Real Reasons People Have Given for Cheating on Their Significant Other

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Unfortunately, some people cheat on their significant others. Obviously, it’s not a very good thing to do to someone you love. In fact, it’s pretty downright rotten. There isn’t a best-case scenario when it comes to partners being unfaithful.

I guess the best you can hope for is a story that’s at least somewhat funny and maybe a little vindicating.

A recent AskReddit thread asked people to share the most ridiculous reasons people’s partners had given for cheating on them. Now, I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as a good reason to cheat on someone. However, there are plenty of totally bonkers, ridiculous, wackadoo reasons that people have given. Some will make you laugh out loud; others will make your blood boil.

I hope you’re never on the receiving end of a message like this, but if you are, I hope you can at least laugh about it. Eventually.

It’s a genetic trait.

She said, “My mom cheated on my dad when they first started dating.”moneycomet

It doesn’t count if you’re not in love.

“It’s not really cheating because I don’t love you anymore. I just think of you as a really good friend.” 8 years together, engaged to be married.Indy_Pendant

I thought we were opening to sharing?

“We’re in an open relationship!” Except we weren’t. The day before she asked if I would be open to one and I said let me think about it and we can talk tomorrow. The next day comes around and she said she has to go to a study session with one of her friends when I get home. I found out she was at a different kind of session when she was telling her best friend immediately after.Trojanfatty

I had a culture shock.

“I don’t understand American culture.” That was a pretty good one.CaptainQuiz

It’s all about timing.

When I was in my early teens I was actually on the other end. This girl I was seeing already had a boyfriend. But I had absolutely no idea about it. We were seeing each other for a good 8 months or so. I thought everything was going super well, she even came to my aunt’s wedding with me. When I was out with a mate at some shops we bumped into her, she was with another bloke. I approached her, and she just immediately snapped and said to this guy, “This guy hasn’t left me alone, he keeps harassing me and trying to sleep with me!” I literally spoke to her 2 days prior to that… I was more confused than angry. Bit of a fight happened, but when cooler heads prevailed my mate mediated a talk between me and her other boyfriend, and we chatted about what happened. Needless to say, he apologized for attacking me, and I apologized for not being aware. We both had no idea how she kept her secrets for so long. He became a close friend after all that. Turns out they were dating for 2 years, and after he confronted her after our talks, she said: “I was gonna tell you when the time was right.” That was her excuse. Lost a girlfriend, but made a pal. Better trade in my book.flappers87

It’s a tradition I honor in all of my relationships.

“I’ve cheated with everyone I’ve ever been in a relationship with” Why would you not tell me that before we got into a relationship??fatshambles

An indecent prom proposal.

“I didn’t want him to go to prom alone.” OK, but did you have to sleep with him afterward?Lawnmower-Deathmunch

Nope, this is just fake news right here.

“I wore a condom…technically, I didn’t even touch her!”DwightFrank

The true test of character.

“I was testing you to see if you’d stay loyal even if I cheated.”Juice_Campbell

Oh, well in that case.

“It was his birthday.”Weathertotheface

Oh, it still counts.

“It was with another girl, so not only should it not count, you should be all excited about it.”ChaoticFather

Well, that’s stone-cold.

“I didn’t say it was right, I just don’t care.”FARGO3874

No thank you– this is some weird story-book reasoning.

“She is a shark and you are a rabbit. She took what she wanted and you let this happen to you. Sharks eat rabbits.” OK… I think I’ll just hippity-hop right on out of this stupidity.Radio_Demon

This is one flaw you should not have to accept.

“Well, you said you love and accept me for who I am with all my flaws! So you also have to accept that I’m sleeping with other women because this is just how I am!” Uh, no I guess not.Useful_Amoeba

Next time, do that part first.

“I was going to leave you anyway.”Candorio

The Christian thing to do.

The guy she was banging was apparently closer to God than I was.mcstevied

That makes total sense! Not.

“I thought you were cheating on me, so I got revenge!”Animousus5

That’s ruff.

“I only got with you in the first place because my dog died.” Wow. Thanks.LazerTRex

You’ll have to walk me through that again.

I caught her cheating on me with someone I knew. Someone I kinda figured she was seeing behind my back and had brought it up to her before. Her defense was accusing me of being jealous so apparently, I made her do it. Me being right is somehow my fault? I just…what.tsunamisurfer08

For the sake of all things poetic.

When I caught him, he referred to a poem that I shared with him a few months prior. He said, “remember ‘the great, blue sky of unspecified desire’? Remember when I agreed with that line?” He thought we agreed to sleep with other people…because poetry. Here is the poem: “How will you know the difficulties of being human, if you’re always flying off to blue perfection? Where will you plant your grief-seeds? We need ground to scrape and hoe, not the sky of unspecified desire.” – Rumi Yeah…I still can’t see how he got “open relationship” out of this.ateefee

Way to respect the troops.

I was dating this girl for about 6 months when she said her boyfriend was coming back from Afghanistan. She never brought him up because she thought we were keeping it casual, it might ruin the mood, and she didn’t think I would mind. Found the guy, told him what happened and he was cool. Said he figured it was happening anyway so he wasn’t too upset about it.jboogietime

Movin’ on up.

“You don’t have a job.” True. I had been between jobs for about 2 months. That was enough for her to toss out the marriage and sleep with her boss. I was OK with it — she was insane. Two weeks later, I filed for divorce. One week after that got a job paying double my old salary. Never looked back.kickatimus

How dare you be sick?

I “wasn’t paying enough attention” to him/ignoring him. I was bedridden for weeks with both H1N1 & mono at the time.BaileyVictoria16

This isn’t even a reason, it’s a rude statement.

“I didn’t think you’d find out.” We had been together for 8 years, married for 3 months and had a young child together when this happened. We are no longer married.Metal_n_coffee

Before and after.

“He took my virginity years ago and wanted to find out how much better I’d gotten at sex since then.” So you showed him?A_Prickly_Cactus

“I missed you.”

I went away on a field trip with uni for a week. Came back to find out he’d slept with two other women. His excuse? “I missed you. I was lonely without you and couldn’t cope. You shouldn’t have left me alone.” Ugh, there was so much wrong with that man, and that relationship.Phlyc

This one takes the cake.

“You’re not going to believe me…” (15 minutes of demanding an answer) “This has happened before. I was accused of doing something and people even saw me do it but it wasn’t really me. It was my double-self. My family was cursed back in Nigeria” (I didn’t believe him.)2476849789

LOL, no thank you.

“Sometimes love is bigger than two people.” And then she tried to talk me into an open relationship.danomite736

Merry Christmas!

“It was Christmas and I didn’t get him a gift.” “So, that’s why you blew him under the Christmas tree in front of all of our friends?”Losaj

Did it work?

The first time he cheated was an accident. The second time was to get over the first time.Epic-pale