7 Signs You’re In A Rebound Relationship

Ever heard of the phrase, “the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else?” Yeah, it’s a little vulgar, but it’s also a common way people attempt to get over a breakup – by hooking up with someone else. And sometimes they take it even a little further and find themselves in a rebound relationship. 

What is a rebound? To put it simply, it’s basically a distraction to keep a guy or girl from thinking about their recent breakup. If a guy goes into a rebound relationship, he’s looking for a quick way to get over his ex by being with someone else. But what he’s really doing his projecting his feelings about his ex onto a new girl – in a sense, he’s using the new girl.

People who go into rebound relationships don’t go into them with the intention of using someone or hurting someone else. They usually think they’re helping themselves… that’s what makes rebounds so tricky. Have you ever felt like your new BF maybe isn’t over his ex? Do you think you could be a rebound? If you’re suddenly freaking out, here are 7 signs to look out for: 

Do you think you’re in a rebound relationship? Have you ever been in one? Have you ever been the one rebounding? Tell me in the comments.


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  • hannah hooker

    So this guy I dated was originally in a long term relationship with this girl he lost feelings for because he started getting feelings for me. So they broke up and a week later he asks me out. Well he’s 17 and I’m 15 so his mom had an issue with us dating because of my age. She forced him to break up with me and now me and him are in complete heartbreak right now because he said that he wanted to marry me and have kids in the future. I know he meant it but now we can’t be together. Unless he still has feelings for me when he turns 18 in a couple of months. I really don’t know what to do because he said he wanted to stay friends till then and see how he feels by his birthday. So I feel like a rebound right now but he truly wanted to stay with me if it hadn’t been for his mom we’d still be together and happy.

  • eh

    I wasn’t looking for a relationship at all, had never been in one, never had interest in one until my friend introduced me to one of her friend who said i looked pretty, i was hesitant in messaging him and adding him considering his facebook was quite old and he seemed fairly younger then me, but after my friend was persistent that i add him. So i did and as soon as he messaged me we hit it off, we had so many things in common and i was really comfortable, we met up a few times ect he told me about his ex and how bad it went (i.e she cheated on him and then dumped him) and how even after she dumped he was sad and lonely and ended up being friends with benefits with her, it did help while in those two months he was still talking and arguing with her and she was quite a bad friend or so he told me, so he ended up liking me and i liked him, we got into a relationship and his ex was not happy she would constantly try to do things to ruin the relationship, at one point she kissed him and he said ‘he pushed her away’ we talked it out i made sure he ended it with her completely, which he did but then a few days later he was talking to her again, to which i found out from one of my friends, things went distant between us, i said we need to break it off so we did and 2/3 days later he’s back with his ex? its quite funny to me but also now makes me question whether i was a rebound then? it sucks but he wasnt worth it anyways.

  • Heidi

    I recently separated from my husband of many years. I know that this relationship is over. Since then I have met a guy who has become a good friend without benefits. I am ready to move forward with this relationship and I think he is too. The problem is I don’t want him to be the rebound guy and/or ruin the friendship we have. Any ideas on how to proceed? I relate to 2 of the 7 signs above.

  • RoflSirOfTheLawl

    I divorced my wife almost a year ago cause she was cheating. The relationship was over months before this so I had no negative feelings about it, in fact was quite happy I got a get out of jail free card.

    Everyone keeps telling me my new relationship will not work because she’s technically a rebound. ( this is the first real relationship I’ve had after, but not my first partner by far)

    The only feelings I have about my ex are regret that I didn’t get to know her longer to find out she was crazy.

    Do you think this classifies as a rebound because I really don’t think it does…

  • Me

    I think I’m always the rebound girl. Is what seems like a rebound really a rebound, though, or is it just a fling or a case of two people that just aren’t right for each other? The last guy, I was seeing for a few months. He said it had been a year since his ex, but after the first couple dates he started to talk about her, and he still had a lot of her stuff at his place (which was probably one reason why he talked about her so much, but just another red flag) so it seemed like he wasn’t over her. After about a month and a half, he got a new job and apparently didn’t get a day off for weeks, so then it was 6 weeks until we saw each other again (it would have been 4, but he kind of sprung it on me that day, which was another issue, that I felt like if you really respected someone and wanted to see them, you would make plans at least a day or two in advance, especially if you haven’t seen them in a month), though he was still texting me every day. So after that, we were still texting every couple days, but he still didn’t suggest getting together, so finally two weeks after the last time we saw each other, I said something about him not seeming to have time for a relationship/it not working out, and he agreed. It’s only been two weeks, and he just posted to FB that he’s ‘In a relationship’ with some other girl. I wanted to puke. We were dating for 3 months (even though the latter half we only saw each other once, but he was the one that wanted to text every day still), yet he was still apparently ‘single’ the whole time. Apparently our whole “relationship” was meaningless, if he was technically single the whole time, and can already be ‘in a relationship’ pretty much as soon as we broke up. Which makes me wonder if they were already seeing each other while he was still seeing/talking to me, or at least they must have known each other, or he had his eye on her. It makes me feel worthless. Like, I’m the girl he could have fun with for a while, boost his confidence, and make him happy, or so he said. But I guess I’m not god enough to actually have a relationship with. I’d like to think that this girl is the rebound, but probably not. I guess I was just the girl he could use to get over his ex, and have fun with, until he found someone worth getting serious with.

  • Patricia

    My boyfriend and I just broke up recently due to so much fighting and everything seemed to all be gone. he told a friend he already knew who he was going to try to get with and says he doesn’t care about what recently happened . What do you guys think about that

  • Sasha

    Well, mine one is like this, we’ve been dating for a month now, often arguing because of his ex. I doubt that perhaps he still love his ex cos he still contact his ex, let his ex borrow his car. Hmm

  • sthe

    I worry he us not ova his baby mama & thou he goes out if his way to secure me I’m still insecure I want more than his word that hes ova her if it tru. He wnt hv a problem committing with atlist an engagement ring. Am I being ridiculous

  • Vicky

    Is it possible to be a rebound for two years?

    My boyfriend and his ex were only together for like 5 months and she cheated on him with one of his good friends – the relationship ended about 3 months before he got with me. Our relationship moved rather fast- we hooked up the night we met, and he just never left my apartment. He told me he loved me about 2 months after we became official. In the beginning, our relationship was amazing- we had tons of fun together, he would always tell me how I’m the love of his life and he wants to marry me and have kids some day. We have been together for almost 2 years now and after I went out of town for a few weeks to visit family, our relationship has been kind all arguments and I don’t feel close to him anymore. A few days ago, my phone died when I needed to contact one of my friends, and so I asked my boyfriend if I may use his phone- through text and Facebook messenger to try and contact my friend- he had no problem with it and gave me his phone. I forgot to mention that throughout our relationship he had told me that when his ex and him broke up they cut all contact between each other, and that he hasn’t spoken to her since the break up). Well, I found a Facebook message between him and his ex whom he apparently hasn’t spoken to since they broke up. I’ve never been an overly jealous girlfriend not have I ever gone through someone’s phone, in any of my past relationships- however; I couldn’t shake the guy feeling something was very wrong and that I should look at their messages. Turns out- they have been messaging each other ( although remaining not friends with each other on Facebook). the entire time that him and I have been together (around 2 years!) . Their messages ranged from a weird pattern of her telling him her relationship problems with her new man, while he told her fake relationship problems he was having with me, then when he would tell him that her and her new man were doing amazing and how in love they are- he suddenly would tell her that me and him solved our supposed ” problems” and he’s very in love with me and super happy in our relationship, it was like some weird competition of who’s most happy and in love with their new partner. The worst was the latest messages sent around the time I went out of town- he sent her texts asking her to get drunk with him at the beach at night and have sex with him ( he told me he dosnt drink when I try to go out to the bars with him), also texts saying how he misses ” the good times” they used to have and begging her to hang out. She at first wrote back ” don’t you have a girlfriend?” And his response was that I was out of town and he suspected I was cheating on him ( bullshit, I found messages between me and him the same day and he was at the same time writing me telling me how much he loves and misses me), when she felt bad for him and wrote ” that sucks I hope she isn’t!” , he suddenly wrote back right away saying ” I dunno. Some times she acts weird, but she is way too in love with me to ever cheat on me.” Yet, after his inapproiate texts to her, she started flirting back with him too, yet she is still with her man and telling my boyfriend how he is the only guy who gets her and the only person she can stil count on. When I asked him about the messages he first tried lies and excuses saying he did it out of spite cause he thought I was cheating on him, then finally and painfully admitted that he had planned on having sex with his ex while I was out of town ( I was and always have been down to have sex with him whenever he wants), and when I asked why he would do that, he told me even he dosnt understand why he did it or what he was thinking, but that he loves me and it was a huge mistake and he will stop talking to her completely for me to stay with him because he loves me , not her. ( she’s not very attractive and is 19 years old and they are from the same small town, I’m his age- 26 and not to be vain, but many men find me very attractive, and I’m from NYC). I am hurt and do not understand the situation, and he gets almost violently angry if I even mention it again now. He’s weird about his phone now and we have been very distant although we still live together ( now I live at his parents place with him I couldn’t afford the apartment ). Is it possible I have been a rebound for 2 years?!

    • Amanda V

      Had the almost exact thing happen but I GOT PREGNANT got married have two kids now getting a divorce because he Beat me but he Was on pain medicine he kinda has some disabilities anyway I always thought I wasn’t good enough for a Normal person And wanted a reason get out of my folks place and he as medically retired I lost my job and quite school because I couldn’t focus because he Was Always there but long story short I met him the day after my break up 2 weeks later ended up dusting Him ended up engaged within 2 months and got Pregnant 1 month after living with Him but fact is Rebound relationships are bad and it’s hard to break the habit…

    • piggynuts

      Rebounds don’t last 2 years. You two had a perfectly legitimate and stable relationship. He just had a bond to her that he didn’t want to break. If he was making up stories about relationship problems you were having together, that shows he was willing to do anything to keep her interest. But breakups are like a death in the family, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to add kindle back to the dying fire. You were not a rebound, a rebound is only a fling. Once a rebound goes past the one or two month period, no matter why the rebound started, it becomes a perfectly legitimate relationship. He was in love with you and you with him. He just couldn’t completely move on, and that is natural. I hope you guys worked things out, and I think you shouldn’t let them talk for a year or so while he gets over her, then he can go back to being just friends with her. I am still friends with strictly platonic feeling towards some exes.

  • Anna

    I just broke up two days ago.ma boyfriend told me dat he wants to stop pretending he is so into me while he is not into me at all. am just shattered and insecure now

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  • becky

    My case is a little complicated.. I was in a relationship since I was 15(now 21).. It went on for 4 years .. A comitted relationship but the guy turned out into a complete asshole n I broke up after 4 years… Never really got over him n ended up Patching up with my ex after one and a half years ( I know stupid ryt?.. All this only to discover what a scumbag he still was.. Broke me real bad.. But ryt in the middle of all dis ,, a friend of mine feel in love with me.. Hez an amazing guy n helped me a lot to see the truth n hold myself.. Dis was the time when I was coming out of the ‘X’ phase..we started going out when I wasn’t totally over my past… He helped me alot to get out of it.. After more than 2 months,, I realized I was in love with the new guy.. V have been in a committed relationship for 6 months now but my bf finds himself alone in the relationship n feels m not really into him.. Also, I don’t understand him when he really needs it .. and difficult times or fights make me feel tired ( even if its my fault).. But I really love him!
    Are there any chances I am in a rebound?? 🙁 m scared

    • : Amadeus. : Moisl.


    • bareen

      I was in a relationship with a guy for 6 months out of which 20% we were in a relationship and 80% only fighting after 2 months not I was in a relationship with a guy for two weeks and then we broke up even he was in a relationship with a girl for 6 months and den broke up with her he told me as to how many relationships he was in wat he did with them and all..he asked me out and I was like yes we madeout the first day itself and went on and den due to some problems we stopped talking for 2-3 days and den I irritated him (like leave me and all) he got irritated and den he was like its all over I was like don’t do this he was like don’t force me. Then after two days I sent him a message like I cant live without you and he was like not happening.I want him back please tell me what to do?

  • dawn

    ok i have a question.i was in a relationship for 12 yrs and we have 3 kids together.5 mons ago he left and 6 days later he was living with his gf..he changed so much.he bought expensive shoes,colored his hair blue and then green,pierced his ears,bought new clothes and started doing off the wall kind of things.i believe she manipulated him and thats why he left us..he says its over BUT i am getting mixed signals from him..when he visits with our kids he stares and makes eye contact with me and more recently he met our son ata pizza place and asked if i would like to go inside with him.and when i text him and than i have to go he asks WHY???..is this a rebound relation

    • : Amadeus. : Moisl.

      Why don’t you go ask him?

  • vangjel kapbardhi

    i got dumped on v-day:(

    • : Amadeus. : Moisl.

      Sorry to hear that brother.

  • Mel

    I guess I’m the odd one out here; I started seeing this guy only a few months after a messy, painful, break-up after an 8 year relationship. Initially I was looking for a distraction of sorts, but definitely not a replacement. The ex left me with a lot of unwarranted self doubt. (I found out he had been cheating on me for our entire 8 year relationship with all kinds of whores…) I joined a dating site, met a few guys, went on a few dates, but nothing serious. Then a little over a month went by, and I met this great guy and there was instant chemistry. He is nothing like my ex, and we have SOO MUCH more in common. My concern now is that I don’t want to inadvertently rush to fill some void left by my ex with my new guy. I genuinely want to give this a shot and not fall back into some pattern that I had previously. Do I just proceed with caution and take things slowly? Do I smack myself, apologize to the new guy and call this off? I don’t want to, but I care enough about the new guy that I don’t want to inadvertently pull him into my psycho world. I am still very angry with my ex. I don’t talk to him, his family or his friends, I don’t stalk him online, but I do still think about it only because I might feel better if I know he’s miserable. I also know that it would hurt me more to find out that he is with someone else already too. . . I do find myself comparing the two of them silently in my head, although it’s usually “ex would have taken forever to do that, awesome!”, or “Wow, new guy gets it, ex never would have”. . . Me & new guy have talked about the future and it isn’t weird at all. Neither one of us are afraid of commitment, although I do keep hitting the brakes, just trying to pace things. Damn our subconscious mind. I am totally falling for this guy, but I just want to be sure that I really am falling and not just eager to fill a hole….

    • Chad

      Sounds like you are following your heart and your mind. Don’t regret it at all if you learned from a bad relationship and it led you to a good relationship. Keep pacing yourself and let love naturally happen. And good luck to you!

  • Steven Nothers

    Am i in love or seeking security? loved one woman but she chose security and dumped me big time i have lied and hurt many MY SELF PRESEVATION Of half truths have gained me status in the community but am an empty shell that takes and destroys. because of rebound.

    • : Amadeus. : Moisl.

      I’d say that your in love.

  • Luzi

    Im Sad after read this … If i would have new it, i would not have stay there so long.
    I find myself mirrored in all that is described in my latest relationship.
    I though it was real.
    But considering he was hurt and literally he run out of Au to take some fresh air and away of her ex from 6 years, he said he was not ready for commitment as she wanted and they split, so she got into a guy (despite he say she state to love him the most) and later at some common friends ( more than 40!) reunion she show up her affections to the new guy after splitting since 6 months already, so he felt like dying, and then realise he wanted to leave the country.
    We meet then and after two weeks start something, he supposed to leave after one months, end up staying 7 moths.
    I have never before hear about this rebound relationship… so i end up hearing the same, like ex stories so often, them i get tired of and have to forbid the stories, Only then he start to focus in us.. but every time he came back to AU to face circle of friends and her into her serious boyfriend… he became cold and weird… then comeback to me and trying to enjoy his time abroad, sometimes i felt like he was running aways once more… he was very please to me, and kind, and generous like if at all cost he wanted me to feel supported and loved… It worked good for another 6 months.. then he left again.
    Then last time just came back to say good bye, something happened and change after he attend to the goodbye party of his ex, she move out of city to work in another state side opposite to the country!
    Later days this, all his plans change towards our relationship and he was in urgency to come to say goodbye for ever.
    So after two years, now i find that just one month after we finish he hook up with another girl and tell me straight i should start dating someone to over come him.
    As per i saw she is so looking a like the gal i am, which is not very pleasant to see.
    Surprise…surprise! How things turn out in the end, by finding i was the rebound relationship for him, due now he overcome his ex and is able to be with someone new after me.

  • Jazz

    I’ve recently been set up with and talking to this guy who’s really sweet and all, but he just got out of a long term relationship and it kinda weirded me out at first. Since then, our mutual friends have convinced me their break up had been a long time coming and nobody would be a rebound. We’ve even talked about it and agreed to take it easy because it would be weird with him so fresh out of a relationship… but some of my friends make me feel bad just for hanging out with him and talking to him because they insinuate one or both of us are sluts and I just get really confused about the whole thing :/

    • : Amadeus. : Moisl.

      Love knows no difference between sluts and angels… it is above concepts.