A jilted friend took to Reddit to ask for opinions after she told her former sister-in-law the real reason for her divorce. The truth shattered a lot of family illusions. Here is the full story.
They Became BFFs
OP is a 32-year-old woman who met her best friend in college.
They started out as assigned roommates and ended up with a lifelong bond.
Her Roommate Introduced Them
As their friendship grew, the roommate decided to introduce OP to her brother.
He was three years older, and the two hit it off.
They Went All the Way
Before long, OP was dating her roommate’s brother, and they got serious quickly.
They got married when OP was 24.
They Were a Growing Family
In the years that followed, OP and her husband had two kids together, now ages 3 and 5.
He Was Very Competitive
In the meantime, OP’s husband was busy building his career.
He is very intelligent and competitive, and he naturally gravitated toward a very intense field.
The Pressure Got to Him
But the pressure of the job got to OP’s husband, and he turned to alcohol to help cope with it all.
Pretty soon, he was drinking way too much and was drunk most of the time.
He Got Some Help
At OP’s urging, her husband went to therapy and managed to quit drinking.
He also came away with a list of stressors that triggered his drinking.
He Tried to Cope on His Own
Thinking he was “cured,” OP’s husband quit therapy.
But the pressure of the job was still there, and he started drinking hard again within no time at all.
He Couldn’t Keep It Together
It was a pattern that would repeat several times over the course of about 5 years or so.
It was during this time that OP gave birth to her kids.
He Was a No-Show
The husband’s drinking and yoyo therapy started to have a real and negative effect his children as they grew.
He would promise to do something for them or with them, then not show up because he had been drinking.
She Was Going to Leave
The third time that her husband quit therapy and started drinking again, OP gave him an ultimatum: if he didn’t get sober for good, she’d take the kids and leave him.
He Tried One More Time
OP’s husband gave it another shot and went through therapy again. And again, he stopped drinking.
He Wanted to Be in Control
But in the end, OP’s husband started drinking again, just like always.
He said he wanted to have control, which to him meant drinking a couple times a week rather than quitting cold turkey.
She Kept Her Promise
True to her word, OP took her kids and left. She also filed for divorce.
She Also Kept His Secret
All along the way, though, OP’s husband had asked her to keep his drinking a secret from his family.
She had gone along with it.
She Left Out of the Blue
So when OP left her husband, it looked to his family like it came from out of the blue.
She Was Done with Her
OP had stayed close to her best friend and sister-in-law throughout her marriage.
But when the other woman learned about the surprise divorce, she wanted to end their friendship.
She Couldn’t Stand to Lose More
OP felt like she’d already lost enough and didn’t want to lose her best friend, too.
She Spilled the Beans
That’s when OP finally spilled the beans and told her sister-in-law the truth about why she was ending the marriage.
She Confronted Him
OP’s best friend was horrified to hear about her brother’s behavior, and she confronted him about it.
He admitted that he had been hiding his drinking problem all those years.
They’re All Disappointed
Now, OP’s ex-husband is angry at her for ruining his sister’s opinion of him.
He said his parents were also extremely upset with him.
She Had Sacrificed Enough
But OP doesn’t think she was obligated to keep her ex’s secret, and she sure didn’t want it to be the reason she lost her best friend.
She Had Every Right
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP’s actions and think she had every right to tell her best friend the truth.
Some commenters point out, though, that OP should have never kept her husband’s secret in the first place. He is battling an addiction, and his family needed to know what was going on.
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