8. They seem more comfortable and happier with that ‘close friend’ of theirs.
Either they are spending all their time with this ‘close friend’ of theirs, or they are always talking about how great they are. Instead of you, your partner’s life starts to revolve around this other person, and they could care less how it’s affecting you and breaking your heart. Whenever they are with you, they seem distant, disconnected, and unhappy, but when they are with their ‘close friend’, they seem happier, more comfortable, and more relaxed.
They love spending time with them, and eagerly wait for the time they will get to meet them, all the while, you are silently dealing with a broken heart and bruised self-esteem. No matter how hard you try, your partner never seems to respond to you the way they respond to this other person.
Being on the other side of emotional cheating is honestly one of the most heartbreaking places to be. Emotional cheating can sometimes be more painful to deal with than sexual infidelity. In a situation like this, the most you can do is communicate with your partner how their actions are breaking your heart and making you feel humiliated and alone. If they still choose to stick to their ways, then you should rethink the whole relationship, and let them go.
You deserve better than being in a relationship where despite all your efforts and love, your partner does not have the decency to even come clean to you. You deserve honesty, respect, integrity, and love, not infidelity, heartbreak, and second-rate treatment.