Her Toxic Stepmother Thought She Was Destroying Her Wedding Dress, but It Was Actually an Irreplaceable Memento of Her Fiancée’s Tragic Cousin

A woman recently went online to share the heartbreaking story of how her stepmother had flown across the world for an argument and ended up doing more damage than anyone thought possible. Here’s what happened.

It was the saddest thing

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“A little background: my fiancée’s cousin passed away in an accident on her honeymoon around six years ago,” the woman began.

He didn’t want to be reminded

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“Her widow couldn’t stand being around wedding gifts, décor, mementos, etc., so everything wedding-related was split between family members.”

They’d been close friends

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The woman explained that her fiancée had been gifted her tragic cousin’s wedding dress. They had been very close, and the woman’s fiancée had been her cousin’s maid of honor.

She would sometimes take the dress out of the closet and remember her cousin.

Her dad and stepmom were horrible

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Meanwhile, the woman was engaged in a nasty battle with her father and stepmother. She’d fallen out with both of them after it was revealed that they’d been stealing money from the woman’s grandparents, whom they’d been living with rent-free.

They were vile trolls

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The woman’s grandparents had kicked her dad and stepmom out, who were now taking it out on the woman. The pair lived halfway across the world, but they subjected her to a constant barrage of abuse online, often through fake accounts.

The woman didn’t think their childish behavior would ever have any real-world effects.

Her stepmom arrived

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One day, the stepmom got on a plane and flew to the woman’s country to “talk things over” in person. When she arrived at the woman’s house, the only person home was an old friend who was staying with the woman and her fiancée.

Her stepmom forced her way in

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The woman’s friend opened the front door, and the stepmom barged past her into the house, screaming and cursing. Finding her stepdaughter was out, she found her bedroom and shut herself in there.

The police arrived

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By the time the woman and her fiancée returned, the stepmom had barricaded herself in the room and was throwing stuff around. The police were called, and she was arrested and taken away, but as she left, she was yelling that the woman “couldn’t get married without a dress.”

A tragic case of mistaken identity

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The woman and her fiancée were devastated to discover that the wedding dress belonging to the tragic cousin had been destroyed beyond repair. The woman’s stepmom had mistakenly assumed it belonged to the woman.

She blamed herself

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The woman said that no one blamed her for the incident, but that she felt partly responsible for it and was heartbroken for her fiancée, who’d lost a precious memento in the most dreadful way.

The internet responded

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The woman’s story brought a lot of sympathy. “I’m so, so sorry your stepmother would do something so vile,” said one. It sounds like you guys fell out for a very, very good reason. Please be gentle with yourself. You could not have predicted this. And it’s not your fault.”

“I hope your stepmom gets the full force of the law on her,” said another. “Please get a restraining order on her.”

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