As I was watching reruns of one of my favorite show, “Sex and the City.” The episode was about when Mr. Big told Carrie that he was getting married to a 25 year old woman named Natasha. Carrie often referred to this woman as AKA idiot stick figure. Most “Sex and the City,” fans know that Mr. Big told Carrie that he would never marry again after previously being married. On “Love and Hip Hop: New York,” a similar situation happened. Tara who was with Peter for many years plus two children later found out that Peter had secretly married another woman named Aminah after knowing her for a short time. I recently saw a video of Faith Evans and Lil Kim dancing together at the Bad Boy Reunion Concert and the situation was very similar. Notorious BIG knew Lil Kim first and was dating her or shall I say they were Friends with Benefits, but he immediately married Faith Evans after knowing her for a week or two. When Carrie said to Mr. Big on this particular episode “why her and not me?” I felt her pain. So this got me to thinking, “Why Do Men Date Women for Years then Marry the Next Woman?”
I personally have had girlfriends who have been in similar circumstances and they are often hurt beyond measure when this happens. I would like to share some theories on why this may happen:
- He does not love you: You may be a great person and/or he may be financially benefiting from the relationship with you, but deep down he knows that you may not be what he values in a wife.
- You helped him become a better man for the next woman: Every relationship is always a learning experience whether good, bad, or indifferent. Most young boys become mature well rounded men through trial and error in relationships.I do think that many women feel hurt because they contributed to their partners growth (traveling, resume support, financial support or financial sacrifice) the list could go on and on. Here is the thing helping your boyfriend become a better person is just that. You want to help build up someone you love so that they can reach there full potential. This is why I like to use the word help mate. You support your partner because you love them, but know that the love may not last.What you invested may mean he withdraw and make those investments in a new relationship. Tia Mowry from ‘The Real,” often use a phrase I love, “Man’s Rejection is God’s Protection.” At the end of the day sometimes people are just not good or the right fit for each other.
If you are unsure where you land with your man it’s time to have a serious conversation about your needs and desires to confirm you both have the same view of the future; otherwise, when the commitments are doled out, you might find yourself on the outside looking in.