Divorce

'I Regret It Every Day': Men Open Up About How Their Marriages Ended

"I wish I could turn back the clock. I wouldn't let her down again."

Research shows that women initiate divorce more often than men.

In a 2015 study of 2,262 adults in heterosexual marriages, Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld found that ― over the course of the five-year study ― wives initiated 69 percent of splits, compared to 31 percent of men. The women also reported less marital satisfaction over time than men.

It’s no surprise that men ― some blindsided by divorce ― are often filled with regret over how their marriages played out.

Below, 16 men on the the secret-sharing app Whisper reveal their marital regrets post-split.

1
I never thought I'd say this but I miss my ex wife. If I had the chance, I'd like to start over with her.
2
I want my ex-wife back. I know I screwed up and she has remarried. I'll never see her again but, I wish I could turn back the clock. I wouldn't let her down again.
3
It breaks my heart to watch my ex wife make the same mistakes I did. I wish I could take her back and make things right again.
4
I have been working on buying a home in the hopes that my ex-wife will come back and we can be a family again. 5 years and I still love her.
5
Theres so many things I'd love to say my ex wife cuz I'm having those feelings of regret, but now she has a new man. Having to bite your tongue is harder than you think. I let things get out ofhand.
6
I'm still in love with my ex-wife. I want to be with her. She wants the same... But is confused cuz of our past. I wish she would take me back... I've been proving my changes toward her
7
I still love my wife. She divorced me last month. Lesson here? Love them while you can, not after their gone. 😕
8
It's so hard not to tell my ex wife I love her and miss her every time I see her
9
My ex wife wants to be friends because of our child. But she doesn't realize how much it kills me because I still love her.
10
I miss my ex-wife like crazy while she's having the time of her life with someone else. Life is unfair.
11
I truly still love and miss my ex wife...a year removed from the divorce and I'm now realizing that maybe love just isn't enough
12
I still love my ex wife and because of that I don't know if I'll ever be able to give my love to anyone again
13
When I am low like today I regret ending my marriage even though I was painfully unhappy 😒
14
I cheated on my wife and then got caught. She divorced me and then got remarried right away. I regret it everyday and it's a personal hell. Three years has passed and I still cry. I deserve this hell.
15
I left my ex wife 13 years ago I regret it every day
16
I still love my ex wife Unfortunately it seems the healthiest thing to do is let go.