16 Chaotic Relationship Stories Where People Realize They've Made A Big Mistake

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Mistakes are made in every relationship. From getting caught in a lie years in the making to meeting parents on the first date, these stories of people making big mistakes in their relationships definitely have the perfect touch of soap opera drama. Vote up the best stories!

Some posts have been edited for length and clarity. All posts courtesy of r/TIFU.

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    6,788 VOTES

    A New And Spontaneous Romance

    From Redditor u/OnwardTogether83:

    My husband and I have been married for 5 and a half years now. My husband was raised by a single mom, and my mom passed when I was 16, so each of us only had one parent at the wedding.

    Our parents met during the wedding planning, and quickly discovered how much they had in common and how well they got along. After a few too many glasses of wine, they danced together at the wedding reception.

    We noticed a little bit of flirtation between them, but didn't think much of it until they started seeing each other regularly after the wedding, going out together for drinks, going on walks together, going fishing together. Even though it was a little weird for us that our parents were ambiguously and later officially dating each other, we truly didn't care because they just seemed so happy.

    Yesterday, my husband walked his mom down the aisle to meet my dad at the altar. My husband's mom and my dad said their vows, and became husband and wife. And my husband and I became... stepsiblings.


    TL;DR: My husband's mom and my dad started a romance at our wedding, and yesterday they got married, which makes my husband and I technically stepsiblings.

    6,788 votes
  • 2
    4,765 VOTES

    Meeting Parents On The First Date

    From Redditor u/BLINDANDREFINED:

    Like many other unfortunate souls, my nonexistent dating life has me turning to the dating apps. This particular one is from Tinder.

    I'd been chatting with this guy a few days, and everything was going swimmingly. We had so much in common and were looking for the same things. His pictures were cute, and he didn't live too far away. All seemed well.

    I invited him over to grill out some burgers in my backyard. He asked if he could bring anything - I said sure bring some bacon for the burgers! He agreed and said he'd be over soon.

    Given his distance, I expected him to be over in ~15 minutes. I started the grill and seasoned the burgs. Half an hour later, he messaged me, "I've driven by a couple times and chickened out. Are you sure you want me to come over?" Maybe a red flag, but I chalked it up to nerves and just said come on I'm hungry.

    So this Hagrid lookin guy shows up, much different than his Cedric picture. That's alright, I can move past that. From the minute he walked up, and I kid you not, he did NOT take a breath. Within the first five minutes I knew his life story from his aunt who hated their grandma to his father who likes to collect taxidermy. Not a single breath.

    Again, I figured he was just nervous. I put the burgers on, and when they're ready he pulls out a ziploc from his POCKET with two pieces of bacon in it. He puts them only on his burger. Okay...

    We sit down at the patio table to start eating (I finished my burger before he even started his - he did NOT stop talking the entire time). When we sit down, he reaches into his pocked out pulls out... a vial? It is about 2 inches tall with a cork in it. It's filled with black powder.

    He must have noticed me staring at it flipping between if he was about to snort something strange or build some sand-art. He said, "Oh," all super casual. "I'd like to INTRODUCE YOU TO MY MOTHER."

    I just stared at him for what felt like an eternity. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry or run. "I like to bring her to any important event in my life. She also has ashes in this necklace I'm wearing, and in this ring I have on, and this half-sleeve tattoo is for her."

    Now, mind you, I've lost too many people close to me, and I do not judge people based on their grief cycles, we all cope differently and I respect that. But homeboy brought a VIAL of his mother's ashes, and set them on the table for our FIRST date. I simply could not.

    He finally finished his burger and I made some excuse about having to clock in and finish some work... at 9:30pm. He texted me before he even got to his car and told me, "My mother really liked you, I can't wait to see you again."

    I told him I didn't feel the connection - to him, or his mother.


    TL;DR: Tinder date brought his mother to our first date... in an unconventional way.

    4,765 votes
  • 3
    3,312 VOTES

    The Mystery Of The Same Last Names

    From Redditor u/whatmia:

    I used to be a wedding photographer and sometimes people get married at the courthouse then have a friends and family reception at a later date. So they are technically married when I first meet them.

    One day... I'm having a consultation, they bring a child, maybe 8 years old, and we put him in front of the office tv while we talk. Again not uncommon for courthouse marriage couples to already have kids together.

    The meeting goes well and they write me a deposit check. The check has both their names on it and the last names are the same.

    My brain does maths and I figure... Joint checking account + same last name + kid in tow = they are already married so I say..."You two are prepared, you already have new checks printed with the same last name." To which the bride to be replies... "I'm kinda still married to his brother." And she ended that story with "...most of his family doesn't approve."

    I was mortified and tongue tied not knowing what to say next as we continued to plan a wedding between this little boys Mom and his new "Uncle Dad" as he watched cartoons in front of my TV.


    TL;DR: Asked a couple if they were married as they hired me to be their wedding photographer and the answer was no. She had the same last name because she was still married to his brother.

    3,312 votes
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    A Dinner Leads To A Shocking Revelation

    From Redditor u/Gelicca:

    I was talking to this guy on Hinge who had the softest of hazel eyes, and at the time, I thought he was the one. After exchanging a few messages, we decide to go on a date, and one thing lead to another, and we were a couple. We dated for about 5 months, until the horror struck us that we were relatives...

    Since we are both in our mid 20s, we were moved away from home and hadn’t had time to meet each other’s parents. Instead of doing the traditional, I’ll bring you over to meet my parents, and I’ll go over to meet yours, we decided for a dinner with both our parents. You can pretty much tell where this story goes now.

    Long story short, we took our families out to a restaurant, and when my father stood up from the table to introduce himself to my boyfriend’s mother, his face turned completely white, as he was looking directly at his cousin(Uncle’s daughter). It took her a second to realize as well.

    Since my family and his family live on opposite sides of the states, our parents hadn’t seen each other in about 30 years, and it was coincidence that my boyfriend and I moved to the same city. We could tell something was wrong the way our parent looked at each other, and they informed us that we were related.

    Even though we loved each other, we decided it wasn’t right to do. I told my friends that it didn’t work out and silently removed everything from social media.


    TL;DR: I dated a boy from hinge for about 5 months, and discovered he was my cousin after our parents informed us while out to dinner.

    3,399 votes
  • 5
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    A Secret Lottery Winner

    From Redditor u/[deleted]:

    The lottery winning took place back in August 2014. Mike and I were married in October 2014. It wasn't a fortune, but enough to make a difference. After taxes it came out to right around $480,000. Most people would be over the moon, but I panicked. I didn't want our life to turn upside down because we had extra money now.

    I was still legally single at the time, and so I was able to accept it anonymously without the need to tell anyone else. So I didn't. Tell anyone else. Not a single soul. Not my husband, my parents, siblings, best friends, etc. Only the state and federal governments.

    My husband has a tendency to spend on things we don't need and that aren't going to benefit us in the long run so I didn't want our money to blown quickly on stupid stuff like cars and clothes.

    I opened a new bank account with a national credit union and put the check in. Got started with a financial advisor (Keith), who guided me into investing in local businesses and real estate. And that's that. It's been sitting there since, just growing.

    Flash forward to today. I'm doing dishes getting ready to start making dinner, and my phone rings. I can't get to it but figure I'll call them back. Then I get a text. No big deal. I'll get to it in a minute....but husband came into the kitchen and glanced at my phone to let me know who text me and called me (which he always does if my hands are full).

    It's Keith. He called and text me to let me know my account just hit $1 million after one of the energy companies I invested in soared recently.

    My husband is stunned. Has no clue what to even say, staring at me until he says, "We have a million dollars??"

    I was so flushed but finally just sat him down and explained the situation. He's clearly mad at me for never telling him. Asks if my family knows, and I tell him that no one knows except the IRS and Keith.

    It took him a few hours to finally be able to really talk to me.. at the end of the silence he told me he's proud of me for investing into our future but he needs a few days to clear his head because he feels like I hid a huge part of "myself" from him.

    We might just need to take a vacation now.


    TL;DR: I won a lottery in 2014 and never told my husband until he learned that I grew the money to a million today.

    2,993 votes
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    Stumbling Upon A Horrific Scene

    From Redditor u/pllaidllama:

    I was being a trash goblin last night and staying up into the wee hours to eat easter candy and play video games, which I don't do that often.

    Anyway, does anyone else enjoy robins eggs? Those neon colored malted milk ball eggs they sell this time of year? Well, as a kid I used to do this stupid thing where I would lick them and smear the color all over my lips because hey, free lipstick! Do not ask what compelled me to do this, but I did this last night with a blue one.

    Then, of course, because I am a trash goblin I forgot all about it, fell asleep slack jawed upright on the couch with the lights on and TV still going. Next thing I know there's shouting, panicking sounds, and I'm being shaken violently, and by the time I come to I see my husband fumbling with his phone?

    I kind of... flapped my arms angrily and said something like, "Whazwrongwitchyou?!"

    Yeah, he had been about to call 911 because he just walked out on his wife passed out with blue lips, he thought I was choking. He was pretty incensed when I told him it was candy, it's the dumbest thing I've ever had to explain in our whole marriage.


    TL;DR: I accidentally did a candy coated immitation of the recently deceased causing my husband to panic and nearly call an ambulence.

    3,773 votes