Cheating Among Woman’s Ex and in-Laws Shocks Internet: ‘Could You Imagine’

Internet commenters were blown away after one woman detailed the resentment she held for her unfaithful sister-in-law.

In a viral Reddit thread published on the r/TrueOffMyChest forum, Redditor u/resentful3 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) chronicled the events that fuel her vitriol for her brother’s wife and continue to haunt her to this day.

Posted on September 27, the viral thread has received more than 11,000 upvotes and 600 comments.

“My [ex-husband] was unfaithful,” OP began. “With my brother’s wife.”

Continuing to explain that her former spouse’s infidelity was unforgivable, OP said she filed for divorce following his cheating.

Unfortunately for OP, the same could not be said for her brother.

“I divorced my husband but my brother stayed with his wife,” OP wrote. “So she’s still around.

“I resent her,” OP added. “And I resent having to see her at family events.”

Infidelity, whether emotional, physical or both, can have devastating effects on a relationship.

When an individual steps out on their partner, the foundational trust relationships need to thrive begins to erode and, in many cases, doesn’t stop. Cheating is for many an automatic deal-breaker and immediately signifies the end of a relationship, hard stop.

Data published by the American Psychological Association last decade revealed that between 20 and 40 percent of divorces in the US involve at least one extramarital sexual contact, and a pattern of distress and conflict as a result.

Still, a large number of married men and women continue to cheat on their spouse, despite the clear risk and potential consequences.

Over the last two decades, national surveys conducted by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy have shown that 25 percent of married men, along with 15 percent of married women, have had at least one extramarital affair.

When emotional and sexual relationships without intercourse are considered, The New York Times reports, the number of unfaithful affairs increases by 20 percent.

But while approximately 40 percent of adults who admit to infidelity are separated or divorced, 50 percent of unfaithful spouses remain married to the partner they knowingly cheated on, according to Couples Therapy Inc.

Countless articles and advice columns across the internet are aimed at unfaithful partners and couples who have experienced cheating. Every outlet offers unique insight on how to move forward in the wake of infidelity, but there is a clear common thread—couples that survive cheating are able to do so because both partners want to salvage the relationship.

When a partner feels differently, or too betrayed to proceed with the person who hurt them, the relationship is likely already over, according to Very Well Mind.

As half of unfaithful spouses can attest, some couples are able to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, even when other loved ones are left in the dark.

A woman looks upset while receiving a hug from another woman. Members of Reddit’s r/TrueOffMyChest were shocked after one woman revealed why she can’t stand her brother’s wife.
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Throughout the comment section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors expressed their disbelief about OP’s awkward family dynamics, and how often her sister-in-law’s infidelity must come into play.

“Could you imagine bringing a new boyfriend to see the family?” Redditor u/We_All_Float_7 questioned in the post’s top comment, which has received more than 11,000 upvotes.

“‘This is my sister-in-law,'” they continued, impersonating OP. “‘Don’t f**k this one.'”

Redditor u/DanceMom1987, whose comment has received nearly 5,000 upvotes, offered a similar response.

“Every time you see her ask her if she has heard from your [ex-husband],” they sarcastically advised.

“I’d make family events as awkward as possible,” Redditor u/UrDadsFave added, receiving more than 3,000 upvotes. “She’d want to stay home.”

“Yikes,” Redditor u/ayymahi chimed in. “She has no shame showing up to the family functions like she didn’t ruin a marriage.”

Newsweek reached out to u/resentful3 for comment.

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