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February 9, 2011

I Cannot Tell a Lie

Filed under: Advice — posted by Breakup Girl @ 2:15 pm

(But Sometimes I Can Leave Stuff Out)

Dear Breakup Girl,

I can’t figure out how to tell my boyfriend I want to break up without hurting his feelings. He has really bad breath, aggravates me about if I like him or not (which I did until he annoyed me with the question too much), and he wears makeup to cover acne (he thinks I can’t tell, I guess). What to do?

– Darlene


Dear Darlene,

The lesson in your letter for all of us is that two things do not work: (1) bugging someone about whether they like you or not, and (2) tinted Clearasil. In fact, they both backfire.

But more to your point. IMPORTANT BREAKUP GIRL MAXIM: There is no such thing as “breaking up with someone without hurting his/her feelings.” Are you kidding me? I mean, come on. Our pride gets a little rug-burned even when people we don’t like don’t like us, never mind the people we do like.

So tell him nicely but firmly that it’s just not a happening thing any more. Even if he presses for details — which he will — don’t you dare mention the breath. Or the makeup. Those are things that a well-intentioned close friend or tactless aunt — not an about-to-be-ex-girlfriend — should let him in on. You can’t not hurt his feelings, but you can spare a few of them.

Love,
Breakup Girl

Originally published February 9, 1998

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  2. It’s really difficult to hurt other feelings, but doing it in nice way, I think it lessen the burden. Also, telling the to him honestly of what you feel, is not bad at all, atleast you are honest. It hard to pretend that you still got the feeling, but deep inside nothing. Beleive me, it will worsen the situation.

    Comment by five-tips-to-get-him-back-after-break-up — February 17, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

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