A woman has revealed how a “disturbing” detail she saw in a picture led her to discover her then-boyfriend’s big secret.
Tiffany, from the United States, started dating a “tall and handsome” guy when she was 17 after meeting at a rodeo show.
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Only three months into their relationship, she began to suspect something unusual about him.
The then-teen noticed that her boyfriend was always dressed in sweatpants during the scorching weather or that he would refuse to let her attend one of his basketball games.
It wasn’t until Tiffany was looking at a loved-up photo of the pair that it suddenly dawned on her that the man she’d been dating for 12 weeks only had “one leg”.
“If you’ve ever thought you don’t get it, let me tell you once I dated a guy for three months before I found out he didn’t have a leg,” Tiffany said in a viral TikTok video.
Tiffany has revealed how a “disturbing” detail she saw in a photo led her to discover her then-boyfriend’s big secret. Credit: postpartumpsycho/TikTok
The surprising discovery began when the couple “fell in love” just three weeks after meeting each other.
“We were inseparable. We saw each other every day, spent every waking moment together. We were young lovers”, he explained.
“For three months, we dated. We were in love … we loved things.”
But “a couple of weird things” started happening.
“He showed up at my softball games, in 32C weather in sweatpants. I’m like, what a weird fashion choice (but) I didn’t say anything,” she said.
“One time he had his arm around me and he was limping. I said, ‘Why are you limping?’ and he said, ‘Oh, it’s an old knee injury.’ So I thought, OK, that makes sense” .
Suspicion grew stronger
Her suspicion grew even stronger when her then-boyfriend started making excuses to keep her from going to his basketball games.
“I said, ‘I want to go to one of your basketball games,’ and he said, ‘You’re not allowed to come to my basketball games,'” he recalled.
“I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, “I’m not performing…anxiety…I just don’t want you to come.”
“I said, ‘Even if you’re the worst on the team, you’re like 198cm, you can’t be the worst on the team. You hang in there and you’re better than half the other guys.”
However, he bluntly replied, “No, I just don’t want you to come.”
Things started to “make sense” after the pair were photographed together while out for dinner one night.
“This photo is disturbing,” Tiffany said, sharing a snap of herself next to her boyfriend in jeans.
Taking a closer look at the photo, Tiffany, who is 180cm tall but was in the photograph wearing 7.6cm heels next to her boyfriend, noticed what appeared to be a ‘missing leg’.
“The next day I post this photo on Facebook and the more I looked at it, the more I thought, ‘I think I’m being tricked,'” she said.
Three months into their relationship, Tiffany was looking at a loved-up photo of the couple when it suddenly dawned on her that the man she was dating only had “one leg”. Credit: postpartumpsycho/TikTok
Confused, she decided to show the picture to her friends.
“I said (to my friends), ‘Guys, I think my boyfriend might only have one leg,'” she said.
“They were like, ‘Why would I hide this from you?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know. But I don’t know how to ask him if he has a leg because how… How do you put it?’
For the next two weeks, he tried to get it to open on his leg, but he couldn’t.
As the couple prepared to go to prom together, her boyfriend finally came clean.
“We had a house after prom where we were going to a lake, so I would have to wear a bathing suit,” she said.
“He took me to a park and said, ‘I need to talk to you about something.'”
“He hid it for three months”
Then she told him she had polio, a life-threatening disease that causes paralysis.
“I said, ‘Listen, I’ve suspected this for a couple of weeks and you made it really weird not to tell me,'” he said of his response to his condition.
“I asked, ‘What did you think he was going to do?’ He replied, “I don’t know, you knew me and you didn’t know, so I ran with him.”
“I said, ‘I guess three months?’ Did you hide it for three months? I’m so stupid and oblivious.”
Tiffany said that “for the record” the couple stayed together for “another six months”.
“We were very much in love and then I went to college and I ruined it,” she said of their breakup.
“So you screams, thanks for proving me stupid.”
“I was afraid I would leave him”
Her video has been viewed more than 2.2 million times, with many sharing similar stories of how their loved ones kept their health a secret during their relationship.
“My husband did the same thing when we first dated. I was afraid I would leave him. We were together 25 years before he died of cancer,” said one woman.
Another revealed: “I dated a guy for two months before I realized I was missing a pinky. I only noticed because he posted an Instagram story on the anniversary of his accident.”
One wrote: “I was with a guy for a year and he was missing his toes but I never asked because I thought if he wanted to tell me he would.”
Another said: “I went through this not too long ago but I didn’t know until his legit friend tore his leg off. I was shocked.”
One added: “Dude, my boyfriend and I said ‘I love you’ after two and a half months. I couldn’t imagine not knowing I didn’t have a leg by then.”
Another said: “Now I feel less bad that I went a whole night without realizing a girl had an arm. She hugged me and everything.”
While one suggested: “Hopefully he feels a lot more confident in his body now. It’s quite traumatic to lose a limb. Teenage ex-boyfriend, we’re here if you need us.”
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