The Most Popular Breakup Lines Decoded!


We've all been dumped. Maybe it was years ago, maybe it was this morning, but it happens to everyone. And with breakups come all the cliche excuses for why.

Here is a nifty breakdown of what the most popular breakup lines ACTUALLY mean.

1) "It's not you, it's me." = "It's totally you."

2) "I'd like to stay friends." = "Please don't tell your hot friends I was a jerk to you because I'm SO crushing on the blond one."

3) "I can't handle how intense my feelings are for you." = "I don't have any feelings for you at all."

4) "I don't want to hold you back from (XYZ)." = "You're harshing my awesome and holding me back."

5) "We're just at very different points in our lives right now." = "You're in high school and I just got my Ph.D. in AWESOME."

6) "I need to focus on my career." = "I find you dull as rocks."

7) "I need my space." = "Please delete me from Facebook, Twitter, and forget my phone number - you're smothering me."

8) "I'm just not ready for this kind of relationship." = "I'm just not ready for this kind of relationship WITH YOU."

9) "You deserve better than me." = "I deserve better than you."

10) "I love you, but like a friend." = "I don't want to have sex with you ever again."

11) "You don't understand me." = "You don't understand me because your IQ matches your shoe size."

12) "When you define something, you limit it." = "Let's be fuck-buddies."

13) "We should see other people," = "I'm crushing on your hot blond friend."

14) "I think we're moving too fast." = "You've left me 6 voicemails, tweeted me 17 times, and plastered my Facebook wall with love quotes, you creepy stalker, you."

15) "I think we need a break." = "I found someone new."

What are some other awful breakup lines and their true meanings?

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Disney17 Disney17

Most of these are true.

Stacey. Stacey.

i love you but im not in love with you = im no longer sexually attracted to you and want to move on to someone hotter and better

Melis... Melissa042807

Being direct is always best, even if it sucks. It would save everyone a lot of time. 

Eques... EquestrianMom

Melissa, I used all of those lines, after I was direct and bluntly honest with my ex. Because he was/is an a$$, he couldn't/wouldn't hear the truth. But he did understand how it was my fault, how I was wrong, how I was holding him back, how he deserved better then me, and that got my divorce papers signed! Sometimes the truth just won't be heard! 

ReiRe... ReiReally

I seem to see this same list every six months like clockwork.

Kristina Lawler Funk

I love the episode of Friends where they were discussing what breakup lines meant. "'I think we should see other people' means 'ha ha, I already am.'"

csecor1 csecor1

I said #8 to someone once.. about a month before I started seeing my husband, whom we both worked with. I only feel a little bad about it, considering nothing was official between the guy I broke it off with, and we never went past making out. Plus, I really didn't have any serious intentions with my now husband, that just sort of happened ;)

Haley Maya Unger

All break up lines mean the same thing, the end.

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