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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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Johnny alucard



06:19 PM Aug 27 2008 |




Maybe it is old fashion, but still working, you need to think in you like a very important person, special to other who is expecting you, and you are willing to disappoint her or him, with a bad record?

its like a tatoo! maybe now you think is cool, but i want to see when you are in your 50´s or more…

05:31 PM Aug 27 2008 |




This kind of weird sitations obey to the easy and disposable are the persons one to other (A LACK OF VALUES) today, and what little importance they give to themselves, (after all, you are gonna let that person know you in a physical and intelectual way) i mean, when you live with your parents the problems arise all the time, but nothing talk about "well, its time to find another place to you, you can live here anymore…" it´s crazy, that is the reason why you need to be sure what this is the right woman (or man), cause you need to know you are not to throw the towel at the first bad time or trouble, if you are not ready, don´t go to live with other people, respect yourself and respect  the others….

05:26 PM Aug 27 2008 |

sasha samar


womens with out mens are nothng

we without men can't survive happly as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03:09 PM Aug 27 2008 |





01:34 PM Aug 27 2008 |



To live together donest mean have sex, right? so if you feel awkward when you live together with ex,just give up and live alone.Different guys have different feeling towards this problem.it's meaningless to argue about it.

Btw,I always keep the rule one enjoy the right to live together until you are married.

the idea may be so weird at 21st century and I am always laughed at by my friends.

10:23 AM Aug 27 2008 |

i and you



05:54 AM Aug 27 2008 |

i and you


i think they need to keep their love , that is a beautiful experience.

05:53 AM Aug 27 2008 |




Innocent It's a big problem with EX.

01:23 AM Aug 27 2008 |


Saudi Arabia

if you really loved someone you will not break up with her/him b.coz they are your other half and you can not survive in this world alone, not forever, and most importantly, not happily.

04:54 PM Aug 26 2008 |




I will move out if the relation break up.

04:48 PM Aug 26 2008 |




It's madness to live with the ex, it really doesn't work!!

02:38 PM Aug 26 2008 |

john andrew




it is very good to move togather

11:16 AM Aug 26 2008 |



If you have absolutely no feelings left,then it does not matter if you live together or not.Indifference is worse than hatred you just feel nothing.What do two or three more days in one apartmet mean?right-nothing.

09:53 AM Aug 26 2008 |



I think it is better to live with someone until you are married~

06:57 AM Aug 26 2008 |



actually i believe in love , love is too much rare this days and no one will found it easily so i think that everyone have found his or her love have to hold it   

06:56 AM Aug 26 2008 |


Viet Nam

why do they figure move in together ? It is not good. Person will have enough of if they are easy to have one thing.Specially love, feeling!!!!!!!!!!

06:31 AM Aug 26 2008 |



United States

Everthing may change with time passing.  You meet new people, you get to know new things then gradually, your view of life and love may change…..

06:17 AM Aug 26 2008 |



I never had serious relationship, so always away from such a mess ! Smile

05:48 AM Aug 26 2008 |



United States

Anyway, the days being together are always beautuful memories.

05:38 AM Aug 26 2008 |

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