Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day about love and showing your significant other how much you appreciate them, but one man used that day as an opportunity to give his girlfriend one last date before ending their relationship.
Antonia Hylton, a correspondent and producer for VICE, took to Twitter Saturday (Feb. 15) to share with her followers what happened to her on Valentine’s Day.
She said her boyfriend of more than 2 years took her out on a date to see The Photograph, a newly released film essentially about #BlackLove starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield.
And not long after their V-Day date, he completely blindsided her by dumping her, apparently for no reason (or at least not one that she was aware of).
Hylton said she can understand being dumped (hey, it happens to the best of us!) but what she doesn’t understand is why the hell did he take her out on a date first … to see a movie about love … ON VALENTINE’S DAY?!
“I… cannot wrap my head around why he took me out first,” she tweeted. “Is that a thing? Are men ok???”
I mean honestly, wheretheydothatat?!
My boyfriend of 2+ years took me out to see The Photograph last night and then broke up with me. And I’m down about all the usual stuff… but I… cannot wrap my head around why he took me out first. Is that a thing? Are men ok???
— Antonia Hylton (@ahylton26) February 15, 2020
The replies to her post on Twitter were just as confused, with most offering support and basically telling her: He was trash sis, you ain’t need that type of energy in your life anyway.
“As an old lady, let me promise you—it is always a blessing,” said world-famous broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien. “Doesn’t feel like it, I’m sure, but life is hard and you need people around you who are in it for the long haul. Trust me on this.”
As an old lady, let me promise you—it is always a blessing. Doesn’t feel like it, I’m sure, but life is hard and you need people around you who are in it for the long haul. Trust me on this.
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) February 15, 2020
“I’m so sorry. That’s TRASH trash,” tweeted another supporter, writer/activist Brittany Cunningham. “He wasn’t smart enough for you to be with if he was dumb enough to break up with you!”
I’m so sorry. That’s TRASH trash.
He wasn’t smart enough for you to be with if he was dumb enough to break up with you!
— brittany packnett cunningham (@MsPackyetti) February 15, 2020
Another woman offered a heartbreaking breakup story of her own: “My ex of 8 years planned and executed 2 surprise birthday parties for me in the same weekend for my 30th, then left me and our 1 and 2 year old daughters for another woman he fell in love with [during] the time me and the girls went away for a week.”
My ex of 8 years planned and executed 2 surprise birthday parties for me in the same weekend for my 30th, then left me and our 1 and 2 year old daughters for another woman he fell in love with durning the time me and the girls went away for a week.
— Dior? (@ThyDior) February 15, 2020
And one woman offered to go all Jazmine Sullivan on the man’s car: “You can slash the tires. I can key the car.” Brittany Cunningham, once again, replied: “I got the bat to the headlights.”
I got the bat to the headlights
— brittany packnett cunningham (@MsPackyetti) February 15, 2020
Women weren’t the only ones offering their support either.
Shermichael Singleton, who according to his Twitter bio is a writer and political consulted said: “First, I’m sorry for your break up. Secondly, no that is not how you end things with someone you love and care about. Those are the actions of a boy, not a man.”
First, I'm sorry for your break up. Secondly, no that is not how you end things with someone you love and care about. Those are the actions of a boy, not a man.
— Shermichael Singleton (@Shermichael_) February 15, 2020
Another guy tweeted: “Wait, he took you out on Valentine’s Day to break up with you? Who raised him???”
Wait, he took you out on Valentine's Day to break up with you? Who raised him??? pic.twitter.com/gRIRpzCANk
— Honorable Rod Shaw (@aswadrodz) February 15, 2020
See more anecdotes tweets of support below:
Night before our son’s highschool graduation, husband walks in from work, announces he doesn’t love me anymore & is leaving. Had to pretend I was ok thru graduation & family party the next day. Found out later he’d been cheating on me since I barely survived cancer 2 yrs before.
— JediPancakes ? ? ???? (@Jedigrl99) February 15, 2020
My exhusband told me he wanted a divorce in the middle of christmas shopping, took me to dinner, then jumped my bones all night before confirming he wants a divorce the next day with his mommy by his side ?
— Sydney. (@murderinomomma) February 16, 2020
My boyfriend of 4.5 years flew across the country (long distance), spent 4 days with my family, took me out all weekend and then broke up with me while I was driving him to the airport.
Men are trash.
— Sydney Nicole ? (@sydney__nicolee) February 15, 2020
Seems like some warped thinking on his part, desperate need to still be seen as a “nice,” guy and a misguided attempt to soften the blow. You deserved full honesty. When he comes back around please remember how he decided to end it. #bye #blocked #whoru #dontknowu #seeyounever
— Halima???? (@imdatfeminist) February 15, 2020
one time I had a guy take me out for lunch on valentines day, didn't order food after I had already ordered, didn't talk the whole time and just watched me eat, came back to my house fell asleep, left and broke up with me over text ?
— very tiny (@selfsooothing) February 16, 2020
THIS HAPPENED TO ME!!! I dated a man for about 6 mo. He wanted exclusivity immediately. (Red flag) I am a single mom w/3 kids & going out must be planned. He invited me out. I got dressed up, hired a sitter. I got there & he broke up with me. Would have preferred a text. ?
— Laura Miers (@LauraMiers) February 15, 2020
A selfish man is undeserving of a powerful woman.
Sending you hugs and good vibes ?
— Xorje Olivares (@XorjeO) February 15, 2020
Hold on my ex-husband bought me a gigantic TV (?) and as I was installing it he asked for a divorce. We just need one more example and it’s a thing.
— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) February 15, 2020
Please don't generalize about all men based upon the behavior of one. And here's the encouraging rule of thumb: Your next one will be sweeter.
— Sandy Darity, Retweets do not mean endorsement. (@SandyDarity) February 16, 2020