Readers discuss their own personal personal lives, personally. This week’s topic: Tell us about your most recent break-up:
‘To be honest, I traded my wife in for a younger model. Really, the returns policies these Thai Bride websites offer these days are fantastic.’ Edward Smith, 54, Surrey.
‘Sometimes people can say things they don’t mean, and problems escalate from there. Like they say ‘tell me your deepest secret fantasy and whatever it is we’ll try it’ when what they really mean is ‘if you really think I’m going to use that on myself I’m going to move back in with my mother.’’ Jessica Carter, 41, Manchester.
‘Painless really. Quick change of my Facebook status from Engaged to Looking for Action, and things sorted themselves out from there.’ Ian Bland, 22, Bath.
‘It was a real schoolyard romance but the years go by and the real world gets in the way. She moved up to the Upper 6th and I was promoted to Deputy Head and it sort of fizzled out after that.’ Andrew Burton, 56, Cheshire.
'‘If you love someone set them free’ she said to me, and after a few days quiet reflection I decided she was right. Of course, I’d have let her go a lot sooner if she could have remembered the safe word…’ Bernard Maxwell, 53, Chelsea.
‘I discovered after all these years that when he’d said I had a body built for sin, he was talking about gluttony and sloth.’ Janine Griffiths, 34, Cardiff.
‘There was a lot of bitterness, a lot of acrimony and claims and counter-claims but in the end the public turned against her and fortunately she didn’t get a penny from my multi-million pound music rights catalogue. Oh sorry, that wasn’t me, I’m getting myself mixed-up with one of the Beatles again.’ Paul Starkey, 67, Berkshire.
‘Actually, if I could take this opportunity – David I’m sorry. It’s been a great 15 years but I’m leaving you for your dad. I’ve sold the house, and cleared all the money out of the joint account. Don’t try and find us. Thanks!’ Amanda Wright, 38, Epping.