There’s awkward, and then there’s realising you once slept with your girlfriend’s dad.
Yes, you read that right. A UK man wrote in to The Guardian’s relationship advice column earlier this week begging for guidance on the mortifying situation.
He explained he had fallen madly in love with his girlfriend and had been planning to propose, but had to meet the in-laws first, only to discover his awkward connection to one of them.
“Five years ago, I went through a bi[sexual] phase and used to sleep around with pretty much everyone that came along, including other men,” the unnamed man began.
“This changed when I fell in love with my new partner, who is everything to me.”
Things seemed to be going well in their relationship—that is, until a recent visit with her family.
“I recently met her parents and halfway through lunch realised that I had slept with her father,” he explained, leaving just about anyone reading the post cringing.
“I was going to propose [to my girlfriend], but when my partner and her mother were away, [her dad] told me to end it with his daughter.
“I’m obviously in love – shall I just ignore him, or tell my partner?”
We can’t think of anything more mortifying than this man’s situation. He’s left having to choose between staying with his girlfriend and trying to keep this awful secret; telling the truth and potentially ruining a whole lot of relationships (including his own); or leaving the woman he loves to avoid the truth ever coming out.
On top of that is the fact his girlfriend’s parents appear to still be married, meaning his tryst with the father may have actually been the father cheating on the mother. And that’s not the kind of family secret anyone wants dug up.
Frankly, we don’t envy the position this man has found himself in.
But the advice from the Guardian columnist was clear: cut your losses and get out.
“I am not sure you could ever have a comfortable future with your new partner,” she writes matter-of-factly.
“The father – your former lover – has made it clear that you will not be welcome. Walk away now, and avoid the massive pain that would otherwise be inflicted on your partner, her family and yourself.”
Pretty sound advice if you ask us.