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The Fake Breakup: The Fakeup

Word du Jour: Fakeup

Beware the fakeup. Though it comes in many forms, a fakeup is most easily defined as a fake breakup, or a breakup that doesn't take.

Some couples are repeat offenders — you know the people I'm talking about. They break up frequently and in dramatic fashion, but you just know they're going to get back together. (Note: In these cases, it's best not to badmouth the recent ex, since he or she probably won't be an ex for long.)

Some breaker-uppers cut off all ties and move on, while others have a tendency to sleep with their exes. It's tempting for sure, but hooking up with your ex can often precipitate a fakeup and lead to a misguided reconciliation. Often, after several fakeups, the repeat offenders call it quits altogether.

Then, there are couples who fake up but genuinely seem to make it work the second time around. This type of fakeup is different from the first and not as much of a fake out. How about you? Have you ever been guilty of a fakeup? Do you know couples who fake up a lot?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
I know it can happen but I never did it. I say what I mean, and I mean what I say, know what I mean?
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
I am guilty, haha. I have been on and off with my current boyfriend for about 4 years. I am the epitome of high school relationship moved to college. It's terrible for everyone involved, so I just stopped discussing it with my friends. It makes me look like such a fool, but I love this guy more than anyone. We've been with other people on our "breaks" but we just haven't met anyone better. After everything we've been through (his mother passing away, my parents' divorce, school and financial issues) we have grown very close. I know I will always have him as a friend.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
@totygoliguez, sounds like that person just didn't want to be in a monogamous relationship, it wasn't that she didn't like her boyfriend. That's pretty sad, really. Maybe they could figure out an open relationship thing, and be happier?
avacadogirl avacadogirl 7 years
One of my really close friends has been see-sawing on whether or not she wants to be single or stay with her long-term boyfriend. After dramatically breaking up over the phone and talking to my friends and i about her final decision, she goes and sleeps with him in a few days...and now they're inseparable..but not "together." none of my business, i know...but it's still annoying to hear about!!!
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
No, never to the point of a fakeup, but there was one guy who I casually dated on and off for awhile and each time it "ended" was for the same reason as before! We are just friends now.
almost-famous almost-famous 7 years
I do NOT see myself ever using the term "fakeup". I'll take the old school route and say, one and off relationship.
roseate roseate 7 years
I did this. A month prior to graduation, my boyfriend (now ex) and I agreed to break up when I graduated. I didn't think I could handle being together in the meantime, knowing that the end was coming, so I broke up with him. We got back together the next day, when I realized I missed him and cared about him too much to not make the most out of our remaining time together.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I am not one for dramatics. I am also not wishy-washy by any means. I know exactly what I want. I won't break up with you and then get back together with you. Ever. There is no room for that BS in my I have never done it, and probably never will. Luckily, the people I know who did do that stopped before the age of 19.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I had friends who broke up approximately 100000000000 times. It was so annoying to hear the gory details over and over and over again with accompanying dramatics. Eventually, some of us starting taking bets on how long it would last every time they got back together.
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 7 years
Unfortunately. I spare my friends the details now.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
No, I have never done it, But I had this friend who would break up every so often with her boy friend; hook up with some other guy and then go back together. Last time I heard they broke up for good. I personally think that is not very healthy to do that. If you broke up with him or her was for a reason; is better to cut all tights with that person and move on.
zabrow zabrow 7 years
i did this a lot with a certain boyfriend when i was in high school, but i haven't done it since. generally, if i break up with someone, i cut off all contact pretty quickly, so there's no chance of us getting back together.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
RoaringSilence - "By the way, when I first read this, I thought this was a word play on make up" i thought the same thing lol
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
i have a friend who breaks up with her guy every few weeks, after they break up she talks shit about him and says she isn't gunna go back to him but a few days later they are together again.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Luckily most of my friends are reasonable enough to know what they want and situations like that can be avoided. I myself married my first boyfriend right away, so no, I have never faked up (foken up?) either. (Aww the word play is gone in the past tense!) (By the way, when I first read this, I thought this was a word play on make up. How in the world would you wear fake makeup? haha.)
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