Breakup Texts

Breakup Texts

Updated Aug 10, 2015 at 09:15PM EDT by Brad.

Added Apr 24, 2014 at 04:26PM EDT by Molly Horan.

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Break-up Texting refers to the ending a romantic relationship via short messaging service (SMS). Due to the social stigma surrounding this practice, screenshots of break-up texts have been frequently shared online and ridiculed in the blogosphere.


One of the earliest mentions of breakup texts was in a video created by comedian Liam Kyle Sullivan in 2006 titled "Text Message Breakup," which features a song about a girl's anger at being broken up with via text. After being posted to his website, the video was uploaded to YouTube by xxxEminemcrazedxxx[1] on December 26th, 2006. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 93,000 views.


The first Urban Dictionary[8] entry for text message breakup was submitted by user Gtron on December 27th, 2006, defining it as:

"to break up with someone via a text message. Highly looked down upon in the dating world."

On February 13th, 2007, The Washington Post[6] published a piece about the phenomena of breaking up through text and other forms of technology titled "Hey, You're Breaking Up on Me!," and on May 28th, 2007, Alloy, a teen site, published a post titled "Sound Off: Is It OK To Break Up With Your BF in a Text Message?" On February 12th, 2010, GeekSugar[9] published a piece titled "Is It Ever OK to Dump Someone Via Text Message?," which featured a readers poll which showed over 70% of readers were against text breakups.

In 2012, round-ups of screenshots of funny or particularly harsh text breakups became popular, with such lists featured on Glamour[10], tech humor site Smartphowned[11] and Buzzfeed.[12]

On May 14th, 2012, Gawker[13] reported that a woman received a long text from a man she had rejected after one date that seemed to criticize her. He followed it up with an apology and an explanation that it wasn't about her or meant for her to see.

2:45 PM γ‚€0 "al, AT&T 245 PM Messages +1 (646 Edt Messages +1 (646 Edt Messages +1 (646 Edt May 13, 2012 10:50 PM May 14, 2012 102 AM I really had a good time with you. I want to get to know you better. I like Sorry, I don't think we really have a connection. nd by the way, I think it is Tonight was fun though.your loss. I am an amazing guy and would have vered anything for you May 14, 2012 1233 AM May 14, 2012 153 PM Thanks for the movie night. Get some sleep for the big case tomorrow!! No problem at all. I don't know how you can know that after a first date. I don't know if we are a match either. But I wanted to get to know you. But no Hey buddy! Sorry I missed your calls. I am just finishing up in Court. Rushing to my office for a 2:30 meeting. I saw the Avengers with her yesterday. She is ok. She is cute but not hot. I have dated much hotter girls. She is a 5.5 out of 10 (average). I wanted to get to know her more thouah You are welcome. Thank you. Get some rest May 14, 2012 12:20 AM Do you want us to get to know each other? I don't want to waste my time. May 14, 2012 102 AM And by the way, I think it is your loss. I am an amazing guy and would have at AT&T 2:46 PM 3:17 PM Messages +1 (646 Edit dated much hotter girls. She is a 5.5 out of 10 (average). I wanted to get her. Average chicks are the ones that always act like they are God's gift. Anyway, I am going out with Nancy tonight. About to jump in the subway. Talk to you later bro. to know her more though but she sent me a message saying didn't think there was a connection. Can you believe? I was even super nice to her. She is lucky that I went on a date with her. Average chicks are the ones that always act like they are God's gift. Anyway, I am going out with Nancy tonight. About May 14, 2012 309 PM Hey Candice! I'm very sorry! I just saw this. I meant to send this to a friend but I mistakenly send it to you. It is not about you at all. It is not about you. It is about someone else. I hope you are doing well. to jump in the subway. Talk to you later bro. Send sage

On September 25th, 2013, Gawker[14] reported on an instance of breakup text revenge. When Quin Woodward Pu, a 26-year-old woman from Washington, DC received a break-up text from a man she had been seeing for a few weeks, she decided to get back at him by forwarding their sexts he had sent from his company Blackberry to his boss.

messages i sent to them are a little cheesy thanks for your consideration about ruining my bday. as a 25 year old with two published books and a condo, the relationship i planned between us after two dates was to be the highlight of my life. though unsolicited and completely unrequited, i thought the taxpayer-funded sexts from your agency blackberry were sweet, but your executive committee may think the screenshots of your messages i sent to them obviously i am but a "girl," hysterical with emotions bound to fall in love with you after we spent a collective 20 hours together actually, sorry; i'm a woman. a girl would be that nine year old you have back home, who will one day probably date a female-infantilizing, self- aggrandizing disaster like you. good luck, indeed O (Text Message O (Text Message Send

Though she recieved negetive feedback when the story was reported on, in an interview with DC site In the Capital[16] Pu maintained she had been right to react with revenge after the breakup texting, saying:

" I am a writer. This is what writing--and journalism--should do. It should incense. It should evoke, if not provoke. The reason this story has caught so much attention is because it is relatable, on both sides of the gender line. To be fair, the man has both my books; he also knew what he was getting himself into."

In 2013 roundups of screenshots of funny text breakups were published by many sites including The Huffington Post[17] and Smosh.[18]

Instagram Break-up

On April 22nd, 2014, Instagram user cjkarl1[1] posted a picture of himself with his girlfriend next to the same picture with his girlfriend cropped out. He used the hashtag #TransformationTuesday to tag the picture, which is normally used to show off weight lose or some other kind og makeover. His girlfriend commented on the photo asking, "is this your way of breaking up with me." As of April 24th, the Instagram account has over 14,000 followers but has removed all photos, including the breakup image. The breakup Instagram was covered by UpRoxx[3], Gawker[4] and Elite Daily.[5]

ooo AT&T LTE 7:38 PM 35%. Cjkarl11 0 17m 15 likes ● cjkarll1 #TransformationTuesday view all 8 comments olliviaharrisonn Wait syd_ross is this your way of breaking up with me

Notable Examples

Hey, I don't think this is really working. I'm breaking up with you. I'm your can't exactly break up with me I'm living in your house. You could just walk over to the other side of the room and tell me you want to get divorced. Oops, sorry. That was meant for someone else Oh ok :) Wait..WHAT? Messages GirlFriend Edit Hey, it's over WTF?!?1 Why?After all i did for you, this is how you do me u ungrateful jacka It's okk, thats why i slept with 3 of your best friends, you prick .i was talking bout the movie oh.. how was it? Frak you MessagesGirlfriend Edit Hey hey, you you, I don't like my boytriend What? No way, no way, I think I need a new one Are you seriously breaking up with my by changing a bad songs lyrics? Now you're just somebody that I used to blow Bitch
I want us to be like Selena and Justin. Babe, they broke up.. ok fine. Seal and Heidi uhhh... They split too. JESUS OK FINE. Britney and Justin THEY SPLIT LIKE 10 YEARS AGO Obviously, you're not catching on. It's over. Messages Edit It's 11:11! Make a wish! Okay D What'd you wish for? For you and me to grow up and get married and stay together forever! What'd you wish for? To find a way to break up with you before it got to serious! Are you serious? Send Verizon 3G 1:02 AM Messages Dan Edit We need to break up Is it because I said your sister was hot? God no! It's because you repulse me sexually oh Send

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