Culture The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone  

Samantha Dillinger
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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
When She's Pregnant

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1,104 366
At Your Wedding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
At Your Wedding

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875 385
After Sex is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
After Sex

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746 337
In Front of a Group is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
In Front of a Group

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693 329
Falling for Their Sibling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Falling for Their Sibling

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732 358
By Finding Out You're Dati... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Finding Out You're Dating Someone Else

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250 83
Posting a Picture With New Sig... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Static823 added Posting a Picture With New Significant Other

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665 343
By Letting Everyone Else Know ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Letting Everyone Else Know First

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608 312
By Hurting Them On Purpose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Hurting Them On Purpose

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773 416
Via Text Message is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Via Text Message

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603 316
As You Get Caught Cheating is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
As You Get Caught Cheating

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504 266
On Their Birthday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
On Their Birthday

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500 265
At Their Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
At Their Birthday Party

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467 258
After a Major Life Event is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
After a Major Life Event

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451 265
Giving Them False Hope is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Giving Them False Hope

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473 314
Asking for Breakup Sex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Asking for Breakup Sex

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508 343
By Changing Your Facebook Rela... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Changing Your Facebook Relationship Status

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369 247
During a Vacation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
During a Vacation

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347 233
By Lying is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Lying

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82 27
While You're Sick in Hospital is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Charlei Hall added While You're Sick in Hospital

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423 302
Let Them Find Out from a Frien... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Let Them Find Out from a Friend

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360 253
Avoidance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Avoidance

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373 270
By Destroying Their Stuff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Destroying Their Stuff

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335 246
By Blocking Them on Facebook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Blocking Them on Facebook

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351 262
By Leaving a Note is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Leaving a Note

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277 231
During the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
During the Holidays

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338 288
Via Email is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Via Email

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298 255
By Telling Their Parents is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Telling Their Parents

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254 220
Dragging It On is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Dragging It On

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274 241
"It's Not You, It'... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
"It's Not You, It's Me"

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245 218
When You're Drunk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
When You're Drunk

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242 217
Via Voicemail is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Via Voicemail

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266 242
Making Sure Everyone Knows is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Making Sure Everyone Knows

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249 235
Finally stop playing their I t... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
ripleysales added Finally stop playing their I think we should break up game once a week and agree for real.

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210 201
Happy Valentine's Day 2015 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
VanessaAlly added Happy Valentine's Day 2015

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1 0
Nut on their face and then tel... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Nut on their face and then tell them, "It's not you, it's me."

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205 230
At Your Special Place is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
At Your Special Place

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6 9
When they didn't know that you... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
BeastMaster1 added When they didn't know that you were even dating?

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224 255
Being Brutally Honest is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Being Brutally Honest

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204 236
During a Date is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
During a Date

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157 255
While Stuck in Traffic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
While Stuck in Traffic