“I’m in love with my wife’s sister”

My wife & I have been married for 15 years. Before I say anything about my current & long lasting situation I want to just make it clear, I love my wife.

My situation is this: for the last 15 years I have been in love with someone else, too. I met her just a few weeks after I met my wife. From the first time I saw her, I fell head over heals for this beautiful girl. ( I will use a fake name of Amy for her) From day one Amy & I hit it off. But there were two problems. 1) I was dating my now wife at the time. 2) The biggest problem, Amy, was her sister. Only four years younger than me.

So there is my problem. As wrong as it sounds, I have been in love with my sister in-law for the past 15 years.

In my 15 year marriage I have had awesome memories, good times & bad times. No kids though. On the other hand, in the years since Amy & I have known each other we have found more & more things in common. We enjoy the same music & hobbies. We can easily talk for hours at a time. We have become each others best friend. Helping each other through whatever life tosses our way. It was only a matter of time until, in various indirect ways, we both made it clear that the feelings were the same for each other. At one time just last year we had an “almost kiss” moment.

After that, we both knew what must be done, to “move on” — to pretend the “almost” didn’t happen. We needed to stop our feelings from going any further.
It is torture. I knew years ago that my feelings needed to be in check, but 15 years have come & gone, yet I still can’t un-love Amy. Again, Amy & I have never come out and said how we feel. We both know how bad that could be, not just for us but for the whole family.

In January my wife & I moved to a whole other state. Main reason was to just experience a new city, but secretly, for me, it was a way to “move on.” Then just a two months ago I heard some bad news about Amy. I couldn’t just not contact her, so I decided to text her to see how she was doing. One subject led to another, and now I’m back in contact, and back to where I started 15 years ago. Now it seems even worse because we are so far apart.

My question is…. has anyone ever been in a similar situation? If so, how did it end? Does anyone have advice how I can un-love somebody?

I want to move on but I can’t get Amy out of my head & heart.

2 thoughts on ““I’m in love with my wife’s sister”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a emotional affair. It’s harder to break these because it’s a bit of escapism. Every time you have a problem or free time you obsess over the what if problem free relationship, but here’s the deal, it’s actually a huge set of problems. You tear up your hard built relationship with your family and hers. Write down everything you give up, because you will. Expect the worst on that list, from your kids and in laws hating you to your new love not working out how you think it will and talk to some divorcee friends. That’s reality. Time to visit a marriage councilor to find out what is really the issue, because love is both equal parts work and pleasure.

  2. Tuan says:

    i am currently in your shoe. I married my wife 6 years ago, at that time my sister in law was under age. I wasn’t to far from her but she wasn’t old enough. Now that I have 2 kids with my wife but that feeling kept growing more for my sister in law. My problem is we only live 45 minutes away. My wife and I always visiting my in law every two weeks. It’s a great feeling I get to see my sister in law and at the same time it’s torturing my heart. It is hard when you in love with that person and you cant tell them or be with them. All I can say is I know how you feel and I wish there is a better way for both of us.

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