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Artist Alex Holder's I Love You But Project

I Love You But: What Quirk Made You Realize It Was Over?

Artist Alex Holder is making headlines now for re-creating old-school romance novel covers, but I'm more interested in her side project ILoveYouBut.com.

The website is a picture book filled with caricatures and quotes about the moments people realized relationships were over; basically dealbreakers that emerge once you're in the relationship. Some are serious, like "I love you, but I don't like you," and others are so idiosyncratic I don't believe they're the whole story, but they do make good stories. Here are 10 of my favorites.

I love you but . . .

  • you still read newspaper articles about Princess Diana.
  • you've hung your own graduation photo in your flat.
  • you believe protesting will make a difference.
  • you take your birthday too seriously.
  • you give yourself nicknames.
  • you order drinks you know they'll never serve.
  • you talk to strangers.
  • you look out of your window with binoculars.
  • you put exclamation marks at the end of every sentence!!!
  • you use the 24-hour clock in conversation.

What foible pushed you over — or near — the edge?

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onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 4 years
I love you but you don't love you.
ellebelle125 ellebelle125 4 years
I love you but....you only do what you want to....at any expense.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 4 years
I love you, but your constant spelling of "tomorrow" as "tomarrow" is unbearable.
testadura67 testadura67 4 years
I love you but... you only tell me you love me when you want something.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 4 years
I love you... but the only friends you ever made beside me were online.
neonbee neonbee 4 years
Erm, what's wrong with the 24-hour clock? I guess I don't find it annoying because I'm from a French system.Anyway:I love you, but you always wear those green pants I so want to put on fire.
neonbee neonbee 4 years
Erm, what's wrong with the 24-hour clock? I guess I don't find it annoying because I'm from a French system. Anyway: I love you, but you always wear those green pants I so want to put on fire.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Haha yeah I went "What's so bad about that?" about some of them, too. Like the talking to strangers.. my husband does that and I think it's awesome. We also use the 24 hour time in daily conversation because I'm from Germany and he was in the military.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Haha yeah I went "What's so bad about that?" about some of them, too. Like the talking to strangers.. my husband does that and I think it's awesome. We also use the 24 hour time in daily conversation because I'm from Germany and he was in the military.
zeze zeze 4 years
Hey...I have a picture from my graduation in my house...what's so bad about that? People hang wedding pictures, pictures of other happy moments, why not graduation?
Miss-Kaylie Miss-Kaylie 4 years
I love you but you wear socks with sandals, even in winter
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 4 years
Whoops! I did that wrong. My bad.How about..I love you but....you cry over the smallest thing...in public.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 4 years
Whoops! I did that wrong. My bad. How about.. I love you but....you cry over the smallest thing...in public.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 4 years
I love you but.... being with you depresses me.
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 4 years
I love you but... you wouldn't stop saying "totes" and "poot".
snarkypants snarkypants 4 years
i love you but...you made the most user-unfriendly website ever.
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