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Hello, I'm new to this board, and hope I can get some advice from you all. Here is the situation: My boyfriend of almost 3 years still is close friends with his ex-girlfriend. This has been a sore spot in our relationship from the beginning and just in the last few months has been the subject of a lot of our arguments. They dated for about 2.5 years, but he was friends with her for a few years before they became a couple. All in all, they've been friends for about 12 years. My boyfriend is 31 now, and I'm 28. Anyways, this girl cheated on him, and after he broke it off with her, they still remained friends. I still don't understand how he can be friends with her, but he says that they will probably always be close friends because of their history together. :confused:

We're currently in a long-distance relationship and the distance is very hard on me. We've been doing long distance now for about 7 months and I only get to see him maybe once a month, but we are looking toward the future and hopefully he will be able to move out to where I am.

I just get so threatened by what they had together. I don't understand why he wants to remain friends with her. She calls him up every couple weeks to see what's up, or if she has a question for him. I know I shouldn't get angry about this, but I do. I told him when we started the long-distance that I didn't want him calling her, but that it would be okay if they talked when she called him. He reluctantly agreed to this, but I just recently found out that he had been returning her calls and that he had lied to me about this and had even deleted her number from his outgoing call log. This pissed me off to no end, and I really let him have it. I really ripped him a new one and said some pretty hurtful things for which I did apologize for. He apologized for lying to me and said the reason why he lied about having communicated with her is because I overreact every time her name comes up. This is true, and I will admit it. When it comes to her, I just feel like i'm second-best, even though he tells me I have nothing to worry about and that he wants to be with just me. I guess I feel like I'm not as special to him because she was his first for a lot of things. I know that this is the insecure and paranoid me talking.

He assures me all the time that he has no feelings for her anymore but that they are just friends. She is dating someone right now as well. He tells me that he loves me and he wants to be with me, but I still find it so hard to accept their friendship. I know it sounds mean of me to say, but why can't he just put her in the past and not talk to her anymore? Of course, I have never asked this of him, but I'm sure he knows that deep down, I wouldn't complain if this happened.

They don't hang out or anything, since she lives in a different state. I just don't like the fact that they talk on the phone. She even knows that I'm not too comfortable with them talking but she still calls him up every few weeks to say hi. I feel like this is kind of disrespectful to me.

Lately, the stress of our long distance and the fact that we are arguing every night over his friendship with her has really taken a toll on us. I don't know what to do. I really do love him and I know he loves me, but I question whether I have the strength to overcome this hurdle.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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