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  1. I think COVID has brought out these obsessions in a lot of people. I can't help but think that it contributed to the resurgence of my obsession with my CO after several years as well. I struggle with it a lot because I have an overwhelming urge to confide in my fiancé sometimes, but I learned from that mistake the last time around. It just adds to the feelings of isolation and confusion. As for your relationship with your SO... Has he always been so practical and seemingly unemotional (no offense to him at all... Just a lack of a better word), or has the unexpected long distance relationship caused by the pandemic worsened the problem?
  2. @Adelaide1775 I think it's probably best if I try the avoidance approach as well. Maybe if I stay off of social media for a bit, things will calm down and I'll be more equipped to deal with it. My fiancé is aware of what's going on with my CO and we've even kinda joked about it, but he doesn't know how attractive I still find my CO. We're both fans of a lot of his movies and TV shows and I don't wanna ruin that. That tends to complicate an already complicated situation. Does your husband know about your CO at all? I'm not sure that I made the right decision telling my fiancé about mine when this started several years ago. He ended up hurt and upset because of it and that's why I really needed to come back here when my obsession returned. I needed to tell someone what was going on and I knew that it couldn't be my fiancé.
  3. I can absolutely relate. I'm dealing with something very similar right now. I feel so much guilt and it's all just really confusing. I know I love my fiancé, and I know that whatever I feel for my CO isn't love, so I'm able to separate those feelings pretty easily, but my mind is still a mess.
  4. I have a lot to say, so I'll apologize in advance for the long post. I've had multiple COs throughout my life, but the past year or so has been relatively CO-free... Until recently. I decided to return to this forum because it was a tremendous help to me a few years ago and I hope it will be again. Having a group of people to relate to, share thoughts with, and feel like I'm in a judgement free zone isn't something that's an option in "real life", so this forum already means a lot to me. That being said, I'm really struggling right now. My fiancé and I moved in together for the first time about 2 months ago. I'm happy to be taking the next step in our relationship, but it feels like it happened for the wrong reasons. We moved to a new city because of his job and the job isn't something I'm happy about. The people he works with aren't good influences. They use drugs, they drive drunk, they have zero respect for their relationships, and they contact him at all hours of the day and night about things that have nothing to do with work. I'm having a very difficult time adjusting. I left my family and friends behind, and my fiancé's parents own a goat/cattle farm and I'm still very attached to those animals and seeing them once a week at the most instead of every day has been extremely difficult. Not to mention, there isn't a whole lot to do in the city that we moved to and I've been watching a lot of TV and movies to occupy my time. That's where what I thought was a former CO comes in. I've been watching his current TV show with my fiancé weekly for the past 4 seasons with no issues. Until the past couple weeks, I still found him attractive, but the obsession wasn't there. So just as I started really getting interested again and paying closer to his social media again... He went AWOL. He deleted all of his Instagram posts but not the actual account, protected his tweets, and said that he was going offline for Lent. As it turns out... A video of him pleasuring himself had been leaked online and that was the real reason for his disappearance. Obviously I have a lot of feelings about the situation... Some more complex than others. I gave in and watched the video, even though I found it disgusting that it was leaked without his consent. Either his phone was hacked and the video meant for his wife was stolen or he was cheating on his wife with someone that ended up leaking the video, and neither of those scenarios are at all okay. I feel guilty for watching the video and even more guilty for thinking it's so hot. My CO is obviously humiliated by it, and I can't even imagine what his wife must be going through. Plus I'm sure that my fiancé would be hurt if he knew that my obsession had returned and the reason for it. I've spent a lot of time online defending him, posting positive things about him, and trying to get posts removed that are saying derogatory things about him in the past few days. It's been a long time since I've felt this stressed about a CO.
  5. Whatever this thing is with my CO (I'll probably never truly understand it) hit me pretty hard for a couple of months, but now it's kind of an on again/off again kind of thing. Has anyone else ever experienced this? I've had CO's for most of my life, and this has never happened. Sometimes I go days without even really thinking about him, and others I stay up nearly all night obsessing over him.
  6. @sv14 I think I can relate to your predicament a little. A former CO (Yes... I have many. Don't judge. Lol) had been rumored to be cheating on his wife (whom I absolutely despised... A Playboy Playmate that had a couple of trashy TV roles and was no angel herself) and I wasted weeks defending him. Then he admitted to it... With at least 2 women. I was disgusted. That was the end of that obsession for me. To this day, I still think he's good-looking, but I couldn't get past the fact that he cheated on his pregnant wife. After years of thinking she was so cheap and slutty, then finding out that he was even worse just ruined it for me. In a way, I'm thankful that it did, though, because that CO kind of took a toll on my relationship with my boyfriend (who is now my fiance.) What you're feeling is normal. It's probably actually a good thing that you haven't completely put him on a pedestal. Unfortunately, not all CO's are winners. I'm not saying that yours isn't, but depending on how long his relationship lasts, this may become more and more of a pattern and I don't want you to be setting yourself up for disappointment. Believe it or not, you seem very rational. As long as you prepare yourself for both the good and the bad, you'll find a way to get through this.
  7. @HopelessRomantic2011 Sorry to hear your trip isn't going as well as planned... Our CO's manage to mess with our minds no matter what, don't they? I have a feeling that it's just being around your former CO that's causing your "block." When I have setbacks with former CO's, it tends to put my current CO on hold at the time. I'm sure things will be better when you get home tomorrow.
  8. @Audrey822 I hope things are going better now that you and your husband are at least on speaking terms again. Whether you overreacted or not (absolutely not saying that you did), his comment had to have come as a shock and I think every one of us here can understand that. My fiance occasionally jokes about me having the hots for my CO or things like that, so I assume that he really does know that I find him attractive, just not the extent. I think maybe that's what happened with your husband. What concerns me more is how your children reacted. Did they take it as a joke? Or did they seem uncomfortable? If they took it as a joke, I would say that your secret is still fairly safe for the most part. Either way, don't give your husband the power over you because of one comment that may or may not have been made to upset you and definitely don't let your therapist manipulate the situation. It seems like you have it handled, though (for now, anyway.) @OpalP25 I certainly hope your dream isn't some sort of premonition as well! Lol. Try not to read too much into it at this point. Sometimes dreams are so difficult to understand because even when they do make some sort of prediction or have even the slightest basis in reality, things can get so twisted and distorted in our dream worlds that it's nearly impossible to analyze it. And I think the majority of us have had at least slight paranoia about possible events in our CO's lives, so I'm not sure there's really a solution. We just have to remind ourselves that if it's not happening now, it may not happen at all. If it does, that's a bridge to cross when you come to it. @perfectcircle77 I'm happy to hear that you had such a good time with your friend (and childhood crush !) Having someone to talk to, even when it's not about what bothers you the most, can work wonders. The fact that you even considered bringing up your CO shows what a close relationship you must have. @urivgirl86 My suggestion would definitely be to talk to someone within your church to help you sort out the struggle between your religion and relationships. Maybe they can clarify things a little.
  9. @urivgirl86 I'm not sure I have anything useful to say that hasn't already been said, but I'll give it a shot. I can see how you might think that celebrities like Taylor have perfect lives, but I can pretty much guarantee that for every celeb with a "perfect" life, I can think of at least one that has struggled drastically with what the fame brought, whether it be with drugs, alcohol, an eating disorder, etc. Money truly doesn't buy happiness and I don't think that being rich or famous would've had much of an effect on any possible relationship with your CO. I absolutely agree with your later questioning of the usefulness of such a large amount of money. I think sometimes people end up with more than they know what to do with, and it has it's consequences. Either way, comparing yourself to others almost never makes you feel good. Try to focus on the positive aspects of your own life. You may be struggling in some ways with your CO and your faith, but there must be some good as well.
  10. That's so exciting! I've managed to get quick replies or likes from a couple of my former CO's, so I know that something so small to others really is huge. It really gives you a bit of a rush, doesn't it?
  11. I hope things are going better for @fabulousrockstar by now. I haven't personally struggled with depression in almost 9 years, but when I did, it was hell. I do sympathize, but please remember that there are good days and bad days. If you give up after a stretch of bad days, how will you know what the good days could've brought? Always keep fighting! @MysteryName, I think parts of that apply to you as well. You just have to find your motivation. Whether you want to give up your CO or not is up to you, but I think you'll find that there's an underlying problem that's causing your lack of motivation and probably making things with your CO even more challenging. Finding out what that problem is may be a start. And last but not least, I'm happy to see that your CO is catering to your wants/needs, @HopelessRomantic2011! Lol. As for me, I'm struggling a bit with a former CO, but I'm managing. I spent last year and much of the year before obsessing over Tim Curry, and his most popular movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was just remade... With a cameo from him. Unfortunately, his appearance was the only highlight. It was terrible. Now my fiancé and I are going to a midnight showing of the real thing (for the 5th time) and considering the fact that it's a very sexual movie, I shouldn't be surprised that it brings backs the old thoughts/feelings moreso than his other movies, TV shows, etc. Looking back at recent posts, it's good to see that I'm not the only one that sometimes struggles with former CO's. I'm sure my current one will be back to distracting me in no time.
  12. @fabulousrockstar I'm sorry to hear that you're having such a hard time right now. Sometimes not knowing how someone feels can drive a person a little crazy, so I can certainly sympathize. Having too much time on your hands generally isn't a good thing for those of us with CO's because that's usually when things can so easily get out of hand, so perhaps the fact that you no longer have that will work in your favor. Also wishing you a speedy recovery from your fall! @posie_riot Unexpected triggers are the absolute worst. We have no way to prepare or avoid it, so we're just kinda stuck. It sounds like you've taken some big steps toward keeping it from happening again, though, so hopefully it helps.
  13. Ive gotten into a pretty comfortable place with the CO stuff for right now. My fiance and I watched the first episode of the new season of his show without incident, so that took a lot of pressure off for the time being. I was a little worried that it would start a whole chain reaction of new things to obsess over (that's happened to me more than once with previous CO's... It only takes one scene. Lol), but I guess I'm safe for now. I've had a lot of distractions this past week or so, so I'm hoping it won't all hit me like a ton of bricks later.
  14. Thank you for your well thought-out posts, @Audrey822. I think most of us feel the same way you do. It's not that I feel attacked or anything (maybe I should), I'm just wondering why someone would come to a thread specifically for this topic just to berate us as a group. That doesn't seem like particularly healthy behavior to me, but hey... I'm not a psychiatrist and I assume that this person isn't, either. I have more to say, but I'll be the bigger person and keep it to myself... Except for this: Why would you come to what was a safe place for people to discuss this issue and get help from peers and not only try to insult and mock us, but to actually discourage people from coming here for help by making it seem like a hostile environment? Sorry, but that sounds like a typical troll to me.
  15. I've been AWOL for a few days... It's been a very busy week for my family, so I haven't had much time to think about my CO. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I'm not really sure) the new season of his show starts tonight. My obsession didn't start until near the end of the last season, so I'm not sure I'm prepared for this, especially since my fiance and I will be watching together.
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