12 Shocking reasons these couples decided to stay together

12 Shocking reasons these couples decided to stay together

In the early stages of a relationship, practically everything is an aphrodisiac. Certainly, nothing is more delightful than the sound of your lover's voice, and their stories of childhood and past relationships – no matter how mundane they may sound to their friends and family – are epic odysseys for you.

But ultimately, the honeymoon period ends, and the real work begins. When you're in a long-term relationship, it's only natural that passions begin to wane, but slipping into peaceful complacency isn't all bad. I mean, it's inherently comforting to know that there is someone to come home to day-after-day and that someone genuinely cares about how your day went, in all of its mundane multiplicities.

However, there are some people who just insist on clinging on to a relationship that has, for all intents and purposes, kicked the bucket. Here are 12 people on why they chose to stay with their partner, despite all the red flags.

1. Abuse is always unacceptable. 

2. Some people are more materialistic than others... 

3. You can't have it all

4. Sometimes feelings don't just go away... 

5. Many people are afraid of being alone 

6. Case in point... 

7. This woman is clearly selling herself short

8. This does not sound healthy, at all

9. "But still", indeed 

10. Once a cheater, always a cheater... 

11. This is a form of emotional abuse 

12. To each their own... 

Yes, it is exceedingly difficult to extricate yourself from a toxic relationship when you still have feelings for your partner, but if it ever feels abusive, you need to have enough self-respect to realise that enough is enough.

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