What a cad
"Looking through my boyfriend's text messages, I discovered that he'd been cheating on me with one of his exes. Right away, my whole body felt cold and I could actually feel my heart sink to my stomach. I just wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole. The shock of it was too much to bear and I ran out of the room crying. The next day I dumped my boyfriend without telling him why. It's been two years already, but to this day he has no idea why I left him." - Charlene*, 29, lawyer
Your wife called…
"I'd been dating a really awesome man for several weeks when I received a phone call - from his wife! I had no idea he was married and told her so. I apologised to her and promised that I would stop seeing her husband. Shortly after he came to my house and I gave him a piece of my mind. I was so angry. I remember just screaming at him and calling him a liar, and telling him that I hoped he would meet with a car accident and die. He was so scared he didn't know what to say and left my place as fast as he could." - Jeanine*, 35, freelance writer
Just walk away
"A friend saw my then-boyfriend with another woman in town. I was shattered beyond belief. This was a guy I was madly in love with! I was hesitant to confront him but a few days later my friend saw him with the same woman again - and this time, I was with her. We went up to them and he denied any wrongdoing. Upset as I was, I managed to dump him without crying. The other woman looked so uncomfortable. I walked away from them, tears streaming down my face and praying that he wouldn't see lose my cool. There was no way I was going to give him that satisfaction." - Audrey*, 28, fitness instructor
Plunged into despair
"My boyfriend sat me down and told me that he'd fallen in love with someone else. I had not seen that one coming. My whole world came tumbling down. I couldn't think clearly, respond, or even move. I just sat there like a zombie, staring at him, trying to absorb what he was saying. Then I went home, collapsed onto my bed and cried my eyes out. I didn't leave my room for a few days, not even to eat. It was the most miserable time of my life, I just didn't want to live anymore." - Claire*, 27, graduate student
Back at you!
"I discovered that the man I was seeing was cheating on me with, not one, but two other women! Words cannot describe how enraged I was. All I could think was, 'I have to get back at him and ruin his life in some way'. I remembered that he had left some clothes, books and gadgets behind at my place, including a $300 pair of designer headphones. I bagged everything up and donated it to charity. Then I sent him a short email, saying that I knew he was fooling around behind my back and to forget about getting his stuff back from me because I'd given it all away. He probably didn't care about the books, but his clothes and gadgets were worth a fair bit of money. He called me in a panic, demanding to know where I'd donated his things to, but I just laughed and hung up on him. How dare he mess with me like that!" - Serena*, 33, graphic designer
*Names have been changed
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