Anything I should know about how to tell him to lessen the blow? Is there such a thing? I didn't want to come out and tell him all the details if he didnt want to hear them so I was going to let him drive that part but not sure if it's best for me to disclose a lot of it or wait til he asks? I want to be completely honest so he doesn't think I am keeping anything from him but also don't want to overwhelm him right off the back.
My affair was not one that will be easy to forgive. It was very intense and filled with lots of lies to my husband. I dont want to TT over the next several months though.
Any input from WS or BS would be helpful as I navigate this horrible road ahead.
You need to be prepared. There is nothing you can do that will prepare your BH for this. No kissing, hugging, sex, nothing will prepare him for the bomb you are about to drop.
I think telling him is the right thing for you, for him, and for him. But to be honest, I didn't think you had enough integrity to tell him. I've been reading your excuses for quite some time. I'm glad I'm wrong.
What you are about to do is very courageous, very moral, very strong. You are about to saddle up when you know you're going into a world of hurt. I'm proud of you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your BH.
He will likely have a hard time taking care of himself at first. He will forget to eat or drink and be unable to sleep and may even be sick. If he will let you try to offer him things to eat or drink or just bring it and set it down for him.
Don't be defensive. He may scream, cry, yell, and call you names. It is all an expression of unbelievable pain.
Put your pain and discomfort on the back burner and put him first for the foreseeable future. Come to wayward forum for support. This is going to get rough.
I edit often to fix stuff ☺️
Profoundly grateful Every. Single. Day. that I am blessed with an H with strength, integrity, and compassion, and that he decided to try.
I don''t know your BH but I can tell the things that I would want to know and would ask.
Do you love OM?
Do you love me?
Do you want to be with me?
Why did you do it? (Expect this question a LOT. I advise patience. If you aren''t sure then say so but be clear that you want to give a real answer and that requires help like IC)
Did you ever consider leaving me for OM?
Why do you hate me?
What did I do wrong?
How did it start?
When did it start?
Was it physical? (expect possibly more angry/graphic versions of this question)
Was he better (sexually) than me?
Did you tell him you loved him?
Why tell me now?
That''s just for starters. I don''t know what your BH is like. I''m not one to yell myself. However, I am one to disconnect and walk away if I feel like I''m being played. If your BH gets frustrated and yells try to be patient.
Avoid saying things like "You''re not helping by doing x,y,z..."
Avoid saying "I don''t know" and "I can''t remember"
If you can have a timeline ready that might be a good idea. Don''t suggest to him that he doesn''t or won''t want to know things. Ask him as you go along if he wants to know now or later. This will reassure him that you are not trying to protect yourself but are being open and willing to answer questions as he is ready to ask them.
As a BH/BBF it was pure hell but what made it worse was knowing I was second choice. It is an emasculating experience. Be careful about what positive things you say to him. Compliments will feel hollow and insincere. I know I wouldn''t be very accepting of any compliments or positive remarks because you will be revealing actions that say the exact is true of how you feel. Be honest but be very careful that you don''t emphasize (or appear to emphasize) that you think he''s nice, stable, safe, kind, sweet or a good father. Those comments would translate to me as "You''re boring and I don''t want you but you take care of the family and I don''t want to give that up" It essentially feels like the husband has just been friend-zoned.
Don''t be surprised if in the heat of the moment he brings up D. Do NOT just go along with that idea. If you truly want to R then you need to be unwavering in that. If you are unsure...well it will be tough for him to hear but you need to be honest.
There may be moments when you''re going to feel overwhelmed. The guilt. The shame. Seeing...really seeing for the first time the pain in your BH''s eyes. Fight that. If you need breaks to be able to handle it then take them but make him aware of that ("I''m not trying to shut down on you. When I feel overwhelmed with what I''ve done I need just a moment."
[This message edited by Brandon808 at 12:02 AM, January 17th, 2014 (Friday)]
I commend you to your instincts of disclosing your infidelity to your partner.
I had just today posted in Wayward regarding the very difference this can make to the WS and BS' journey in healing.
I do ask you to examine your desire to 'prepare' you BS for the disclosure. Gently there is nothing you can do to 'control' the outcome.
Disclosing and living free of deception is so important to the both of you.
Here is what I wrote in wayward:
"I can attest to anyone who is hanging in indecision. Disclosing your infidelity is tough - but when you offer your partner the truth - it helps healing beyond description. We are a living example of the places the choice to disclose or not disclose can lead you.
We understand his gaslighting and trickle feed of the truth on discovery did even worse damage than the act of infidelity itself, damage to us both individually and to our marriage. "
Telling my husband about my infidelity was very hard. You need to give your partner the facts. Allow him to be the judge of how much or how little information he needs when. Offer to Write a timeline and leave nothing out and give this to him as soon as possible to him confirming he wants that.
Give him room and continue to reassure him that you want to reconcile if that is what you are committed. But ...
Don't make ANY promises you can't keep.
How you respond to him will depend very much on how he reacts. But you can't control that.
There is nothing in the world that prepares you to find out that your partner has been unfaithful. But the gift of the truth is the very best you can give in this situation.
blessings to your BH and you in the days ahead.
Betrayed wife here:
Be totally honest - and be 100% ready to end the affair completely.
Otherwise- simply save your Betrayed Husband a lot of grief; and file for a divorce and walk away.
That's my advice.
There's no way to "prepare" your husband for this.
I can understand being alone; but I hate being with someone and feeling lonely.
What do I need to do to prepare my BH for D-Day?
There is nothing you can do to prepare him.
For you, wear your thick skin and do not react negatively to anything he says. Take his pain and carry it.
He will be devastated, do not back out and begin to lie to "protect him". Continue with the truth until he is done. And then do it again, and again and again.
Be prepared to have him tell you to leave, respect it if he does. BUT do not go somewhere he will wonder about. Go to a FOM's house.
I dont want to TT over the next several months though.
TT happens when a WS doesn't want to give answers or truths. Let him know you will tell him anything he wants to know, when HE is ready.
Have a timeline ready, a complete timeline. If he asks for it you can have it for him, but don't push it on him if he isn't ready.Let him ask for what he needs, tell him you are open to his needs.
You may need to confess all on day 1, but this isn't about you, your pain during this time, IMO, is secondary. You have been processing and healing on SI for at least a month, you had time during the A to process your feelings. He is going to be hit with a knife to the heart and get his truth all at once.
Good luck, I hope he comes here, you are doing the right thing.
The hard part is that it was a very intense affair. I became another person pretty much. Both me and AP are pretty respected people, both are smart, make good choices etc so while this is obviously pretty messed up, I can't paint the AP as a bad guy. He's not. He's just like me and got caught up in a situation we shouldn't have been in. He didn't give me STD's or tell me a string a lies. Maybe it would be easier for my husband to handle if the guy was a loser but he wasn't and real emotions were involved. If he asks me if we were in love I would have to be honest and say yes because we were. or thought we were. Everything is becoming a big blur of an emotional mess. It's all in my emails though so no use in lying and then have him doubt me when he reads them.
I really do want my husband. I know he will feel like the back up plan though and that will hurt him also.
I know I did this to our marriage and I wish I alone could undo it. He is worth fighting for as are the kids and I will keep fighting for him because even though I've been wishy washy I know he is the one for me and if we make it to the otherside I think our relationship will in fact be way better. It was always a good marriage but it lacked some excitement. I was so wrong to do what I did but it's part of me now.
Good luck, I hope he comes here, you are doing the right thing.
He is my comfort in any tough spot in my life. It's goign to be so hard to lose that person as my comfort. Yes selfish I get it but I"m being honest. I need someone for comfort too but will have no one. No one knows of my affair. I kept that private as I didn't want to burden a girlfriend with that info and put her in an awkward situation. My friends all like my husband, probably more than me even so telling them seemed selfish even though I really needed someone to talk to while the affair was going on.
and if he tells my family, the shit will hit the fan even harder. I hope that doesn't happen. They adore him. They'd trade me in for him I think in a second.
Both me and AP are pretty respected people, both are smart, make good choices etc so while this is obviously pretty messed up, I can't paint the AP as a bad guy. He's not. He's just like me and got caught up in a situation we shouldn't have been in.
Is it selfish for me to not want him to come here?
I kept that private as I didn''t want to burden a girlfriend with that info and put her in an awkward situation.
and if he tells my family, the shit will hit the fan even harder. I hope that doesn''t happen. They adore him. They''d trade me in for him I think in a second.
They don''t call it a rollercoaster for nothing. We here on SI can assure you of that. What we cannot do is prepare for the first time you see his reaction.
ETA: Good luck. To both of you.
[This message edited by Brandon808 at 1:06 AM, January 17th, 2014 (Friday)]
What I feel you mean is that the AP did not manipulate you or lie to you. Do not say he is not a "bad guy". I know it will be hard to remember but try to avoid term like "caught up" and "situation". It may not be intended that way but to a BS it tends to come across as not taking ownership of choices.
As to D-Day, my advice would be for you to read "How to Help your spouse Heal" unless you have already done so - that really nails how a WS should react.
BIG mistakes that my WH made:
*He didn't come out and confess everything, he made me ask about a million questions (it was like trying to draw water from a stone! He was a "hostile witness". In fact he hasn't admitted a SINGLE thing that I haven't first had to ask about..) I found it SOOO humiliating to have to ask those questions, to have to badger him for answers, it would have been much kinder to me if he had told me the basics, let me digest that for a little while, comforted me and then said "I don't know how much detail you want? Would you like me to tell you more, or would you prefer to ask me for the specific details you want?"
*Defensiveness. My WH was sooo defensive. Not about the A as such, but everytime we discussed it he would get all prickly and a bit aggro.
*Sugar-coating. My husband tried to minimise everything that he did, make is sound less bad than it actually was.
*Trickle-truth. BIG mistake. My husband started off saying the A was just about sex... then it came out he told her he loved her... then it came out he DID love her. He told me no-one else knew about the A... then he told me they hung out with her brother... then it came out that her sister actually lived with her and was there every single night he slept over.. then I found out he met her mother... then everyone at work knew.... He told me he used a condom... then admitted that he only used one the FIRST time they had sex...Each revelation was yet another knife in the wound.
*Coping with the anger. My WH mirrored my anger. When I yelled at him he would yell back. HORRIBLE!! You have to understand that the BS will get flaming angry (my REAL rage kicked in at about 4 months out, when WH felt I should be "getting over it by now"!) IMHO you have to try with everything in you to quietly accept the anger (not full-on abuse, obviously) as if you mirror the anger, in my experience, it only adds fuel to the fire!
*Remorse. I desperately needed to see genuine remorse. I needed to feel that my WH deeply understood how wrong and destructive his actions had been. I also needed him to respect MY process and allow me to feel and behave the way I needed to at any given time.
Hope this helps. Obviously this is my personal outlook YMMV.
don't try to control your BH. If he feels like telling your family, you trying to convince him otherwise in the wake of your enormous betrayal will be just another betrayal on your part.
"I was bad, but let's keep your misery a secret and not tell anyone so I don't actually have to feel bad."
[This message edited by mike7 at 1:12 AM, January 17th (Friday)]
those two points IMO will make you a better partner no matter what happens.
And I think you can tell him, "I'm confessing even though I know I didn't have to because I respect you too much. You needed to know the truth."
In the end, most BS's move on because of the lack of "respect" that their spouses showed them.
You can rightfully claim that you respect him too much to continue to lie.
good luck. really.
"I'm confessing even though I know I didn't have to because I respect you too much. You needed to know the truth."
I can also tell you BS have recounted how their WS talked about respect. Respect is hot button issue on dday. If the subject of respect is mentioned at all by the WS it should be in the context of "I knew I needed to stop disrespecting you, our M and myself with this behavior."
I can't paint the AP as a bad guy. He's not. He's just like me and got caught up in a situation we shouldn't have been in.
Sorry, but during this A you both acted badly. You may not be "bad people" but the Ap treated your family with complete disrespect as well as his own and so did you.
I would not defend him to your BH.
He is my comfort in any tough spot in my life. It's goign to be so hard to lose that person as my comfort. Yes selfish I get it but I"m being honest. I need someone for comfort too but will have no one.
Right now I would really consider putting your discomfort aside. You are about to destroy his world but you are wondering who will comfort YOU?
I know this is hard, but he has to come first through this confession. You need to be strong for him and realize although you are doing what's right, it will be difficult and painful.
[This message edited by karmahappens at 2:07 AM, January 17th (Friday)]