If you are the other woman, it has always been empty dreams and false promises for you, and in all likelihood, it will remain that way only. You may want to take a few steps back and make the decision to finally let go of him. Understanding why he won’t leave his wife but still, he won’t let you go either can help you to truly assess your situation. Here are the reasons why your married man won’t let you go.
If you are reading this article I am guessing that you are miserable, that your married man stayed with his wife but won’t let you go.
I am guessing that you have spent months, years, maybe even decades, believing that he would do what he said he would do and leave his wife. And now you know for sure – he isn’t going to do it.
But I am guessing the most painful part of it is that he won’t let you go. That, in spite of the fact that he has made you promises that he has broken and that he has chosen his wife over you, he won’t let you go. It sucks.
5 Reasons Your Married Man Won’t Let You Go
The question you are most probably asking is Why he won’t leave his wife but won’t let me go, so that you get on with your life. Right? Let me tell you why your married man stayed with his wife but won’t let you go nonetheless.
1. You give him pleasure.
One of the reasons that you and your married guy got together in the first place was because of the pleasure that you gave each other.
Most likely, your married guy was in an unhappy marriage and when he met you he found the happiness that he wasn’t getting at home. And you were probably so thrilled to find a man who finally got you that you were willing to take a risk, even though he was married.
And now, how many months, years, or decades later, while you might be mostly miserable because of his broken promises, he still gets pleasure from being with you.
You are a break from the routine of this life. When you aren’t fighting about why he won’t leave his wife, you still laugh together. The sex is great because of all the drama. And I am guessing that you take care of him – which he loves.
If he lets you go, your married man will lose that pleasure. He will lose having someone in his life who is willing to fight for him, to care for him. And he needs that. Desperately.
Be honest with yourself. Is what I have said above true? Do you have a lot of miserable nights but are you still very much getting pleasure from each other’s company when things are good? I am guessing so.
Why would he let that go?
2. He is still miserable.
I have a client who, after one and a half years of hoping that her married man would leave his wife, finally walked away. She just couldn’t take it anymore. And she was determined to not take him back.
And he freaked out! He was back with his wife but he was still miserable. Nothing had changed. They stayed together for the children or the finances or maybe even to work on the marriage, but the reality is is that, even if a couple is working on a marriage, the going will be rough.
And guys don’t like rough. They like to have their paths smooth and easy because a rough one is exhausting.
My client did manage to walk away, finally. And she never talked to her married guy again. But she does occasionally stalk him on social media and see the pictures that he posts of him and his wife, ‘having fun’ together.
They look happy but she can still see in his eyes that he is miserable. It makes her want to go back and take care of him because she still loves him, but she knows that, while he might still love her, he would merely be using her to make himself feel better in his world.
We all know what it’s like to be in an unhappy relationship and the prospect of finding happiness again without doing the hard work of fixing it is irresistible. Unfortunately, the band-aid of an affair is only a stop-gap, a way to get your emotional needs tended to without doing the hard work.
And the prospect of having that band-aid fall off permanently is the reason that your married man stayed with his wife but won’t let you go
3. He is jealous.
Again, your man is most likely miserable now that he has stayed with his wife. Even if they are going to therapy, their journey is a long one and one that he is, most likely, dreading.
For you, however, the sky is the limit. If you can let go of your married guy, yes you will have to start dating again, but the opportunity to actually be happy, to get your life back, to rebuild your self-esteem, and find love again, is yours for the taking. And the idea of that makes him crazy!
A client of mine, after finally being able to let go of her married guy, jumped into building a business for herself as a way to fill the hole left by his absence. As she built her business she reconnected with old friends, traveled, exercised, and got a dog.
As her business grew and she didn’t have to spend every waking hour obsessing about her guy, her self-esteem flourished. For the first time in a long time, she didn’t feel like second best. She didn’t feel abandoned.
And what happened? One day she was having lunch with a friend when a friend of her friend walked by. Their first contact was electric and within a week they were spending time together. Because she had rebuilt her life after her affair, she was willing and able to find a healthy relationship, one that made her feel important and loved.
And her married man? He was still living the same life that he had before he met her, with future happiness unknown. Why would he want to let her go if her prospects of happiness made him jealous, made him feel bad about his? No, it would be easier, and selfish, for him to put his needs first and give her no chance to be happy.
4. He doesn’t want anything to change.
Nobody likes change. In my experience, guys especially don’t like change. Change messes up the order of their universe and drastic change can have a big effect.
If your married guy stays with his wife but still won’t let you go it is very likely that he is doing so so that things will remain as they are. Yes, it is tough for him to have to fight with you about his marriage but he still gets a lot out of your relationship.
If he let you go there would be a void that he would have to fill, his routines around finding time for you would shift and he might find himself preoccupied and distracted by the new order of things.
Change is scary. Any kind of change. And no one wants it if they can possibly stop it. And letting go of a relationship, of any kind, is the worst change of all!
5. You let him.
The number one reason why your married guy stayed with his wife but won’t let you go is that you let him.
Be honest with yourself. Are you still hanging on? Do you feel like he is your soul mate and that walking away would be a big mistake? Do you still hold out hope that he will leave his wife and be with you? Do you think that you will never find anyone to love you the way he does again?
For many women who say their man ‘won’t let them go’ they have an equal share in the ‘why.’ They want out, they say, but they don’t follow through. Sure, maybe for a day or a week but then their person reaches out to them and lures them back in again. And this can happen over and over and over.
We all have free will – we are in control of our universe and we can decide what we want to do and follow through. You say that your guy is forcing you to stay is a cop-out. You are staying because you want to. You are staying because you can’t walk away. You are staying because you can’t find the courage to leave.
The best way to get your married man to let you go is to walk away. To let him go. For all the reasons I listed above he won’t leave you. But you can leave him.
The sooner you do the sooner you can get yourself back and start living your life! Having your married man stay with his wife but not let you go is, unfortunately, not unusual in our world.
While everyone thinks that their affair involves a love that is greater than all loves, that their person is their soulmate, in reality, we are all just people in the world, doing our best to find love and be happy. And people are fallible, no matter how much love they might feel.
As a result, letting go of someone who makes them happy, no matter how selfish the motivation, is very hard to do.
On a final note, I want you to review the list above. Every single one involves what YOU do for HIM. None of those things are because he wants to make you happy or take care of you. He keeps you around for himself. Period.
Walk away. Now. You can do it!
Written By: Mitzi Bockmann
Originally Appeared On: Let Your Dreams Begin