Don't let your guy get away with cheating on you.
- Kathryn H. Cusimano, BettyConfidential.com
So you found out your boyfriend cheated. This is among the most devastating relationship scenarios, and vengeance may be the first response that comes to mind. We have a few revenge fantasies filed away for emergency situations, and we've decided to share them with you here. If the unthinkable happens and your boyfriend strays, we have five ways to make that cheater pay.
1. Breakup and Tell
Once you've found out your boyfriend's been cheating, there's no reason to preserve his good reputation. Tell your friends, tell his friends, tell your cousin's dog-walker that your ex is a big ole' cheater and we guarantee he'll have to do some serious soul-searching before he can move on. Word of mouth is a great way to accomplish this goal, but email or Facebook may help you get the job done faster. Just sayin'.
2. Get Yours
Did you spend your relationship putting your priorities aside? Whether you put a big move on hold for your guy or simply didn't get that tattoo you've always wanted, now is the time to make yourself the top priority. Get back to your old gym routine, buy that dress your guy hated, and plan a weekend getaway with your best girlfriends. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you're taking care of yourself first. Your cheater ex will think he left you a Ben and Jerry's-hoarding mess, but you'll be able to prove that you're better off without him.
3. Show Off
Breakups aren't always as final as we'd like them to be, and if you two still have friends in common, you'll probably have to see your cheating ex. The first post-breakup party is crucial. Pull out your favorite outfit (or if you have the cash to spare, buy something new!), get all dolled up and show up at the party looking your best. When you arrive, make a point of being relaxed and cheerful. This is the perfect occasion for the phrase "fake it till you make it." Even if you're feeling apprehensive about the event, put on a bright face and glide into that party like you're walking a runway in Milan. Make a point of being the life of the party - chat up everyone there, and really take an interest in all the partygoers. You'll go home having had a great time getting to know your pals better, and your guy will be so bewildered by seeing you cool, calm, and collected he won't know what to do with himself.
4. Surprise Him
Everyone knows someone who's been in this situation: you find out that your man's been cheating on you with before he knows that you know. Are you following? Good. The next step is to contact the other woman - chances are, she didn't know about you, either. Make a plan to confront your shared cheater together - invite him out for a hot date, but keep the location secret. Call his best pals and tell them you're planning a surprise for your guy at his favorite bar. When you show up, his other lover will be there as well - lay your cards on the table, then let your guy watch while you both walk out of his life.
5. Go Big
Carrie Underwood's song "Before He Cheats" is the anthem for anyone who's been cheated on, but the car-bashing lyrics could be a little tough to live out. For most of us. We're definitely not telling you to take a Louisville Slugger to both headlights or slash holes in all four tires, but if that's the route you decide to take… we're betting it will feel pretty good.
Kathryn H. Cusimano is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.To read more from BettyConfidential:
Top 10 Sex Icons of All Time
6 Signs Your Guy is Cheating
5 Signs He Isn't Over His Ex
- Win It: Durex Wegasmic Giveaway!