Dear Steve and Shirley,
My boyfriend and I have been together for over a year now and we are living together. Our relationship has had some ups and downs, but through it all, we seem to rise above it. A while ago, he mentioned that he was going to visit some friends out of town. Initially, he invited me to come along. We had a few arguments about the trip and he decided that he will visit his friends without me, whether I liked it or not. The problem is that he has 5 female friends that are like family to him. He’s planning to travel with one his female friends and they will stay at another one of his female friend’s house, who happens to be his ex-girlfriend from high school. The ex-girlfriend has a boyfriend now and they live together. At first the trip was only for a couple of days… Now he’s turned it into a week-long adventure. When I told him that I was not happy with the situation, he told me that he is still going on his trip and I should just get over it. When I asked him if he would be okay with me leaving town with male friends to go stay at one of my ex's house, his response was NO! My brain tells me I should just break up with him, but my heart tells me that our love can survive this.
What should I do? I feel like I will never be number one and I will always have issues with his friends.