“Financial Infidelity” Is When A Person Hides or Withholds Money-Related Issues and Decisions from Their Partner
Abuse comes in different types, not just in the physical form – abuse can be emotional, verbal, relational, sexual, or financial.
While many discuss sexual infidelity as a serious breach of trust, money-related cheating can sink relationships too.
by Arman Khan.
April 18, 2022
Vinod, a 38-year-old writer, believes that for some, love is a luxury and the price you’ve to pay for it could often be crushing. He said he learnt this the hard way when, nearly a decade before gay sex was decriminalised in India, his first boyfriend cheated him off money just because Vinod could not easily break off their relationship for the fear of crushing loneliness.
“He didn’t earn much and used to borrow money from me, which at first I thought was OK,” Vinod told VICE. “At first, he would tell me that he needed the money for commuting, food, buying clothes, paying bills, etc. But with time, it became a habit for him to borrow without even batting an eyelid. I think somewhere down the line I got him used to it as well, which I shouldn’t have.”
Vinod would keep a note of how much money he was lending but when he started noticing how his boyfriend’s wallet would never emerge from his pocket, he started asking him where the money he lent him actually went.