Cheated With Our Roommate

posted 3 years ago in Relationships
Post # 2
6377 posts
Bee Keeper

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whathaveidone :  Why was Joe living with you?  I have nothing against have roommates, I myself had a roommate prior to meeting my husband and my roommate lived with us for a while prior to moving out because we wanted to be fair and give him enought time to find a new place and move out.  Other than that there is no way a Joe would be living with us.

Post # 3
1428 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

Are you really wanting to get past it and stay together or are you looking for a way out? 

Post # 6
1428 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

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whathaveidone :  This would be a deal breaker for both myself and my husband, so I’m not really sure what to tell you. It just read to me like you were looking for an excuse to bolt. What steps have you guys taken to work it out? Is Joe still there? If so, removing him is step 1. I’d say counseling is step 1b. 

Post # 7
10351 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I think you need to get to the bottom of WHY. Why would you just now kiss Joe after being around him for 3 years? Yes, alcohol can lower inhibitions, but it’s really no excuse. What is going on in your relationship and personal life that caused you to be unfaithful?

Post # 8
11375 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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whathaveidone :  I think if you are sinerely sorry, though, that you need to be willing to give your Fiance time to process this before you throw in the towel.

It seems like you want to run away before he has more time to be mean and rude, which is human but if you love him, a mistake. 

You obviously shouldn’t tolerate abuse for any reason, but he is entitled to be cold and distant as he processes this. Have you tried “Surviving infidelity”? Lots of bees recommend that. At least it might give you a good idea of what you can do to earn his trust.

Bottom line, though, you can’t control his feelings or the outcome of this. All you can do is try your best if that is what you really want. If you don’t want to try, then certainly end the suffering of all parties as soon as you can by ending the relationship.



Post # 9
2617 posts
Sugar bee

Is Joe still living with you?

I know you’re saving money right now, but I’d really recommend couples therapy. It might help to have an objective third party helping you both find ways to work through it. Neither of you deserve to be chained to anger and resentment forever and you need to figure out if this is something he can really move past. 

in the meantime try to talk openly about it regularly, and put off planning the wedding until you two can get to a place where you’re sure about your future again.

Post # 10
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Montego Bay, Jamaica

If you want things to work then yes you need to give him some time to process things and get passed it. Communicate with him and make sure he’s being honest with you about everything he’s feeling. It can work if you both are committed to making it work. What happened was shitty but I believe you 2 can work through it. 

Post # 11
1579 posts
Bumble bee

I guess you should try some soul searching about why it happened. As someone who has been on the periphery of a lot of cheating, I’ve never seen it “just happen”.  The person cheating often has some need that isn’t being fulfilled (which is not to blame the person being cheated on) — they might feel unhappy in the relationship they’re in, the person they cheated with might have some trait that is missing in their partner, they might be bored, they might be someone who is driven by variety, they like drama, etc. There are of course more productive and healthy ways to deal with these feelings other than cheating. 

But I think as long as you feel like it “just happened” you don’t be able to come up with a sincere plan to avoid it in the future and rebuild trust. It’s not about excuses btw, it’s that if you don’t diagnose the problem you can’t fix it. 

Post # 12
9388 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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BalletParker :  great advice

I’d only add: it’s probably time for Joe to move out…

Post # 13
2284 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Alcohol is still never an excuse & drinking with a male room mate isn’t a good idea. 

You can’t live with this room mate any longer though. Joe needs to move out. 

Post # 14
104 posts
Blushing bee

In my opinion, this is 100% not detrimental and you can most definitely move past it! Would not at all be a deal breaker for me and here’s why: you are sorry. Immediately being honest and apologetic was absolutely the best thing you could do. 

Had you tried to brush it off, or tell him it wasn’t a big deal, or lied about it – that would’ve caused a much bigger issuse. 

You drunkenly kissed someone. It sucks, it’s not what you would want to do, and you understandably feel horrible. But be patient! continue to apologize and give him what he needs (whether is reassurance or space). I would hang tight, stay consistent, and work on forgiving yourself because there may be some big “why” or you may have just done something stupid. 

I’ve never cheated on SO but honestly in my world this is barely cheating (I would be more hurt by a flirting relationship that never even got physical). I know I would forgive him for something like this (although I would initally probably be petty) and he would for sure forgive me. I’d probably be more mad at myself than he would be at me. 

All in all, this does not need to be relationship ending! It was a mistake and you have made every right move since it happened. Keep it up and take a deep breathe! Good luck bee 🙂 

Post # 15
10479 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

You did a shitty, awful, scummy thing and you should be ashamed of yourself. But you seem to know all that already so I won’t read you the full riot act.

First things first, Joe gotta go. Imagine being your Fiance and having to watch your partner live under the same roof as the friend who betrayed you and made out with her. He’ll never be able to relax wondering if when he leaves the room let the two of you are going to go at it. So, bye Joe.

Secondly, this kiss couldn’t have just happened out of no where. There had to be some flirting or build up, think back and figure out exactly how this happened. Be honest with yourself.

Thirdly, I’ve always believed alcohol can lead to the truth coming out. I don’t believe that two people with absolutely zero attraction to each other would just randomly start making out just because they had a few glasses of wine in them. There has to be an attraction somewhere deep down and you need to figure this out. Are you attracted to Joe in some way deep down? Is he attracted to you? 

Lets start answering these questions first and foremost. 

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