10 Realistic Breakup Lines To Replace The Cliche Ones

“It’s not you, it’s me” is never actually the truth. In fact, pretty much all of the common breakup lines you’ve heard are total lies. Why? Because even though we’re dumping the other person, we don’t want to hurt their feelings. That’s why we try to let them down as gently as we can. Of course, that can do more harm than good. After all, it’s impossible to get closure when you don’t know the real reason behind why you were dumped. That’s why it’s time to create some realistic breakup lines to replace the old, cliché ones.

  1. This isn’t real love. Instead of saying, “I’m not ready for a real relationship,” you can tell him that you know you two aren’t really in love. You know that there’s something better out there waiting for you, and you owe it to yourself to explore your other options.
  2. I miss the single life. Maybe you’re not interested in a relationship with one man when you know you could be sleeping with a dozen of them. If that’s the case, then let your ex know that he just came around at the wrong time. You’re not ready to settle down—at least not with him.
  3. I think we can find others who fit us better. Instead of saying, “I think we should see other people,” you should be even more honest. Tell him that you’ve found someone else who fits you better and that he could find someone that fits him better, too.
  4. This isn’t going the way I thought it would. You wouldn’t have dated him if you thought the relationship was going to end poorly. The situation obviously didn’t go the way you planned if you’re thinking about dumping him. That’s why you should tell him he’s not the same person you imagined in your head. It’s not an insult. It’s just the truth.
  5. It’s you and me. If you say, “It’s not you, it’s me,” he’ll know that you’re lying to his face. That’s why you should twist the line a bit to tell the truth. After all, it takes two people to make a relationship work, so if your relationship is failing, you’re both to blame.
  6. The sex is great, but the rest isn’t. There’s no reason to lie to him, especially when the truth will give him an ego boost. Sure, he’ll be upset that you weren’t impressed by his personality, but at least he’ll have bragging rights when it comes to the bedroom.
  7. There’s no chemistry between us. When you say, “I think we’d be better off as friends,” this is basically what you’re saying anyway. Even though you enjoy talking to him, it doesn’t mean you should be dating him. There’s more to a relationship than late night laughs.
  8. I can’t put in the effort right now. Instead of lying about wanting to focus more on your career or yourself, tell him that you’re just not willing to put in the effort that a relationship requires. Since the relationship will fail if one person isn’t trying, it makes sense for you to walk away ahead of time.
  9. You don’t know me enough to love me. No one wants to hear, “You deserve better,” because it’s vague. If you’ve been cheating on him, but don’t want to tell him, then the least you can do is tell him that he doesn’t know the real you. If you admit you’ve been lying to him, he’ll have an easier time getting over you.
  10. Our relationship isn’t healthy. If he makes you feel down about your looks, then the relationship is unhealthy. If you make him so angry that he punches a wall, then the relationship is unhealthy. You should be bringing out the best in each other, not the worst.
Holly is a science fiction and horror writer, who has recently been published by Flash Fiction Press, Infective Ink, and Popcorn Press. You can find more of her nonfiction articles on All Women Stalk, The Talko, and News Cult.