5 Ridiculous Excuses Women Use to Keep a Bad Boyfriend Around (PHOTOS)

Ericka Sóuter | Oct 10, 2012 Love & Sex

couple yellingIt's hard breaking up with a guy -- even one that is obviously bad for you. I've certainly been there and so has just about every single woman I know. So when a friend recently opened up about her hesitancy to end things with her boyfriend of two years, it got me thinking about all the excuses we give ourselves for staying in a relationship that just isn't working.

For this friend in particular, she hated the idea she had already spent so much of her life on him. She didn't see a real future with him, but what if she didn't find someone else? Then what? Two years would be gone for nothing and she would be alone. My advice to her? Do you really want to have this conversation again later on after he has sucked another year of your life away? That could be time spent getting to know some great new person you actually want to be with.

Here are 5 other absurd excuses women use to avoid ending a bad relationship:


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  • "He's a jerk but the sex is great!"


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    I had a friend who totally clicked between the sheets with her boyfriend. Problem was he was clicking with a few other girls too. Is it really worth the stress and heartache of wondering who he is with every time he's late? No! Kick him to the curb. You can find a faithful guy to get busy with.

  • "We own a house together."


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    So what! If the house was overrun with mold, you would leave it because it's bad for you, right? Same rules apply to a toxic man. Yes, it will be a pain and require some legal wrangling, but sell the property, split the profits, and don't look back.

  • "He cooks and cleans and doesn't complain about it."


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    Ok. I'll admit that is as hard to find as a Yeti. Mr. Mom is great, but that should not be his only shining characteristic. What does it matter if he cleans the toilet if you have nothing in common, constantly argue, and make each other miserable most of the time?

  • "I'm not pretty enough to find another guy as successful as him."


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    Years ago, I had a friend with such low self-esteem that she looked past the fact that the lawyer she was dating was a total tool. He never made her feel special. What's worse is that he cheated and she still stayed. Years later, when she finally got the guts to leave, she realized how happy she could truly be.

  • "My family likes him."


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    Of course he's on his best behavior when he's around your folks. But if he goes from a public Prince Charming to someone resembling Charlie Sheen hopped up on tiger's blood when you're alone, then it's time to cut him loose. After all, you are the one who has to live with the guy, not your parents.


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