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By Janine Cole Oct 25, Courtesy of Janine Cole. One Saturday morning last fall, my marriage ended before I even had a chance to finish my coffee. But as to what I said? Deep down, some part of me knew it would. We had spent the past two years on an emotional roller coaster, discussing oh, so much discussing his burgeoning attraction to men, trying to incorporate it into our marriage.

Together, we had navigated so many life changes: He was my Thursday-night Yahtzee opponent, my social wingman as he was usually the life of the partymy best friend. I did my best to focus on what we had and reminded myself that we were separating because of love—not for lack of it. Two years earlier, while our two youngest kids were napping, Mike told me on our back porch that he had recently discovered that he was also attracted to men. But they were there, and they were getting stronger.

I cried so loudly that our eldest child opened the door to ask what was He Is So Gay. I was already exhausted from trying to keep our kids then 7, 3 and 1 alive, not to mention fed and clothed. Now, I was He Is So Gay underwater, trying to help my husband figure out his sexuality. We talked about it all the time: I felt unsure about our future and often shut out of what was really going on in his mind, but we told no one.

After months of discussion, he disclosed that he thought he might be bisexual. It was then that we realized we needed professional support.

We found an awesome psychotherapist who asked tough questions.

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Within 20 minutes, she accomplished more than we had in weeks of talking. She concluded that my ideal was to remain monogamous—something my husband could not do. It felt like an ultimatum: I could either accompany him on this journey or "He Is So Gay." Both options were terrifying.

I could let him explore. I had nothing to lose by trying, so I agreed to an open marriage—well, a one-sided one anyway. I had everything I needed with Mike, but he needed this to help him figure things out. Online research suggests that you should have an agreement before you enter into an open relationship so that each partner knows the boundaries.

We drafted an agreement and negotiated the details: Mike could go out every other Wednesday evening. He needed to be safe. He could communicate with his potential friend during the week but not at home—not during family time.

Their lives were eerily parallel: They were bisexual and married to heterosexual women, He Is So Gay kids and wanted to remain married but be able to explore their sexuality. It was all planned, but now it was going to happen. Intellectually, I had wrapped my head around it, but my heart was still lagging behind.

Those first He Is So Gay times he met his friend, I had what I can only describe as out-of-body experiences. I found that I needed to maintain as much normalcy as I could, which meant staying home with our three kids, going through familiar motions.

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There were definitely moments when it felt imbalanced. There was the time when I was picking up the kids from daycare from two different locations in a snowstorm on my bike because he drove to visit his friend.

Or when the kids were exceptionally challenging at bedtime and there were three loads of laundry to fold. But being with the kids and doing routine things kept me focused on why I was doing this. It was sometimes painful to watch him put in a little more effort than he normally would. I found it easier not to have any contact with him on those days until I received a text around 9: He was coming home. I had made it through. He and his wife decided to end their marriage.

I held my breath as I asked my husband if this changed things for them, He Is So Gay him or for us. This had been my fear from the beginning. I was the love of his life and he was still very much attracted to me—as surprising as it may sound, we were still sexually He Is So Gay, even more so during this time.

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The level of openness and transparency this required actually brought us closer. But the roller coaster ride just kept on going. Shortly after his friend and his wife split, Mike came home in tears. Yet another first, and yet another challenge to navigate. If it was just a physical release for my husband, why was he so emotional?

Did the fact that he was so visibly distraught mean that he was in love, too? Help him write an ad for a new same-sex partner.

We worked on it together over a glass of wine on our front porch, smiling and waving at unknowing neighbours as they walked by. Humour was key as we tried to move forward and enjoy the rest of the summer as a family.

We had a few more cottage weekends and seemed to be having fun. But things felt different, and I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach. I feared that the shift I had worried about from the beginning was happening.

That first week of school, I was scrolling through pictures on my phone when I came across one that made my heart sink. Just a few days later came his final disclosure at the breakfast table. There just were no more options for us as a couple. Immediately, the business of carefully dismantling our marriage began. Everything that had felt so natural for the past 21 years suddenly felt taboo—I had to stop myself from reaching for his hand or his mouth to kiss.

He Is So Gay sadness and anger had no target—our situation was blameless. So I made another vow to myself: A week later, we celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. We lit some candles on the front porch, opened a bottle of champagne and toasted to new beginnings. It was scary, "He Is So Gay" it was sad. Subscribe to our daily newsletter! It was no surprise, but painful nonetheless, when he told me that he had developed feelings for his Wednesday-night friend and that they were going to He Is So Gay a relationship.