I can't believe my boyfriend dumped me because I don't want children

DEAR DEIDRE: MY boyfriend just ditched me because I don’t want children, even though I told him this at the start of our relationship.

On our fifth date, I distinctly remember talking about how I didn’t want to have children. At the time, he seemed fine with it.

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He’s 29 and I’m 28.

But on the drive home after visiting my nieces last week, he said: “I can’t wait until we start having kids of our own.”

I was shocked – I thought he felt the same way I did.

My sister couldn’t wait to be a mum and always had a Baby Annabell doll under her arm as a child. But I want to travel.

I’ve always wanted to live and work in different countries. That’s not so easy when you’ve got three kids in tow.

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When we discussed it again a few days later, he admitted he thought I’d change my mind. When I said I wouldn’t, he dumped me.

I’m heartbroken. I genuinely thought we’d be together for the rest of our lives.

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DEIDRE SAYS: People sometimes forget that becoming a mother is a choice and that not every woman sees children as part of her future.

If you’re adamant you don’t want to start a family, and he does, then unfortunately it would be better to part.

That may be hard to hear, but it’s better that you realise it sooner rather than later.

To help, I’m sending you my support packs Mending A Broken Heart and Moving On.

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