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Break Up in the House

Break Up in the House

Date: Aug 26 2008

Themes: Pop Culture, Romance


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When you fall in love, you want to spend every moment with your new partner. You’re always over at each other’s houses anyway, so you figure, “Why not move in together?” It’ll save money and you’ll get to be together even more.

But what if the relationship doesn’t work out? When you break up, usually the last person you want to see for a while is your ex. But unless you happen to break up on exactly the day that your lease is up, you’re stuck living with the person who just broke your heart for a while.

One of Marni’s friends is living with her ex-boyfriend, and as she begins to tell Devan about it, she discovers that Devan has done that twice. What a headache!


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Marni:  I was just hanging out with my good friend Sarah, and she broke up with her boyfriend about two months ago and they’re still living together.

Devan:  Yeah, I’ve done that a couple of times actually. It’s horrible.

Marni:  It’s the worst!

Devan:  The first time I did that was because I felt…I broke up with him and felt guilty.

Marni:  OK, so the guilt like…you let him stay there?

Devan:  Yeah, he was like, “Can you live with me till I find another place to live…?” and I just felt guilty.

Marni:  Oh gosh.

Devan:  But how awkward is that, still living with someone you’re not with anymore?

Marni:  Well, OK, so how big was your place? Like she’s in a one-bedroom apartment.

Devan:  That’s what that was.

Marni:  Oh my God. So they’re, like, taking shifts on the couch, somebody’s sleeping in the room. It’s not good.

Devan:  It’s not good. It just prolongs the breakup and makes it a lot harder to do. Relationships are like a Band-Aid. You should just rip it off.

Marni:  Exactly, and you need a clean break. You need some space and distance, and when you’re still in the same tiny space and you’re constantly dealing with that person even though you’re trying to move on, it just doesn’t work.

Devan:  Have you ever known anyone that met someone else while they were still living with their ex-boyfriend?

Marni:  Yes, and that doesn’t work either because then there’s a lot of “that person’s not allowed in the house,” there’s some jealousy, some resentment.

Devan:  It’s kind of weird to think about because you don’t want to plan in advance to break up with somebody because that’s kind of messed up, but at the same time, if you just break up but then you still have to live together for a while, it’s not good. That’s why you shouldn’t really live with someone until you’re ready.



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Marni’s friend Sarah just broke up with her boyfriend, but they are still living together. Devan has had to live with someone she just broke up with twice and agrees with Marni that it’s not good. You need to be away from your ex for a while after you break up if you’re ever going to be friends. Devan compares breaking up to removing a Band-Aid, which hurts more if you do it slowly.

Like Marni’s friend, Devan lived with her ex-boyfriend in a one-bedroom apartment. An apartment that size suddenly seems really small when you don’t want to sleep next to the other person who lives there! It sounds like Devan will be more careful before she moves in with a boyfriend again.

Have you ever lived with a boyfriend or girlfriend? How did it go?



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08:36 PM Oct 10 2008 |



I am not English I would like to learn to him

09:55 AM Oct 08 2008 |



Viet Nam

well, I have broken up 3 times…>"<

I hope we can be friends after all but everything seems to be difficult. they're sad love stories 

12:54 PM Oct 05 2008 |




well ive never done this thing be4 but i can understand the uncomfortable feelings of living with an ex , i even dont wanna see him anymore after i broke up with him ,let alone living with him

08:58 AM Oct 01 2008 |




there are considerations that are more seriouse than the lease of the house for the couple to think about before they move in together

06:53 PM Sep 25 2008 |



this is bullshjt how can u learn english like this 

03:50 AM Sep 25 2008 |


Costa Rica

Well, I agree with angI. I had a relation. And it was crazy. I just thought in a future with her. God! Then, you realize that life is not just she! As angI said: "That is life".

And yeah magic1015, you can. But men… we can't live without women. 


11:59 PM Sep 24 2008 |




we lived together with my girl friend 3 years ago, as long as a year. i don't recommend anyone, because we broke up a few months of this year's reason. live together is different from marriage.marriage is save relationship. That is interesting but true.now, i marry with her and we are so happy.

11:56 PM Sep 04 2008 |




C´mmon Vuwenjun, we are here to learn, my english is no too good, but i´m trying, what you need its to loose the fear to make mistakes and start talk (and write).

Sit front your PC with a Tesaurus or Dictionary and don´t left words without understand and go ahead!

03:52 PM Sep 03 2008 |




Hi, easterneuropean girl…

"rip it off" means just "cut it" with a just one blow or hit…

tear apart something with suddenly strenght and almost violent 

It´s something like when the Berlin wall was destroyed, was fast, not calm and slowly

11:14 PM Sep 01 2008 |



Czech Republic

Well..Im too young to solve problem like this. But it is interesting article.

Can someone tell me what does "YOu should just rip it off" mean? Thank you very much 

04:52 PM Sep 01 2008 |




I can't agree more with 195854255's comments. yet,as your life are going on,you will meet new people,deal with the new situation,and your view of life and love will change,

03:02 PM Sep 01 2008 |




can we still be friend after broke up???how fool this mind are!!!

02:40 PM Sep 01 2008 |


United Kingdom

  "Feminist"  without men we can survive happyly  as well !!

>>>Yes is realy with a man sometimes

07:35 AM Sep 01 2008 |




I agree your opinion!different thing and different state shoud be treat in different way!

07:23 AM Sep 01 2008 |




It' s really hard to move in together, I think. Especially when you need your space and when you love the alone moments…

12:55 PM Aug 31 2008 |


zeus2006Super Member!


think twice before not done! You must be ready each time towards to life!.

09:55 AM Aug 29 2008 |




a very bad idea to live with the opposit sex coz even if you feel that he/she is the love of your life you arent sure that it will keep on going life is full of surprises so evey one should respect  her/his self and the suitable thing you can do is to live with your partener  untill you get married …

11:45 AM Aug 28 2008 |




its the worst lesson that i ever read on ebaby…..................>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

11:30 AM Aug 28 2008 |




"Feminist"  without men we can survive happyly  as well !!—Maybe There are two reasons driving you to think so: You are femme or you are deeply hurted by man.

01:27 AM Aug 28 2008 |

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