DEAR DEIDRE: MY girlfriend thinks the world of me but I’m terrified she’ll find out about the real me and end our relationship.
I’m 24 and she is 25. She’s the best thing that has ever happened to me – and has helped me turn my life around.
When we met I was taking a lot of drugs, which she knew about, but she didn’t know I was also stealing and hung around with a bad crowd.
We were on the same course at college when we met and for some reason she saw something good in me.
She kept telling me how talented I was – it’s the first time someone has had any genuine faith in me.
We’ve been together for just over a year now but I live in fear that she’ll find out about all the thieving.
I’ve cut ties with my old mates, but I feel like my secret will come out sooner or later.
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DEIDRE SAYS: You deserve every credit for turning your life around.
A lot of us have a past we’re not proud of, and the important thing is you have chosen a different path now.
It is up to you whether you want to share your past with your girlfriend, but perhaps you would feel happier outlining that you did things you regret.
Your girlfriend loves you for the person you are now and may well already know more than you realise.
My support pack How To Look After Your Relationship will help you talk any issues through.
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