My family don't like my boyfriend and refuse to come to my house

DEAR DEIDRE: MY family don’t like my boyfriend and refuse to come to my house.

He used to date my cousin and according to them, they had a bad break-up.

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I don’t know anything about it as it happened a long time ago.

I am 39 and my boyfriend is 41. I told my family that there are two sides to every story but they say my boyfriend didn’t treat my cousin well.

I asked my boyfriend about it but he says all he can remember is that he’d had enough of the relationship.

He says he left, taking his things and that my cousin was the one who treated him badly. I don’t want to lose him. This is making me so sad. I don’t know what to do.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Your family will always have your best interests at heart, so it is worth listening to what they have to say. Then it is up to you to make your decision.

If you decide you want to give this relationship your best shot, that is your right.
It is natural to want your family’s approval but what matters most is that you and your boyfriend are happy.

You are the adults making mature life choices and that comes first. Their approval is second.

I hope they come around when they see that you are committed to each other.

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