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Ignoring an Ex

Have You Ignored an Ex in Public?

When Mary-Kate Olsen saw her ex, Nate Lowman, at a concert Monday night, she allegedly ignored him — and this rumor was news.

"Without making eye contact or saying a word, Mary-Kate dodged in the other direction," an anonymous busybody told the New York Post. "The two didn't have any interaction." I can empathize. Though sometimes the fear of seeing an ex is way worse than the encounter.

It may look better to confront him and act nonchalantly, but that's easier said than done. Have you ever run in the other direction when an ex was coming your way?


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dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
I was a baseball game with my friend last night and we saw her ex making out with his new girlfriend on the big screen... AWKWARD!
AlexisSF AlexisSF 5 years
yep, i've done it, and not that long ago.
AlexisSF AlexisSF 5 years
yep, i've done it, and not that long ago.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
Yes But only when I have a restraining order
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
YesBut only when I have a restraining order
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Yeah. If I don't like someone, I'm not going to bullshit some superfluous small talk.
weffie weffie 5 years
Depends on which ex, most are friendly but there are definitely two that I would ignore. That is, if I could resist the urge to stomp on their nuts :)
lawchick lawchick 5 years
Avoid - yes. Ignore - no, unless the guy was a total jerk.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
No. Thankfully in my cases, time has healed the wounds, and we were capable of being civil with one another.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
I haven't had to do this, but I'm not saying I wouldn't. If I had run into an ex right after a breakup I probably would have. Maybe at this point I wouldn't feel the need to turn the other way, because it's not like any wounds with any exes are fresh, but I may still avoid and pretend I didn't see him if possible if I was with my current boyfriend, just because that's awkward for everyone, and there's just no need to do the introduction.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
I haven't had to do this, but I'm not saying I wouldn't. If I had run into an ex right after a breakup I probably would have.Maybe at this point I wouldn't feel the need to turn the other way, because it's not like any wounds with any exes are fresh, but I may still avoid and pretend I didn't see him if possible if I was with my current boyfriend, just because that's awkward for everyone, and there's just no need to do the introduction.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 5 years
Yes i did and will do for some of them. If we broke up and didn't stay friends it's not to play the friend, or go check if everything is fine. For some of them i broke up to have no connections with them anymore. It's hard maybe but it's how i get over it all. And after some months, i guess they don't mind. Sometimes in life we loose people, and i find here is a perfect example of how it goes when it happens. And i would understand to be ignored as well (and surely i have been at occasions).
French-Kiss French-Kiss 5 years
Yes i did and will do for some of them. If we broke up and didn't stay friends it's not to play the friend, or go check if everything is fine. For some of them i broke up to have no connections with them anymore. It's hard maybe but it's how i get over it all. And after some months, i guess they don't mind. Sometimes in life we loose people, and i find here is a perfect example of how it goes when it happens. And i would understand to be ignored as well (and surely i have been at occasions).
lauraxtc lauraxtc 5 years
I did, a few times after a bad break up, I had already moved on but he hurt me. So I decided to ignore him although he looked happy to see me. Now, (its been about a year since I have not seen him) I would probably say hello. Maybe.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 5 years
I did, a few times after a bad break up, I had already moved on but he hurt me. So I decided to ignore him although he looked happy to see me. Now, (its been about a year since I have not seen him) I would probably say hello. Maybe.
stephley stephley 5 years
She looks like hell in that picture: he's probably okay with her ignoring him.I've always at least said a polite hi! to my exes - get over the drama already.
stephley stephley 5 years
She looks like hell in that picture: he's probably okay with her ignoring him. I've always at least said a polite hi! to my exes - get over the drama already.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I haven't run into any exes when I wasn't expecting to interact with them. Moving to the other side of the metro area was very helpful. :D
dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
I haven't had the (mis)opportunity to run into my in public yet, but I would probably try to avoid him as much as possible.
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