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Ask Amy: Reconnected romance demands disconnection

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I've been dating an old high school romance for six years.

We reconnected after his wife left him for another man and he had started dating other women, including me.

I was his confidante for many months, and our friendship turned to commitment.

He has insisted on keeping all of his exes as "friends," despite their aversion for me as the competition.

One ex cuts his hair, his ex-wife borrows money and watches his dog, and yet another is his insurance agent.

While I don't suspect there is a physical relationship at this moment, I find it disrespectful that he has not ended casual communication with them.


I've both asked and demanded that they disconnect, as I find it deeply disrespectful from all of them.

They text him even during our vacations, and he has now pulled in the insurance agent to provide group insurance for his new employer.

He is intensely jealous of my other prior relationships, and I have never brought them into our lives, or given him reason to distrust me.

I've drawn the line multiple times and yet it is an ongoing issue that upsets me deeply.


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