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The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone

Updated April 24, 2020 25.2k votes 2.5k voters 58.9k views41 items

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When relationships don't work out, things can get ugly. Most people try to end relationships amicably, but what are some of the worst ways to break up with someone? This is a list of the most terrible ways to break up with your significant other. If you're planning a breakup, do your soon to be ex a favor and don't do it one of these ways.

Remember that just because you're ending a relationship doesn't mean that you won't have to see this person again. Chances are you have mutual friends and your future ex probably knows your family members. If you choose to end the relationship, remember that words can cut deep and what you say will be remembered for a long time. In fact, it can ruin your chances of having another successful relationship, and it can also hurt your ex so much that they'll find it hard to move on.

Honesty is often the best policy when you're breaking up with someone, but also remember to choose your words and timing wisely. If you want an end to a relationship, use this list of worst ways to dump someone to learn what not to do. There's no easy way to end a relationship, but these ways are truly the worst.

Cast your votes below for the worst ways to end a relationship.
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    When She's Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    When She's Pregnant

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    At Your Wedding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    At Your Wedding

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    Posting a Picture With New Sig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    Posting a Picture With New Significant Other

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    Falling for Their Sibling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    Falling for Their Sibling

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    In Front of a Group is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    In Front of a Group

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    On Their Birthday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    On Their Birthday

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    By Hurting Them On Purpose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    By Hurting Them On Purpose

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    By Letting Everyone Else Know  is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    By Letting Everyone Else Know First

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    After Sex is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    After Sex

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    At Their Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    At Their Birthday Party

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    By Finding Out You're Dati is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    By Finding Out You're Dating Someone Else

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    As You Get Caught Cheating is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    As You Get Caught Cheating

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    After a Major Life Event is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    After a Major Life Event

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    Giving Them False Hope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    Giving Them False Hope

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    Via Text Message is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    Via Text Message

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    While You're Sick in Hospital is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    While You're Sick in Hospital

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    During a Vacation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    During a Vacation

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    Asking for Breakup Sex is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    Asking for Breakup Sex

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    By Destroying Their Stuff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    By Destroying Their Stuff

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    By Lying is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    By Lying

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    Let Them Find Out from a Frien is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    Let Them Find Out from a Friend

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    By Changing Your Facebook Rela is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    By Changing Your Facebook Relationship Status

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    Nut on their face and then tel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    Nut on their face and then tell them, "It's not you, it's me."

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    Avoidance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    Avoidance

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    By Telling Their Parents is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
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    By Telling Their Parents

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