Let’s get this straight right now: I am not down with cheating. In my book, there is no legitimate excuse for cheating. Regardless of why you did it, in the moment, you were focusing on one person and one person only: yourself. Cheating is selfish, it’s hurtful, it’s disrespectful, and it’s cowardly.
We all know that infidelity is awful, but that has never stopped people from trying to come up with excuses for why they cheated. Here’s what you should do if you cheat: say you’re sorry and admit that you were wrong. Here’s what most people do: try to find something to say that will excuse what they did and make them feel a teensy bit better about themselves. Honestly, if someone cheats on me, I would have more respect for them if they gave an honest apology than if they stumbled about trying to convince me that they didn’t mean it.
Now that my little rant is completed, let’s go over the worst cheating excuses that you should never fall for. If someone cheats on you, and uses one of these lines, you had better not give them a second chance. Seriously. Do yourself a favor and get out of there. Here are 12 lame cheating excuses you absolutely should not listen to.
I Was DrunkMaybe the worst excuse for anything ever. Yes, you lose inhibitions when you're drinking. Yes, you do things you may not have done when sober. But just because you were drunk doesn't mean you can't take responsibility for your actions. Alcohol doesn't excuse anything. Source: ShutterStock
It Just HappenedUMMM. Obviously it "happened." This can't even be considered an excuse, yet people say it. It didn't "just" happen. You made a conscious decision to cheat. You went through with the whole thing. You didn't just wake up in someone else's arms like, "Huh... how did I get here?" Source: ShutterStock
We Just Haven't Had Sex In So Long...Oh, how sad for you. Then maybe you should have, A, talked about it; or, B, broken up with the person if you weren't happy. If you're not having enough sex to satisfy you, you say something to your partner. You communicate like a mature person. You don't decide to just hook up with someone else. And if you have communicated and you're still not happy, break up with that person! Why is that such a difficult concept? Also, don't blame your partner after YOU cheat. That is so messed up. Source: ShutterStock
SHE Came Onto MEUm... kay? And because she flirted with you, or tried to hook up with you, you HAD to go through with it? No one forced you into it, so don't act like you had no choice in the matter, dudes. I get that it can be flattering when someone comes onto you, but that doesn't mean you give into temptation. I know a lot of people who try to explain their cheating but acting like it was the other person's fault... it's a good way to direct their partner's anger elsewhere. It's also so messed up and cowardly. Source: ShutterStock
You're So Jealous, You Pushed Me To Do ThisThis is another example of blaming the victim. Also, it makes no sense. "You always thought I was cheating, so I decided, hey, might as well cheat and prove you right." What? Why would you do that? Look, if your partner is too jealous, communicate or end things if it's really making you unhappy. Don't cheat on them to try to prove some sort of lesson. Also, don't make your partner feel like this is their fault. Again, you made a conscious decision to cheat. It's your fault. Source: ShutterStock
I Had To See If I Really Want To Be With You, And I Realized I DoIf a guy ever says this to you, he's a loser and you need to get away from him immediately. He shouldn't need to prove his love for you, especially by hooking up with someone else. Maybe he really did realize that he made a mistake after he cheated on you. But that doesn't excuse his behavior. Source: ShutterStock
I Was Scared Of Our RelationshipA lot of dudes pull the fear of commitment line when they cheat. It's dumb. If you're scared of the relationship you're in, maybe you're not in the right relationship. Cheating because you're scared is so cowardly and ridiculous. Source: ShutterStock
It Was Just Sex, It Didn't Mean Anything To Me!Oh, great, that makes me feel so much better! If it meant nothing and was no big deal, you'll probably never do it again, right? Wrong. First of all, even if it didn't mean anything to the cheater, it means something to the partner. Second of all, cheating isn't just sex. It's also about disrespect and dishonesty. Source: ShutterStock
I Thought You Were Cheating Also, So...So instead of talking to your partner about what's been going on, you just decided you might as well cheat also? Makes sense. Source: ShutterStock
I Was On Vacation!Because being on vacation means you get a free pass to do whatever you want, right? Wrong. Grow up. Source: ShutterStock
Being Exclusive Just Isn't For MeHuh. Probably something you should have thought of before you agreed to be exclusive, don't you think? Source: ShutterStock
I Felt Neglected and Wanted AttentionAw, poor you! Look, I get that feeling neglected by your partner sucks, but again, communicate with them! Don't react by cheating on them! This is so lame and douchey it makes me want to scream. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these cheating excuses do you think is the worst? Have you ever heard any of them? What did I forget? Do you disagree with me about any of them? Tell me in the comments.