My friend keeps putting me down because I’m from Romford and I’m fed up

DEAR DEIDRE: I’ve always been proud of my hometown, I’m heartbroken by my friend who keeps poking fun at it.

I’m from Romford in Essex and he takes every opportunity to bring this up if he wants to argue with me or demean me.

He keeps digging into me because I'm from Romford


He keeps digging into me because I’m from Romford

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He would say “So rich, coming from a man from Romford” or “So shallow – just what I would expect from an Essex boy.”

We’ve known each other for three years and dated a few times, but nothing ever happened. I am 25 years old and he is 24 years old.

I don’t like everything about Essex – I certainly don’t like the way it’s portrayed on a reality TV show – but I’m proud of where I came from and who I am now.

Why does he keep doing this and how can I make him stop?

I’m not sure I can keep my partner if he continues.

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She never told me she was bisexual, so this was a complete shock.

She begged me to give her another chance, but I wasn’t sure I could. I can’t get the image of the two of them out of my head.

DEIDRE SAYS: He may be insecure and jealous, or he may have unresolved romantic feelings after your failed dates.

You need to talk to him and let him know how this makes you feel. Ask him to be honest about his feelings.

Then clear the air so you can move forward.

Read my support pack, Stand Up For Yourself for advice on the best way to do this.

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