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Old 9th May 2005, 11:01 AM   #1
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Husband said he never "really" love me at all--I'm an "obligation" What?

Hi, long-time-lurker, first-time-poster.

I've been married for almost 10 years. It's been an average marriage, we express our love for each other and we fight fair (no name calling, etc.)

Over the last few weeks we have not really been able to recover from our disagreements as easily as before and there is the "walking on egg shells" feeling all around us.

This weekend I asked him to talk with me and we cleared our day Saturday and Sunday to really communicate.

I'm glad we did, but I'm sorry too because I've just been devastated. No, there is no cheating--neither of us would do that. My husband told me that he felt he was too immature to get married and that he has really tried to be a good husband, and that he does care about me, but he does not love me, and has never really been in love with me. Marriage just seemed like the thing to do and it was convenient. He said he felt obligated to marry me because of the job and income situation at the time, and then didn't want to hurt me by leaving--it made him feel like a cad.

He said he realizes now -- thanks to me -- that he has done me a disservice all these years by staying with me when I could have been out finding a man who truly would love me.

I got upset with him at one point and told him that was all a bunch of self-comforting pathetic nonsense. He wants out of the marriage without feeling any guilt or remorse.

I love him. I can't see myself ever not loving him. But we are going to divorce because I can't live with someone who doesn't love me. I still feel like there has to be a chance for us---it couldn't all have been a lie, he's confused, he's going through mid-life crisis, etc. --I guess I'm in denial and frankly, I like it here. There is hope here.

We don't have any children which right now is good, although I've lamented over the years that I couldn't get pregnant. He never wanted kids anyway and I conceded that to him. Now in a way, I wish I had a couple kids to hold onto.

I'm so confused and so devastated---I don't want to lose my marriage--I want to rebuild it and make it better. I KNOW he loves me, he had to at some point and I know I'm not wrong about that. How can he say that he never really loved me? I asked him what he thought was missing, what he thought love was and he doesn't have an answer.

I'm just in turmoil. I have no told any of my family about this until I can talk about it rationally and have some sort of plan-of-action. He has not moved out. He said he would discuss counseling with me this week, but his view is so that it will help us both adjust to divorce---not find a way to stay together.

How can some people just turn off their emotions? How can he hastily say that he never really loved me at all in over 10 years together?
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Old 9th May 2005, 11:43 AM   #2
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No he doesn't love you. He said so himself. Don't second guess him-you don't live in his head.

Don't be a doormat, and fawn over someone who could give a **** less about you.

Walk out. IF he really loves you, he'll want you back. If he doesn't, then he was right.

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Old 9th May 2005, 11:48 AM   #3
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Yikes. That totally blows. I can sympathize. 10 years is a long time to be with someone and for them to tell you they don't love you -- ouch. My ex and I went through that but not marriage and not 10 years. She loves me as a person but isn't in love with me.

I agree with Amy1975 completely. If he can walk away from you, let him. It was never meant to be.
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Old 9th May 2005, 11:51 AM   #4
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I've got to tell you...this phrase is often a KEY INDICATOR that there IS cheating going on.

I realize that you feel that it would never happen...so did I. I'd look REALLY hard at that...because I'd be astounded if it turns out that he's NOT cheating on you.
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I believe he loved you at SOME point. He just doesn't love you now.
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Old 9th May 2005, 1:24 PM   #6
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Thank you for your replies

Thanks.

No he has never cheated on me. He is not moving out until he finds a place and we can go over all our bills together and get our finances straight because he doesn't know what he can afford himself and we both know that I can't afford to stay in my home on just my income. We will talk about selling the house too--something I do NOT want to do. I've already lost him and now I'm losing my home.

He does care about my feelings and doesn't want to hurt me, but he doesn't want to stay married to me anymore.

I still think that a lot of this is mid-life crisis and that eventually he will come to his senses and realize what he is throwing away, but by then it will be too late because once I'm gone, I'm gone. I am grieving over the loss of this marriage and feel nearly desperate to save it.

I have asked him to go to some counseling with me to help understand all of this and perhaps find a way to go forward together and he agreed. He doesn't think he can fall in love with me, but he's willing to try. He did break down on the phone a few minutes ago and tell me that he did love me once and no, it wasn't all obligation---but I'm second guessing him now and wondering if he's still just trying to 'soften the blow' to me.

I don't know if I'm strong enough to deal with all of this! I just want to crawl in bed and sleep and not wake up until everything is settled and I don't need to do anything, or think anything, or cry.

I have to make every effort to save my marriage before I can completely let it go.
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Well I'd normally try and defend him in this case, because I was this man at one point. But I really can't.

I married my ex (note that she is now my ex) because I felt I owed it to her. She took me in when I was at a very low point in my life. I was an outcast of my family, no money, no job. She took me in and had to endure alot. My violent temper (never towards her) and other emotional problems.

So when things started to turn around, and sometime had past, I felt I owed it to the person I was with, and used excuses like " Well she put up with all that, I'll never find anyone like her, it must be the right thing to do."

Its a shame, and I am in alot of pain because of it, for both me and her.

I don't know you're situation, but just try to see if from the other end as well. I did care for my wife at the time, I just don't know if I ever truly loved her.
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I'm with Owl- this is usually what people say when they are cheating.

You need to do a little digging.
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It just upsets me to NO end that people on here can make judgements about this husband on what he is thinking or doing!

He is probably confused at this point to even know himself. I believe individual counseling (which will come out of marriage counseling) will be beneficial for him. Everyone has different "ideas" of love. Some expect the whirlwind romance to last forever in a relationship and when it doesn't one might determine that is enough to realize that "my partner isn't the one". If you two lacked initimacy that could also be the case. You said he's in a mid-life crisis now? The could be a major role in this as well.

Right now don't take all his words to heart. He still might say somethings that he'll later come back and apologize for. He probably feels lost in alot of ways. As for your feelings you need to take it one day at a time. Don't base your own self-worth on this. Do you two do things together or just co-habitate? I always make sure I take my wife out on a date at least once a week. Otherwise we will drift apart. Sometimes couples in a marriage get so comfortable in a relationship that they take each other for granted. Doing that will cause a loss of feeling. But most important out of all of this you must keep communication open at ALL times.

Don't give up. You married him for better or worse. Right now things are worse. Keep strong
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Old 9th May 2005, 4:14 PM   #10
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I'm not saying that he is cheating, but he is spouting what people who are cheating usually say. I've never seen one case out of 25-30 divorces of people that I know where the man says this kinda stuff and isn't cheating. Maybe I'm just conditioned to think this way?

I think she needs to be smart and do a little detective work- that is what I'm saying.
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It would come as absolutely no suprise to me if my husband said, "I care about you, but I was never really 'In' love with you."

Wouldn't suprise me one bit...after living on loveshack for so long.
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Old 10th May 2005, 2:50 PM   #12
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He does care about my feelings and doesn't want to hurt me, but he doesn't want to stay married to me anymore.
Now that you know this, seek some therapy to help you cope with the loss and all the hurt that comes with it.

You can't stay with him, don't settle. That isn't fair to you and it's not fair to him. How could you trust him now? 100% fully and completely? You can't make somebody fall back inlove with you if they aren't willing to try or really not wanting to...

Sadly, I would say it's time you both went separate ways.
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cheating

I have to agree with what the other poster said about him cheating on you. Its so obvious from what he is saying. And he wants to admit it to you but he doesnt have the b*lls to do it.

I know you think he would never cheat on you. We all think that. But I dont know what makes you think he wouldnt cheat on you. hasnt he already done something that has totally surprised you?

You will see the truth always comes out.
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People can fall out of love without having to cheat. Some people make a commitment & stick with it until they decide to dissolve the commitment --and that doesn't mean they cheat.

She said he has not cheated on her and she seems clear on that. Maybe she has already investigated or maybe she is just not divulging why she is certain of it.

I can certainly understand the statements and I would not jump to the conclusion that the husband was cheating. My husband said something similar on several occasions---and we split up a couple of times to sort things out. I know he never cheated on me, the issues we had, had nothing to do with cheating, but I'll bet a lot of folks would have convinced themselves otherwise.

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I have to make every effort to save my marriage before I can completely let it go.
Been there and we were able to save the marriage. I hope that you are also, or find the closure and strength you need to move on. I have my fingers crossed for the former!
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My husband has pretty much said the same stuff as her husband did, and I know there's OW. So yes, there was cheating in my case.

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Been there and we were able to save the marriage. I hope that you are also, or find the closure and strength you need to move on. I have my fingers crossed for the former!
What did you do to try to save it? Was he adamant about not fixing the relationship?
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