Ask E. Jean: Should I Try to Forgive My Lying, Cheating Boyfriend?

We're both in our twenties, and he wants a second chance.

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Dear E. Jean: I've been dating a great-looking, thoughtful guy for four months. He tells me he loves me, and I believe him. I recently posted a picture on Instagram of the two of us, and his ex left this comment: "I had sex with him two days ago."

When I confronted him, he said she was lying — but then later admitted he'd slept with her "a handful of times" and began incessantly apologising, saying he was a "coward" and an all-around "bad person." Much as I hate myself for it, I still love him.


The thing is, I don't know if I can ever trust him again. He tells me I'm the greatest person on the planet… so how could he do this? This betrayal has stung so badly, I'm truly devastated. What do you think? Should I try to forgive him? —Disillusioned & Disappointed

Miss D & D, Darling: So let me ask you: If a rattlesnake is sliding up your leg while "incessantly apologising" for biting your ankle, would you send it to therapy? No. Go with your first impression, Miss D & D, which I now have the honour of quoting: "He tells me I'm the greatest person on the planet… so how could he do this?" 

Drop him. You can't trust him.


This story first appeared on ELLE.com.

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