It’s up there in a lot of our biggest fears: That we’ll be sitting on the couch one evening watching TV while our significant other is texting, and when we take a peek at their screen, it turns out the conversation isn’t just a platonic catch-up between friends. No, your partner is in fact concocting lustful messages, planning a great escape with this person they’re now super into — and where does this leave you?
Luckily, or rather, hopefully, this is just a demented fantasy that won’t actually put you to the test, and you can probably just stand to work on your own trust issues. Like, why would you think that’s what they’re doing when they’re clearly just catching an old friend up on this week’s episode of Insecure?! Stop being so paranoid!
But, since you are paranoid enough to have those thoughts even though you’re super grateful nothing bad is happening in your relationship, we’ve collected some tales from around the internet of people who actually did catch their significant others cheating. Like, red-handed and mid-act.
Read on for 22 people whose lives and partnerships were turned around in a matter of seconds.
Need to borrow something real quick.
Oh, the apps…
Just needed to come straight to bed.
My sister really needs her hoodie…
Careful around the techies.
Maybe she’s still hiding in that bathroom.
Get the children out of there!
What is it with all of these fake gal pals?
Do guys ever dress up to go out with other guys? Asking for a friend.
That’s one way to kick off the holidays.
This is absolutely savage.
This is like getting cheated on twice.
Snoop and you shall find.
Trust your paranoid gut.
Meet my new girlfriend!
This girl couldn’t just wait a semester?
Shady things ALWAYS go down in Airbnbs.
Expert sleuth levels here.
Set your text messages to private, people!
Oof. Here’s a shockingly recent one.