As much as we hate to say this, sometimes, good things do come to an end, even when love is involved. Because we care so much about you and your relationships, here are all the telltale signs you’re about to be an ex.

They stop buying you gifts

If they no longer shower you with gifts, it simply means they’re no longer grateful for your existence and presence in their lives, and you know what comes after that.

They don’t hold your hand in public

At some point, you’ll have to stop and ask yourself, “Are their palms really sweaty, or is their love for you nonexistent?”

They refuse to lie about your cooking

Everyone likes to shout that lying is wrong, but sometimes, a little white lie is okay. For example, if your partner no longer feels the need to lie about the deliciousness of a meal you slaved over a hot stove for, then it might be time to call it quits.

They don’t laugh at your jokes

As far as your partner is concerned, you’re the biggest comedian in the entire world. Once that delusion thought process ends and they stop laughing at your not-so-funny one-liners and inside jokes, start preparing for your return to the streets.

You no longer complete each other’s sentences

The entire point of a relationship is for your partner to know you like the back of their hand. They should know what you’re thinking 50% of the time, so they can complete your sentences. If they can’t do this for you and you can’t do this for them, maybe it’s time to go your separate ways.

They don’t think you’re the best thing since Lukman the Long Island

Once they stop thinking you hung the stars and the moon and you’re the best thing since smokey jollof rice and the Long Island iced tea Lagos bars serve, then it might just be the beginning of the end.

You avoid them

Once you find yourself hiding behind pillars and plants to avoid your partner and the bad energy they now bring, best believe it’s time to take yourself out of the equation and look for love elsewhere.


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