Boyfriend is so close with sister

posted 4 months ago in Relationships
Post # 2
10579 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

sistersister :  you feel like the other woman because you are. 

He might not be romantically involved but his loyalty and devotion are to his “sister”. That’s why he’s testy when you try to bring it up. 

Post # 3
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

You are the other woman.  He’s emotionally married to his sister, but he can’t date her so that’s where you come in.

Post # 4
4036 posts
Honey bee

He’s already involved with a woman and it’s not you. You’re the bonus girl. 

Post # 5
1390 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

sistersister :  Bizarre! Reminds me of that Friends episode about Rachel’s boyfriend and his behavior with his sister rolling around on the ground tickling each other etc. It was a really funny episode!  This real life behavior with your boyfriend would be a deal breaker for me. I’m all for sisterly love but their behavior seems extreme.  How do they interact with their that odd too?

Post # 6
2477 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Yeah, hate to break it to you bee but you are the other woman. He is (weirdly) emotionally fulfilled by the relationship he has with his sister. You are the woman he dates romantically but she is the woman he goes home to. I would consider ending this relationship like yesterday. 

Post # 7
8056 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I don’t think he’s ready for a relationship beyond what he currently has with his sister.

Post # 8
1383 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

It doesn’t sound like you have much of a future with your boyfriend. It doesn’t sound like he has any interest in changing.

Post # 9
15 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m sorry you’re going through this. It’s a horrible feeling. I hate to say this, but he’s emotionally married to his sister, you’re the other woman who provides what she can’t. 

In most cases, it would be a dead end relationship. However, it doesn’t always have to end that way. There’s several sources online (and books) about emotional incest. I would definitely have a discussion about emotional incest with him. He might not even realize how deep he is.

If he doesn’t listen to you, ask him to go to couples counseling with you. Since you two have been together for a couple years now, asking him to go to counseling with you isn’t unreasonable. If he won’t even go to counseling or listen to you, the relationship doesn’t have a future. 

My husband used to be like this, but he agreed to go to counseling.

Mini story time:

My husband and his sister had joint everything. Gym membership, phone bills, etc. I didn’t know about this before we moved in together. Four months after we moved in together, he tried to move her into our home. I could go on about the things she has done out of jealousy. I almost posted it, but the backstory is way too long. We ended up seperating for four months. During that time, they moved in together. We went to counseling a month after we seperated. He took a job and we moved thousands of miles away from the in laws. Months after we moved away, she still calls 100 times a day like a psycho. The last time he answered, she screamed at him (speakerphone wasn’t necessary) bitching about how he doesn’t dedicate all of his time talking to her and how I “stole” him away from her. Oh, and how I ruined their relationship. He just hung up on her after that.


After all of those hurdles, now we’re married! 

Post # 10
6709 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

sistersister :  

Jelysea has it exactly right.  It’s called emotional incest.

Run like the wind.

Post # 12
5293 posts
Bee Keeper

Woof, I am getting weird vibes all over.

“He says he’s very content with the situation as it is now and won’t want to take “the next step” whether it be a ring or a house together for another 6-12 months.” 

His reasoning (“he’s very content with the situation as it is now”) is bizarre. That’s not how a man who is looking forward to taking the next step with his girlfriend talks. Like when DH and I first started talking about moving in together, I was also quite content with my cozy studio apartment that I had all to myself, but I was MORE excited about the idea of taking this next step in our relationship. I can’t imagine telling him “well yes maybe in another year, I’m just so content right now with my situation.” It just doesn’t bode well bee.

I also think, while 6-12 months isn’t a ridicuous timeline, it’s still kinda pushing it. Y’all have been together for 2 years already and are in your 30s. You’re not talking about getting married in 6-12 months, you’re talking about moving in! If his reasons were logistical or financial, like “I need to wait til my lease is up” or “I want to finish grad school first” I would understand, but “I’m content with my situation as it is”??? That just doesn’t sound good bee. 

ETA: Maybe this is unfair, but the fact that he and his sister purchased a house together for them to live in seems questionable to me in and of itself. I mean I’m wondering, did they ever have a discussion about what would happen if one of them got married one day and wanted to live with their partner? Or do these topics not even come up because both are just so content with the situation as it is?

Post # 13
37 posts

I’m sorry to say but it definitely does seem like you’re the other woman, he has the relationship with his sister that gives him everything he needs barring the physical aspect. It seems like he got himself a girlfriend just so he could have that. 

How was he on holiday? Did you find he gave you more attention, and everything else that a typical relationship has? Or was he texting/calling them 24/7 still? 

I also think his reasoning for not wanting the next step is very weird, he doesn’t want to move forward with you because he is content now? Seems shady. 

I don’t believe in ultimatums, especially when it comes to family. Usually when you throw an ultimatum down they will just pick the other person as they hadn’t asked them to choose. Though I would have a serious talk with this guy, and tell him how it makes you feel. You say you don’t want to come across as jealous or needy, but you’ve been with him for 2 years so you should be able to talk about feelings openly. 

Good luck Bee! Xo

Post # 14
5859 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Are you sure that’s his sister?!

Post # 15
736 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

This is wrong on so many levels… And the worst part is that he won’t see how inappropriate they are, and will most likely try to gaslight you…

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