Husband’s distress over ex’s bad news perplexes new wife
DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for five years. He’s the man of my dreams, and we have a wonderful marriage. Recently we learned that his ex-wife -- to whom he was married for 20 years -- has been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. They have two adult children together.
I have never questioned my husband’s love or devotion to me. What’s bothering me is his reaction to the news. They had a horrible relationship and never got along, but he is very upset over this. I’m not sure how to handle this. I don’t want to seem insensitive, but the emotion he is showing for her has really hurt me.
I realize she’s the mother of his children, but they have been divorced for years. Please help me understand what’s going on with him. -- STRONG EMOTIONS