In this counseling answer:
- Speak with your husband about how you feel about his former girlfriend.
- Couples who are connected at an emotional level are usually the happiest.
Salamu ‘Alaikum Sister,
Thank you for sending us your question. Congratulations on your recent marriage. May Allah (swt) shower you both with His (swt) mercy and grant you both deep affection and loyalty towards each other to last a lifetime.
It seems you are stuck in a strange predicament.
You mention that your husband’s former “girlfriend” is related to you both. It seems they see each other every now and then at family gatherings.
It seems there is no way to avoid this former girlfriend even though your husband does not speak with her. However, you feel uneasy about the whole scenario.
I would first like to mention that your feelings are totally normal.
Please don’t make yourself feel bad that you don’t want your husband to be around his former girlfriend. Forgive yourself and allow yourself to feel uneasy, jealous, or whatever you may feel.
These feelings are a normal part of being human. Therefore, don’t beat yourself up about them. What matters is what you do with your feelings.
Be Open About Your Feelings
I would suggest that you speak with your husband about how you feel about his former girlfriend. Be open and honest about your feelings towards her and tell him even though he has told you that she was a mistake and has moved on.
Being open, honest, and showing vulnerability towards your spouse (and vice versa) is wonderful in relationships and only helps the marriage become stronger. Encourage him to give feedback to you after you tell him your feelings.
Afterward, come up with a solution that you both agree on the next time you both see her at a family gathering. It could be anything small such as having him sit far away from her or having him sit with you all the time or something of that sort.
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Let this be a good example of how you both start communicating with each other openly and honestly and keep it up for years to come.
Remember, couples who are connected at an emotional level are usually the happiest.
May Allah (swt) grant you both happiness.
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