I started dating my boyfriend about 6 months ago. We were really happy and in love and things were going really well, until I met his mom.
We went to visit his hometown and stayed with his mom for 4 days, she lives alone and is unmarried. She was completely inappropriate and outlandish. He told me before that his previous relationship ended because his ex-girlfriend didn’t get along with his mom, but I had no idea how serious the situation I was stepping into was. She was either rude to me or appeared to have no interest in me at all. She was completely fixated on him 24/7. She cried multiple times because he doesn’t live at home anymore. (we are both 24 years old). She begged him to come home constantly and she seemed to be manipulating him and making him feel guilty with everything she said. She only spoke about horrible things like death and how paranoid she is all the time. She said she’s convinced she is going to die soon. It was an extremely scary experience for me and I haven’t looked at him the same since.
Since the trip I have been noticing how strange his relationship is with his mother. She texts him non-stop all day long from the moment she wakes up in the morning until the moment she goes to sleep at night. And if he takes too long to answer immediately she calls him. If he doesn’t answer his phone she will call me. It seems like she relies on him for everything and it really creeps me out. I have tried to speak to him about this but I don’t think he understands how serious it is. Or it is too painful for him to talk about. Sometimes he gets defensive, and tried to make it seem like she isn’t doing anything wrong. He said he has suggested she get help and go see someone, but she flips it around on him and says he’s a horrible son and ungrateful for suggesting something like that.
I love him but I am also really scared and stressed about this situation. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future and how I can make future plans with him when this huge problem is there. It seems like he doesn’t want to deal with it, and isn’t able to see how serious this is. Family is really important to me, and this situation is making me question my relationship with him. (From the USA)