I have a dear friend who I fear is being cheated on. After months of trying to get pregnant, her spouse came home and gave the whole routine that we all know so well.... "I'm not sure I love you anymore, not sure I ever did" lots of blameshifting and some of the most bizarre gaslighting I've every heard (like, "you helped me cook a meal, so therefore you rushed our relationship and that's why we got married").
My first gut (as well as my ex-WH) was.... oh... something is not right here, and sounds like the spouse is cheating.
I mentioned it to her, particularly in case she wanted to do a little investigation. I don't think she thinks it is even a possibility.
But the story is SO familiar. I can't help but think that if she at least knew, it could either provide explanation for the relationship problems, give her some explanation as to why her spouse is acting like such a tool, and a place to move forward from.
(as a side note, amazingly enough, I'm not triggering from all this. )
She was my friend when my spouse and I went through our "bad time," but I wasn't sharing what was going on with anyone in case we reconciled. So I kind of had to explain to her an abbreviated version of what happened and why I thought I had a pretty good idea as to what was going on.
I know for me, it was a huge relief when I found out - it provided clarity and a framework to understand why my world has gone crazy. But I can't force her to look at it. I'm not even comfortable sending her here (although I did send her the 180 rules, deleting out all refs to cheating spouses) because she's not ready to consider the cheating angle.