at mine.
We didn’t hook up, and weren’t going to. At around 2 am, the girl and I are sitting on the couch, watching TV. My front door flies open (should have locked it, rookie move) and there is the psycho. She’s been keeping up her buzz. Her eyes meet with the girl sitting on my couch. She wants blood. She grabs the first thing she can find and lunges at the girl.
It’s my own set of keys. I tackle her and she uses the keys to scratch the ever living heck out of me. She actually got put behind bars briefly for that stunt.
85. Change The Name
My ex stalked me for five years. She would make fake social media profiles to try to follow me, which I would block endlessly, and she would try to find where I worked so she could talk to me. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This lady cheated on me with seven different men in the two months after we were married. I kicked her butt to the curb and made her sign the court papers.
When we had our day in court she cried in the judge’s office while I just wanted to get this stuff over with. After, my dad was with me and dealt her one final blow: He threw 50 dollars at her and told her to, “Change your last name.” Good thing to do as she deserved it. I haven’t seen or heard from her in about five years now. Thank goodness.
86. Don’t Shoot the Messenger
Just to warn everybody, this one is kind of messed up. It happened to a friend of mine. We were both deployed to Okinawa. My friend married his girl prior to the deployment. Then, he found out mid-deployment that she had cheated on him. Now, finding out about something like that is bad enough as it is—but the way my friend found out about this was the part that was the most messed up.
He had checked his Facebook messages one day and suddenly saw a message from some dude that he didn’t know. The guy straight up told him that he had slept with his wife. Apparently, she had never told him that she was married and, when he eventually added her on Facebook, he realized that she was married to my friend.
After making this discovery, he felt so guilty about the whole thing that he decided he had to message my friend and let him know. My friend wasted no time and divorced her while still in Oki. I’m not even sure how that was legally possible, but I definitely remember him doing some kind of legal paperwork the very next day after getting the messages—so I guess he found a way.
87. Hots For Mom
My ex-husband started dating his stepmom who has been in his life since he was eleven years old. YIKES. His stepmom and him are still together almost five years later. His stepmom confessed her love of my ex to his dad a few years ago and they have since divorced. The dad is now dating a twenty-one-year-old. It’s so messed up and I’m so grateful I left him when I did.
The father and my ex-husband don’t speak. Basically everyone in his family hates my ex-husband and have cut him mostly out of their lives. It may have been a little grooming, but if you met my ex-husband, you’d see he’s all-around a plotting, manipulative, crummy person so I think it was the other way around. He constantly talked during our marriage about how hot she was.
88. The Last Straw
I divorced him when I realized that no matter what I did he was never going to change. I let him walk all over me and cheat on me for years and kept thinking if I just did more, was more patient, a better wife etc, he would realize his mistakes. Example: He would cheat. I would catch him. A huge fight would break out.
He would manipulate me into it somehow being my fault he did it. You don’t love me enough, you’ll never trust me again, you didn’t have sex with me that one time back in 2006 and I felt rejected. Somehow I would have to make it up to him and prove to him I trusted him. I’d forgive him and work my butt off to be happier, nicer, more understanding.
But after a few months I would just catch him all over again. The last straw was when he convinced me he had really changed. He wanted to be a family, the whole package. Of course I ended up pregnant. It turned out to be high risk and I was hospitalized often. Only allowed home with bed rest. Even then he wouldn’t stop running around on me.
I lost 45 pounds, my hair started falling out, I was too weak to even walk. My own family thought I was dying. He didn’t even care. So at one point I was sitting by myself and I just realized. I was done. He was never going to change. And it wasn’t my fault. I couldn’t fix whatever was broken in him and I was done trying.
It took six months after the baby was born before doctors would let me go back to work. I moved out. Spent a few years alone, swearing off men. Now I’m with a fantastic man that loves me. The divorce is still dragging on. My ex tried a lot of dirty tricks when he found out I was leaving. I laughed in his face at every one.
He doesn’t get it. At one point I seriously thought I would die. I thought my kids would be left alone with only him to take care of them. After going through that, nothing he could do could bother me. Ever. So anyway. That’s my story. Hope it helps.
89. I Missed You!
My ex tried to call the missing person hotline when I tried to cease contact with her for five minutes.
90. Wiped Away
My ex-girlfriend removed the retaining clips for my windshield wipers, but put the wipers back on the arms. The first storm after I got my car back from her, the driver-side wiper flew off the car on Interstate 40. Good times.
91. Need You Bank
My ex basically got everything: house, car, furniture. I just wanted to get out so I let him take everything. I just needed a clean break and it wasn’t worth the headache anymore. Well, he definitely got what was coming to him. Two years later he was broke and homeless and wanted to get back together. Sorry, but no way.
92. Price To Pay For Kindness
My ex ended our relationship after I said I would do whatever she wanted one night. I let her have the choice, whatever makes her happy. How dare I be thoughtful and considerate.
93. Sharing Is Caring
My ex-husband had Sunday dinners with my mom for many years after our divorce. He never had a real mom so I didn’t mind sharing mine as long as I didn’t have to be there.
94. The Cost Of Cheating
We dated for four years and had what I thought was a great relationship. We were both well-established professionals who both owned homes in the same neighborhood and both had daughters in the home. Her daughter was 11, and mine was 16 when we met. We had actually planned to get married, build a house, and raise the two together.
We planned the house build because she had recently been diagnosed with a neurological illness that would eventually put her in a wheelchair, and needed something disability-friendly. During the planning stages, I began doing landscape and construction projects on her home to increase the resale value. All in, I invested roughly $30K into the home, running everything through my side construction business for tax, permitting, and resale purposes.
We had a contract that “payment” would be made upon the sale of the home. I produced invoices for each and every project, but never pushed for payment because of the prior agreement. Fast forward six months, we’re looking at property to develop and finalizing drawings on the home when I began feeling ill. I couldn’t eat, constantly vomiting and passing blood.
I began noticing that my abdomen looked swollen, which was odd because we were both very clean eaters and were in the gym every day. So I went to the doctor and began having tests done. During this time, she began having small cognitive issues, and the stress of her current position was exacerbating her condition, so she took a $20K per anum cut in pay along with a lesser position inside the company.
After a month or so of different tests, and a biopsy, it came back that I had a golf ball-sized tumor in my stomach, and would need to begin chemotherapy. So I began chemo and radiation treatments, which made me, expectedly so, extremely ill. She was spending time helping around my place on the weekends and staying over more, to the point that both her and her daughter were at my home more than theirs.
At this point, I suggested that we go ahead and put one of our houses on the market, and move in together until the new house was built. I have great supplemental insurance as well as a long-term health plan, so using that coupled with the sale of one of our houses would push us through comfortably, and help ease the financial stress on her. This backfired on me horribly.
Shortly after this discussion, she became extremely distant. Her daughter wasn’t coming down and hanging out with mine anymore, and she had excuses for not getting together. She quit driving me to treatments and stopped staying over. She then dropped the truth. A sentence that will forever be burned into my psyche: “I love you, but I can’t see myself taking care of someone this sick in the long-term, and I don’t think we should see each other any longer.”
A. TEXT. It broke me. I won’t lie. This was the first woman I had ever opened up to and planned a life with since my wife passed when my children were 1 and 3. However, I tried to be mature about it. I forced myself to understand her position and to accept what I could not change. I calmly, the next day, gathered all of her things, packed them neatly, loaded them in my truck, and took them to her house to leave on the back porch while she was at work, in order to avoid any awkward exchanges.
Walking around the back and under the porch cover, I sat down on a box, and saw her in her back living room. I wish I could unsee what came next. She was there getting it on with a man that she had introduced to me as a life-long friend. I had once had dinner and drinks with this man and his girlfriend. We had gone on vacation with them as well.
I never spoke of the incident with her, and simply sent her a text later, explaining that I would leave her things on my side porch to pick up at her convenience. I discovered eight or nine months later from his now ex-girlfriend that they had broken up due to him confessing that he had been sleeping with my partner, dating back to about the time we were finishing drawings on the new home.
Now I’m angry. Revenge time. At this point, I had finished chemo and radiation for the time being and was feeling healthier. I was going through some much-neglected paperwork when I ran across the file that contained $32,680.00 in unpaid, long overdue invoices, which were promptly sent to my attorney to begin lien proceedings on the home.
It turns out that I couldn’t have done this a moment too soon because she was set to put her house on the market. Coupled with interest over the course of, what was then, 19 months overdue, the invoices were hefty. That, along with the agreement of settling them when the house was sold and attorney fees, left her with roughly $10K after the sale of the home and settling her current mortgage.
She promptly had to back out of the purchase of another home and moved in with her oldest daughter and two grandchildren. She also had to leave her job and begin receiving disability. I ran into her a little over a year ago, and she looked as if she had aged 20 years, and was in the wheelchair we had talked about. We chatted cordially but briefly and I excused myself and went on with my day.
A few days later, her younger daughter called me and spoke of my running into her mom, and could we hang out sometime. I gave a vague answer, thanked her for calling and again, went on with my day. The ex then called me a week or so later, and began apologizing for leaving me as she did. Again, cordial but short, I thanked her for calling and hung up.
She began texting, and this went on for several weeks until once she asked if I could ever see us rekindling what we had, to which I replied: “I can’t see myself taking care of someone so sick in the long-term. Remember the box on your back porch? Did you think that (life-long friend) brought that over to you from my house? Good luck to you. Goodbye.”
95. Bringing Down the House
I tried to get my ex-wife served with divorce papers, only to learn she had vandalized and abandoned our former home in response to my leaving. I went over to find almost all of my clothes had been bleached, along with our new living room set. The new dining room table and chairs had been gouged. Weeks worth of trash and raw food had been left out.
The refrigerator had been turned off, leaving hundreds of dollars worth of food to rot. The whole place smelled awful. She had also taken all of the electronics (probably to hawk), my passport with stamps in it from around the world, and the painting I had inherited from my beloved grandfather who had passed. She knew this would hurt me the most.
All said and done, there was $7,000 in property damage and another $1,500 in stolen property.
96. Sign Your Work
My ex cheated on me while I was deployed. She wound up getting engaged to the guy. Before I changed duty stations, she reached out to say goodbye. We hooked up. While she was asleep, I found his underwear drawer and left a note that said, “Cheaters cheat. By the way, I didn’t use protection.” I signed it. Hard not to think fondly on that memory…
97. Rebutting In
I had a client who, despite being a large man, had been domestically mistreated by his much smaller wife throughout their marriage. After the divorce, she turned her anger on their son. He ran away one day to live with his dad, and we filed to restrict his ex’s parenting time and ask for a permanent modification to the custody agreement.
At the permanent hearing, she denied hurting the child or my client in front of the child, said she never threatened anyone ever, and that she never made disparaging remarks about my client in front of their son, either. But there was one big thing she didn’t know and couldn’t tell her attorney. My client had recorded multiple instances of her doing all of these things.
So I called my client back up for rebuttal right after her testimony and played an audio recording of her screaming at my client, threatening to break his face in, and calling him a loser, all while the child could be heard in the background begging her to stop. I looked over at the other attorney and she had her face in her hands. We won.
98. True Love Keeps Its Distance
After my abusive ex got out of prison the first time, he started stalking me. When I got a restraining order, he paid some people to assault me. When I pressed charges for the assault, the people he paid snitched and he’s back in prison. At the time, I thought if I didn’t get a conviction he would escalate until I ended up dead. He doesn’t know where I live or work now. I’m doing well.
99. The Ex Factor
When I was 8, my psychotic sister took me on a joyride. She was furious that her ex-boyfriend wouldn’t take her back, so she drove to his neighborhood WITH ME IN HER CAR and caused a scene. When yelling for him outside his house didn’t work, she lost it. She stared at me with her teary, glazed-over eyes, then uttered three chilling words that made my blood run cold: “CLOSE YOUR EYES.”
When he heard us screaming, he came running to the stop sign, made her turn around, and snatched me out of the car. He then called my parents and he made sure she didn’t come anywhere near me while we waited. We thought she’d eventually snap out of her craziness, but she never did. When I grew up, she wound up sleeping with my ex.