If you’ve ever muttered the famous words of Taylor Swift, “We are never getting back together,” then get excited to celebrate National Text Your Ex Day on October 30. Whether you usually do the breaking up or are usually the one who’s broken up with — National Text Your Ex Day doesn’t discriminate. We’ve all done things we wish we hadn’t — and said things we wish we could take back (or never said things we wish we had!). So get out your phone, think of something you want to text, and participate in National Text Your Ex Day.
National Text Your Ex Day - History
A tattoo proved to be a bad omen
Nick Cannon, who was married to Mariah Carey, got her first name tattooed across his back. They would divorce two years later.
A royally ugly divorce
Splitsville for Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Nastiest. Breakup. Ever.
Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded after he accused her of treason. (However, the unfortunate truth is because she wasn’t able to give birth to a male heir. The dark truth is because his infamous wandering eye had already wandered to his next victim and he needed a reason to divorce her).
National Text Your Ex Day Activities
1. Gather a group of exes
What better way to spend the day than by getting a group of friends together (single or taken) to celebrate National Text Your Ex Day? Throw a dinner party, throw a few back at happy hour, or go do a fun activity your ex wouldn’t have been caught dead doing.
2. Shed guilt
Feeling guilty about breaking up with someone — or how you acted during the relationship — can wreck your present and future life. Use National Text Your Ex Day to your advantage by reaching out and apologizing to your exes for things you may regret having said or done during the relationship or breakup.
3. Make it a day for dating
There’s no better day to evaluate your current love life, so after you text your ex, set up a date (or two) and be proactive about finding someone special. And who knows? Your dates could be the one — and if they’re not, you’ll have another ex to text for the next National Text Your Ex Day.
4 Brutal Breakups That’ll Make You Feel Fine About Texting Your Ex
1. Tiger's ugly tale
Elin Nordegren chased cheating ex-husband Tiger Woods with a golf club; he then crashed his car while trying to get away from her — so she proceeded to smash his car windows with said golf club.
2. A relationship ended on national television
During an interview with Oprah, Matt Damon reported he was single; this was news to his then-girlfriend Minnie Driver, who learned (along with the rest of the world) that they were no longer dating.
3. A bloody mess
Lady Caroline Lamb, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, novelist, and married woman, had an affair with Lord Byron, a poet and leader of the Romantic movement. Shortly after he ended it, she attended a ball, where she smashed a wine glass and cut her wrists in front of all of the guests.
4. He won't be back
After 25 years of marriage, Arnold Schwarzenegger told his ex-wife Maria Shriver that he had been unfaithful and fathered an illegitimate child; they're now divorced.
Why We Love National Text Your Ex Day
A. It can help with closure
Whether or not you instigated the breakup, there may be some things that were left unsaid. Luckily, National Text Your Ex Day gives you the perfect excuse to reach out to your ex and get some closure.
B. Time heals all wounds — and so may a text
If your last relationship left you broken hearted or broke your partner's heart, sending a text is the perfect opportunity to repair. That being said, what you say in the text and how your react to their responses can make or break this healing opportunity, so choose your words wisely.
C. You may be reminded of why they're your ex
Sometimes a little reminder that you made the right decision — or if they broke up with you, that you’re better off without them—is a good thing. Once you send that text, you may get the confirmation you’ve been needing.