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22 Early Warning Signs of a Bad Boyfriend You Need to Leave ASAP

Not all relationships turn out how we want them to. Check these signs of a bad boyfriend to see if you need to start questioning your own relationship.

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When you first fell in love with your guy, you may have believed him to be the best boyfriend in the whole world. He wooed you, awed you, and impressed you. But as the days turned to months, something began to change. He seemed more distant, or worse, he no longer had time for you anymore. If you’ve experienced this stage in the relationship, perhaps it’s time for you to take a deeper look into your relationship and work out whether he’s ticking a few of these signs of a bad boyfriend.

You see, we’re on our best behavior when we first meet someone. You can’t really take that first few months at face value.

While it’s still about who they are, they’re bound to become a little less charming and attentive after that. But, it shouldn’t change drastically.

If he no longer has time for you or simply doesn’t want to make time, you need to start questioning the whole relationship.

[Read: The 9 relationship stages all couples go through in love]

How guys fall in love

Guys take time to fall in love. Of course, they’re infatuated by you from the very beginning, but love takes a while to kick in. They might not be showing signs of a bad boyfriend from the start, if indeed they are bad, but they will show eventually.

As he woos and pursues you, he gives it his all to get your attention to make you fall for him. But once he wins you over completely, that’s when he starts to analyze just how much he wants to be with you.

A man’s mind is programmed to sow his seed. And when he’s done with the deed, he twiddles his thumbs and wonders what he’s supposed to do next.

Should he stay in love with you, or should he just get back to hanging out with his friends and ignore you? Are you worth sacrificing his lifestyle for?

And most importantly, are you worth loving forever considering the fact that being with you means he can’t sow his wild oats into any other woman?

[Read: How guys fall in love – The seven stages of love for men]

Why do guys fall out of love?

The infatuation period is always a blurry haze. Only when the magical dust of infatuation begins to settle does the real question enter the picture. Is it love or was it just lust?

And sometimes, you may just start to drift away from each other because you don’t communicate with each other.

At the start of the romance, infatuation holds a couple together. But once infatuation loses its hold, communication and trust should replace the infatuation immediately, or one or both of you may just end up getting bored with the relationship. [Read: 15 reasons why one of you may be bored with the relationship]

Of course, it could simply be that the guy realizes that he’s not in the right place for a relationship right now. After all, there are some guys out there who just love the chase. Once they get a girl and the fun part is over, they move on to the next. For sure, it’s pretty harsh, but it happens. [Read: Why do men love the chase? And how to use this in your favor]

The biggest early warning signs of a bad boyfriend to lookout for

How can you tell if your boyfriend is losing interest in you?

Well, he starts to show these signs of a bad boyfriend. He’s mean and rude, angry and annoying. All the time! [Read: 16 reasons why your boyfriend’s so mean and rude]

Instead of confronting the situation, a guy may decide to deal with it internally by distancing himself from you. And for a girl, this is the worst feeling in the world, the helplessness of knowing something’s not right, and yet having to tag along for the ride in pure misery and confusion.

The best way to know if you’re being used is by trusting your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right in your relationship, chances are, it isn’t! [Read: Is he leading you on? 16 very clear signs he’s just tagging you along for fun right now]

If you want to nip the bad boy in the bud and walk out of the relationship before it hurts you or breaks you, just keep an eye on these early warning signs of a bad boyfriend.

And if you do find your boyfriend in the wrong here, communicate with him so he can realize what he’s doing. After all, it’s easy to take something important for granted without realizing it.

But if he still continues to hurt you through his behavior, perhaps it’s time to walk out for good. [Read: How to let go of a relationship that’s bad for you]

1. He takes his time to reply

He often doesn’t answer your calls immediately even if he isn’t at work. And he always takes a lot of time to text you or call you back even when he’s not busy. This is one of the earliest signs of a bad boyfriend because it often appears at the start, and he may set the tone of the relationship with this move.

2. He takes you for granted

He takes you and your gestures for granted. He just expects you to be sweet and helpful all the time, and he never reciprocates anything you do. You don’t even get a ‘thank you.’ [Read: 16 reasons why you’re always being taken for granted]

3 He has no, or very little, time for you

He doesn’t have time for you, but always has time for his friends and other activities. He’s active on social media playing silly games, but he doesn’t have time to call you or meet you.

He makes plans with you and flakes on them often. And he always has a convincing excuse no matter what accusation you make. This is one of the biggest signs of a bad boyfriend.

4. All he wants to do is make out

Every time you meet, all he wants to do is make out. He gets annoyed if you just want to talk or hang out doing something else. [Read: 15 signs he just wants sex and is only using you when he’s horny]

5. He’s emotionally closed off

One of the early signs of a bad boyfriend is his disinterest in talking about the future or his feelings. He says he likes living in the present, but still makes future plans about everything else but the relationship.

6. He has a lot of secrets

And most of these secrets have names of different girls. He may be commenting, DMing, or chatting with them on social media or speaking with them over the phone now and then.

Even if you ask him who these girls are or how he knows them, he just brushes the conversation off or avoids talking about them.

7. He’s controlling and manipulative

He seems very concerned about you and always tries to advise you on how you should lead your life. And as helpful as he seems, somehow you feel very stifled and suffocated in the relationship. [Read: 23 subtle and shocking signs of a controlling boyfriend]

8. He’s in touch with his ex, despite how you feel about it

Does your boyfriend stay actively in touch with his ex, even though there’s no reason to? Both of them don’t work together, nor do they meet as friends in a group, but yet, he insists they’re good friends.

And surprisingly, he doesn’t seem enthusiastic about you joining them each time he meets his ex. He knows how you feel about it but they still meet up. They’re just friends, right? [Read: 13 secret signs your boyfriend’s still not over his ex]

9. He’s a smooth late-night talker

He regularly talks to other girls almost every night, late into the night. This may be harmless to begin with, but late-night conversations between attractive members of the opposite sex almost always have a way of going down the lane of flirty friends or emotional affairs. And it’s best avoided.

Tell him you’re not comfortable with the idea of him talking regularly to another girl late at night. If he cares enough about you, he’d understand your fear, and then stop. [Read: 18 emotional affair signs you probably never noticed!]

10. It’s always about him

Your boyfriend’s conversations always revolve around him and his problems. He’s not bothered about your problems or your life. He always cuts the conversation or changes the subject when you talk about yourself.

11. He blames you

He blames you for his mistakes, shortcomings, and failures at every chance he gets. “If only I hadn’t met you last night, I could have finished my work today!”

12. It’s his way or the highway

He tries to boss over you or control everything you do. He always chooses what you should do when you’re with him. And if you choose to do something else, he gets angry or sulks the whole time. [Read: How do people become self-centered and stop caring about others?]

13. He’s abusive

One of the huge signs of a bad boyfriend, in fact, a terrible boyfriend, is any kind of abuse.

He may be a nice boyfriend most of the time, but his anger may bring out another side of his. Has he ever hit you, held your hand firmly, tried restraining you, or threatened you with dire consequences when he’s angry about something? Walk out, right now. [Read: 16 abusive relationship signs of a devious lover]

14. He can’t get along with your friends or family

A guy who is serious about you would always want to impress your family and friends because he wants to make a good impression on them, so they can approve of your choice.

Conversely, your friends think he’s not a good guy.

When you’re in love, it’s easy to be clouded by emotion. But good friends can always see a breakup months and years before it actually happens. So if the friends you trust have a point of view, listen to them. And even if they aren’t saying it out loud that he’s a bad boyfriend, watch out for hints in the conversation when you speak about your boyfriend with them. [Read: Does he love me? 37 signs he’s past like and totally in love with you]

15. He doesn’t apologize

This is a bad boyfriend sign that can be noticed within a few weeks into the relationship.

He has a big ego, and just doesn’t apologize for anything, even if it’s his own fault. He just mumbles something or blames something or someone else for his mistake.

16. He’s selfish

He forgets your special days, but sulks and whines if you forget any of his. He doesn’t try to help you with anything, but expects you to be there for him and support him all the time. [Read: 20 signs your wasting your life in a one-sided relationship]

17. He’s always too busy

Some guys are just workaholics. It’s not your fault, and it’s not his fault. He just has other priorities that take too much of his time, and are more important to him.

He may be a great guy, but he’d make a terrible boyfriend. You won’t be happy in the relationship, and he won’t be happy either. [Read: 23 must-know relationship advice for women]

18. He only meets you when it suits him

He meets you only at certain times of the week, as per his convenience.

He can’t meet you on weekends nor can he talk to you in the evenings because he’s hanging out with his friends, and doesn’t want to be disturbed. But he expects you to be free to meet him or speak with him every time he calls or wants to meet you.

19. You catch him in lies

You’ve caught him lying quite a few times, even when there was no reason for him to lie. He just likes telling white lies, and he can’t help it.

Dating this kind of guy will only make you feel insecure because you just can’t bring yourself to trust him. [Read: How to spot gaslighting in a relationship and shut it down for good]

20. He’s overly jealous and clingy

He doesn’t trust you and acts cranky each time you meet a new guy, even if it was while having lunch with a group of friends.

He absolutely hates it if you give any other guy in the room even a sliver of attention when both of you go out to meet friends. [Read: How to make a boyfriend feel less jealous and more loved]

21. He blows hot and cold

He’s moody and unpredictable. Sometimes he talks about anything at all, and at other times, he snaps at you for asking too many questions. He gets angry each time you prod deeper about his work or his day after he answers your questions in monosyllables or nods.

He blows hot and cold all the time, depending on his moods, and you have to tiptoe around him in fear because you just don’t know how to behave around him. [Read: Blowing hot and cold – The 3 stages to explain why guys do this]

22. He doesn’t respect you

This is the biggest warning sign of a bad boyfriend that you need to keep an eye on. You value something only when you respect it.

But if your boyfriend doesn’t respect you, and treats you like you need him but he doesn’t need you, it’s only a matter of time before he starts treating you like dirt, and you’ll start feeling like it too!

[Read: The MUST-KNOW dating girl code all girls need to know!]

It’s not easy to notice these warning signs of a bad boyfriend when you’re deeply in love with your man. But if something doesn’t feel right in your romance, keep these signs in mind and they’ll help you make the right decision.

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...