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9 People Share How Weird It Is When An Ex Marries A Family Member

Love is strange. And sometimes love gets kicked out the front door, sneaks in the back door and starts living in the room next to you.

Go grab a drink, kick back and marvel at these 9 wonderfully weird tales of all those exes just wouldn’t go away. In fact, they stayed for good.

9. Okay, I Need More Explanation

My great (x4) grandmother had three husbands, and the 2nd husband was the father of the 3rd. So when her second husband was murdered she married his son, and they raised 10 kids. 4 of whom where the bio siblings of husband number 3. (5 were his and one from 1st marriage)

Cecelia married Charles and they had one child before Charles drowned. Cecelia then married Richard, whom she had 4 more children with before he was murdered by natives during the colonization of my country (NZ).

Now, Richard had one more child from his first marriage called John. When Richard died John then married his step mother Cecelia, and had 5 children with her.

Cecelia had ten children all up, 1 from husband number 1, 4 from H2 (Johns half siblings) and 5 from H3 (John). Age wise I’m not sure about H1, but H2 was around 15 years older than Cecelia, and H3 was 8 years younger, 19 to Cecelia’s 27 when they married.

I know all this because we’re having a family reunion next month and we’re making a short documentary on the family history.

8. What’s In A Name?

I dated a woman for a couple of months many years ago, then broke up with her. However, she adored my family, so she continued to hang around with them – parents, brothers, etc. Fast forward 10 years, and she’s dating my younger brother, and I have to invite them TO MY WEDDING. Fast forward another year or two, and THEY get married… so now my ex-GF is my sister-in-law.

BUT WAIT.

I am named after my father (like a junior), so I should give my son the same, right? Like Taylor. Except I decide not to. He can become his own man, instead of living in his dad’s/granddad’s shadow.

So THEY name their first son Taylor. That’s right. My nephew has MY name. My ex-GF now shrieks my name every time Lil’ Taylor gets into trouble.

That is NOT how I wanted that break-up to go AT ALL.

7. All In The Family

My family has a great confusing example of this!

My mom is the youngest of 5, with 4 older brothers. My oldest uncle, Ken, dated a woman named Vicky. They broke up. Then my second oldest uncle, Jim, started dating Vicky. This was awkward. But my Uncle Ken got over it by dating Vicky’s younger sister Linda.

So now my Uncle Ken is married to Linda, his ex girlfriend’s (Vicky) sister. And my Uncle Jim is married to Vicky, my Uncle’s Ken’s ex and my Aunt Linda’s sister.

It’s ridiculous. No one cares, though. It was like 45 years ago. But it’s still pretty funny that my brother uncles are married to my sister aunts, one of whom dated both of my uncles.

6. Bill… What Are You Doing?!?

There were two sisters who, during their teen years, both adored a nice young man named Bill. They didn’t like each other too much to begin with but this drove them even further apart.

Then, he married one and had kids with her. The other sister married someone else, moved abroad, also had kids.

Some while later, “the other sister” and Bill had an affair, and Bill and his wife ended up divorcing. He married “the other sister,” rendering the first cousins now step-siblings.

The two sisters continue to hate each other all the more and Bill’s kids with his first wife call their biological aunt “mom.”

Everyone seems to be happy jolly, but I’ve only seen from the perspective of the kids and the “other sister.” I’m sure had I known the entire view, it would be different.

5. This Isn’t Confusing At All

This all happened before I was born, and I didn’t find out until I was in my 30’s. Try to follow along:

I had an aunt Jennifer, who was married to Bob. Bob was a bit of a hound and apparently cheated on her quite a bit.

Still, Bob and Jennifer decide to have a baby, and Michael was born. Bob ends up having an affair with Jennifer’s sister, Anna. Jennifer finds out about Bob and Anna, and gets the hell out, and takes Michael with her.

Soon after, Jennifer starts dating my Uncle Rich. Rich and Bob know each other pretty well. They’re not good friends or anything, but they seem to run in the same circle. Things start going well for Rich and Jennifer, so within 2 years, they decide to move in together and get married. In the meantime, Bob and Anna are going pretty strong, so they shack up and get married around the same time.

Anna and Jennifer patch things up, and Jennifer forgives her. Over the years, things totally normalize, and they operate completely normally (at least on the surface), as Michael’s dad doubles as his uncle, and his stepmom is his aunt.

It was a very bizarre family dynamic, but it worked.

TL;DR: Aunt got cheated on by her sister. Left her husband, married my uncle, patched things up, and lived normally.

4. Daddy Issues

My mom was previously married and had kids with my uncle, my dad’s cousin. She got to know the whole extended family very well since everyone lived in the same town (small town Mexico) so that’s how she met my dad.

It ended badly and she was too poor to move back with her family in another state so my dad’s family took her and her kids in. They lived houses down from her ex apparently so everyone saw each other often.

Idk how long she was with them before her and my dad started seeing each other but it eventually happened. In the beginning he treated the kids like his own – they were family after all. But after a while he started resenting them. Now he doesn’t like them being brought up.

I didn’t even know they existed until I was probably 10 and that was just because I overheard my mom on the phone. They stayed in Mexico with their dad, my uncle, once my dad brought my mom and us, his actual kids, to the states.

No one ever understood why he flipped suddenly. But they all still live in the same town and my siblings visit my dad’s family (my grandpa and aunts) regularly. Nobody has a problem with it except for my dad.

3. Auntie Probs

My dad dated both my mom and my auntie.

My mom was head over heels in love with him from a very young age (unbeknownst to him of course). They’d gone on a date or two but had never become exclusive. My aunt showed an interest and he dropped my mom and started dating my aunt. My aunt knew my mom was hopelessly in love with him and still went for it. My mom has told me that it absolutely devastated her.

Eventually, he saw the light and realized my mom was the one for him. Dumped auntie, dated mom, proposed to her within the year.

He doesn’t like my aunt now. Not because of their past dating history, just because he thinks she’s nuts.

2. The Silver Medal

Hey something I can answer!

I started dating a girl after high-school, we met while working at a grocery store. I heard through a friend of a friend she liked me so I asked her out. We dated for a little while but after about a month she ended up breaking up with me over the phone. I was really bummed because I liked her a lot.

Her twin (yeah, you heard right) sister also worked with us in the same department. It was super awkward at first because I would still confuse them for each other, both have the same initials, wore same hair style, and uniforms don’t help.

After about 3 months I heard from a friend of a friend that now the sister was asking around if I was still single. So a group of us went bowling and I ended up making out with her in the parking lot. I was against dating her but she actually pursued me, so I caved and we started dating.

At first the EX wouldn’t make eye contact with me at work, or speak to me. But after a while the ex didn’t seem to mind. The sister didn’t seem to mind either, she didn’t date me out of spite or anything.

Fast forward 11 years we are now married with 2 kids. The ex also has 2 kids, from different fathers, is always broke. No job. Can’t pay rent. Getting kicked out of her apartment. No car. Screams at her kids over the smallest thing. Constantly dumping them off on others so she can “clear her head.”

I look at her and say to myself “that could have been you by my side, but I wasn’t good enough.” I think sometimes how I got the better deal. I still talk to her a few times a week, No one thinks it’s weird.

Sometimes to get under my wife’s skin I will call her my “Silver Medal.” lol

1. But Sometimes It Works Out

My parents.

My mom at 15 told her sister who was dating my dad at the time (3yr age difference) that she was going to marry my dad. My aunt laughed and said it’s a girl crush.

A few years later my aunt and dad had broken up. Mom and dad are both attending the same college had a few classes together. She knew who he was, she seemed vaguely familiar to him.

Eventually they started to date, and get married after dating for 5 years. Mom’s family loved him. Aunt and mom are still great friends and talk have always joked about it.

As an adult I asked my aunt the last time I saw her (a few months ago) she said she always knew my mom was right when she saw them interact the first time after they (she and my dad) broke up.

My parents have been married since the 70s. Still act like teenagers.

I think my Aunt was the vessel that brought them together.