I have been with my
boyfriend for almost 2 years now and he is a wonderful man, and he plays Bass
in a band at this club. In the beginning his ex-wife and her 2 kids use to go
there to bother him. Last weekend even his ex-mother in law and his ex's best
friend showed up! I know he wants nothing to do with them, but he walked over
and gave them all a hug. That really hurt!
Later, they walked over to
our table and told him that his daughter is getting married and that he should
be there. He doesn’t speak up to tell them to leave us alone and that he wants
nothing to do with them anymore. Those weren't even his kids to begin with.
Well, we ended up in a huge
argument that night. He always tells me that it doesn't matter and that he will
never go back to them, and I know that, but I don't understand why won't he
tell them he doesn’t want bothered anymore. And why does he still hug them and
treat them like friends? I feel so uncomfortable going there anymore, but I
love to dance and I love to go and support him and his band.
I don't know what to do
anymore. This has been dragging on for too long without him saying anything to
them. I kept telling him that they are NOT going to leave us alone unless he
stops associating with them. I don't want to start trouble, but I’m tempted to
say something to them myself, but I thought he would stick up for them and not
Confused and Frusterated!!
Hello "C &
Oh no! Not another bass
player! (I'm also a bass player - and we're the WORST!!! – just kidding!)
Everybody has a past - you,
me and your boyfriend. There is almost nothing you can about that. Actually,
the fact that he's friends with his ex girlfriend's mother, friends, etc.,
should be a GOOD thing to you!
As you already know, when a
band plays a club, the club owner is counting the number of bodies in
attendance. This is because bodies = sales; and let's face it; he doesn't hire
the band to promote the arts! Thus, having your boyfriend's ex, her family and
friends is actually good for the band, and therefore, your boyfriend.
I fully understand how you
feel about his friendliness toward them, and they may be coming: 1) to support
the band; and 2) to get your goat; both of which they have accomplished.
However, your boyfriend has made certain promises to you, and it sounds like he
is sticking to those promises.
Thus, you may just have to
come to grips with the fact that he has had relationships in the past (just
like you), and these people are part of this life (just like you).
Here's another idea taken
directly from an old middle-eastern quote: "Draw your friends close, and
your enemies closer." What this means to you is, why not get to know his
ex's mother, her friends, and even her! At least this way, they'll get to know
you, and perhaps even respect you. Yes, I know it's much easier to be catty,
but you'll gain so much more - in their eyes, and your boyfriend's, all while
being able to deal with things "from the inside".
Believe me, this isn't
easy, but it just starts with an introduction. The next time he plays and any
of them show up, just walk up, and say hello. Introduce yourself if they don't
know who you are, and explain that you just wanted to get to know them as a
part of your boyfriend's past. Then, go pick up your boyfriend's jaw from the
Good luck, much love...
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