Some of the most scandalous cheating stories on Reddit

Chalk it up to Schadenfreude, but there is something sickly satisfying about the dysfunctional relationships of others. Just in case you needed to laugh, cry, or just feel better about your relationship today. 

Let’s just get one thing out of the way first: cheating is awful. It’s dishonest, it almost never ends well, and will likely result in a lot of hurt. But there is a juiciness to this deceit so long as it’s not happening to us, a little Schadenfreude perhaps—the idea of finding pleasure in someone else’s misfortune.

After all, there’s a reason our hunger for celebrity gossip and shows like Jerry Springer are so insatiable; among other things they make us feel better about ourselves, and potentially someone’s dysfunctional relationship can, in a pretty messed-up way, validate our own. Hey, I never said this was a good thing.

Redditors have been sharing their cheating stories on the social platform since its creation 15 years ago, sometimes seeking advice, other times to offer it. Here are some of the most scandalous cheating stories we’ve been able to uncover for you to (guiltily) enjoy.

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Contact tracer

“My husband started an affair with a girl he met in a bar whilst I was away looking after my ill Dad,” writes TheCuriousMind_NW3.

“She was a care worker – he caught Covid from her, I looked after him, and then got Covid myself.

Too close for comfort

User is_not_chicago writes: “My girlfriend of five-and-a-half years cheated on me while I was asleep in the next room (in our bed). I found out the next day.”

Baby on board

“I found a picture on Facebook of him with a newborn baby, captioned by the other woman, ‘handsome husband and cute baby, I’m so proud’,” writes lolo-2020.

“We’d been together for 9 years and our kids were 6 and 8.”

Ugh, come on, man

Not that there’s ever a ‘good’ time to cheat, but you have to admit the timing of Endlessnite’s story makes for the ultimate scumbag.

She writes: “My ex-husband was sleeping with his best friend’s wife while I was 8 months pregnant, it had been going on for a while.”

No comment

“Worst one I know of is an acquaintance of mine, came home from work one day and found his missus having sex with his dad,” writes OdaNova. That is all.

Small-time con artist

“I heard this story from a friend who’s friends with a girl who has four boyfriends. On her birthday, she requested that all four boyfriends buy her the same purse (neither knew of each other),” writes user DinosaurFriend.

“The boyfriends complied, and she sold three of the purses for money, and kept one of them. All four boyfriends are extremely pleased when they see her wearing the ‘purse he got her’.”

I mean, I’m kind of impressed at the same time?