Toxic Boyfriend Gets Jealous Over A Painting Of His Girlfriend With A Celebrity

Recently, a woman posted on Reddit asking for advice about a fight that she and her boyfriend were in. People were shocked to learn that the fight was about an oil painting that she had received as a gift from a friend.

The painting was of the woman and her favorite celebrity, Sebastian Stan. Most of her friends thought that it was hilarious and really well done. Yet, when her boyfriend found out about the painting, chaos ensued. The boyfriend claimed that he didn’t want her to hang it up in her apartment, even though he had tons of pictures of women hung up in his place. Read on to find out more!

Homemade Gifts

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Photo Credit: Rifqi Ali Ridho / Unsplash

The 23-year-old woman who posted about the story on Reddit said that she and her best friend had a tradition of giving each other homemade gifts. The two met in art school, and the gifts varied in levels from “absolutely awful (but well-loved) to genuinely time-consuming pieces of art.”

She explained that the gifts had always been comical. Everyone she was close to was well aware of this tradition and they all tended to get a big laugh out of it.

The Gift Was A Painting Of Her And Sebastian Stan

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Actor Sebastian Stan attends the MDC Productions' 3rd Annual Face Off to Fight Cancer at the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers on October 27, 2019 in New York City.
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Photo Credit: Lars Niki / Getty Images

“This year, she gifted me a canvas (A4-ish size) painting of me standing beside a male celebrity that we both like.” By the way, the celebrity in question was none other than Sebastian Stan (pictured).

She wrote in the post that she LOVED the gift, and thought that it was hilarious. She then sent pictures to one of the group chats, and everyone laughed at how cringe the painting was, but they also talked about how genuine and thoughtful the gift was.

Her Boyfriend Was Mad About The Paintng

back shot of couple sitting on park bench, the woman is looking at the man but he is looking away
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Photo Credit: Alice Donovan Rouse / Unsplash

Afterward, she got a text from her boyfriend of two years, telling her that he was pissed off. The boyfriend claimed that it was insulting for her to be displaying the painting in her apartment.

This really upset her, but she stood her ground and told him that it was her place and that she really liked the gift. Her friend had spent a lot of time working on it, so she made it clear that she would not be getting rid of it just because it made him insecure.

The Double Standard

lovely mural of Audrey Hepburn
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Photo Credit: Pascal Bernardon / Unsplash

The friend never expected painting something like that would be upsetting; it was just a funny, innocent gift.

To make matters worse, the toxic boyfriend lived in a house with roommates where they had posters of women on the walls. The Reddit user finished off her post by writing: “I don’t really see the difference, but now I am beginning to doubt myself. I won’t get rid of it as he wants me to, but should I be more sympathetic and hide it from him?”

Verdict: Not The A-Hole

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Photo Credit: Olga Guryanova / Unsplash

This story was posted on the Reddit thread AITA (am I the a-hole) because the woman wanted everyone’s opinions on whether she should hide the painting a bit better.

It’s safe to say that practically everyone in the comments section was on her side. Let’s dive into some of my favorite comments.

It’s This Simple

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Photo Credit: boozyqmchaggis / Reddit

Because the woman loved the gift SO much, it would literally be a crime to hide the painting just because her boyfriend didn’t like it.

Lots of users reported that the answer to this dilemma was simple: dump the dude.

Some Shared Their Own Experiences

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Photo Credit: slytherinsus / Reddit

Loads of commenters shared details about how they have pictures of them with celebrities hung up in their homes.

This specific user claimed that their girlfriend has no issues with them hanging up these photos. They also noted that this fight was based on “one of those small gestures that says a lot,” and we couldn’t agree more.

He’s Clearly Very Insecure

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Photo Credit: whoamiwhatamid0ing / Reddit

Say it louder for the people in the back! Honestly, the fact that the boyfriend was jealous of the painting is ridiculous.

It’s not like she had an affair with the celebrity or anything, it’s just a harmless painting!

The Hypocrisy Of The Situation Is Practically Comical

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Photo Credit: Plantsandanger / Reddit

Many people skipped over the fact that the boyfriend and his roommates have pictures of women all over the place in their apartment.

So, the boyfriend getting mad at this girl for the painting is not only ridiculous, but also super hypocritical.

The Two Split Up

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Photo Credit: Yuvraj Singh / Unsplash

A few days later, the woman made an update to her post. She claimed that the two had split up. Even though it was over something so trivial, when she tried to explain to him that she was keeping the painting, he called her and her friend various vulgarities.

She interpreted the whole situation as a “raging red flag” and decided to leave him. He didn’t even try to explain rationally why the painting made him upset, just that he was upset she hadn’t throw it away. She wonders if he was looking for an excuse to break up, or if she actually wasted two years of her life with somebody genuinely threatened by an oil painting!