15 Times Women Didn't Hold Anything Back, And Admitted How They've Lived In Shitty Marriages

    "My ex-husband and I had no intimacy or a friendship. I was the sole caretaker of our children while he played video games all day. We both worked full-time, but I was the only one who cooked or cleaned. I was very tired and worn out, asked him for help multiple times, and it always just led to a fight."

    Recently, Reddit user u/readitalreadydude asked the women of the Reddit community: "What do you consider a shitty marriage?"

    Adam Driver, Azhy Robertson, Scarlett Johansson in "Marriage Story"

    They shared what it's like being stuck in a bad marriage, and revealed some pretty personal stories. They shed light on how complicated a union between partners can actually be (especially between a woman and a man). So, here's what they had to say:

    Note: The following stories and opinions about "bad" marriages aren't universal to everyone's experience.

    Warning: This post contains subjects of verbal abuse, self-harm, suicide, and physical abuse. Please proceed with caution.

    1. "I've been married for 38 years, and for over 20 of them, my partner and I have felt like roommates. I've made every justification imaginable for why we stay together, but to be honest, it should have ended shortly after our son was born. Love for each other is never the problem, but the lack of intimacy, sex, and compassion for each other is a nightmare to deal with. We just had a conversation recently and realized we both feel the same way and have for a long time, so I would say to everyone else if you think it's wrong, then end it and move on."

    Couple not facing each other in bed

    2. "I was in a shitty marriage. We had zero intimacy, no love, no household sharing, never went to bed at the same time, and never wanted to do anything together. We were basically just housemates by the end of it. There was so much sourness because he never did anything to help out in any possible way."


    3. "I was with a guy who was very charming and appeared to be everything I wanted in a partner. I was with him for over a decade, but once he left, I realized he controlled EVERYTHING in my life with manipulation. Gaslighting, tearing me down in the guise of jokes, withholding sex and shaming me for ever wanting it, and guilting me out of handling our finances."

    Man arguing with woman

    4. "My parents are in a bad marriage. My mom pockets all of the money between the two, and my dad complains, complains, and complains about it, yet never does anything about it. They've been together for 30 years, but continue to only grow more toxic — luckily, I'm an adult now and don't have to go through that trauma as much as I did when I was younger."

    "I went to lunch with them a few months ago, and they got into a heated argument in the car to the point where my mom was crying hysterically, and basically told my dad to fuck off and die. A few hours later, they were talking as if nothing happened — no one even apologized (as usual).

    A shitty marriage is your kids growing up in an environment where they have to witness it, deal with it, and compartmentalize it."


    5. "I'm currently in a bad marriage, and we're about to get divorced. It's a shitty marriage when only one partner does all of the housework, the childcare, and the mental load. It's bad when you ask for help with JUST the dishes and laundry, and your partner responds with: 'You make less money, so you deserve to do more.' It's a shitty marriage when they threaten to harm themselves every time you bring up wanting to discuss something about the relationship dynamic. After nearly 13 years of this bullshit, I'm done."

    Woman doing laundry

    6. "So far, three of my friends are either already divorced or are currently in the middle of getting divorced (one couple without kids and two couples with kids). Two of my other friends are in unhappy, crumbling marriages with kids, so we'll see how it goes. Meanwhile, my husband and I are happily married, and always enjoy spending time together. Never settle, ladies! From what I've seen, it either ends in divorce, or the couples stay married, miserable, and resent each other."


    7. "As people often say, marriage takes work, but the payoff is huge for the amount you have to invest most of the time. I spent years saying exactly what I wanted and needed, and not receiving it. I never told him not to get me a gift when I actually wanted one, I communicated things clearly, and I told him I'd want flowers sometimes. He wouldn't shower me with them until he felt threatened by another man because 'flowers are stupid' and 'you can buy your own flowers.' The former is subjective, and the latter is true, but not the point. He couldn't make the simplest of romantic gestures to make me happy."

    Man holding flowers behind his back

    8. "We're divorced now, and it's pretty much for this reason: His deployment was coming to an end, and I was making arrangements to travel where he would be for his shore leave. He suggested we have a platonic relationship that week (we were married for 6 years at that point, and were high school sweethearts). We even planned to start a family — so, yeah. That was a shitty marriage."


    9. "My ex-husband was not interested in spending time with me and our daughter. He blamed me for our financial situation when I never spent a dime. He always wanted to be with his cop buddies, and we either had bad sex or no sex at all. Reading that back, I'm so glad I'm divorced."

    Man handing off his baby to his wife

    10. "My parents didn't speak to each other for a decade unless absolutely necessary. It wasn't an angry silence — they just didn't seem to have anything to say to each other. The eventual divorce was messy, but ultimately a very good thing. It was a pretty shitty marriage."


    11. "My ex-husband and I had no intimacy, no passion, and hardly a friendship. I was the sole caretaker of our children while he played video games all day. We both worked full-time, but I was the only one who cooked or cleaned. I was very tired and worn out, asked him for help multiple times, and it always just led to a fight, and I always gave in. He put no effort into spending time with me, which I also asked for multiple times, and nothing ever changed. He always put his friends and family ahead of me, even on important dates. We eloped, and the night of our wedding, he didn’t even spend it with me."

    Man playing video games on couch

    12. "I was in a very short-lived marriage. We were best friends beforehand — he had a really good heart and showered me with gifts, but I didn't want material items. I wanted someone who'd stick to his word, and not someone who gave me empty promises. I wanted someone who'd help me clean our house, save up for a house and some land instead of blowing it on merchandise and going to bars."

    "I wasn't perfect by any means, but damn it, I tried. I went to therapy, I took my meds, I begged for more stability, and he was surprised when I asked for a divorce."


    13. "My dad has/is cheating on my mom. She works full-time and is still expected to do all of the cooking and cleaning (my siblings and I help, but now, my brother and I have jobs). My dad says he 'doesn't cook or clean' because 'why else do I have a wife and kids?' He belittles her constantly, and she writes it off as a joke — he never actually listens to what anyone says, but then gets mad that he's 'kept out of the loop.' I could go on, but I'll stop there — if I ever get married, I essentially need a partner the opposite of my dad."

    Unhappy man and woman sitting by the water

    14. "My marriage is the definition of a shitty marriage: There's physical abuse, mental and emotional abuse, gaslighting, mindless spending, cluttering up the house — he just does not care. I've been trying to leave him for a long time, but that's a whole different story."


    15. And finally: "He expects me to bend backwards and put a down payment on a house for him to pay off because he has a good government job. I work, but due to our children and childcare hours, I can't work much except weekends when my own mother watches our kids while he works. He only pays for his own stuff, while I pay for everything, like the kids and the dog's food and vet bills. The relationship is dead silent, and he can't even compliment me at all. There hasn't been any kissing or hugging for years now, but I have zero energy to even look for another guy after this is all done — it's not worth it."

    Woman stressed at work

    Note: Some stories have been edited for length and/or clarity.