A recent video posted by Shannon Mowery from Cincinnati, Ohio, has gone viral, gaining over 1 million views. In the video, Mowery opens up about her unexpected decision to stand by her husband when she discovered his affair with a co-worker just six months into their marriage.
Standing By After He Cheated
Mowery is challenging common beliefs when it comes to infidelity, sharing her personal experience to shed light on the complexities of such situations.
She Never Saw Herself Putting Up With a Cheater
In the emotional 2-minute-plus clip, the 27-year-old confesses she never imagined herself as someone who would tolerate infidelity.
However, when confronted with her husband’s betrayal in 2019, she grappled with shock and confusion.
It Won’t Happen to Me!
Mowery admits, “I truly could have bet a million, billion dollars he would never be the type of person to ever cheat on me, so I think I was just in a lot of shock—and it took me months to process.”
Her Life Was Turned Upside Down
Having been with her husband since high school, spanning over seven years, Mowery’s world was turned upside down. She yearned for things to return to normal, desperate to reclaim their love.
She Had Never Had Independence From Him
Mowery admits, “He changed so drastically, it was hard to grasp, and I wanted things back to normal—I wanted our love. I had never been an adult without him. I see now I was a bit co-dependent.”
She Stayed in the Relationship Anyway
Despite the pain, she remained in the relationship for approximately four months after the affair was exposed, ultimately learning a crucial lesson. If she ever faced infidelity again, she would swiftly exit the relationship.
Constant State of Anxiety
Mowery describes the aftermath of the betrayal, recounting a constant state of anxiety whenever her husband was not by her side. She felt compelled to invade his privacy by snooping through his phone, consumed by distrust.
She Felt He Was All She Had
His affair with a co-worker had left her in a perpetual state of paranoia and fight-or-flight mode.
A Difficult Time
Mowery’s shocking discovery was, however, preceded by a series of unfortunate events. Her mother’s sudden passing a year prior had left her as an only child, with her only family residing more than two hours away.
It Went From Bad to Worse
She says that during those four months, her husband manipulated and gaslit her, coercing her into silence about the affair.
He Wasn’t Trying to Fix It
As she struggled with sleepless nights, loss of appetite, and haunting nightmares, Mowery realized that her partner was not putting in the necessary effort to repair their relationship.
“I Hated Myself”
In fact, he continued the affair, exacerbating her pain. Reflecting on the challenging period, she said, “I hated myself during those four months. I’m goofy. I’m fun. I’m carefree. I’m light-hearted. I’m loving. And, like, I was none of that.”
Hidden Phone Folders
Mowery eventually uncovered her husband’s infidelity by going through his phone and discovering hidden WhatsApp messages in a virtual folder.
Her Decision to Break Her Silence
Overwhelmed by her emotions, she decided to expose the affair on Facebook, leading to her husband moving out and subsequently “ghosting” her.
They officially divorced on February 12, 2020, and currently, Mowery and her ex-husband have no communication, having blocked each other on social media. She firmly states, “I have ‘no interest’ in speaking to him ever again.”
The video sparked various reactions from viewers who shared their perspectives. Many emphasized the irreversible damage caused by broken trust and urged others to swiftly move on from such situations.
One comment read, “Been there. Finally left three years later, and the weight just lifted off my shoulders instantly.”
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“It’s always easier to say these things until you’re in the position so I hear you,” another said. “This is exactly what happened to me after 25 yrs of marriage. I’m finally ready to leave,” someone else wrote.
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