A TikTok video posted by Shannon Mowery from Cincinnati, Ohio, has recently gone viral, it gained 1 million views. In the video, Mowery opens up about her unexpected decision to stand by her husband when she discovered his affair with a co-worker just six months into their marriage.
This revelation challenges common beliefs about infidelity, and Mowery shares her personal experience to shed light on the complexities of such situations.
In the emotional 2-minute-plus clip, the 27-year-old confesses she never imagined herself as someone who would tolerate infidelity. However, when confronted with her husband’s betrayal in 2019, she grappled with shock and confusion.
Mowery admits, “I truly could have bet a million, billion dollars he would never be the type of person to ever cheat on me, so I think I was just in a lot of shock—and it took me months to process.”
Her Life Was Turned Upsidown
Having been with her husband since high school, spanning over seven years, Mowery’s world was turned upside down.
She yearned for things to return to normal, desperate to reclaim their love.
He Changed Drastically
Mowery admits, “He changed so drastically, it was hard to grasp, and I wanted things back to normal—I wanted our love. I had never been an adult without him. I see now I was a bit co-dependent.”
She Stayed in the Relationship Anyway
Despite the pain, she remained in the relationship for approximately four months after the affair was exposed, ultimately learning a crucial lesson: if she ever faced infidelity again, she would swiftly exit the relationship.
She Went Through His Phone
Mowery describes the aftermath of the betrayal, recounting a constant state of anxiety whenever her husband was not by her side. She felt compelled to invade his privacy by snooping through his phone, consumed by distrust.
She Felt He Was All She Had
The affair with a co-worker had left her in a perpetual state of paranoia and fight-or-flight mode.
However, it is important to note that Mowery’s discovery of the affair was preceded by a series of unfortunate events.
A Death in the Family
Her mother’s sudden passing a year prior had left her as an only child, with her family residing more than two hours away.
It Went From Bad to Worse
The woman also alleges that during those four months, her husband manipulated and gaslighted her, coercing her into silence about the affair.
He Wasn’t Putting in the Work
As she struggled with sleepless nights, loss of appetite, and haunting nightmares, Mowery realized that her partner was not putting in the necessary effort to repair their relationship.
Struggling With Self-Hate
In fact, he continued the affair!
Reflecting on this challenging period, she reveals, “I hated myself during those four months. I’m goofy. I’m fun. I’m carefree. I’m light-hearted. I’m loving. And, like, I was none of that.”
Her Decision to Break Her Silence
Mowery eventually uncovered her husband’s infidelity by going through his phone and discovering hidden WhatsApp messages in a virtual folder.
She Posted Everything
Overwhelmed by her emotions, she decided to expose the affair on Facebook, leading to her husband moving out and subsequently “ghosting” her.
It Went Up in Smoke
They officially divorced on February 12, 2020, and currently, Mowery and her ex-husband have no communication, having blocked each other on social media.
She firmly states, “I have ‘no interest’ in speaking to him ever again.”
Reactions From Viewers
The TikTok video sparked various reactions from viewers who shared their perspectives. Many emphasized the irreversible damage caused by broken trust and urged others to swiftly move on from such situations.
One comment read, “Been there. Finally left 3 years later and the weight just lifted off my shoulders instantly.”
“it’s always easier to say these things until you’re in the position so I hear you,” another said.
“This is exactly what happened to me, after 25 yrs of marriage. I’m finally ready to leave,” someone wrote.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
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