The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

Ex-wife turns best friend against reader

- Jeanne Phillips Write to Dear Abby at P.O. Box 96440, Los Angeles, CA 90069 or

Dear Abby: About 10 years ago, my best friend, “Byron,” cut me out of his life. I never understood why. I reached out to him on and off for years without success. Then I ran into him, traded pleasantri­es and we followed up. We began communicat­ing again about things that mattered, and it appeared our friendship was on the mend.

A short time later, my wife divorced me and began a massive social media attack against me. Most of my friends saw through her lies. I took the high road and never said anything about her lunacy. Then she ramped it up by going after some of the people she knew were important in my life, including Byron. Soon after, I heard she had her hooks in him and he stopped communicat­ing with me. My ex-wife has since passed away.

I have dreams that Byron and I are friends again, doing the things we used to do, and I would like to try “Rebuild No. 2” but don’t know where to start. He never got the full story, only the part that made me look bad. Do I mention my ex-wife’s lies, or do I just try and start over again? And if so, how? Unfriended Again

in Michigan

Dear Unfriended:

True friends do not treat each other the way that Byron has treated you. Your “friend” could have come to you after he was contacted by your ex-wife. He could also have asked some of your mutual friends if what she was spreading was true. Byron did neither. Go on with your life and don’t look back, or you will receive more of the same from this person. Dear Abby: I’m very depressed and upset with myself. I cheated on my husband, “Hal,” and told him after I realized I had gotten an STI from the man I cheated with. Hal was very upset, and we didn’t talk for a day and a half, but he didn’t yell or call me names. I feel so guilty and confused. He’s being really nice, not cussing at me. It’s strange.

Things are different between us now, and it’s my fault. It will take time and patience, I guess. But I miss the intimacy and affection Hal and I once shared. Is it normal for me to want him to yell at me and show his anger? When I try to talk about him getting tested for STIs, he gets quiet and brings up the past. Please help me. I just want things back the way they were before I cheated. What do I do?

Reluctant Cheater in Oregon

Dear Reluctant Cheater:

Hal needs to talk to his doctor and schedule an appointmen­t to be tested, and you must be willing to talk to him about “the past” and why you cheated on him. You owe your husband an explanatio­n. That he hasn’t yelled or called you names doesn’t mean he isn’t hurt. It may take counseling with a licensed marriage and family therapist for your marriage to be repaired. If you do this, although your relationsh­ip may never go back to the way it was before you cheated, it may be better.

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