Un­der one roof

A love cheat turned us into flat­mates

The Guardian - Weekend - - Contents -

A new se­ries that cel­e­brates all the dif­fer­ent ways we now choose to live to­gether – with ex­tended fam­ily, friends and even strangers El­lie Camm, 27 (pic­tured left) While I was a stu­dent, I started dat­ing a guy who told me he had a friend called Ge­orge who was in love with him. I thought it was a man, but it be­came clear it was a girl. He said they had dated but were just friends now.

I even­tu­ally met Ge­orgie at a party, and we got on straight away. I broke up with that guy a few months later, but Ge­orgie and I be­came in­sep­a­ra­ble. One evening, we started chat­ting about our mu­tual ex and worked out that he had been dat­ing both of us at the same time. He had even got me to leave one morn­ing so she could come over that af­ter­noon. I wasn’t an­gry with her – she wasn’t to blame.

Last year, we moved into a flat. I feel I’ve found some­one I was meant to be friends with. There’s noth­ing I couldn’t tell her. Ge­orgie Pursey, 29

I was ner­vous be­fore the party, know­ing I was go­ing to meet the girl my ex-boyfriend had picked in­stead of me. But when El­lie and I met, it was like finding a long-lost sis­ter. We in­stantly be­came close.

Then we found out he had been cheat­ing on us both. I be­lieve things hap­pen for a rea­son. Ul­ti­mately, I wouldn’t have met El­lie if this guy hadn’t been in our lives: the ex­pe­ri­ence brought us to­gether and made our friend­ship stronger.

I’ve never been hap­pier liv­ing with an­other per­son. When she went on hol­i­day, I wan­dered around the flat like a lost puppy. Ev­ery­one who meets us can see how close we are. We go to bed some­times and text each other through the wall.

If you have a story to tell about who you live with, email fam­[email protected] the­guardian.com with Un­der One Roof in the sub­ject line.

I wouldn’t have met El­lie if this guy hadn’t been in our lives

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